#4: On Anger (De Ira) Apr20


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#4: On Anger (De Ira)

Quotes that resonate, from ‘How to Keep Your Cool: An Ancient Guide to Anger Management’ by Seneca, selected, translated and introduced by James Romm.  

[T]o understand that those in the grips of anger are not sane, look at how they present themselves. For just as madness shows clear signs – a brash and threatening expression, an unhappy face, a wrinkled forehead, an agitate gait, nervous hands, changed skin color, rapid and heavy breathing – just so, angry people display the same signs: their eyes burn and flash, their whole face reddens with blood that boils up their innermost organs, their lips tremble, their teeth clench, their hair bristles and stands on end, their breath becomes labored and gasping; cracking knuckles in twisting limbs, sighs and groans and speech broken off by unintelligible noises, hands smashed together, feet pounding the earth, body agitated all over and ‘brandishing anger’s mighty threats, an aspect foul to look on and disgusting as the afflicted contort themselves and grow swollen. You’d be hard put to say which is the better word for this fault” ‘hateful’ or ‘monstrous.’