#7: On Anger (De Ira) Apr20


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#7: 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.   

To get angry on behalf of one’s kin is the mark of a weak mind, not a loyal one. It is this that is noble and worthy: for a defender to act on behalf of parents, children, and friends with his duty leading him on – willingly, judicious;y and with foresight, not driven and raging.

There is no emotion more eager for vengeance than anger, and for that very reason, none less suited to the taking of vengeance.

[W]e must not even suppose that anger contributes in any way to greatness. That’s not greatness but mere swelling, just as a disease, in bodies distended by an excess of unhealthy fluid, is not ‘growth’ but a noxious overflow.