#32: On Anger (De Ira) May06


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#32: On Anger (De Ira)

#33: 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.  


It is not to your benefit to see and hear everything. Many injuries ought to pass over us; if you ignore them, you get no more injury from them.


You want to be less angry? Ask fewer questions. Those who investigate wheat was said against them, who flush our mean-spirited talk even if it was being kept secret, are themselves the source of their own turmoil.


It’s only interpretation that causes things to look like injuries – in fact, some of them ought to be put off until later; others, laughed off; still others, forgiven.


Anger should be fenced off by various means. Most things should be turned into sport and jest.


They say that Socrates, struck by a blow to the head, said nothing more than “It’s annoying how one doesn’t know when to go out wearing a helmet.”

It doesn’t matter how an injury was done, but how it was received.