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ANGER, MALICE AND REVENGE.
his. sions, thinks worse than he speaks; and an angry man that will chide, speaks worse than he thinks.
A vindictive temper is not only uneasy to others, but to them that have it.
Anger may glance into the breast of a wise man, but rests only in the bosom of fools.
Better to prevent a quarrel before hand, than to revenge it afterward.
None more impatiently suffer injuries, than those that are most forward in doing them.
By taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but, in passing it over, he is superior.
It costs more to revenge injuries, than to bear them.
To be able to bear provocation is an ar-gument of great wisdom; and to forgive it, of a great mind.
To pardon faults of error, is but justice to the failings of our nature.
The noblest remedy for injuries is oblis vion. Light injuries are made none, by not regarding them.
He that will be
any thing, will be angry for nothing.
There cannot possibly be a greater extra. vagance, than for a man to run the hazard of losing his life to satisfy his revenge. When
Mark Anthony, after the battle of Actium, challenged Augustus, he took no further notice of the insult, than sending back this an. swer: If Anthony was weary of his life, there were other ways of dispatch beside fighting him; and, for his part, he should not trouble himself to be his executioner.
Revenge stops at nothing that is violent and wicked. The histories of all ages are full of the tragical outrages that have been executed by this diabolical passion.
Anger begins with folly, and ends with repentance.
We ought to divest ourselves of hatred and malice, for the interest of our own quiet.
In sickness, our distcmper makes us loath the most natural meat; in anger, our fury makes us resist the most wholesome advice.
That anger is not warrantable, that has seen two suns.
Hatred is so durable and so obstinate, that reconciliation on a sick bed, is the greatest sign of death.
We must forget the good we do, for fear of upbraiding: and religion bids us forget in. juries, lest the remembrance of them should suggest to us a desire of revenge.
A passionate temper renders a man unfit for advice, deprives him of his reason, robs him of all that is great or noble in his nature; it makes him unfit for conversation, destroys friendship, changes justice into cruelty, and turns all order into confusion.
The rage of the passionate is totally extinguished by the death of his enemy; but the hatred of the malicious is not buried even in the grave of his rival; he will envy the good name he has left behind him; he will envy him the tears of his widow, the prosperity of his children, the esteem of his friends, the praises of his epitaph; nay, the very magnificence of his funeral.
Anger is not only a vice, but a vice against nature, for it divides instead of joining, and frustrates the end of providence in human so. ciety
If the outward appearances of anger be so foul and hideous, how deformed must that miserable mind be that is harassed with it? for it leaves no place cither for counsel or friendship, honesty, or good manners; no place either for the exercise of reason, or for the offices of life.
Anger turns beauty into deformity, and the calmest counsels into fierceness : it disor. ders our very garments, and fills the mind with horror.