Thursday, September 30, 2010

Essay: "Of Anger." Thomas Fuller.

. “Be not angry without cause.”

. “Be not mortally angry with any for a venial fault.”

. “Let not the anger be so hot…. Fright not people from thy presence with the terror of thy intolerable impatience.”

. “Take heed of doing irrevocable acts in thy passion…. Do not in an instant what an age cannot recompense.”

. “Anger kept till the next morning…doth putrefy and corrupt…. And as the English, by command from William the Conqueror, always raked up their fire and put out their candles, when the curfew bell was rung, let us then also quench all sparks of anger and heat of passion.”

. “He that keeps anger long in his bosom, giveth place to the devil.”

Fuller concludes with: “Had Narcissus himself seen his own face when he had been angry, he would never have fallen in love with himself.” 1642.

Comment: An early course in anger management. RayS.

The Oxford Book of Essays. Ed. John Gross. Oxford and new York: Oxford University Press. 1991.

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