Also see Forgiveness, Kindness, Acceptance and Regret.


A Poison Tree

(William Blake)

I was angry with my friend,
I told my wrath, my wrath did end.
I was angry with my foe,
I told it not, my wrath did grow.

Primer Lesson

(Carl Sandburg)

Look out how you use proud words.
When you let proud words go,
it is not easy to call them back.
They wear long boots, hard boots;
they walk off proud;
they can't hear you calling--
Look out how you use proud words.

A Choice of Weapons

(Phyllis McGinley)

Sticks and stones
Are hard on bones,
Armed with angry art,
Words can sting
Like anything,
But silence breaks the heart.

The Pen is Sharper Than the Sword

(John Taylor)

Pens are most dangerous tools;
More sharp by odds than swords,
And cut more keen than whips or rods.

The World's Worst Questions

(Jane Goodsell)

Will you promise not to get mad if I tell you something?
You don't honestly expect me to believe that, do you?
Do you have statistics to back up that statement?
You don't remember me, do you?
Haven't you any sense of humor?
Have I kept you waiting?
Now what's the matter?
You asleep?
So what?
When are you going to grow up?

The Value of Enemies

There is something positive to be gained by acknowledging one's enemies. Like all God's creatures, enemies have a purpose in the world. They offer a criticism of one's conduct (albeit unsought) that is not always provided by friends. They also encourage self-esteem. How would we know the magnitude of our own worth without someone so worthless attacking it? (Roger Rosenblatt)

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Below are song lists about anger, arguing, bitterness, blame, disagreement, fault, fighting, hatred, nagging, revenge, screaming, and shut up.

Songs about Anger

Songs about Arguing

Songs about Bitterness

Songs about Blame

Songs about Disagreeing

Songs about Fault

Songs about Fighting

Songs about Hatred

Songs about Nagging

Songs about Revenge

Songs about Screaming

Songs about Shut Up

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