Self control is one of the fruits of the Spirit. They are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. The book of proverbs expresses the value of self control frequently. Chapter 19, verse 11, tells us that “Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.”

There are so many proverbs on controller our anger that it would take many pages to list them. But I’ve found some, by various authors (mostly unknown) that you may or may not have heard before. They all carry subtle truths about the value of self-control.

The greatest remedy for anger is delay. —Seneca
The best answer to anger is silence.—German Proverb
Keep cool; anger is not an argument.—Daniel Webster
Swallowing angry words before you say them is better than having to eat them afterwards.
He who goes to bed angry has the devil for a bed-fellow. Never take your enemies to bed with you.—Old Latin
As long as anger lives, she continues to be the fruitful mother of many unhappy children – St. John Climacus
Anger is never without a reason, but seldom with a good one. – Benjamin Franklin
Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame. – Benjamin Franklin
It is he who is in the wrong who first gets angry. – William Penn
Of the seven deadly sins, anger is possibly the most fun. To lick your wounds, to smack your lips over grievances long past, to roll over your tongue the prospect of bitter confrontations still to come, to savor to the last toothsome morsel both the pain you are given and the pain you are giving back—in many ways it is a feast fit for a king. The chief drawback is that what you are wolfing down is yourself. The skeleton at the feast is you. – Frederick Buechner

“A man of great wrath will pay the penalty, for if you deliver him, you will only have to do it again.” Proverbs 19:19