Menticulture - New Orleans Times–democrat
( Originally Published 1901 )
OCTOBER 6, 1895
The discovery that that conquest of self, which has been so constantly urged upon the race by its sages and philosophers since the dawn of civilization, is neither an idle dream nor a sublime achievement possible to only a few specially endowed natures, is a great event in the life of any individual, and one well worthy of being published abroad; and in yielding so generously to the impulse to induct others into the knowledge of the more excellent way Mr. Fletcher has found he has given a conclusive proof of the sincerity of his conviction which adds might to his testimony.
There is not, however, the slightest question as to the evil effects wrought of anger and worry, and the importance of casting them out and cultivating in their place the graces of faith, hope, and charity. The un-profitableness of anger was recognized by sages who lived and taught in Israel long before Buddha was born, and many of their admonitions concerning them have been garnered up in the Old Scriptures.
Cease from anger and forsake wrath."
" Fret not thyself; it only tendeth to evil doing."
says the psalmist. In that collection of maxims for the practical conduct of life, which was formerly so highly esteemed as to be styled comprehensively " Wisdom," as if in it all desirable knowledge were summed up, the folly of indulging in anger is frequently pointed out:
"He that is soon angry will deal foolishly."
" He that is slow to anger is of great understanding."
A soft answer turneth away wrath,
But a grievous word stirreth up strife."
" He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty,
And he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city."
" A wrathful man stirreth up contention, but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife."
" The discretion of a man maketh him slow to anger,
And it is his glory to pass over a transgression."
" It is an honor to a man to keep away from strife;
But every fool will be quarreling."
" Make no friendship with a man that is given to anger, and with a wrathful man thou shalt not go."
So counsel the " Proverbs;" and the " Preacher " adds his voice: " Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry; for anger resteth in the bosom of fools."