Taming the Tiger Within

Dave Wentworth
2 min readMay 9, 2022


Thich Nhat Hanh is known for his prolific buddhist teachings,

shared over seven decades.

He has written over 130 books, selling over 5 million copies.

Let’s dive into my favorite:

Taming the Tiger Within, is the most calming book I’ve ever read.

You can read it in a single sitting.

Here are 7 quotes about anger and how they helped me: 🧵👇


“Recognize and embrace your anger when it manifests itself. Care for it with tenderness rather than suppressing it.”

Don’t fight against anger — recognize and see it.


“Anger is like a howling baby, suffering and crying. Your anger is your baby. The baby needs his mother to embrace him. You are the mother.”

Don’t shun or fight anger.


“Every time you feel lost, alienated, or cut off from life, or from the world, every time you feel despair, anger or instability, practice going home. Mindful breathing is the vehicle that you use to go back to your true home.”

Always find your breath.


“If you get Angry easily, it may be because the seed of anger in you has been watered frequently over many years, and unfortunately you have allowed it or even encouraged it to be watered.”

There’s a difference between seeing your anger and fueling it with negative thoughts.


“If your house is on fire, the most urgent thing to do is to go back and try to put out the fire, not to run after the person you believe to be the arsonist.”

Tend to yourself first, avoid blaming.


“Whatever you do or say in a state of anger will only cause more damage in the relationship. Instead try not to do anything or say anything when you are angry.”

Give space before you react.


“Nothing can heal anger except compassion.”

To truly recover and be happy, practice compassion.

Recap — 7 quotes from Thich Nhat Hanh that will help you with anger.

• See anger, recognize it.

• Don’t shun, avoid or ignore it.

• Find your breath.

• Don’t “water” your anger.

• Don’t “chase the arsonist”.

  • Give space.
  • Compassion counteracts anger.

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