It is better to live in peace than in bitterness and strife

The East would always present that calm face of faint astonishment, unmoved at the anger, not understanding the bitterness.

My cup of sweets is not unmingled: it is dashed with a bitterness that I cannot hide from myself, disguise it as I will.

Any real change implies the breakup of the world as one has always known it, the loss of all that gave one an identity, the end of safety. And at such a moment, unable to see and not daring to imagine what the future will now bring forth, one clings to what one knew, or dreamed that one possessed. Yet, it is only when a man is able, without bitterness or self-pity, to surrender a dream he has long cherished or a privilege he has long possessed that he is set free he has set himself free for higher dreams, for greater privileges.

Patience is bitter, but it bears sweet fruit.

Forgiveness is the key that unlocks the door of resentment and the handcuffs of hate. It is a power that breaks the chains of bitterness and the shackles of selfishness.

Severe truth is expressed with some bitterness

Rage and bitterness do not foster femininity. They harden the heart and make the body sick.

One may have been a fool, but there’s no foolishness like being bitter.

Apparently the rise of consciousness is linked to certain kinds of privation. It is the bitterness of self-consciousness that we knowers know best. Critical of the illusions that sustained mankind in earlier times, this self-consciousness of ours does little to sustain us now. The question is: which is disenchanted, the world itself or the consciousness we have of it?

If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself

Bitterness imprisons life; love releases it. Bitterness paralyzes life; love empowers it. Bitterness sours life; love sweetens it. Bitterness sickens life; love heals it. Bitterness blinds life; love anoints its eyes.

He had never disagreed with anyone in his life, no matter how unfairly they may have treated him. He preferred to swallow his tears, suppress his anger and bitterness; he would bear anything rather than oppose a person directly. Nor did it ever occur to him to wonder whether this forbearance might not be harmful to others.

Those who cannot work with their hearts achieve but a hollow, half-hearted success that breeds bitterness all around

Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean.

It is a simple but sometimes forgotten truth that the greatest enemy to present joy and high hopes is the cultivation of retrospective bitterness.

When our hatred is too bitter it places us below those whom we hate.

Growth in wisdom may be exactly measured by decrease in bitterness

It is only hope which is real, and reality is a bitterness and a deceit

Who has never tasted what is bitter does not know what is sweet.

From the midst of the very fountain of pleasure, something of bitterness arises to vex us in the flower of enjoyment.

You can surmount the obstacles in your path if you are determined, courageous and hard-working. Never be fainthearted. Be resolute, but never bitter…. Permit no one to dissuade you from pursuing the goals you set for yourselves. Do not fear to pioneer, to venture down new paths of endeavor.

An angry woman is vindictive beyond measure, and hesitates at nothing in her bitterness.

Whenever one finds oneself inclined to bitterness, it is a sign of emotional failure.