Here are the 71 best emotional intelligence quotes of all time:
1.“There are certain emotions that will kill your drive; frustration and confusion. You can change these to a positive force. Frustration means you are on the verge of a breakthrough. Confusion can mean you are about to learn something. Expect the breakthrough and expect to learn.” – Kathleen Spike.
2.“Experience is not what happens to you — it’s how you interpret what happens to you.” – Aldous Huxley.
3.“Use pain as a stepping stone, not a campground.” – Alan Cohen.
4.“We are dangerous when we are not conscious of our responsibility for how we behave, think, and feel.” – Marshall B. Rosenberg.
5.“Feelings are not supposed to be logical. Dangerous is the man who has rationalized his emotions.” – David Borenstein.
6.“Emotional intelligence is when you finally realize it’s not all about you.” – Peter Stark.
7.“Regret is an odd emotion because it comes only upon reflection. Regret lacks immediacy, and so its power seldom influences events when it could do some good.” – William O’Rourke.
8.“It is very important to understand that emotional intelligence is not the opposite of intelligence, it is not the triumph of heart over head–it is the unique intersection of both.” – David Caruso.
9.“When awareness is brought to an emotion, power is brought to your life.” – Tara Meyer Robson.
10.“We cannot tell what may happen to us in the strange medley of life. But we can decide what happens in us — -how we can take it, what we do with it —- and that is what really counts in the end.” – Joseph Fort Newton.
11.“Where we have strong emotions, we’re liable to fool ourselves.” – Carl Sagan.
12.“Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.” – Benjamin Franklin.
13.“Revenge has no more quenching effect on emotions than salt water has on thirst.” – Walter Weckler.
14.“There is no thinking without feeling and no feeling without thinking.” – Karen McCown.
15.“The essential difference between emotion and reason is that emotion leads to action while reason leads to conclusions.” – Donald Calne.
16.“The first and simplest emotion which we discover in the human mind, is curiosity.” – Edmund Burke.
17.“Fear is the oldest and strongest emotion of mankind.” – H. P. Lovecraft.
18.“Logic will not change an emotion, but action will.” – Anonymous.
19.“Never react emotionally to criticism. Analyze yourself to determine whether it is justified. If it is, correct yourself. Otherwise, go on about your business.” – Norman Vincent Peale.
20.”If we lack emotional intelligence, whenever stress rises the human brain switches to autopilot and has an inherent tendency to do more of the same, only harder. Which, more often than not, is precisely the wrong approach in today’s world.” – Robert K. Cooper.
Emotional Intelligence Quotes By Daniel Goleman
21.“If your emotional abilities aren’t in hand, if you don’t have self-awareness, if you are not able to manage your distressing emotions, if you can’t have empathy and have effective relationships, then no matter how smart you are, you are not going to get very far.” – Daniel Goleman.
22.”Emotional intelligence is not about being soft or weak; it’s about being smart and strong.” – Daniel Goleman.
23.“The emotional brain responds to an event more quickly than the thinking brain.” – Daniel Goleman.
24.”Emotional intelligence is a critical leadership competency that enables leaders to effectively manage their own emotions and the emotions of others.” – Daniel Goleman.
25.”Emotional intelligence is not the opposite of intelligence; it is not the triumph of heart over head—it is the unique intersection of both.” – Daniel Goleman.
26.”Emotional intelligence is the sine qua non of leadership. Without it, a person can have the best training in the world, an incisive, analytical mind, and an endless supply of smart ideas, but he still won’t make a great leader.” – Daniel Goleman.
27.”Emotional intelligence is the foundation of leadership, interpersonal effectiveness, and personal well-being.” – Daniel Goleman.
28.”Emotional intelligence is the capacity to recognize our own feelings and those of others, to motivate ourselves, and to manage emotions well in ourselves and in our relationships.” – Daniel Goleman.
Emotional Intelligence Quotes By Aristotle
29.”Anyone can be angry – that is easy. But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way – that is not easy.” – Aristotle.
30.“Happiness depends upon ourselves.” – Aristotle.
31.”Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” – Aristotle.
32.”Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” – Aristotle.
Emotional Intelligence Quotes By Dale Carnegie
33.“When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but with creatures of emotion.” – Dale Carnegie.
34.“You can conquer almost any fear if you will only make up your mind to do so. For remember, fear doesn’t exist anywhere except in the mind.” – Dale Carnegie.
35.“When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but with creatures of emotion.” – Dale Carnegie.
36.”It is the way we react to circumstances that determines our feelings.” – Dale Carnegie.
37.”If you tell me how you get your feeling of importance, I’ll tell you what you are.” – Dale Carnegie.
Emotional Intelligence Quotes By Marc Brackett
38.“Emotion regulation is not about not feeling. Neither is it exerting tight control over what we feel. And it’s not about banishing negative emotions and feeling only positive ones. Rather, emotion regulation starts with giving ourselves and others the permission to own our feelings—all of them.” – Marc Brackett.
39.“Joy feels energetic, and contentment feels calm, and joy is caused by a sense of getting what one wants, and contentment is caused by a sense of completeness (not wanting or needing anything).” – Marc Brackett.
40.“Emotions Are Information” – Marc Brackett.
41.“Strong, negative emotions (fear, anger, anxiety, hopelessness) tend to narrow our minds—it’s as though our peripheral vision has been cut off because we’re so focused on the peril that’s front and center.” – Marc Brackett.
42.“My message for everyone is the same: that if we can learn to identify, express, and harness our feelings, even the most challenging ones, we can use those emotions to help us create positive, satisfying lives.” – Marc Brackett.
Emotional Intelligence Quotes By David Caruso
43.“It is very important to understand that emotional intelligence is not the opposite of Intelligence, it is not the triumph of heart over head. It is the unique intersection of both.” – David Caruso.
44.”Having a little boy has taken me to a very deep place. I am starting to realize everything I ever worried about was such a waste of time.” – David Caruso.
45.”In Hollywood, if you have any success, you have this fear: What do you have to do to hang onto it?” – David Caruso.
Emotional Intelligence Quotes By Brene Brown
46.“We cannot selectively numb emotions, when we numb the painful emotions, we also numb the positive emotions.” – Brené Brown.
47.“The dark does not destroy the light; it defines it. It’s our fear of the dark that casts our joy into the shadows.” – Brene Brown.
48.“Shame corrodes the very part of us that believes we are capable of change.” – Brene Brown.
49.“Faith is a place of mystery, where we find the courage to believe in what we cannot see and the strength to let go of our fear of uncertainty.” – Brene Brown.
50.“Perfectionism is a self destructive and addictive belief system that fuels this primary thought: If I look perfect, and do everything perfectly, I can avoid or minimize the painful feelings of shame, judgment, and blame.” – Brené Brown.
Emotional Intelligence Quotes In Leadership
51.“I define a leader as anyone who takes responsibility for finding the potential in people and processes and who has the courage to develop that potential.” – Brené Brown.
52.“As more and more artificial intelligence is entering into the world, more and more emotional intelligence must enter into leadership.”- Amit Ray.
53.“Leadership is all about emotional Intelligence. Management is taught, while leadership is experienced.” – Rajeev Suri.
54.“You cannot shame or belittle people into changing their behaviors.” – Brené Brown.
Emotional Intelligence Quotes For Work
55.“Healthy striving is self-focused: “How can I improve?” Perfectionism is other-focused: “What will they think?” – Brené Brown.
56.“Treat your men as you would your own beloved sons. And they will follow you into the deepest valley.” – Sun Tzu.
57.“The most important decision you make is to be in a good mood.” – Voltaire.
58.”Practical intelligence is rarely the main factor in a star’s outstanding job performance.” – Daniel Goleman.
Emotional Intelligence Quotes In Relationships
59.“Emotional Intelligence grows through perception. Look around at your present situation and observe it through the level of feeling.” – Deepak Chopra.
60.“If you cannot feel your emotions, if you are cut off from them, you will eventually experience them on a purely physical level, as a physical problem or symptom.” – Eckhart Tolle.
61.“To love someone fiercely, to believe in something with your whole heart, to celebrate a fleeting moment in time, to fully engage in a life that doesn’t come with guarantees – these are risks that involve vulnerability and often pain. But, I’m learning that recognizing and leaning into the discomfort of vulnerability teaches us how to live with joy, gratitude and grace.” – Brené Brown.
62.“What worries you, masters you.” – John Locke.
63.“There is no other way to guard yourself against flattery than by making men understand that telling you the truth will not offend you.” – Niccolò Machiavelli.
Inspirational Emotional Intelligence Quotes
64.“The courage to be vulnerable is not about winning or losing, it’s about the courage to show up when you can’t predict or control the outcome.” – Brené Brown.
65.“I don’t want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.” – Oscar Wilde.
66.”I think the very idea of character, of developing not just grit, but empathy and curiosity, emotional intelligence – you know, the things that I want my own daughters to develop – the idea that we’re going to get there through rewards and punishments seems completely at odds with the idea of character itself.” – Angela Duckworth.
Lack Of Emotional Intelligence Quotes
67.“Where there is anger, there is always pain underneath.” – Eckhart Tolle.
68.“When anger rises, think of the consequences.” – Confucius.
69.“When a man is prey to his emotions, he is not his own master.” – Baruch Spinoza.
70.“In short, out-of-control emotions can make smart people stupid.” – Daniel Goleman.
71.”Having emotional intelligence allows you to manage your emotions, show empathy, and prevent you from getting distracted. It also helps you solve problems and be a more likable person.” – John Rampton.
Emotional Intelligence Starts With Self-Awareness
Your emotions have a deep and powerful control over you until you develop the emotional intelligence skills that help you best control them.
An emotionally intelligent person deeply understands the skills required for regulating emotions and understanding the emotions of others.
Self-awareness is often an emotional awareness of one’s own emotions and a social awareness of the emotions of others.
Identifying emotions and having the emotional skills and inner strength to resist impulses.
Social-emotional learning is a skill and one which can be built by human beings willing to do the reps.
Which of these emotional intelligence quotes will you put into action today?
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