Emotions can get in the way or get you on the way. -Mavis Mazhura

Our feelings are not there to be cast out or conquered. They're there to be engaged and expressed with imagination and intelligence. -T.K. Coleman

When you make people angry, they act in accordance with their baser instincts, often violently and irrationally. When you inspire people, they act in accordance with their higher instincts, sensibly and rationally. Also, anger is transient, whereas inspiration sometimes has a lifelong effect. -Peace Pilgrim

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

Let's not forget that the little emotions are the great captains of our lives and we obey them without realizing it. -Vincent van Gogh

“There is no separation of mind and emotions; emotions, thinking, and learning are all linked.” — Eric Jensen

“We are dangerous when we are not conscious of our responsibility for how we behave, think, and feel.” -— Marshall B. Rosenberg

“We plant seeds that will flower as results in our lives, so best to remove the weeds of anger, avarice, envy and doubt…” —- Dorothy Day

Emotions are enmeshed in the neural networks of reason.” — Antonio Dumasio

“Emotions are the glue that holds the cells of the organism together.” — Candace Pert

“The 8 Equities: Physical, Spiritual, Psychological, Intellectual, Emotional, Financial, Social and Family.” — Michael Vance

“Emotion, which is suffering, ceases to be suffering as soon as we have a clear picture of it.” — Benedict Spinoza

“Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character and we must learn that the setbacks and griefs which we endure help us out in marching onward.” — Henry Ford

“Revenge has no more quenching effect on emotions than salt water has on thirst.” — Walter Weckler

“The first and simplest emotion which we discover in the human mind, is curiosity.” — Edmund Burke

“There are emotions which are biologically oriented and then there are complex emotions which are saturated with thoughts and cognition.” — Jack Mayer

“An emotion occurs when there are certain biological, certain experiential, and certain cognitive states which all occur simultaneously.” — Jack Mayer

“Adults remain social animals; they continue to require a source of stabilization outside themselves.  That open-loop design means that in some important ways, people cannot be stable on their own — not should or shouldn’t, but can’t be … Stability means finding people who regulate you well and staying near them.”  — Thomas Lewis, M.D.

“I think it’s easy to mistake understanding for empathy — we want empathy so badly. … It’s hard and ugly to know somebody can understand you without even liking you.” — Thomas Harris

“The eyes have one language everywhere.”  — George Herbert

“Be not disturbed at being misunderstood; be disturbed rather at not being understanding.” — Chinese proverb

“Isolated people have vastly increased rate of premature death from all causes and are 3-5x likelier to die early than people with strong social ties.”  — Dean Ornish

To quick off some fun with EQ, we have for you a list of Emotional Intelligence Quotes. See also the Personal, Business, and Academic EQ Quotes pages for more focused quotations. Enjoy.

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