20 Quotes That Define What It Means To Be Emotionally Intelligent

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There’s a lot of talk about Emotional Intelligence these days. Do we have it? How much? And what exactly is it? Well, Since 1995, the release of Daniel Goleman’s international best-selling book Emotional Intelligence, we’ve come to understand that emotional intelligence (EI), and emotional quotient (EQ), is defined by a person’s ability to identify emotions (be it in themselves, or others). As well, it also involves being able to recognize just how powerful of an effect those emotions have on our lives, along with using that information to inform and direct behavior. And emotional intelligence is a marker of good mental health. So since we’re into health (both physical and mental) here at FAQsPedia, we thought that rather than bore you with a bunch of scientific papers that explains this integral aspect of our emotional lives – we’d let some of the most influential, and intellectual minds in history eloquently articulate it for you in some very inspiring quotes. Their words will help you reflect on your own emotional intelligence, bringing you deeper into your own humanity from which that knowledge will influence you to grow.
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“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
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“One ought to hold on to one’s heart; for if one lets it go, one soon loses control of the head too.” –Friedrich Nietzsche
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“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” –Maya Angelou
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“Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions.” –Albert Einstein
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“Emotion can be the enemy, if you give into your emotion, you lose yourself. You must be at one with your emotions, because the body always follows the mind.” –Bruce Lee
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“The idea that you have to be protected from any kind of uncomfortable emotion is what I absolutely do not subscribe to.” –John Cleese
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“Feelings can’t be ignored, no matter how unjust or ungrateful they seem.” –Anne Frank
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“Tact is the knack of making a point without making an enemy.” –Isaac Newton
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“When a man is prey to his emotions, he is not his own master.” –Baruch Spinoza
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“Your emotions are the slaves to your thoughts, and you are the slave to your emotions.” –Elizabeth Gilbert
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“Feelings are something you have; not something you are.” –Shannon L. Alder
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“Your heart will always go where your mind wanders.” –Shannon L. Alder
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“People who keep stiff upper lips find that it’s damn hard to smile.” –Judith Guest
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“How you react emotionally is a choice in any situation.” –Judith Orloff
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“The emotions of man are stirred more quickly than man’s intelligence.” –Oscar Wilde
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“It is both a blessing and a curse to feel everything so very deeply.” –David Jones
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“Emotions are not problems to be solved. They are signals to be interpreted.” –Vironika Tugaleva
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“Anger is a legitimate feeling, one often designed for self-protection.” –Kimberlee Roth
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“Some prisons don’t require bars to keep people locked inside. All it takes is their perception that they belong there.” –Lysa TerKeurst
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“One half of me is a hopeless romantic. The other half is well… just realistic.” –Faraaz Kazi
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