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80 Most Inspiring Emotional Intelligence Quotes (LEADERSHIP)

Top 10 Most Famous Emotional Intelligence Quotes (BEST)

“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
There is no separation of mind and emotions; emotions, thinking, and learning are all linked. - Eric JensenPin
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. RosenbergPin
We are dangerous when we are not conscious of our responsibility for how we behave, think, and feel. – Marshall B. Rosenberg

“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
What matters is hard work, and emotional intelligence. - Mickey DrexlerPin
What matters is hard work, and emotional intelligence. – Mickey Drexler
Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space lies our freedom and power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom. - Viktor E. FranklPin
Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space lies our freedom and power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom. – Viktor E. Frankl

“Evidence is presented that the mass suppression of emotion throughout the civilized world has stifled our growth emotionally, leading us down a path of emotional ignorance.”

Wayne Payne
When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but with creatures of emotion. - Dale CarnegiePin
When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but with creatures of emotion. – Dale Carnegie

“Highly sensitive people are too often perceived as weaklings or damaged goods. To feel intensely is not a symptom of weakness, it is the trademark of the truly alive and compassionate. It is not the empath who is broken, it is society that has become dysfunctional and emotionally disabled. There is no shame in expressing your authentic feelings. Those who are at times described as being a ‘hot mess’ or having ‘too many issues’ are the very fabric of what keeps the dream alive for a more caring, humane world. Never be ashamed to let your tears shine a light in this world.”

Anthon St. Maarten
Knowledge kills your emotions. - PragatiPin
Knowledge kills your emotions. – Pragati

19 Thought-Provoking Emotional Intelligence Quotes To Help you Regulate your Emotions

“Self-awareness is a trait – or maybe ‘practice’ is the more accurate way to put it – that everyone can always improve at. It is part emotional intelligence, part perceptiveness, part critical thinking. It means knowing your weaknesses, of course, but it also means knowing your strengths and what motivates you.”

Neil Blumenthal
Use pain as a stepping stone, not a camp ground. - Alan CohenPin
Use pain as a stepping stone, not a camp ground. – Alan Cohen
Emotions can get in the way or get you on the way. - Mavis MazhuraPin
Emotions can get in the way or get you on the way. – Mavis Mazhura

“Let us fear the torment of emotions that might sway in its wake chaos through the sound construction of reason and discernment. Let us cherish instead emotional intelligence along the intricate and tortuous paths of life’s labyrinth.”

Erik Pevernagie
The emotional brain responds to an event more quickly than the thinking brain. - Daniel GolemanPin
The emotional brain responds to an event more quickly than the thinking brain. – Daniel Goleman
Experience is not what happens to you, it's how you interpret what happens to you. - Aldous HuxleyPin
Experience is not what happens to you, it’s how you interpret what happens to you. – Aldous Huxley

“Running a marathon with a backpack is tough and may hinder you from winning the race. Don’t let the baggage from your past heavy with fear, guilt, and anger slow you down.”

Maddy Malhotra
There is an old-fashioned word for the body of skills that emotional intelligence represents character. - Daniel GolemanPin
There is an old-fashioned word for the body of skills that emotional intelligence represents: character. – Daniel Goleman
As more and more artificial intelligence is entering into the world, more and more emotional intelligence must enter into leadership. - Amit RayPin
As more and more artificial intelligence is entering into the world, more and more emotional intelligence must enter into leadership. – Amit Ray

“I want to focus here on what I consider to be the most central, most significant mode of learning involved in the process of developing emotional intelligence: gaining insight through expanding awareness.”

Wayne Payne
It is a choice. No matter how frustrating or boring or constraining or painful or oppressive our experience, we can always choose how we respond. - Edith EgerPin
It is a choice. No matter how frustrating or boring or constraining or painful or oppressive our experience, we can always choose how we respond. – Edith Eger
Emotional intelligence allows us to respond instead of react.Pin
Emotional intelligence allows us to respond instead of react.

“We are all in favor of emotional intelligence. Intelligence can take emotion as a privileged counseling partner. However, it does not allow the emotion to take possession of us, besiege our mind, and subjugate our thinking. The emotion must regulate our thoughts, not manipulate nor substitute them. Our perception is only a biased picture of reality, and emotions are individual or provisional. Therefore, critical thinking and emotional thinking must go hand in hand. (“No monsters hide at this point”).”

Erik Pevernagie
Inhale emotional intelligence exhale forgiveness and civility. - T.Y HowardPin
Inhale emotional intelligence exhale forgiveness and civility. – T.Y Howard
Emotions are a critical source of information for learning. - Joseph LedouxPin
Emotions are a critical source of information for learning. – Joseph Ledoux

“Emotional intelligence is your ability to recognize and understand emotions in yourself and others, and your ability to use this awareness to manage your behavior and relationships.”

Travis Bradberry
It takes something more than intelligence to act intelligently. - Fyodor DostoyevskyPin
It takes something more than intelligence to act intelligently. – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“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

“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

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“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
In a high-IQ job pool, soft skills like discipline, drive, and empathy mark those who emerge as outstanding. - Daniel GolemanPin
In a high-IQ job pool, soft skills like discipline, drive, and empathy mark those who emerge as outstanding. – Daniel Goleman
It isn't stress that makes us fall - it's how we respond to stressful events. - Wayde GoodallPin
It isn’t stress that makes us fall – it’s how we respond to stressful events. – Wayde Goodall

“Some people think only intellect counts: knowing how to solve problems, knowing how to get by, knowing how to identify an advantage and seize it. But the functions of intellect are insufficient without courage, love, friendship, compassion, and empathy.”

Dean Koontz
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 PealePin
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
To increase your effectiveness, make your emotions subordinate to your commitments. - Brian KoslowPin
To increase your effectiveness, make your emotions subordinate to your commitments. – Brian Koslow
Having healthy boundaries not only requires being able to say “no”, but also being willing and able to enforce that “no” when necessary. - Jessica MoorePin
Having healthy boundaries not only requires being able to say “no”, but also being willing and able to enforce that “no” when necessary. – Jessica Moore
Emotional intelligence is a very important skill set, not just to be happier but also to succeed professionally. - Daniel LubetzkyPin
Emotional intelligence is a very important skill set, not just to be happier but also to succeed professionally. – Daniel Lubetzky
Leadership is all about emotional intelligence. Management is taught, while leadership is experienced. - Rajeev SuriPin
Leadership is all about emotional intelligence. Management is taught, while leadership is experienced. – Rajeev Suri

5 Emotional Intelligence Quotes That Inspires Happiness

“What really matters for success, character, happiness and life long achievements is a definite set of emotional skills – your EQ — not just purely cognitive abilities that are measured by conventional IQ tests.”

Daniel Goleman
[Your emotional mind is] the lead system and source of happiness, satisfaction, joy, and love. - Darwin Nelson & Gary LowPin
[Your emotional mind is] the lead system and source of happiness, satisfaction, joy, and love. – Darwin Nelson & Gary Low
Happiness depends upon ourselves. - AristotlePin
Happiness depends upon ourselves. – Aristotle

“When our emotional health is in a bad state, so is our level of self-esteem. We have to slow down and deal with what is troubling us, so that we can enjoy the simple joy of being happy and at peace with ourselves.”

Jess C. Scott
Emotional intelligence has a significant impact on happiness.Pin
Emotional intelligence has a significant impact on happiness.

10 Emotional Intelligence Quotes To Improve your Connection with Others

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”

Leo Buscaglia
The only way to change someone’s mind is to connect with them from the heart. - Rasheed OgunlaruPin
The only way to change someone’s mind is to connect with them from the heart. – Rasheed Ogunlaru
No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care. - Theodore RooseveltPin
No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care. – Theodore Roosevelt

“One of the easiest ways to discover if someone is compatible with you is to gauge their emotional intelligence. Are they a kind and sensitive person? Will they be respectful towards your sensitivities? Or, are they emotionally stunted? Remember, we tend to attract narcissistic types who lack empathy.”

Aletheia Luna
The greatest ability in business is to get along with others and influence their actions. - John HancockPin
The greatest ability in business is to get along with others and influence their actions. – John Hancock
When you listen with empathy to another person, you give that person psychological air. - Stephen R. CoveyPin
When you listen with empathy to another person, you give that person psychological air. – Stephen R. Covey
Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution. - Khalil GibranPin
Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution. – Khalil Gibran
When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen. - Ernest HemingwayPin
When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen. – Ernest Hemingway
Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone, just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had. - F. Scott FitzgeraldPin
Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone, just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had. – F. Scott Fitzgerald
If we can't laugh at ourselves, do we have the right to laugh at others - C.H. HamelPin
If we can’t laugh at ourselves, do we have the right to laugh at others? – C.H. Hamel

10 Emotional Intelligence Quotes To Help you Manage your Anger

“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
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. - AristotlePin
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
Unleash in the right time and place before you explode at the wrong time and place. - Oli AndersonPin
Unleash in the right time and place before you explode at the wrong time and place. – Oli Anderson
Whatever is begun in anger, ends in shame. - Benjamin FranklinPin
Whatever is begun in anger, ends in shame. – Benjamin Franklin
We plant seeds that will flower as results in our lives, so best to remove the weeds of anger, avarice, envy and doubt. - Dorothy DayPin
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
Where we have strong emotions, we’re liable to fool ourselves. - Carl SaganPin
Where we have strong emotions, we’re liable to fool ourselves. – Carl Sagan
Any person capable of angering you becomes your master. - EpictetusPin
Any person capable of angering you becomes your master. – Epictetus
Every time we allow someone to move us with anger, we teach them to be angry. - Barry Neil KaufmanPin
Every time we allow someone to move us with anger, we teach them to be angry. – Barry Neil Kaufman
Quick to judge, quick to anger, slow to understand. Prejudice, fear, and ignorance walk hand in hand. - PeartPin
Quick to judge, quick to anger, slow to understand. Prejudice, fear, and ignorance walk hand in hand. – Peart
Anger is a sentry, stalking the edges of our boundaries and standing ready to defend them. - Jessica MoorePin
Anger is a sentry, stalking the edges of our boundaries and standing ready to defend them. – Jessica Moore

2 Emotional Intelligence Quotes and Meditation

Mindful meditation has been discovered to foster the ability to inhibit those very quick emotional impulses. - Daniel GolemanPin
Mindful meditation has been discovered to foster the ability to inhibit those very quick emotional impulses. – Daniel Goleman
The study of modern mindfulness meditation and emotional intelligence is deeply rooted in the ancient Vipassana meditation techniques. - Amit RayPin
The study of modern mindfulness meditation and emotional intelligence is deeply rooted in the ancient Vipassana meditation techniques. – Amit Ray

15 Emotional Intelligence Quotes That Will Make You Think

“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
When awareness is brought to an emotion, power is brought to your life. - Tara Meyer RobsonPin
When awareness is brought to an emotion, power is brought to your life. – Tara Meyer Robson
Self-regulating your emotions can be beneficial to your present and future self. - Angel MoreiraPin
Self-regulating your emotions can be beneficial to your present and future self. – Angel Moreira

“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
Let's not forget that the little emotions are the great captains of our lives and we obey them without realizing it. - Vincent van GoghPin
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
We don’t know where we’re going, we don’t know what’s going to happen, but no one can take away from you what you put in your own mind. - Edith EgerPin
We don’t know where we’re going, we don’t know what’s going to happen, but no one can take away from you what you put in your own mind. – Edith Eger

“Be patient. Your skin took a while to deteriorate. Give it some time to reflect a calmer inner state. As one of my friends states on his Facebook profile: “The true Losers in Life, are not those who Try and Fail, but those who Fail to Try.”

Jess C. Scott
Societies can be sunk by the weight of buried ugliness. - Daniel GolemanPin
Societies can be sunk by the weight of buried ugliness. – Daniel Goleman
Never make a permanent decision based on a temporary emotion.Pin
Never make a permanent decision based on a temporary emotion.

“There is nothing immoral about having an emotional problem to solve. No need to feel ashamed; it is not a weakness. Indeed, it is a weakness to be unable to admit to yourself that you are in distress.”

Wayne Payne
Emotional intelligence is when you finally realize it’s not all about you. - Peter StarkPin
Emotional intelligence is when you finally realize it’s not all about you. – Peter Stark
Emotions and feelings… hmm, I used to have those, when I was a kid. - Ayush MehrePin
Emotions and feelings… hmm, I used to have those, when I was a kid. – Ayush Mehre

“Emotional intelligence is the “something” in each of us that is a bit intangible. It affects how we manage behavior, navigate social complexities, and make personal decisions that achieve positive results.”

Travis Bradberry & Jean Greaves

“Be strong. Overflow with emotional and intellectual energy, and you will spread your intelligence, your love, your energy of action broadcast among others! This is what all moral teaching comes to.”

Peter Kropotkin

“Emotional intelligence begins to develop in the earliest years. All the small exchanges children have with their parents, teachers, and with each other carry emotional messages.”

Daniel Goleman
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