105+ Best Emotional Intelligence Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Emotional intelligence (otherwise known as emotional quotient or EQ) is the ability to understand, use, and manage your own emotions in positive ways to relieve stress, communicate effectively, empathize with others, overcome challenges and defuse conflict. Inspirational emotional intelligence quotes will challenge the way you think, change the way you live and transform your whole life.

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Famous Emotional Intelligence Quotes

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

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

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

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

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

We define emotional intelligence as the subset of social intelligence that involves the ability to monitor one’s own and others’ feelings and emotions, to discriminate among them and to use this information to guide one’s thinking and actions. – Salovey and Mayer

Women are much more than men in touch with their emotional intelligence. That explains why women read fiction books while men stick to the user manuals. – M.Z.Riffi

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Feelings are self– justifying, with a set of perceptions and proofs all their own. – Daniel Goleman

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

The only way to change someone’s mind is to connect with them from the heart. – Rasheed Ogunlaru

75 percent of careers are derailed for reasons related to emotional competencies, including inability to handle interpersonal problems; unsatisfactory team leadership during times of difficulty or conflict; or inability to adapt to change or elicit trust. – Center for Creative Leadership

No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care. – Theodore Roosevelt

Unleash in the right time and place before you explode at the wrong time and place. – Oli Anderson

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

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

The greatest ability in business is to get along with others and influence their actions. – John Hancock

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

Any person capable of angering you becomes your master. – Epictetus

Comparing the three domains, I found that for jobs of all kinds, emotional competencies were twice as prevalent among distinguishing competencies as were technical skills and purely cognitive abilities combined. In general the higher a position in an organization, the more EI mattered: for individuals in leadership positions, 85 percent of their competencies were in the EI domain. – Daniel Goleman

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

Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom. – Aristotle

Every time we allow someone to move us with anger, we teach them to be angry. – Barry Neil Kaufman

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

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

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

Emotional competence is the single most important personal quality that each of us must develop and access to experience a breakthrough. Only through managing our emotions can we access our intellect and our technical competence. An emotionally competent person performs better under pressure. – Dave Lennick

Powerful Emotional Intelligence Quotes

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

Anyone can become 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 —this is not easy.

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 isn’t stress that makes us fall. It’s how we respond to stressful events. – Wayde Goodall

Whatever is begun in anger, ends in shame. – Benjamin Franklin

Emotional Intelligence is a way of recognizing, understanding, and choosing how we think, feel, and act. It shapes our interactions with others and our understanding of ourselves. It defines how and what we learn; it allows us to set priorities; it determines the majority of our daily actions. Research suggests it is responsible for as much as 80% of the “success” in our lives. – J. Freedman

For news of the heart, ask the face. – West African saying

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

Quick to judge, quick to anger, slow to understand … prejudice, fear, and ignorance walk hand in hand. – Peart

The essential difference between emotion and reason is that emotion leads to action while reason leads to conclusions. – Donald Calne

Your intellect may be confused, but your emotions will never lie to you. – Roger Ebert

In a study of skills that distinguish star performers in every field from entry-level jobs to executive positions, the single most important factor was not IQ, advanced degrees, or technical experience, it was EQ. Of the competencies required for excellent in performance in the job studies, 67% were emotional competencies. – Daniel Goleman

Change happens in the boiler room of our emotions so find out how to light their fires. – Jeff Dewar

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 Koslow

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. – Kahlil Gibran

Remember that failure is an event, not a person. – Zig Ziglar

In the last decade or so, science has discovered a tremendous amount about the role emotions play in our lives. Researchers have found that even more than IQ, your emotional awareness and abilities to handle feelings will determine our success and happiness in all walks of life, including family relationships. – John Gottman

We are at our most powerful the moment we no longer need to be powerful. – Eric Micha’el Leventhal

I’m a pessimist because of intelligence, but an optimist because of will. – Antonio Gramsci

It takes something more than intelligence to act intelligently. – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

A leader is a dealer in hope. – Napoleon Bonaparte

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 Fitzgerald

Inspirational Emotional Intelligence Quotes

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

Just imagine you’re four years old, and someone makes the following proposal: If you’ll wait until after he runs an errand, you can have two marshmallows for a treat. If you can’t wait until then, you can have only one–but you can have it right now. It is a challenge sure to try the soul of any four-year-old, a microcosm of the eternal battle between impulse and restraint, id and ego, desire and self-control, gratification and delay… There is perhaps no psychological skill more fundamental than resisting impulse. It is the root of all emotional self-control, since all emotions, by their very nature, led to one or another impulse to act. – Daniel Goleman

He’d always known that shit rolled downhill, but he never knew tears did the same thing. – Amy Lane

Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate. – C.G. Jung

Don’t compromise yourself. You’re all you’ve got. – Janis Joplin

Wisdom tends to grow in proportion to one’s awareness of one’s ignorance. – Anthony de Mello

The way to do is to be. – Lao Tzu

The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change. – Carl R. Rogers

I know that I am intelligent, because I know that I know nothing. – Socrates

If we can’t laugh at ourselves, do we have the right to laugh at others? – C.H. Hamel

Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others. – Jack Welch

In my 35 years in business, I have always trusted my emotions. I have always believed that by touching emotion you get the best people to work with you, the best clients to inspire you, the best partners and most devoted customers. – Kevin Roberts

One way to boost our willpower and focus is to manage our distractions instead of letting them manage us. – Daniel Goleman

Use pain as a stepping stone, not a camp ground. – Alan Cohen

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

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

Emotional intelligence grows through perception. Look around at your present situation and observe it through the level of feeling. – Deepak Chopra

No doubt emotional intelligence is more rare than book smarts, but my experience says it is actually more important in the making of a leader. You just can’t ignore it. – Jack Welch

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

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else: you are the one who gets burned. – Buddha

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

Emotional intelligence is what humans are good at and that’s not a sideshow. That’s the cutting edge of human intelligence. – Ray Kurzweil

Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding. – Khalil Gibran

Whatever is begun in anger, ends in shame. – Benjamin Franklin

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

All your thoughts, imagination, feelings, emotions and sensation are part of the mechanical process that can be understood, at the state of self– realization. – Roshan Sharma

Deep Emotional Intelligence Quotes

Emotional intelligence is a way of recognizing, understanding, and choosing how we think, feel, and act. It shapes our interactions with others and our understanding of ourselves. It defines how and what we learn; it allows us to set priorities; it determines the majority of our daily actions. Research suggests it is responsible for as much as 80 percent of the success in our lives. – J. Freedman

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

Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrongs. – Charlotte Bronte

Instead of resisting any emotion, the best way to dispel it is to enter it fully, embrace it and see through your resistance. – Deepak Chopra

When awareness is brought to an emotion, power is brought to your life. – Tara Meyer Robson

Even though a high IQ is no guarantee of prosperity, prestige, or happiness in life, our schools and our culture fixate on academic abilities, ignoring the emotional intelligence that also matters immensely for our personal destiny. – Daniel Goleman

Emotional intelligence simply means managing your mental state for a positive result. – David Atta

Realize that now, in this moment of time, you are creating. You are creating your next moment based on what you are feeling and thinking. That is what’s real. – Doc Childre

Emotional intelligence accounts for 80 percent of career success. – Daniel Goleman

When emotional intelligence merges with spiritual intelligence, human nature is transformed. – Deepak Chopra

Developing emotional intelligence is one way to protect yourself from damaging relationships. Emotional intelligence is a science that has been studied and researched for over a decade. According to the theories, mutual respect and effective communication are key. – Liz Miller

Emotional intelligence is the ability to sense, understand, and effectively apply the power and acumen of emotions as a source of human energy, information, connection, and influence. – Robert K. Cooper

In the school of emotional intelligence, even if the action or cause is negative, the reaction or effect should be positive. – David Atta

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

The sign of an intelligent people is their ability to control their emotions by the application of reason. – Marya Mannes

IQ and technical skills are important, but Emotional Intelligence is the Sine Qua Non of Leadership. – Daniel Goleman

The strength of character and emotional intelligence to face your failures and learn from them are at the core of success. – Robert Kiyosaki

Words represent your emotional state, beware of what you speak! Restore your mental balance. – Ramana Pemmaraju

But once you are in that field, emotional intelligence emerges as a much stronger predictor of who will be most successful, because it is how we handle ourselves in our relationships that determines how well we do once we are in a given job. – Daniel Goleman

Emotional intelligence does not mean merely being nice. At strategic moment it may demand not being nice, but rather, for example, bluntly confronting someone with an uncomfortable but consequential truth they’ve been avoiding. – Daniel Goleman

People high in emotional intelligence are expected to progress more quickly through the abilities designated and to master more of them. – Mayer & Salovey

By 2029, computers will have emotional intelligence and be convincing as people. – Ray Kurzweil

It is very important to understand that emotional intelligence is not the opposite of intelligence, it is not the triumph of heart overhead it is the unique intersection of both. – David Caruso

Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future. – Paul Boese

Emotional self– awareness is the building block of the next fundamental emotional intelligence: being able to shake off a bad mood. – Daniel Goleman

Be not disturbed at being misunderstood; be disturbed rather at not being understanding. – Chinese Proverb

There is no weakness in being able to love fully. It takes courage, tenacity, and an emotional intelligence that most people are incapable of. – Alafia Stewart