Quotes on Emotional Intelligence

quotes on emotional intelligence

Emotional intelligence has the potential to be the most powerful weapon in our arsenal. It improves our self-awareness, self-control, drive, empathy, and social skills, all of which contribute to us being better leaders.

Here are some quotes on emotional intelligence that remind us of the importance and power of emotional intelligence, as well as why we should work to improve it.

You won’t get very far if you don’t have emotional abilities in hand, if you don’t have self-awareness, if you can’t control your stressful emotions, if you can’t have empathy and have productive relationships, no matter how smart you are.

Daniel Goleman

When dealing with people, keep in mind that you are dealing with emotional beings rather than rational beings.

Dale Carnegie

Treat pain like a stepping stone rather than a campground. 

Alan Cohen

We are hazardous when we are unaware of our responsibility for our actions, thoughts, and feelings.

Marshall B. Rosenberg, PhD

Our degree of self-esteem suffers when our emotional health suffers. Slowing down and dealing with our problems will allow us to appreciate the simple satisfaction of being happy and at peace with ourselves.

Jess C. Scott, PhD.

Soft talents such as discipline, desire, and empathy distinguish people who stand out in a high-IQ job pool.

Daniel Goleman

When you make people furious, they respond according to their primal inclinations, which are frequently aggressive and irrational. When you inspire others, they respond reasonably and sensibly following their higher instincts. In addition, rage is fleeting, whereas inspiration can last a lifetime.

Pilgrim’s Peace

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

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.


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

Donald Calne

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

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

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

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

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