30 Eye-Opening Quotes About Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence is one of the most important skills that you can have. It has been shown to predict success in many areas such as relationships, job performance and promotions, and even academic achievement.

The terms ‘reading a room‘ and ‘reading between the lines‘ are often examples of the important skill of emotional intelligence.

It’s the so called ‘soft’ skills and abilities of reading emotional intelligence, understanding it and having the intuition to make the very next right move, based on the ’emotional’ situation at hand.

It’s a hugely beneficial skill to have as the following words and quotes will highlight.

What is emotional intelligence?

Emotional intelligence is the ability to identify, understand and manage your own emotions, as well as those of others around you.

Emotional intelligence can be seen in how you respond to stress or how you react when faced with a difficult task. It could also mean being aware of what feelings are going on inside yourself and why they might not be rational.

It goes beyond only empathy and compassion but includes aspects of self-awareness and social awareness too.

The Benefits of Emotional Intelligence

Some people may have higher emotional intelligence than others and this may see them able to use this ’emotional information’ for improving their life and others.


“People with well-developed emotional skills are also more likely to be content and effective in their lives, mastering the habits of mind that foster their own productivity; people who cannot marshal some control over their emotional life fight inner battles that sabotage their ability for focused work and clear thought.” Daniel Goleman



This may be through their ability to redirect their thoughts and feelings in order to produce a better outcome than what may have occurred in a time of stress or destructive thought patterns.

A person with emotional intelligence may also be able to create a positive social environment. This could be by being more sensitive and understanding of others, as well as knowing how to respond or react in certain situations that would otherwise produce an unpleasant outcome.


“Out-of-control emotions can make smart people stupid.” Daniel Goleman



It can sometimes mean having the ability to resolve conflicts before they become too serious or volatile, which is something we cannot place a value on – at home, in relationships and in the workplace.


We’ve compiled some thoughtful and interesting quotes about emotional intelligence to highlight it’s potential and benefits. We hope these help inspire you.


Emotional Intelligence Quotes


“Any person capable of angering you becomes your master.” Epictetus


“Emotional self-control– delaying gratification and stifling impulsiveness- underlies accomplishment of every sort.” Daniel Goleman


“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


“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


“As more and more artificial intelligence is entering into the world, more and more emotional intelligence must enter into leadership.” Amit Ray


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


“The range of what we think and do is limited by what we fail to notice. And because we fail to notice that we fail to notice there is little we can do to change until we notice how failing to notice shapes our thoughts and deeds.” Daniel Goleman


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


“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


“People’s emotions are rarely put into words, far more often they are expressed through other cues. The key to intuiting another’s feelings is in the ability to read nonverbal channels, tone of voice , gesture , facial expression and the like.” Daniel Goleman


“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


“In a very real sense we have two minds, one that thinks and one that feels.” Daniel Goleman


“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?” Aletheia Luna


“Emotions are our natural superpowers.” Skylar Sustin


“Leadership is not domination, but the art of persuading people to work toward a common goal.” Daniel Goleman


“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


“Anybody can become angry – that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way – that is not within everybody’s power and is not easy.” Aristotle


“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


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


“Whatever is begun in anger, ends in shame.” Benjamin Franklin


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


“No matter how busy you are, you must take time to make the other person feel important.” Mary Kay Ash


“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


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


“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


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


“Life is a comedy to those who think and a tragedy for those who feel.” Horace Walpole


“Helping people better manage their upsetting feelings—anger, anxiety, depression, pessimism, and loneliness—is a form of disease prevention. Since the data show that the toxicity of these emotions, when chronic, is on a par with smoking cigarettes, helping people handle them better could potentially have a medical payoff as great as getting heavy smokers to quit.” Daniel Goleman


To conclude, emotional intelligence will help you in many aspects of your life! It can help with how you interact with people around you on a day-to-day basis or it could mean being aware that people’s emotions might get in the way of their rational thoughts.

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