Quotes About Feelings & Personal Qualities

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Looking for a way to express how you feel or help you understand how you want to? These quotes on feelings and personal qualities are a great place to start.

Reading quotes about different attitudes, emotions, and mindsets can give you a lift and help you be more positive.

Even reading a few sad or melancholy words can help you feel empathy and get back to a more positive mindset. So check out some great sayings to help you align with the feelings and personal qualities you’re looking for.

Featured Feelings Quote

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.

Helen Keller

Quotes About Feelings

“I believe empathy is the most essential quality of civilization.” – Roger Ebert

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

The emotion that can break your heart is sometimes the very one that heals it.

Nicholas Sparks

Positive feelings come from being honest about yourself and accepting your personality, and physical characteristics, warts and all; and, from belonging to a family that accepts you without question.

Willard Scott

Some people use their own hurt as an excuse for hurting others.

Rolland Merullo

A person will be just about as happy as they make up their minds to be.

Abraham Lincoln
“Thoughts are the shadows of our feelings – always darker, emptier, and simpler.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

The one human quality that must be developed is self discipline for success. The will power to force yourself to do what you know you should do when you should do it, whether you like it or not, whether you feel like it or not. Success is tons of discipline.

Brian Tracy

Creativity is an inherent human quality of the highest order. When we create, we become more than the sum of our parts.


To have compassion for those who suffer is a human quality which everyone should possess, especially those who have required comfort themselves in the past and have managed to find it in others.

Giovanni Boccaccio

To my mind, having a care and concern for others is the highest of the human qualities.

Fred Hollows
“Integrity is the human quality most necessary to business success.” – John C. Maxwell

Social grace, inner discipline and joy. These are the birthright of the human being who has been allowed to develop essential human qualities.

Maria Montessori

Where there is love there is life.

Mahatma Gandhi

Sometimes your mind says No but your heart says Go.

Yvonne Urlanda

It’s a lot easier to be angry at someone than it is to tell them you’re hurt.

Tom Gates

Do not give in too much to feelings. A overly sensitive heart is an unhappy possession on this shaky earth.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“The feeling is often the deeper truth, the opinion the more superficial one.” – Augustus William Hare

You cannot make yourself feel something you do not feel, but you can make yourself do right in spite of your feelings.

Pearl S. Buck

I have feelings too. I am still human. All I want is to be loved, for myself and for my talent.

Marilyn Monroe

Feelings are not supposed to be logical. Dangerous is the man who has rationalized his emotions.

David Borenstein

It is a curious sensation: the sort of pain that goes mercifully beyond our powers of feeling. When your heart is broken, your boats are burned: nothing matters any more. It is the end of happiness and the beginning of peace.

George Bernard Shaw

One of the greatest feelings in the world is knowing that we as individuals can make a difference.

Jeff Bridges
“We often confuse what we wish for with what is.” – Neil Gaiman

You can close your eyes to the things you do not want to see, but you cannot close your heart to the things you do not want to feel.

Johnny Depp

Never play with the feelings of others, because you may win the game, but the risk is that you will surely lose the person for life time.

William Shakespeare

There is no instinct like that of the heart.

Lord Byron

They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.

Charles W. Buechener

Emotions are celebrated and repressed, analyzed and medicated, adored and ignored — but rarely, if ever, are they honored.

Karla McLaren
“Respect other people’s feelings. It might mean nothing to you, but it could mean everything to them.” – Roy T. Bennett

To feel valued, to know, even if only once in a while, that you can do a job well is an absolutely marvelous feeling.

Barbara Walters

We destroy ourselves when we stop feeling. If you bury your feelings within you, you become a graveyard.

Bernie S. Siegel

Is it really possible to tell someone else what one feels?

Leo Tolstoy

There is no feeling, except the extremes of fear and grief, that does not find relief in music.

George Eliot

The deepest feeling always shows itself in silence; not in silence, but restraint.

Marianne Moore
“Our feelings are our most genuine paths to knowledge.” – Audre Lorde

Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.

Thich Nhat Hahn

Don’t allow your mind to tell your heart what to do. The mind gives up easily.

Paulo Coelho

It’s often just enough to be with someone. I don’t need to touch them. Not even talk. A feeling passes between you both. You’re not alone.

Marilyn Monroe

We try so hard to hide everything we’re really feeling from those who probably need to know our true feelings the most. People try to bottle up their emotions, as if it’s somehow wrong to have natural reactions to life.

Colleen Hoover

Smiles and tears are so alike with me, they are neither of them confined to any particular feelings: I often cry when I am happy, and smile when I am sad.

Anne Brontë
“Whatever you do, you should do it with feeling.” – Yogi Berra

There could have been no two hearts so open, no tastes so similar, no feelings so in unison.

Jane Austen

Sensitive people usually love deeply and hate deeply. They don’t know any other way to live than by extremes because thier emotional thermostat is broken.

Shannon L. Alder

A feeling is no longer the same when it comes the second time. It dies through the awareness of its return. We become tired and weary of our feelings when they come too often and last too long.

Pascal Mercier
“But feelings can’t be ignored, no matter how unjust or ungrateful they seem.” – Anne Frank

We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us.

Albert Einstein

My feelings are too loud for words and too shy for the world.

Dejan Stojanovic

There’s nothing more inspiring than the complexity and beauty of the human heart.

Paulo Coelho

Six essential qualities that are the key to success: Sincerity, personal integrity, humility, courtesy, wisdom, charity.

William C. Menninger
“Never apologize for showing your feelings. When you do, you are apologizing for the truth.” – José N. Harris

In order to move on, you must understand why you felt what you did and why you no longer need to feel it.

Mitch Albom

Inner resilience and the ability to bounce back are personal qualities. … Align yourself with someone who has this kind of resilience so that your own can be strengthened. Find another oak to weather the storm with you. Anyone who is in touch with his or her core self will always respond.

Deepak Chopra

The only compensation which war offers for its manifold mischiefs, is in the great personal qualities to which it gives scope and occasion.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
“The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.” – Samuel Johnson

Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others.


Patience is no small, feel-good personal quality. It is at the heart of diplomacy and civility, lawfulness and civil order. Without it, people can’t work together and society can’t function at all. With it, we create the possibility of peace between people and between nations.

M.J. Ryan

In principle and in practice, in a right track and in a wrong one, the rarest of all human qualities is consistency.

Jeremy Bentham
“The hope of any nation lies in the personal qualities of its individual members.” – Margery Wilson

If you spend your life sparing people’s feelings and feeding their vanity, you get so you can’t distinguish what should be respected in them.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

There’s nothing more inspiring than the complexity and beauty of the human heart.

Cynthia Hand

If you have a choice between qualifications and personal qualities when it comes to hiring people, go with personal qualities. You can teach them the job.

Roger Ailes
“Nothing endures but personal qualities.” – Walt Whitman

Everyone is afraid of something. We fear things because we value them. We fear losing people because we love them. We fear dying because we value being alive. Don’t wish you didn’t fear anything. All that would mean is that you didn’t feel anything.

Cassandra Clare

Emotions come and go and can’t be controlled so there’s no reason to worry about them. That in the end, people should be judged by their actions since in the end it was actions that defined everyone

Nicholas Sparks

Learning to stand in somebody else’s shoes, to see through their eyes, that’s how peace begins. And it’s up to you to make that happen. Empathy is a quality of character that can change the world.

Barack Obama
“One can be the master of what one does, but never of what one feels.” – Gustave Flaubert

Sometimes, indeed, there is such a discrepancy between the genius and his human qualities that one has to ask oneself whether a little less talent might not have been better.

Carl Jung

The greatest of all our human concepts is the immortality of the personality and the eternal glory of the human soul.

Sterling W. Sill

The purpose of our life needs to be positive. We weren’t born with the purpose of causing trouble, harming others. For our life to be of value, I think we must develop basic good human qualities – warmth, kindness, compassion. Then our life becomes meaningful and more peaceful – happier.

Dalai Lama
“Feelings are something you have; not something you are.” – Shannon L. Alder

There are no greater treasures than the highest human qualities such as compassion, courage and hope. Not even tragic accident or disaster can destroy such treasures of the heart.

Daisaku Ikeda

Good governance never depends upon laws, but upon the personal qualities of those who govern. The machinery of government is always subordinate to the will of those who administer that machinery. The most important element of government, therefore, is the method of choosing leaders.

Frank Herbert
“Empathy is seeing with the eyes of another, listening with the ears of another and feeling with the heart of another.” – Alfred Adler

You learn about gratitude by giving. You learn about humility by receiving, and in the pecking order of human qualities, I’d probably put humility somewhere before gratitude.

Jean Harris

Good human qualities-honesty, sincerity, a good heart-cannot be bought with money, nor can they be produced my machines, but only by the mind itself. We can call this the inner light, or God’s blessing, or human quality. This is the essence of mankind.

Dalai Lama
“A gentleman is one who never hurts anyone’s feelings unintentionally.” – Oscar Wilde
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