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Emotions

  • The head never rules the heart, but just becomes its partner in crime.

  • Spilling your guts is just exactly as charming as it sounds.

  • ... old emotions like old families have intermarried and have many connections.

  • [It is easier] to quell emotion than to incur the consequences of venting it.

  • He hated people who reeled off their thoughts and feelings to you, who took it for granted that you wanted to know all their inner mechanism. Reserve was always more interesting.

  • ... she empties her soul of its emotions just as a boy pulls his pocketwrong side out to show you that there's nothing in it.

  • He liked to observe emotions; they were like red lanterns strung along the dark unknown of another's personality, marking vulnerable points.

  • He ... treats his emotions like mice that infest our basement or the rats in the garage, as vermin to be crushed in traps or poisoned with bait.

  • All unlived emotions turn to inanity ...

    • Anaïs Nin,
    • 1929, Linotte, the Early Diary of Anaïs Nin, vol. 4 ()
  • Emotions are far harder things to understand than algebra and geometry, yet we spend hours in elucidating mathematics and expect such a problem as that of human relationships to solve itself.

  • But emotion cannot be buried by words, though it can be aroused by them.

  • An unacknowledged trauma is like a wound that never heals over and may start to bleed again at any time.

  • Emotion which you do not share can become intolerable.

  • The excursion is the same when you go looking for your sorrow as when you go looking for your joy.

  • She [her mother] was teaching me one more, almost her last, lesson: emotions do not grow old. I knew that I would feel as she did, and I do.

  • In sports as in child rearing, marital arguments, or tantrums, the same laws of learning apply; when an emotion is encouraged and the rules permit it, it is perpetuated, not 'drained.' ... An emotion without social rules of containment and expression is like an egg without a shell: a gooey mess ...

  • I have a friend, physically magnificent, who combines within himself the intellect of a philosopher, the diplomacy of a statesman, the executive ability of the general of an army, the courtesy of a Chesterfield — and the emotions of a rabbit.

  • One loses the capacity to grieve as a child grieves, or to rage as a child rages: hotly, despairingly, with tears of passion. One grows up, one becomes civilized, one learns one's manners, and consequently can no longer manage these two functions — sorrow and anger — adequately.

  • Life without emotion was like an engine without fuel.

  • ... no emotion is the final one.

  • I really can't hate for more than 5 or 10 years. Wouldn't it be terrible to be always burdened with those primary emotions you had at one time?

  • Feelings take you into uncharted territory from time to time it's true, but you almost always benefit from the journey one way or the other. We tend to think of the rational as a higher order, but it is the emotional that marks our lives.

  • To express the emotions of life is to live. To express the life of emotions is to make art.

    • Jane Heap,
    • in Shari Benstock, Women of the Left Bank: Paris, 1900-1940 ()
  • Our emotions are ever-changing and infinitely varied, but the words with which we describe them are fixed and rigid. Our life is like quicksilver, our vocabulary like steel. Sometimes a consummate poet succeeds in rendering the quality of life in words. For the rest of us, this is not possible.

  • ... emotion without discipline is as dangerous as a high-powered car without brakes.

  • Numbing the pain will only make it worse when you finally feel it.