To give vent now and then to his feelings, whether of pleasure or discontent, is a great ease to a man's heart.
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, 1889
Men are no more immune from emotions than women; we think women are more emotional because the culture lets them give free vent to certain feelings, "feminine" ones, that is, no anger please, but it's okay to turn on the waterworks.
But are not this struggle and even the mistakes one may make better, and do they not develop us more, than if we kept systematically away from emotions?
~Vincent Van Gogh
One's suffering disappears when one lets oneself go, when one yields - even to sadness.
~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Southern Mail, 1929, translated from French by Curtis Cate
Emotion turning back on itself, and not leading on to thought or Environment, is the element of madness.
The feeling is often the deeper truth, the opinion the more superficial one.
~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827
The walls we build around us to keep sadness out also keeps out the joy.
How much has to be explored and discarded before reaching the naked flesh of feeling.
All emotions are pure which gather you and lift you up; that emotion is impure which seizes only one side of your being and so distorts you.
~Rainer Maria Rilke
Sadness is almost never anything but a form of fatigue.
If you don't manage your emotions, then your emotions will manage you.
~Doc Childre and Deborah Rozman, Transforming Anxiety
Feelings are much like waves, we can't stop them from coming but we can choose which one to surf.
The finest emotion of which we are capable is the mystic emotion.
Any emotion, if it is sincere, is involuntary.
When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but creatures of emotion.