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Can we control our emotions or do our emotions control us?


Emotions are like seasons. They are always in the background. We can use them to our advantage or our disadvantage and create opportunities for ourselves. If the sun is shining, we can spend time outside whatever the season but we have to adapt to other things like the temperature.


Here are a range of quotes from famous people that give some really interesting insights into emotions and what they mean to them.


Vincent van Gogh said "Let's not forget that the little emotions are the great captains of our life and we obey that without realising it."


Anne Frank said "But feelings can't be ignored, no matter how unjust or ungrateful they seem."


Oscar Wilde said "I don't want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them enjoy them and dominate them."


And, John Lennon said "You can hide your face behind a smile. One thing you can't hide is when you're crippled inside."


This is only a small selection.  There are many more but what these quotes show us is how emotions infiltrate and impact upon many aspects of our lives.


For this reason, we really do need to take them more seriously and look at ways that we can work with their impact upon us to make us more effective.