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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.
What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult.
It can be a little distressing to have to overintellectualize yourself.
The way the elderly are treated, and in some cases warehoused and medicated, rather than nurtured and listened to, is distressing.
When I say manage emotions, I only mean the really distressing, incapacitating emotions. Feeling emotions is what makes life rich. You need your passions.
I think the smartest thing for people to do to manage very distressing emotions is to take a medication if it helps, but don't do only that. You also need to train your mind.
It's estimated that across Africa 100 elephants are killed for their tusks every day. It takes nothing more than simple math to get to what that adds up to in a year, and it's a distressing figure.
An awful lot of England is slowly eroding, in ways that I find really distressing, and an awful lot of it is the hedgerows... We're reaching the point where a lot of the English countryside looks just like Iowa - just kind of open space.
It is distressing to me that we live in an age in which we still must fight to protect our civil rights as Americans, in which a hate crime perpetrated against someone based their sexual orientation can go unpunished, and in which discrimination is being written into our laws.
Lastly, literature and philosophy both allow past idols to be resurrected with a frequency which would be truly distressing to a sober scientist.
Morris Raphael Cohen
The long and distressing controversy over capital punishment is very unfair to anyone meditating murder.
The most distressing thing that can happen to a prophet is to be proved wrong. The next most distressing thing is to be proved right.
There is nothing more distressing or tiresome than a writer standing in front of an audience and reading his work.
No more distressing moment can ever face a British government than that which requires it to come to a hard, fast and specific decision.
My mother, who died aged 82, had Alzheimer's. Losing your memory is bad enough, but everything shuts down. You can't remember how to eat or go to the toilet. It's a terrible disease and so distressing to watch it take over someone you love.
Writing can be a frightening, distressing business, and whatever kind of structure or buffer is available can help a lot.
The day on which I received confirmation was a distressing one to me.
I think experience has shown that privateers have done more toward distressing the trade of our enemies, and furnishing these States with necessaries, than Continental Ships of the same force.
I've redone plays of mine and made changes. A play is a living thing, and I'd never say I wouldn't rewrite years later. Tennessee Williams did that all the time, and it's distressing, because I'd like the play to be out there in its finished form.
In spite of certain distressing but isolated occurrences in the last battle, I certainly hoped that the Army would be in a position to continue to hold out.
Paul von Hindenburg
Listening back to your speaking voice for the first time, unless you're James Earl Jones, it's a quite distressing process for most people.
The big story of 2013, a very distressing year, is that Americans continue not to be able to find the full-time jobs they need, and that's something which the president has to recognize as the first priority of his administration.
The blatant aggressiveness of theocracies I find distressing, because I grew up when Christians, Muslim and animists lived peacefully together.
There are some moments that are pretty distressing in 'Prometheus.' In fact, the last hour is pretty distressing.
Gelsey Kirkland has had more than her share of demons, as her two distressing memoirs - and her violently checkered career - attest.
John F. Kennedy
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