Are you feeling alone or want to feel better? In this collection of 20 feelings quotes, celebrated icons like Marilyn Monroe, Helen Keller and John Lennon share their insightful thoughts on feelings.

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

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

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

One thing you can’t hide—is when you’re crippled inside. – John Lennon

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

Your emotions are the slaves to your thoughts, and you are the slave to your emotions. – Elizabeth Gilbert

The world is a tragedy to those who feel, but a comedy to those who think. – Horace Walpole

One ought to hold on to one’s heart; for if one lets it go, one soon loses control of the head too. – Friedrich Nietzsche

The moment we cry in a film is not when things are sad but when they turn out to be more beautiful than we expected them to be. – Alain de Botton

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I think there is something beautiful in reveling in sadness. The proof is how beautiful sad songs can be. So I don’t think being sad is to be avoided. It’s apathy and boredom you want to avoid. But feeling anything is good, I think. – Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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

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Feel, he told himself, feel, feel, feel. Even if what you feel is pain, only let yourself feel. – D. James

Feelings are something you have; not something you are. – Shannon L. Alder

We bury things so deep we no longer remember there was anything to bury. Our bodies remember. Our neurotic states remember. But we don’t. – Jeanette Winterson

Some things are too big to be seen; some emotions are too huge to be felt. – Neil Gaiman

But 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

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

Never apologize for showing your feelings. When you do, you are apologizing for the truth. – José N. Harris

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