If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.
— Marcus Aurelius

Not that you lied to me but that I no longer believe you - that is what has distressed me.
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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.
— Daniel Goleman

The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.
— Thomas Paine

The mind is ever ingenious in making its own distress.
— distresses quotation by Oliver Goldsmith