Category Archives: Improve Your Relationships

Resolving Conflict

Be calm in arguing; for fierceness makes error a fault and truth discourtesy.
George Herbert

You will never get into trouble by admitting that you may be wrong. That will stop all argument and inspire your opponent to be just as fair and open and broad-minded as you are. It will make him want to admit that he, too, may be wrong.
Dale Carnegie

You raise your voice when you should reinforce your argument.
Samuel Johnson

Strong and bitter words indicate a weak cause.
Victor Hugo

The next time you find yourself in an argument, rather than defend your position, see if you can see the other point of view first.
Richard Carlson

Love

This is all you need to know about life. Compassion and love and caring will take you the furthest.
Barry Switzer

Grumbling is the death of love.
Marlene Dietrich

No difference in viewpoint should ever be allowed to cause the least break in love. Indeed, it cannot, if it’s real love.
Catherine Marshall

Honor the people you love every day.
Earl Woods

Never pass up an opportunity to tell your child you love him. It gets harder as he gets older and begins naturally to pull away, but continue to tell him you love him, and sneak in a kiss and a hug whenever you can. Don’t get discouraged when he doesn’t reciprocate.
Elaine St. James

The Super Glue of Life

An apology is the super glue of life. It can repair almost anything.
Lynn Johnston

Apologize immediately when you lose your temper, especially to children.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

By admitting your mistakes, your inherent message is that you’re trying to be conciliatory, that you really do want to correct the misunderstanding. Doing this immediately takes the other person off the defensive and enables that person to be more willing to own up to his or her mistakes.
Rick Pitino

I wish to make the personal acknowledgment that you were right and I was wrong.
Abraham Lincoln, letter to Ulysses S. Grant

Be the first to say sorry. Saying sorry has many benefits, even if it does stick in your throat a little. Not only does it give you the moral advantage, but it also diffuses tension, gets rid of bad feelings and clears the air. Chances are that if you say sorry first, they will probably be humbled into apologizing also.
Richard Templar

Be a Good Friend

The friend who holds your hand and says the wrong thing is made of dearer stuff than the one who stays away.
Barbara Kingsolver

Make allowances for your friends’ imperfections as readily as you do for your own.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

I always write the losers, because I know that when you win you hear from everybody, but when you lose, you hear from your friends.
Richard Nixon

Reprove your friends in secret, praise them openly.
Publilius Syrus

What makes the Dead Sea dead? It is all the time receiving, but never giving out anything. Why is it that so many friendships grow cold? Perhaps it is because they too are all the time receiving, never giving.
D.L. Moody

How to Love

You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.
John Wooden

A successful way to determine how much we truly care for someone is to discern how high their happiness and welfare are on our priority list.
Leo Buscaglia

“I thought of you when I saw this!” are magic words when scrawled on a note and taped to something – flowers, picture, magazine clipping, travel brochure, candy – that you leave out for your child or wife to discover.
Paul Lewis

Because we love something else more than this world, we love even this world better than those who know no other.
C.S. Lewis

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.
Matthew 22:37-40

How to Love

Real love has staying power. It refuses to look for ways to run away. It always opts for working through.
Charles Swindoll

If you have something to say to someone, say it now. Let that person know you love him or her while you still have the time.
Pat Williams

True love is when you give up your own selfish preferences, desires and wants in order to accept someone for who they are, not what you want them to be.
Ralph Reed, Jr.

My father and I make a great team, and I try to tell him as often as I can that I love him.
Tiger Woods

Love is silence when your words would hurt,
It’s patience when your neighbor’s curt.
It’s deafness when the scandal flows,
It’s thoughtfulness for another’s woes.
It’s promptness when stern duty calls,
It’s courage when misfortune falls.
Anonymous

The Power of Forgiveness

Forgiveness is the oil of relationships.
Josh McDowell

Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.
Paul Boese

Forgiveness is the key that unlocks the door of resentment and the handcuffs of hate. It is a power that breaks the chains of bitterness and the shackles of selfishness.
Corrie ten Boom

He who has not forgiven an enemy has never yet tasted one of the most sublime enjoyments of life.
Johann Lavater

Forgiveness without forgetting is not forgiveness at all – only an empty gesture. Forgiveness is the real thing only when we struggle and succeed in putting the hurt behind us. This makes us truly free of it so that it does not impede our love – much as a pebble in a shoe hurts the foot with each step taken.
Dr. Theodore Rubin