People don't change when they don't acknowledge their actions.
We are not our best intentions. We are what we do.
One downside of being an optimist is that optimistic people tend to forget yesterday's trauma in the belief that everything will turn out well. This can keep people in bad relationships because they genuinely believe that things will always improve.
This is a tough situation. But it is what it is, and time has an amazing way of knitting together solutions as long as everybody stays calm and resolves to be as gentle and patient as possible.
Sometimes the way through someone's tough outer shell is to do something obvious, thoughtful and sweet.
Bullies often act out by marshaling aggression to cover up for insecurity.
In the name of friendship you should make sure your door is always open to listen. Don't feel you need to provide unsolicited possible solutions, answers or even ideas. Listening without judgment and offering assistance when asked should be enough. That's friendship's high calling.
All promises are empty - until they are fulfilled.
Your job in life is to look after yourself and to find ways to get what you need - emotionally and otherwise - so that you live your best possible life, without being mired in anger and hurt over the past.
Bullies never want to acknowledge their own actions. They want to move through life without reflection or apology.
Do not make your current partner pay for the crimes and misdemeanors of your previous partners.
Unsolicited advice is always self-serving.
When you are criticizing someone, you should speak only to your own experience - not others'.
When someone repeatedly insists that something isn't true, it increases the likelihood that it is.
If people thought more, we'd all have less to amuse us.
Individuals who are uncomfortable with themselves sometimes emit vibes that make others uncomfortable.
There is nothing more painful than being rejected simply for being who you are.
"Don't be stupid!" is excellent advice.
"Nags" nag because they feel they aren't being heard.
We human beings are definitely capable of loving more than one person, but it seems to go more smoothly if we don't love more than one person at a time.
Climb aboard life's elevator, hit the "up" button, and see where it takes you.
Marriage is an intimate relationship between two people. It is a bad idea to involve a third party.
Life is weird. And guess what makes it weird? People.
You should not be hovering in the background, inflating the drama. Simply envelop him in love and affection and let him know that you will support his efforts, whatever they are.
[from a reader] I hope she learns to look for the joy in life instead of picking out negatives - it will change her life for the better.
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