Strength of character means the ability to overcome resentment against others, to hide hurt feelings, and to forgive quickly.— Lawrence G. Lovasik
The most empowering Lawrence G. Lovasik quotes that are easy to memorize and remember
A sarcastic person has a superiority complex that can be cured only by the honesty of humility.
It is just as cowardly to judge an absent person as it is wicked to strike a defenseless one. Only the ignorant and narrow-minded gossip, for they speak of persons instead of things.
Try to make at least one person happy every day.
If you cannot do a kind deed, speak a kind word. If you cannot speak a kind word, think a kind thought. Count up, if you can, the treasure of happiness that you would dispense in a week, in a year, in a lifetime!
The practice of patience toward one another, the overlooking of one another's defects, and the bearing of one another's burdens is the most elementary condition of all human and social activity in the family, in the professions, and in society.
Any fool can try to defend his mistakes - and most fools do - but it gives one a feeling of nobility to admit one's mistakes. By fighting, you never get enough, but by yielding, you get more than you expected.
Kind words are a creative force, a power that concurs in the building up of all that is good, and energy that showers blessings upon the world.
try to understand that there is more thoughtlessness than malice in the world.
People are not out to offend you deliberately and maliciously. But all of us are thoughtless at times and do not readily realize that our words and actions are going to hurt people.
If you feel an aversion to a person--that is, an unexplainable feeling of dislike or distaste for him--it is the most dangerous time for a proper opinion of him, his character, or his actions. Any judgment you pass upon him at such a time is bound to be unfair.
Nobody needs a smile so much as the one who has none to give.
So get used to smiling heart-warming smiles, and you will spread sunshine in a sometimes dreary world.
Irritability is immaturity of character.
If you are subject to being cross and unpleasant with others for no apparent reason, you need to come face-to-face with the fact that you are thinking too much of yourself. After all, your feelings are not the most important thing in this world.
Only a kind person is able to judge another justly and to make allowances for his weaknesses. A kind eye, while recognizing defects, sees beyond them.
Your silent thoughts are like the roots of a plant.
They remain hidden in the dark recesses of the earth, but from them stems the whole plant--its life and form, its strength and beauty. From them and through them the plant lives and dies. So, too, your thoughts, although hidden, are your real, vital force.
Cheerfulness is a very great help in fostering the virtue of charity.
Cheerfulness itself is a virtue.
A gentleman has his eyes on all those present;
he is tender toward the bashful, gentle toward the distant, and merciful toward the absent.
Genuine love will always feel urged to communicate joy - to be a joy-giver. Mankind needs joy.
To be outspoken when truth is under attack, when charity is being bruise, or when important issues of life are at stake is a good and courageous thing. To be outspoken when nothing is at stake except the feelings of someone else is a small and contemptible thing.
One way of getting along with people is the ability to give in.
Strength of character means the ability to give in to others from motives of love, kindness, and humility, and to do so gracefully, when no sin is involved. It also means the ability to stand on principle, and not to give in, when sin is involved.
Do not take yourself too seriously. You have to learn not to be dismayed at making mistakes. No human being can avoid failures.
If you want to make friends, go out of your way to do things for other people--things that require time, energy, unselfishness, and thoughtfulness.
Everyone who comes within the reach of your knowledge is, as it were, on trial in your mind. It is easy to be an unjust, ignorant, and even a merciless judge. The real character of the actions of others depends in great measure on the motives that prompt them, and these motives are unknown to you.
If, when you charged a person with his faults, you credited him with his virtues too, you would probably like everybody.
You are just as capable of making a mistake as anyone else.
By insisting too eagerly upon a small right, you may turn it into a wrong against yourself and also against your neighbor.
Have you noticed in your past experience that your kind interpretations were almost always truer than you harsh one?