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Forgiveness Quotes by William Brewster, Whitney Otto, Joseph Conrad, Marianne Williamson, George Herbert, Ingrid Seward and many others.

I discipline churchgoers with godly lessons and sharp words if they do not change their ways. My goal is to open their hearts so that they seek forgiveness.
William Brewster
She eventually forgave him, because she understood him.
Whitney Otto
Who would care to question the ground of forgiveness or compassion.
Joseph Conrad
Personal transformation can and does have global effects. As we go, so goes the world, for the world is us. The revolution that will save the world is ultimately a personal one.
Marianne Williamson
He that cannot forgive others, breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass if he would ever reach heaven; for everyone has need to be forgiven.
George Herbert
The Queen has well-informed opinions of many of her bishops and likes those who are straightforward and intelligent. Both she and Prince Philip believe Christianity is as much about forgiveness as morality.
Ingrid Seward
No evil is without its compensation … it is not the loss itself, but the estimate of the loss, that troubles us.
Seneca the Elder
Forgive, son; men are men; they needs must err.
We are to forgive so that we may enjoy God’s goodness without feeling the weight of anger burning deep within our hearts. Forgiveness does not mean we recant the fact that what happened to us was wrong. Instead, we roll our burdens onto the Lord and allow Him to carry them for us.
Charles Stanley
Forgiveness is hard for me, man. It is for most American-Western males. It’s a sign of weakness.
Art Alexakis
Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit.
Peter Ustinov
Jesus lived a life of peace, love, kindness and forgiveness, during the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, may we all do our best to follow his example.
Barack Obama
The moment an individual can accept and forgive him or herself, even a little, is the moment in which he or she becomes to some degree lovable.
Eugene Kennedy
‘Kris Kringle’ is a holiday musical for a new generation – a gorgeous score paired with a heartwarming tale of family and forgiveness.
Andrew Keenan-Bolger
Humility and ascetic hardship free a man from all sin, for the one cuts out the passions of the soul, the other those of the body. This is what the blessed David indicates when he prays to God, saying, “Look on my humility and my toil, and forgive all my sins” (Ps. 25:18).
Maximus the Confessor
There is only one path which leads to the house of forgiveness – that of understanding.
Myrtle Reed
You can make up a quarrel, but it will always show where it was patched.
E. W. Howe
I learned that I have purpose and my experiences no matter how horrible taught me heart, strength and forgiveness!
Dominique Jackson
You must forgive the people who hurt you so you can get out of prison. You’ll never be free until you do. Let go of hose wrongs they’ve done to you. Get that bitterness out of your life. That’s the only way you’re going to truly be free. You will be amazed at what can happen in your life when you release all that poison.
Joel Osteen
To forgive all is as inhuman as to forgive none
Seneca the Younger
Forgiving men is so much easier than forgiving women.
Margaret Atwood
Paula Deen is a human being. She deserves forgiveness and a chance at redemption as much as anyone else. America is about redemption.
Don Lemon
He who forgives readily only invites offense.
Pierre Corneille
Never does the human soul appear so strong as when it foregoes revenge, and dares to forgive an injury.
Edwin Hubbel Chapin
If we do an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, we will be a blind and toothless nation.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Man has two great spiritual needs. One is for forgiveness. The other is for goodness.
Billy Graham
Respect your fellow human being, treat them fairly, disagree with them honestly, enjoy their friendship, explore your thoughts about one another candidly, work together for a common goal and help one another achieve it. No destructive lies. No ridiculous fears. No debilitating anger.
Bill Bradley
Forgiveness is the process of dropping off your emotional baggage.
Tim Fargo
To understand is to forgive, even oneself.
Alexander Chase
I think it’s important to remember that Christianity was based in love and tolerance and forgiveness and acceptance.
Kristin Chenoweth
For perpetrators, when they apologize and experience remorse, it gives them a chance to reclaim their own humanity. Some rise to the moral challenge. Others of course don’t care, and they continue acting with contempt.
Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela
If I get to the end of my life, if I die, and I find out religion is one big lie, I still won’t regret it because it’s helped me to live a better life, to be a better person, to care about people, to believe in forgiveness, to believe in hope.
Elizabeth Smart
The burden of regret can weigh us down heavily on our spiritual journey. The best way to release regret is to forgive ourselves.
James Van Praagh
Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.
Nelson Mandela
I love discussing social issues, but I’m not interested in scare tactics. I believe there is a way to bring awareness in tandem with forgiveness and love.
Brie Larson
Women will forgive anything. Otherwise, the race would have died out long ago.
Robert A. Heinlein
Lack of forgiveness causes almost all of our self-sabotaging behavior.
Mark Victor Hansen
The very purpose of existence is to reconcile the glowing opinion we hold of ourselves with the appalling things that other people think about us.
Quentin Crisp
As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.
Nelson Mandela
Oh Thou, who Man of baser Earth didst make,
And ev’n with Paradise devise the snake;
For all the Sin wherewith the Face of Man
Is blackened – Man’s forgiveness give and take!
Omar Khayyam
Not even God can make something fair out of what is intrinsically unfair. Only one thing can be done. Something must break through the crust of unfairness and create a chance for a new fairness. Only forgiveness can make the breakthrough.
Lewis B. Smedes
I invite everyone to chose forgiveness rather than division, teamwork over personal ambition.
Jean-Francois Cope
Do you prefer that you be right or happy?
Norman Cousins
The films of which I’m most proud I’ve written are the ones that pivot on forgiveness.
Peter Morgan
Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.
Bruce Lee
Forgiveness is taking seriously the awfulness of what has happened when you are treated unfairly. Forgiveness is not pretending that things are other than the way they are.
Desmond Tutu
Forgiving those who hurt us is the key to personal peace.
Ulysses G. Weatherly
Today I forgive all those who have ever offended me. I give my love to all thirsty hearts, both to those who love me and to those who do not love me.
Paramahansa Yogananda
If you haven’t forgiven yourself something, how can you forgive others?
Dolores Huerta
On a level of simple personal survival, understanding and forgiveness are crucial… whether in an intimate personal relationship or on a global level.
Edward Albert
We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
The glory of Christianity is to conquer by forgiveness. It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.
Henry Ward Beecher
If you overpower your enemy, then pardon him by way of thankfulness to Allah, for being able to subdue him.
Bill Vaughan
Forgiveness is almost a selfish act because of its immense benefits to the one who forgives.
Lawana Blackwell
Every fool knows you can’t touch the stars, but it doesn’t stop a wise man from trying.
Harry Anderson
It never hurts to think too highly of a person; often they become ennobled and act better because of it.
Nelson Mandela
When we quarrel, how we wish we had been blameless.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Peace is not something you wish for, пїЅ it is something you make, something you are, something you do,пїЅand something you give away.
Robert Fulghum
If we don’t forgive ourselves for mistakes we’ve made-and everybody’s made their choices, some worse than others-we’ll never experience the good life God has in store.
Joel Osteen
I am certain that people never forgive because they believe they have an obligation to do it or because someone told them to do it. Forgiveness has to come from inside as a desire of the heart. Wanting to is the steam that pushes the forgiving engine.
Lewis B. Smedes
We get a lot of raps as Americans for being small-minded, but in fact, when you really drill down to the core of the culture, there’s an enormous amount of compassion and forgiveness and support.
Bartlett Sher
Forgiveness is the act of admitting we are like other people.
Christina Baldwin
Forgiveness is important in families, especially when there are so many secrets that need to be healed – for the most part, every family’s got them.
Tyler Perry
The heart has always the pardoning power.
Sophie Swetchine
What power has love but forgiveness? In other words by its intervention what has been done can be undone. What good is it otherwise?
William Carlos Williams
Those who cannot forgive others break the bridge over which they themselves must pass.
There would be no need for love if perfection were possible. Love arises from our imperfection, from our being different and always in need of the forgiveness, encouragement and that missing half of ourselves that we are searching for, as the Greek myth tells us, in order to complete ourselves.
Eugene Kennedy
There is no forgiveness in nature.
Ugo Betti
Can you really forgive if you can’t forget?
Sarah Jessica Parker
Forgiveness lives alone and far off down the road, but bitterness and art are close, gossipy neighbors, sharing the same clothesline, hanging out their things, getting their laundry confused.
Lorrie Moore
Forgiveness provides hope, joy, and a bright future that nothing else can.
Paul J. Meyer
Forgetting is the cost of living cheerfully.
Zoe Akins
I learned a long time ago that some people would rather die than forgive. It’s a strange truth, but forgiveness is a painful and difficult process.
Sue Monk Kidd
Every twenty-four hours God has a fresh new supply of grace, of favor, of wisdom, of forgiveness.
Joel Osteen
Everyone says that forgiveness is a lovely idea until he has something to forgive yet tasted one of the most sublime enjoyments of life.
C. S. Lewis
Well, I’ve never left my faith – but have I made a lot of mistakes? But was I fortunate that I was brought up in that Pentecostal church, where I heard about God’s love and God’s forgiveness.
Billy Ray Cyrus
I thoroughly disapprove of duels. If a man should challenge me, I would take him kindly and forgivingly by the hand and lead him to a quiet place and kill him.
Mark Twain
Five enemies of peace inhabit with us – avarice, ambition, envy, anger, and pride; if these were to be banished, we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace.
What is forgiven is usually well remembered.
Louis Dudek
Let us not listen to those who think we ought to be angry with our enemies, and who believe this to be great and manly. Nothing is so praiseworthy, nothing so clearly shows a great and noble soul, as clemency and readiness to forgive.
Marcus Tullius Cicero
Sometimes I see myself fine, sometimes I need a witness. And I like the whole truth, but there are nights I only need forgiveness.
Dar Williams
Look at the things you’ve done and ask for forgiveness. After clearing out that wreckage from the past, you can move forward, in a way, to keep your finger on the pulse.
Molly Bloom
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
Mahatma Gandhi
Decide to forgive: For resentment is negative; resentment is poisoning; resentment diminishes and devours the self.
Robert Muller
The sun should not set upon our anger, neither should he rise upon our confidence. We should forgive freely, but forget rarely. I will not be revenged, and this I owe to my enemy; but I will remember, and this I owe to myself.
Charles Caleb Colton
Asking for forgiveness is just one of the most painful kind of experiences.
Nick Nolte
Oh God, I say not hear my prayers! I say: Blot with forgiving pen my sins away!
When God forgives, He at once restores.
Theodore Epp
The lesson is that you can still make mistakes and be forgiven.
Robert Downey, Jr.
I can’t forgive my friends for dying; I don’t find these vanishing acts of theirs at all amusing.
Logan Pearsall Smith
Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.
John F. Kennedy
If we forgive other people, our hearts are made fit to receive forgiveness.
Corrie Ten Boom
When you forgive, you in no way change the past – but you sure do change the future.
Bernard Meltzer
We need Grace and forgiveness.
Pope Benedict XVI
Jesus says that those who live by God’s forgiveness must imitate it. A person whose only hope is that God will not hold his faults against him forfeits his right to hold others’ faults against them.
David Jeremiah
I love my children. That will never change. I have prayed to them for forgiveness and hope that they will forgive me. I never meant to hurt them!!
Susan Smith
It is certainly a good thing always to forgive with generosity, but it is no doubt just never to forget the wrongs received: they belong to the route that leads to inner maturity.
Fausto Cercignani
Because God’s justice is inexorable, it is hard to obtain forgiveness for sins committed with complete deliberation.
Marcus Eremita
Don’t do it quickly, but don’t wait too long… If we wait too long to forgive, our rage settles in and claims squatter’s rights to our souls.
Lewis B. Smedes
A grudge is like a cesspool; forgiveness like a flowing river.
Christiane Northrup
Keep in mind, hurting people often hurt other people as a result of their own pain. If somebody is rude and inconsiderate, you can almost be certain that they have some unresolved issues inside. They have some major problems, anger, resentment, or some heartache they are trying to cope with or overcome.
Joel Osteen
We cannot embrace God’s forgiveness if we are so busy clinging to past wounds and nursing old grudges.
T. D. Jakes
Forgiving is not forgetting. It is remembering and letting go.
Claudia Black
Forgiveness is man’s deepest need and highest achievement.
Horace Bushnell
Real freedom is creative, proactive, and will take me into new territories. I am not free if my freedom is predicated on reacting to my past.
Kenny Loggins
Choosing forgiveness opens the door of your heart and makes way for a miracle in your life.
Victoria Osteen
Love thy neighbor as thyself: Do not do to others what thou wouldst not wish be done to thyself: Forgive injuries. Forgive thy enemy, be reconciled to him, give him assistance, invoke God in his behalf.
As nice as we are in love, we forgive more faults in that than in friendship.
Henry Home, Lord Kames
Use each interaction to be the best, most powerful version of yourself.
Marianne Williamson
Turn the other cheek too often and you get a razor through it.
John Lydon
The only vice that cannot be forgiven is hypocrisy. The repentance of a hypocrite is itself hypocrisy.
William Hazlitt
If the people around you are spiteful and callous and will not hear you, fall down before them and beg their forgiveness; for in truth you are to blame for their not wanting to hear you.
Fyodor Dostoevsky
Did man e’er live Saw priest or woman yet forgive?
James Russell Lowell
Mutual forgiveness of each vice. Such are the Gates of Paradise.
William Blake
It is possible to have pardon without forgiveness-a murderer can be pardoned by the governor, but that does not mean the victim’s family has forgiven him. And there can be forgiveness without pardon.
Allen C. Guelzo
On the Day of Atonement, Jews are commanded to seek forgiveness from the people we have hurt.
Laura Schlessinger
Even forgiveness, if weak and passive, is not true: fight is better. Forgive when you could bring legions of angels to the victory.
Swami Vivekananda
Forgiveness is the needle that knows how to mend.
The sin
That neither God nor man can well forgive.
Alfred Lord Tennyson
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.
Francis of Assisi
When you forgive, you must cancel the debt. Do not spend your life paying and collecting debts.
Joyce Meyer
Become more accepting. With every interaction, surrender any tendency to judge another person. Pray for a more accepting heart.
Marianne Williamson
From the body of one guilty deed a thousand ghostly fears and haunting thoughts proceed.
William Wordsworth
Forgiveness is a choice, but it is not an option.
Joel Osteen
If we don’t forgive, we stay emotionally handcuffed to the person who hurt us.
Antoinette Bosco
Revenge may not be a particularly high consciousness-oriented activity.
Carrie Fisher
Humanity is never so beautiful as when praying for forgiveness, or else forgiving another.
Jean Paul
As long as you don’t forgive, who and whatever it is will occupy a rent-free space in your mind.
Isabelle Holland
We’d do better to follow the admonition of Jesus about loving our neighbours. People in the U.S. are capable of forgiveness and willing to see one another’s point of view, but when matters become politicised, we’re less able to do that.
Kent Haruf
A wonderful quality about America is that we love redemption stories. We’re quick to lash out and assign blame, but we also draw from deep reservoirs of forgiveness.
Judy Smith
However many and however great and burdensome your sins may be, with God there is greater mercy. Just as His majesty is, so likewise is His mercy.
Patriarch Tikhon of Moscow
Sandy Meisner would say it takes 20 years to make an actor. Some people it takes five, some people 30. And you have to have patience and forgiveness for yourself. It’s hard when you see people at your age or younger becoming successful.
Mark Pellegrino
Repentance may be old-fashioned, but it is not outdated so long as there is sin.
J. C. Macaulay
I did once seriously think of embracing the Christian faith. The gentle figure of Christ, so full of forgiveness that he taught his followers not to retaliate when abused or struck, but to turn the other cheek – I thought it was a beautiful example of the perfect man.
Mahatma Gandhi
I believe in the redemptive need to admit mistakes, express regret, and ask for forgiveness.
Ana Navarro
If I say, “Yes, I forgive, but I cannot forgive,” as though the God, who twice a day washes all the sands on all the shores of all the world, could not wash such memories from my mind, then I know nothing of Calvary love.
Amy Carmichael
Anytime you try to be a loving person, you’re doing your part to save the world.
Marianne Williamson
Sometimes you just have to regret things and move on.
Charlaine Harris
To reconcile conflicting parties, we must have the ability to understand the suffering of both sides.
Nhat Hanh
Yes, this is what good is: to forgive evil. There is no other good.
Antonio Porchia
Thankfully, forgiveness, and the healing it brings in its wake, has nothing to do with ‘deserve.’
Eric Metaxas
There is no love without forgiveness, and there is no forgiveness without love.
Bryant H. McGill
Forgiveness means letting go of the past.
Gerald Jampolsky
If you’re truthful with yourself and others, forgiveness clears the path to righteousness, to grace. All we want is grace. We all want that light in our lives. And we can only get that when we go deep into truth.
Corbin Bernsen
I can have peace of mind only when I forgive rather than judge.
Gerald Jampolsky
I can pardon everybody’s mistakes except my own.
Cato the Elder
It seems that most people need to experience a great deal of suffering before they will relinquish resistance and accept – before they will forgive.
Eckhart Tolle
Forgiveness is a gift of high value. Yet its cost is nothing.
Betty Smith
Many people believe in turning the other cheek, especially when it is your cheek.
Anne Ellis
So many people ask, ‘How could you forgive your mother for the way you were raised?’ It’s really not forgiveness, in my opinion. It’s acceptance. She’s never going to be the sort of mother who wants to take care of me.
Jeannette Walls
The only unforgivable sin: Being unforgiving.
Malcolm Forbes
We read that we ought to forgive our enemies; but we do not read that we ought to forgive our friends.
Francis Bacon
Children are meant to understand compassion and comfort because they have received compassion and comfort – and this should be in the family setting. A family should be a place where comfort is experienced and understood, so that the people are prepared to give comfort to others.
Edith Schaeffer
When you forgive somebody, when you are generous, when you withhold judgment, when you love and when you stand up to injustice, you are, in that moment, bringing heaven to earth.
Rob Bell
Youth, which is forgiven everything, forgives itself nothing: age, which forgives itself everything, is forgiven nothing.
George Bernard Shaw
There is some good in the worst of us, and some evil in the best of us.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Forgiveness works the miracle of change.
Wilferd Peterson
We all know in our hearts that forgiveness is the right thing; it’s just a matter of being inspired to reach that place.
Nazanin Boniadi
Forgive what you can’t excuse.
Mary Wortley Montagu
With the stones we cast at them, geniuses build new roads with them.
Paul Eldridge
Forgiveness is better than revenge, for forgiveness is the sign of a gentle nature, but revenge is the sign of a savage nature. the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace.
We think that forgiveness is weakness, but it’s absolutely not; it takes a very strong person to forgive.
T. D. Jakes
The schools would fail through their silence, the Church through its forgiveness, and the home through the denial and silence of the parents. The new generation has to hear what the older generation refuses to tell it.
Simon Wiesenthal
Forgiveness is not an occasional act. It is a permanent attitude. That which I was not but could have been. That which I would have done but did not do. Can I find the fortitude to remember in truth,to understand, to submit, to forgive and to be free to move on in time?
Martin Luther King, Jr.
To understand is not only to pardon, but in the end to love.
Walter Lippmann
What antidote can there be for an idea that popular and poisonous? Revenge provides revenge, which is sure to provide revenge, forming an endless chain of human misery. Here’s the antidote: Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. Amen.
Kurt Vonnegut
We forgive freely or we do not really forgive at all.
Lewis B. Smedes
As our nation’s student debt crisis has reached a breaking point, we’ve been hearing lots of talk about student loan forgiveness. It’s taken me 20 years to forgive myself for my loan – and just as long to pay it off.
Camille Perri
Hope you’ll forgive me, never meant wrong. Tried to be patient, but waited too long. But I would’ve came back.. But I would’ve came back for you.
For me it’s not possible to forget, and I don’t understand people who, when the love is ended, can bury the other person in hatred or oblivion. For me, a man I have loved becomes a kind of brother.
Jeanne Moreau
True remorse is never just a regret over consequences; it is a regret over motive.
Mignon McLaughlin
The full benefit of forgiveness of sin through the Savior’s Atonement begins with repentance and baptism and then expands upon receiving the Holy Ghost.
James E. Faust
Let no one mourn that he has fallen again and again; for forgiveness has risen from the grave.
Saint John Chrysostom
I ask the people of Connecticut for their forgiveness, I should have paid more attention to people around me and people that I trusted but I am sorry for my actions and take full responsibility.
John G. Rowland
Grief and tragedy and hatred are only for a time. Goodness, remembrance and love have no end, and the Lord of life holds all who die and all who mourn.
George W. Bush
Forgiveness is an absolute necessity for continued human existence.
Desmond Tutu
We cannot change the past, but we can change our attitude toward it. Uproot guilt and plant forgiveness. Tear out arrogance and seed humility. Exchange love for hate – thereby, making the present comfortable and the future promising.
Maya Angelou
I thank the Lord for the great principle of repentance and forgiveness.
Gordon B. Hinckley
No woman allows her lover to descend from his pedestal. Even a god is not forgiven the slightest pettiness.
Honore de Balzac
You will achieve more in this world through acts of mercy than you will through acts of retribution.
Nelson Mandela
Well, of course I think people can be forgiven. But our justice system is not set up to dispense forgiveness. You can go to the local priest for that.
Nancy Grace
In the Bible it says they asked Jesus how many times you should forgive, and he said seventy times seven. Well, I want you all to know that I’m keeping a chart.
Hillary Clinton
Forgiveness is all-powerful. Forgiveness heals all ills.
Catherine Ponder
Reason to rule, mercy to forgive: The first is law, the last prerogative. Life is an adventure in forgiveness.
John Dryden
It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.
Mother Teresa
God forgives not capriciously, but with wise, definite, Divine pre arrangement; forgives universally, on the grounds of atonement and on the condition of repentance and faith.
Richard Salter Storrs
In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus assumes that asking for forgiveness would be a daily occurrence, as would praying that we might be delivered from evil and led not into temptation.
Kevin DeYoung
We believe that the farm should be building ‘forgiveness’ into the ecosystem. What does that mean? That a more forgiving ecosystem is one that can better handle drought, flood, disease, pestilence.
Joel Salatin
In Lake Wobegon, we don’t forget mistakes.
Garrison Keillor
Life is life. You have to learn how to forgive people and how to gain forgiveness for yourself.
Benjamin Clementine
It may be infinitely worse to refuse to forgive than to murder, because
George MacDonald
As long as we love, we can forgive.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
The things the writers have me doing on ‘Suburgatory’ are insane. I think they think it’s easier to ask for forgiveness than permission.
Cheryl Hines
The mind that too frequently forgives bad actions will at last forget good ones.
Frederic Reynolds
During mental prayer, it is well, at times, to imagine that many insults and injuries are being heaped upon us, that misfortunes have befallen us, and then strive to train our heart to bear and forgive these things patiently, in imitation of our Saviour. This is the way to acquire a strong spirit.
Philip Neri
We cannot ask forgiveness over and over again for our sins, and then return to our sins, expecting God to forgive us. We must turn from our practice of sin as best we know how, and turn to Christ by faith as our Lord and Savior.
Billy Graham
Life’s too short not to forgive.
Miranda Kenneally
For me, forgiveness and compassion are always linked: how do we hold people accountable for wrongdoing and yet at the same time remain in touch with their humanity enough to believe in their capacity to be transformed?
Bell Hooks
Labor with what zeal we will, Something still remains undone, Something uncompleted still Waits the rising of the sun.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The hatred you’re carrying is a live coal in your heart – far more damaging to yourself than to them.
Lawana Blackwell
God forgives us. … Who am I not to forgive?
Clarissa Pinkola Estes
I think there are different levels of forgiveness.
Catherine Oxenberg
The sage said, “The best thing is not to hate anyone, only to love. That is the only way out of it. As soon as you have forgiven those whom you hate, you have gotten rid of them. Then you have no reason to hate them; you just forget. spiritual Dimensions of Psychology.”
Hazrat Inayat Khan
The sign of sincere love is to forgive wrongs done to us. It was with such love that the Lord loved the world.
Marcus Eremita
I was taught to be Biblical: “Forgive them for they know not what they do.
Michael Jackson
Forgiveness in any aspect of something that is complex is the greatest tool.
Kate Hudson
God’s forgiveness allows us to be honest with ourselves. We recognize our imperfections, admit our failures, and plead to God for clemency.
Jonathan Sacks
God’s forgiveness extends to the worst offenders and to anyone who wishes to receive it-not because of who we are, but because of who He is.
Charles R. Swindoll
When we forgive, the slave we free is ourselves.
Edward Hallowell
Forgive that you may be forgiven.
Seneca the Younger
Hope for a great sea-change timid to rebuke and too petty to forgive.
Seamus Heaney
One who condones evils is just as guilty as the one who perpetrates it.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Inner peace can be reached only when we practice forgiveness. Forgiveness is letting go of the past, and is therefore the means for correcting our misperceptions.
Gerald Jampolsky
To understand somebody else as a human being, I think, is about as close to real forgiveness as one can get.
David Small
How many times should you forgive your household bruiser? You should not even think about forgiving him. Not yet. Not as long as he has his foot on your neck. Your problem at this point is not forgiving. Your problem is how to get out of his reach. Once you get away from him, you can think about forgiving him.
Lewis B. Smedes
To forgive is wisdom, to forget is genius.
Joyce Cary
A man that studieth revenge keeps his own wounds green.
Francis Bacon
No matter what your past has been, your future is spotless.
Hugh B. Brown
I would say the hierarchy has made terrible errors in judgment and it has to seek forgiveness by its members.
William P. Leahy
Gandhi was right: if we all live by ‘an eye for an eye’ the whole world will be blind. The only way out is forgiveness.
Lewis B. Smedes
To err is human, to forgive is divine.
Helen Prejean
I really do believe that God is love, one of deep affection and grace and forgiveness and inspiration.
William P. Young
Forgiving does not erase the bitter past. A healed memory is not a deleted memory. Instead, forgiving what we cannot forget creates a new way to remember. We change the memory of our past into a hope for our future.
Lewis B. Smedes
He couldn’t even tell whether he was angry or contrite, whether it was forgiveness he wanted or the power to forgive.
Richard Yates
Satan tries to counterfeit the work of God, and by doing this, he may deceive many. To make us lose hope, feel miserable like himself, and believe that we are beyond forgiveness, Satan might even misuse words from the scriptures that emphasize the justice of God in order to imply that there is no mercy.
Dieter F. Uchtdorf
God is the original, master forgiver. Each time we grope our reluctant way through the minor miracle of forgiving, we are imitating his style. I am not at all sure that any of us would have had imagination enough to see the possibilities in this way to heal the wrongs of this life had he not done it first.
Lewis B. Smedes
Never forget the three powerful resources you always have available to you: love, prayer, and forgiveness.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Forgiveness is the giving, and so the receiving, of life.
George MacDonald
If I am content to heal a hurt slightly, saying “Peace, peace,” where is no peace; if I forget the poignant word “Let love be without dissimulation” and blunt the edge of truth, speaking not right things but smooth things, then I know nothing of Calvary love.
Amy Carmichael
To begin loving people today, we must close the door on the past. And that cannot happen without forgiveness! Forgive those who have hurt you – for your sake, not because they deserve it.
Rick Warren
every time God forgives us, God is saying that God’s own rules do not matter as much as the relationship that God wants to create with us.
Richard Rohr
Forgiveness is a spiritual practice and biblical mandate from the New Testament that many American Christians engage in as a part of their faith.
Anthea Butler
Life is an adventure in forgiveness.
Norman Cousins
We are not forgiven because we are good. We are forgiven because Christ bore our sins.
Joseph Prince
The Gospel offers forgiveness for the past, new life for the present, and hope for the future.
John Sentamu
In 2006, 2 years ago, I made a very serious mistake. A mistake that I am responsible for and no one else. In 2006, I told Elizabeth about the mistake, asked her for her forgiveness, asked God for his forgiveness.
John Edwards
I can forgive, but I cannot forget, is only another way of saying, I will not forgive. Forgiveness ought to be like a cancelled note – torn in two, and burned up, so that it never can be shown against one.
Henry Ward Beecher
In Christ we see a maturity of love that flowers in self-sacrifice and forgiveness; a maturity of power that never swerves from the ideal of service; a maturity of goodness that overcomes every temptation, and, of course, we see the ultimate victory of life over death itself.
Vincent Nichols
To confer dignity, forgive. To express contempt, forget.
Mason Cooley
Selfishness must always be forgiven you know, because there is no hope of a cure.
Jane Austen
Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated.
Coretta Scott King
I learned a long time ago that some people would rather die than forgive. It’s a strange truth, but forgiveness is a painful and difficult process. It’s not something that happens overnight. It’s an evolution of the heart.
Sue Monk Kidd
I had the honor to meet Nelson Mandela, and I heard him explain his forgiveness of his captors of 27 years by saying hatred and bitterness is destructive – the power is in love and forgiveness.
Dick Gephardt
The characteristics of an authentically empowered personality are humbleness, clarity, forgiveness and love.
Gary Zukav
You only have to forgive once. To resent, you have to do it all day, every day.
M. L. Stedman
Forgiveness is the one unpardonable sin.
Dorothy L. Sayers
The Christian life is not a constant high. I have my moments of deep discouragement. I have to go to God in prayer with tears in my eyes, and say, ‘O God, forgive me,’ or ‘Help me.’
Billy Graham
If a good person does you wrong, act as though you had not noticed it. If we practice and eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, soon the wholeworld will be blind and toothless.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The blood of Christ covers all of our sins, but each of us must do personal business with God in order to experience his forgiveness.
Lewis B. Smedes
If there is something to pardon in everything, there is also something to condemn.
Friedrich Nietzsche
At times anger will trigger harsh words. After a cooling the ability to speak from the heart with love and compassion.
Ana Monnar
If any dust of imperfection cling to your heart, be not troubled, but consume it immediately in the fire of divine love, and, sorrowfully asking forgiveness, continue to live in peace.
Paul of the Cross
Not only were the Jewish people beloved, but God himself had taken pains to let them know it. Could there be any clearer sign that he continued to believe in their potential, even without the Temple, to achieve forgiveness and ultimately merit the Temple’s rebuilding?
Meir Soloveichik
Hurt people hurt people. That’s how pain patterns gets passed on, generation after generation after generation. Break the chain today. Meet anger with sympathy, contempt with compassion, cruelty with kindness. Greet grimaces with smiles. Forgive and forget about finding fault. Love is the weapon of the future.
Yehuda Berg
If the will remains in protest, it stays dependent on that which it is protesting against.
Rollo May
It is the calm, forgiving, equable, well-balanced mind that does the greatest amount of work.
Swami Vivekananda
He who seeks forgiveness of his sins loves humility, but if he condemns another he seals his own wickedness.
Marcus Eremita
Some troubles, like a protested note of a solvent debtor, bear interest.
Honore de Balzac
People who truly love us can be divided into two categories: those who understand us, and those who forgive us our worst sins. Rarely do you find someone capable of both.
Jonathan Carroll
To forgive a fault in another is more sublime than to be faultless one’s self.
George Sand
Romance is one of the sacred temples that dot the landscape of life.
Marianne Williamson
Forgiveness for one’s self is the only way we can keep going through life and give ourselves the best chance at being the best people we can be.
Yolanda Hadid
Chronic remorse, as all the moralists are agreed, is a most undesirable sentiment. If you have behaved badly, repent, make what amends you can and address yourself to the task of behaving better next time. On no account brood over your wrongdoing. Rolling in the muck is not the best way of getting clean.
Aldous Huxley
Every year during their High Holy Days, the Jewish community reminds us all of our need for repentance and forgiveness.
Billy Graham
Do not desire crosses, unless you have borne those already laid upon you well — it is an abuse to long after martyrdom while unable to bear an insult patiently.
Saint Francis de Sales
We have to have a deep, patient compassion for the fears of others and irrational mania of those who hate or condemn us.
Thomas Merton
Forgiveness leads to love, and love leads to forgiveness.
Darren Johnson
It is a very delicate job to forgive a man, without lowering him in his own estimation, and yours too.
Josh Billings
If men wound you with injuries, meet them with patience; hasty words rankle the wound, soft language dresses it, forgiveness cures it, and oblivion takes away the scar. It is more noble by silence to avoid an injury than by argument to overcome it.
Francis Beaumont
As a practicing Catholic all my life, my faith and the church are never far from my mind. The lessons I learned in the church have structured the way I’ve approached my life and my career. They were lessons of grace, kindness, forgiveness, and compassion.
Donna Brazile
Forgive me my nonsense, as I also forgive the nonsense of those that think they talk sense.
Robert Frost
My parents did their best – that earns a lot of forgiveness. But they say children grow up in spite of their parents, and I think I did.
Larry Drake
I find forgiveness to be really healthy.
Ben Affleck
Not just Christians and Jews, but also Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus and the followers of many other religions believe in values like peace, respect, tolerance and dignity. These are values that bring people together and enable us to build responsible and solid communities.
Alcee Hastings
I refuse to let what happened to me make me bitter.
Nicole Kidman
You dont have to hold on to the pain, to hold on to the memory.
Janet Jackson
Forgiveness is not always easy. At times, it feels more painful than the wound we suffered, to forgive the one that inflicted it. And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness.
Marianne Williamson
When I felt real forgiveness, my heart was set free.
Phan Thi Kim Phuc
Forgiveness is giving up the hope that the past could have been any different.
Oprah Winfrey
Put anger aside. It is not a solution. Patience and love is a solution. With compassion and action, together we can end slavery.
Somaly Mam
You have been forgiven, so act like it!
Aiden Wilson Tozer
Forgive thyself little, and others much.
Leighton Meester
I’m sorry’ I said again. Whenever someone tells you something said, it’s the only thing you can think to say, even if you’re already said it before.
Nicholas Sparks
God will pardon: That’s His business.
Heinrich Heine
Everything we do is infused with the energy with which we do it. If we’re frantic, life will be frantic. If we’re peaceful, life will be peaceful. And so our goal in any situation becomes inner peace.
Marianne Williamson
Most of us need time to work through pain and loss. We can find all manner of reasons for postponing forgiveness. One of these reasons is waiting for the wrongdoers to repent before we forgive them. Yet such a delay causes us to forfeit the peace and happiness that could be ours.
James E. Faust
You cannot antagonize and influence at the same time.
John Knox
Sometimes I wonder will God ever forgive us for what we’ve done to each other? Then I look around and I realize God left this place a long time ago.
Leonardo DiCaprio
I have always had tremendous amount of patience, compassion and forgiveness.
Rahul Roy
Frequently the enemy entices Christians to harbor an unforgiving spirit – a very common symptom indeed among God’s children. Such bitterness and fault-finding and enmity inflict a severe blow upon spiritual life.
Watchman Nee
When we don’t forgive, we’re not hurting the other person. We’re not hurting the company that did us wrong. We’re not hurting God. We’re only hurting ourselves.
Joel Osteen
In reality, student loan forgiveness is welfare for the rich: a federal mandate that people who will make less money on average over the course of their lives bail out people who will make more money on average over the course of their lives.
Michael J. Knowles
But I am sure that I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round…as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely.
Charles Dickens
We are told that people stay in love because of chemistry, or because they remain intrigued with each other, because of many kindnesses, because of luck. But part of it has got to be forgiveness and gratefulness.
Ellen Goodman
Before we can forgive one another, we have to understand one another.
Emma Goldman
My experience has shown me that many people struggle with forgiveness of self and/or others.
Malik Yoba
Enchanted partnership begins with the conscious understanding, on the part of two people, that the purpose of their relationship is not so much material as spiritual, and the internal skills demanded by it are prodigious.
Marianne Williamson
Nobody will be able to forgive me but myself.
Ding Ling
Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity, or registering wrongs.
Charlotte Bronte
Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself.
Suzanne Somers
When you are offended at any man’s fault, turn to yourself and study your own failings. Then you will forget your anger.
If only I wasn’t an atheist, I could get away with anything. You’d just ask for forgiveness and then you’d be forgiven. It sounds much better than having to live with guilt.
Keira Knightley
See, forgiveness doesn’t happen all at once. It’s not an event – it’s a process.
Barry Lyga
One of the most basic principles for making and keeping peace within and between nations. . . is that in political, military, moral, and spiritual confrontations, there should be an honest attempt at the reconciliation of differences before resorting to combat
Jimmy Carter
In order to have understanding, you need forgiveness, compassion, and empathy.
Rooney Mara
Take care that no one hates you justly.
Publilius Syrus
I think one should forgive and remember …. If you forgive and forget in the usual sense, you’re just driving what you remember into the subconscious; it stays there and festers. But to look, even regularly, upon what you remember and know you’ve forgiven is achievement.
Faith Baldwin
God’s forgiveness is the only thing. And, well, I take full responsibility for the adultery. It was my fault and, you know, no matter what went on, the man has to take responsibility; and I do.
Jim Bakker
The more people know, the more they forgive.
The man whom society will not forgive nor restore is driven into recklessness.
Frederick William Robertson
Vengeance is having a videotape planted in your soul that cannot be turned off. It plays the painful scene over and over again inside your mind…And each time it plays you feel the clap of pain again…Forgiving turns off the videotape of pained memory Forgiving sets you free.
Lewis B. Smedes
Forgiveness means it finally becomes unimportant that you hit back.
Anne Lamott
Sin penetrates to the heart, darkens and hardens it until it extinguishes the light of belief. Each sin has a path that leads to unbelief. Unless that sin is swiftly obliterated by seeking God’s forgiveness, it grows from a worm into a snake that gnaws at the heart.
Said Nursi
I deepen my experience of God through prayer, meditation, and forgiveness.
Marianne Williamson
Let us learn from Christ how to pray, to forgive, to sow peace, and to be near those in need.
Pope Francis
They who have been exercised in the service of God for a long time, may in their prayers imagine all sorts of insults offered to them, such as blows, wounds, and the like, and so in order to imitate Christ by their charity, may accustom their hearts beforehand to forgive real injuries when they come.
Philip Neri
The fact is there is forgiveness for those who seek God. And I believe in the power of redemption.
Rick Perry
Virtue isn’t not wronging others but not wishing to wrong others.
Just knowing you don’t have the answers is a recipe for humility, openness, acceptance, forgiveness, and an eagerness to learn – and those are all good things.
Dick Van Dyke
Our key to transforming anything lies in our ability to reframe it.
Marianne Williamson
Of him that hopes to be forgiven it is indispensably required that he forgive. It is, therefore, superfluous to urge any other motive. On this great duty eternity is suspended, and to him that refuses to practise it, the throne of mercy is inaccessible, and the Saviour of the world has been born in vain.
Samuel Johnson
If there are dreams about a beautiful South Africa, there are also roads that lead to their goal. Two of these roads could be named Goodness and Forgiveness.
Nelson Mandela
I clearly have done things that were wrong. I’ve clearly had to seek God’s forgiveness.
Newt Gingrich
The key to abundance is meeting limited circumstances with unlimited thoughts.
Marianne Williamson
…Forgiving is not having to understand. Understanding may come later, in fragments, an insight here and a glimpse there, after forgiving.
Lewis B. Smedes
In the evening of life we shall be judged on love, and not one of us is going to come off very well, and were it not for my absolute faith in the loving forgiveness of my Lord I could not call on him to come.
Madeleine L’Engle
When you are happy you can forgive a great deal.
Princess Diana
I introduced the FREED Vets Act to make student debt forgiveness for disabled veterans automatic, both now and in the future, regardless of who is in the White House.
Conor Lamb
Always forgive your enemies – nothing annoys them so much.
Oscar Wilde
Jesus’ own witness of sacrificial love and forgiveness, and his work to heal the sick and care for those in need, represent God’s ways and vision for us.
Adam Hamilton
If we can still love those who have made us suffer, we love them all the more.
Anna Brownell Jameson
Receive no satisfaction for premeditated impertinence – forget it, forgive it – but keep him inexorably at a distance who ofв€Јfered it.
Johann Kaspar Lavater
I’m currently in an interesting correspondence with a nun about forgiveness
Julian Clary
Whenever fortune wishes to joke, she lifts people from what is humble to the highest extremity of affairs.
Forgiveness is not to give the other person peace. Forgiveness is for you. Take that opportunity.
Mackenzie Phillips
It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.
William Blake
Any party which takes credit for the rain must not be surprised if its opponents blame it for the drought.
Dwight Morrow
A happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers.
Ruth Graham
Keeping score of old scores and scars, getting even and one-upping, always makes you less than you are.
Malcolm Forbes
You can forgive a fool because he only runs in one direction and doesn’t deceive anybody. It’s the deceivers who make you feel bad.
Charles Bukowski
To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.
C. S. Lewis
If I owe Smith ten dollars and God forgives me, that doesn’t pay Smith.
Robert Green Ingersoll
God pardons like a mother, who kisses the offense into everlasting forgiveness.
Henry Ward Beecher
And if your friend does evil to you, say to him, ”I forgive you for what you did to me, but how can I forgive you for what you did to yourself?
Friedrich Nietzsche
Reason to rule, mercy to forgive: The first is law, the last prerogative.
Louis Dudek
These evils I deserve, and more . . . . Justly, yet despair not of his final pardon, Whose ear is ever open, and his eye Gracious to re-admit the suppliant.
John Milton
If we were not sinners, Jesus would not have had to come. If he didn’t see us as sinners, he could have loved us without dying for us. He died for our sins. So if we’re all sinners, that means everybody’s in the pot together needing the same love, the same grace and the same forgiveness.
Kirk Franklin
Kindness has converted more sinners than either zeal, eloquence, or learning; and these three last have never converted any.
Frederick William Faber
You never hear of a mother cursing the child; she is forgiving, always forgiving.
Swami Vivekananda
Yes, one can repent of moral transgression. The miracle of forgiveness is real, and true repentance is accepted of the Lord.
Ezra Taft Benson
Forgiveness is the path to healing.
Jeanne Marie Laskas
Forgiveness is the oil of relationships.
Josh McDowell
No amount of debt restructuring, even debt forgiveness, will help the Greeks achieve real prosperity. What they need is not short-term relief but, rather, a long-term cure.
Edmund Phelps
Compassion is the basis of morality.
Arthur Schopenhauer
The gospel of Jesus Christ encompasses much more than avoiding, overcoming, and being cleansed from sin and the bad influences in our lives; it also essentially entails doing good, being good, and becoming better. Repenting of our sins and seeking forgiveness are spiritually necessary, and we must always do so.
David A. Bednar
Hatred is one long wait.
Rene Maran
To understand everything is to forgive everything.
Gautama Buddha
What if we strove for compassion, for mercy, for forgiveness? And what if we did this for everybody, including people who have harmed others?
James Forman, Jr.
Forgiveness is a sign that the person who has wronged you means more to you than the wrong they have delt.
Ben Greenhalgh
People have to render judgment. In my case, I’ve said upfront openly, I’ve made mistakes at times. I’ve had to go to God for forgiveness. I’ve had to seek reconciliation. But I’m also a 68-year-old grandfather, and I think people have to measure who I am now and whether I’m a person they can trust.
Newt Gingrich
Everything is ended if you forgive and forget.
Swami Vivekananda
A wise judge may let mercy temper justice but may not let mercy undo it.
Lewis B. Smedes
From my experience, forgiving is the only way to survive.
Molly Ringwald
I pardon him, as God shall pardon me.
William Shakespeare
Do not think of your faults, still less of other’s faults; look for what is good and strong, and try to imitate it. Your faults will drop off, like dead leaves, when their time comes.
John Ruskin
The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.
Harriet Beecher Stowe
But you know all about that, being sorry and having no words to say something when you know you should but you just can’t.
Heather Gudenkauf
When God forgives us and purifies us of our sin, He also forgets it. Forgiveness results in God dropping the charges against us.
Billy Graham
I come from a background where, if someone is rough and tough, you handle things physically. People betrayed me, and you just want to choke them. But you choose forgiveness.
Brian Welch
The United States grants the favors of the second, third, or fifty-seventh chance, and its citizens remain free to invent for themselves whatever character draws a crowd or pays the rent.
Bill Vaughan
The people who did you wrong or who didn’t quite know how to show up, you forgive them. And forgiving them allows you to forgive yourself too.
Jane Fonda
He who forgiveth, and is reconciled unto his enemy,
shall receive his reward from God; for he loveth not the unjust doers.
Thomas Szasz
There’s a moment when all would go smooth and even,
If only the dead could find out when
To come back, and be forgiven.
Robert Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton
Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave.
Indira Gandhi
Everyone says that forgiveness is a lovely idea until he has something to forgive.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
We tend to lack humility toward love, to patronize it rather than bow before it, to put mundane considerations before the emotional need to hold someone in our arms.
Marianne Williamson
Unforgiveness is the poison you drink every day
hoping that the other person will die.
Debbie Ford
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.
William Shakespeare
It is often easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission.
Grace Hopper
I believe in the forgiveness of sin and the redemption of ignorance.
Adlai E. Stevenson
There is hope in forgiveness
John Piper
We may not know how to forgive, and we may not want to forgive; but the very fact we say we are willing to forgive begins the healing practice.
Louise Hay
Forgive, forget, learn the lesson and move forward!
James A. Murphy III
I have seen that every one forgives much in themselves that they find unpardonable in other people.
Amelia Barr
To truly forgive is to allow the other person to forget.
Robert Breault
Forgiveness is the divine miracle of grace. The cost to God was the Cross of Christ.
Oswald Chambers
Being a human being without forgiveness is like being a guitarist without fingers or being the diva without a tongue.
Jimmy Santiago Baca
The essence of the miracle of forgiveness is that it brings peace to the previously anxious, restless, frustrated, perhaps tormented soul.
Spencer W. Kimball
My great idea is that we must forgive the Pope. First of all, he needs it more than anyone else. Besides, it is the only way of placing oneself above him.
Albert Camus
In love, there really is no “Right” and “Wrong”. You just have to decide what you’re willing to forgive
Yvonne Wood
What you see and what you hear depends a great deal on where you are standing. It also depends on what sort of person you are.
C. S. Lewis
It’s so important in marriage to let the little things go and let the pride go. Forgiveness is so important, and communication. Don’t major on the minors.
Kimberly Schlapman
Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing.
August Wilson
If you don’t believe God has forgiven you, you are actually saying that God needs to do more for your forgiveness, and that Jesus’ sacrifice was not enough.
Jud Wilhite
My brain must have felt sorry for me, so it’d created the only type of guy I could touch – a fantasy one.
J. Lynn
The ineffable joy of forgiving and being forgiven forms an ecstasy that might well arouse the envy of the gods.
Elbert Hubbard
To be forgiven is not enough; we must put an end to the very need to be forgiven.
Bernadette Roberts
Thank you, God, for this good life and forgive us if we do not love it enough.
Garrison Keillor
Many promising reconciliations have broken down because while both parties come prepared to forgive, neither party come prepared to be forgiven.
Charles Williams
It is said that the offender never forgives. Certainly it is quite explicitly hard for the one in the wrong to do so. And it takes more spiritual asset than continued alcohol often leaves.
Louise Jordan Miln
A man must learn to forgive himself.
Arthur Davison Ficke
Every act of disobedience committed due to passion, its forgiveness is hoped for. Every act of disobedience committed due to arrogance, its forgiveness is not hoped for because the root of Satan’s disobedience was arrogance, whereas the root of Adam’s lapse was passion.
Sufyan al-Thawri
You will learn a lot about yourself if you stretch in the direction of goodness, of bigness, of kindness, of forgiveness, of emotional bravery. Be a warrior for love.
Cheryl Strayed
I could see that it was God’s forgiveness and His mercy that I needed, and that was provided through Christ on the Cross for those who will receive Him as Lord and Savior. That is how I came to Christ.
Kirk Cameron
Before you judge someone else, stop and think about all that God has forgiven you for.
Joyce Meyer
It’s toughest to forgive ourselves. So it’s probably best to start with other people. It’s almost like peeling an onion. Layer by layer, forgiving others, you really do get to the point where you can forgive yourself.
Patty Duke
There is freedom in forgiveness, and it’s not that hard to do once you get into the habit.
Dana Perino
When God forgave me, I figured I’d better do it too.
Johnny Cash
Do you ever achieve total forgiveness after screwing up?
Lee Unkrich
Injuries too well remembered cannot heal.
Benjamin Barber
If there are occasions when my grape turned into a raisin and my joy bell lost its resonance, please forgive me. Charge it to my head and not to my heart.
Jesse Jackson
A life lived without forgiveness is a prison.
William Arthur Ward
Sin with the multitude, and your responsibility and guilt are as great and as truly personal, as if you alone had done the wrong
Tryon Edwards
Pray you now, forget and forgive.
William Shakespeare
Don’t let the sun go down on me.
Elton John
Forgiveness will not be possible until compassion is born in your heart.
Nhat Hanh
The struggle between Israelis and Palestinians is a perfect reflection of the struggle between fear and forgiveness that rages within us all.
Marianne Williamson
We cannot serve the Lord if we don’t have a heart of forgiveness.
Monty Williams
Men forget, but never forgive; women forgive, but never forget.
Robert Jordan
Forgiveness, in some cases, is a flipping miracle in the sense that you’re fighting, and suddenly something happens. It’s a kind of grace. Whether you believe in God or not, something happens, and it’s transformative.
Ann Dowd
Be assured that if you knew all, you would pardon all.
Thomas a Kempis
If you can’t forgive and forget, pick one.
Robert Breault
Nobody ever forgets where he buried the hatchet.
Kin Hubbard
If I choose to bless another person, I will always end up feeling more blessed.
Marianne Williamson
To err is human, to forgive supine.
S. J. Perelman
Unforgiveness is the most prolific cause of disease. It will harden arteries or liver, and affect the eye-sight. In its train are endless ills.
Florence Scovel Shinn
Forgiveness is a game only saints play Kabir.
God created us for love, for union, for forgiveness and compassion and, yet, that has not been our storyline. That has not been our history.
Richard Rohr
Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart and cools the sting.
William Arthur Ward
Forgiveness is a very personal and intimate thing. Forgiveness is not something that you can speak for others because it includes not only your desire and will, your reflection and intellect, but also your emotions.
Ingrid Betancourt
I learned about forgiveness, and I’ve reached out to others to make amends.
Beth Hart
A mistake is always forgivable, rarely excusable and always unacceptable.
Robert Fripp
To forgive is human, to forget divine.
James Grand
When the doctrine of repentance is fully understood then it is seen that repentance is all that ever needs to be taught for repentance means not only to stop doing those things which are wrong but to start doing those things which are right.
Daniel H. Ludlow
I like second chances. I’ve given people second chances. You have fall-outs with friends, and forgiveness is a great thing to have. It’s not easy to forgive. I definitely don’t forget, but I do forgive.
Odette Annable
And as I ask for your forgiveness, I also ask for your support to keep all things in perspective and keep all things in proportion. The good of nine years versus the bad.
John Rowland
To forgive freely, is what we owe to our enemy; to forget not, is what we owe to ourselves.
Amelia Barr
The ability to forgive is one of man’s greatest achievements.
Bryant H. McGill
Malice drinks one-half of its own poison.
Seneca the Elder
A winner rebukes and forgives; a loser is too timid to rebuke and too petty to forgive.
Sydney J. Harris
There is a manner of forgiveness so divine that you are ready to embrace the offender for having called it forth.
Johann Kaspar Lavater
You should forgive your enemies and if you haven’t any, just forgive a few of your friends.
Howard Marion-Crawford
Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.
Mark Twain
The noblest revenge is to forgive
Thomas Fuller
I did a lot of things that I regretted and I certainly paid for my mistakes. You have to go and ask for forgiveness and it wasn’t until I really started doing good and doing right, by other people as well as myself, that I really started to feel that guilt go away. So I don’t have a problem going to sleep at night.
Mark Wahlberg
Mercy and forgiveness must be free and unmerited to the wrongdoer. If the wrongdoer has to do something to merit it, then it isn’t mercy, but forgiveness always comes at a cost to the one granting the forgiveness.
Timothy Keller
Only after we can learn to forgive ourselves can we accept others as they are because we don’t feel threatened by anything about them which is better than us.
Stephen Covey
Just because you had every right to feel sorry for yourself didn’t mean you ever took the opportunity to do so.
Jodi Picoult
Let us forget and forgive injuries.
Miguel de Cervantes
Our lack of forgiveness makes us hate, and our lack of compassion makes us hard-hearted. Pride in our hearts makes us resentful and keeps our memory in a constant whirlwind of passion and self-pity.
Mother Angelica
Wink at small faults; remember thou hast great ones.
Benjamin Franklin
Forgiveness is the answer to the child’s dream of a miracle by which what is broken is made whole again, what is soiled is made clean again.
Dag Hammarskjold
One is as one is, and the love that can’t encompass both is a poor sort of love.
Marya Mannes
Men are less forgiving than women.
Samuel Richardson
I believe there are more films that involve love and forgiveness than violence, but they often seem fake and are almost embarrassing to watch.
Park Chan-wook
It takes a lot of grace and maturity to simply forgive, but a lot of healing takes place when you do.
Elizabeth George
So with this Earthly Paradise it is, If ye will read aright, and pardon me, Who strive to build a shadowy isle of bliss Midmost the beating of the steely sea.
William Morris
I do not bring forgiveness with me, nor forgetfulness. The only ones who can forgive are dead; the living have no right to forget.
Chaim Herzog
Forgiving does not erase the bitter past. A healed memory is not a deleted memory.
Lewis B. Smedes
It takes one person to forgive, it takes two people to be reunited.
Lewis B. Smedes
Dear friends: faith and forgiveness is much more powerful than napalm could ever be.
Phan Thi Kim Phuc
My friends are my estate. Forgive me then the avarice to hoard them!
Emily Dickinson
One should hate very little, because it’s extremely fatiguing. One should despise much, forgive often and never forget. Pardon does not bring with it forgetfulness; at least not for me.
Sarah Bernhardt
I believe in the forgiveness of sin and the redemption of ignorance.
Adlai Stevenson II
Evil is done in hopes that evil surrenders, but the deeds of the devil are burned too deep in the embers, and world of hunger in vengeance will always remember.
Phil Ochs
I believe forgiveness is possible for everybody, for everything, but I’m a Buddhist.
Alan Ball
How can we condemn those who are truly blinded by evil? We can’t. We shouldn’t. How do we bring about conversion of those living in blindness? By love. By truth in charity. By offering forgiveness. By offering mercy. With prayer.
Abby Johnson
My desire is to stand up and brush myself off when I make mistakes and ask for forgiveness.
Janine Turner
Every one of us have been disappointed before and have had to go through the grieving process of anger and, you know, disappointment and then acceptance and forgiveness.
Mathew Knowles
The only work that will ultimately bring any good to any of us is the work of contributing to the healing of the world.
Marianne Williamson
Historically, narratives of forgiveness were part of both the anti-slavery movement and the civil rights movement in America. ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin,’ for instance, was based loosely on the life of the Rev. Josiah Henson, who forgave his master that wanted to sell him and beat him after Henson begged him not to.
Anthea Butler
Anger ventilated often hurries towards forgiveness; anger concealed often hardens into revenge.
Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
This is certain, that a man that studieth revenge keeps his wounds green, which otherwise would heal and do well.
Francis Bacon
The rule is: we cannot really forgive ourselves unless we look at the failure in our past and call it by its right name.
Lewis B. Smedes
The voice of sin is loud, but the voice of forgiveness is louder.
Dwight L. Moody
Everything is just as it needs to be. And if we would forgive, our minds and hearts would open and we could see another possibility.
Iyanla Vanzant
Having known war I know the value of peace. Having lived under government control I know the value of freedom. Having lived with hatred, terror and corruption I know the value of faith and forgiveness.
Phan Thi Kim Phuc
an act of forgiveness sets the victim apart from the perpetrator, who failed to act humanly towards the victim at the time he committed his crime.
Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela
There’s no point in burying a hatchet if you’re going to put up a marker on the site.
Sydney J. Harris
Against naked force the only possible defense is naked force. The aggressor makes the rules for such a war; the defenders have no alternative but matching destruction with more destruction, slaughter with greater slaughter.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
I think one of the most important things in evolving is forgiveness.
Damon Dash
I think it is important that we rebuild an atmosphere of forgiveness and civility in every aspect of our lives.
T. D. Jakes
It’s far easier to forgive an enemy after you’ve got even with him.
Olin Miller
Forgive those who have hurt you.
Les Brown
Let the brain go to work, let it meet the heart and you will be able to forgive.
Maya Angelou
Forgiveness is the scent that the rose leaves on
the heel that crushes it.
John Arnott
There is no inconsistency in God’s commanding us not to take upon ourselves what belongs to Him alone. For to execute vengeance belongs to none but Him who is Lord of all; for when the powers of the world rightly accomplish this end, God himself does it who appointed them for the purpose.
Anselm of Canterbury
I’m a believer in forgiveness. I have worked with people who have been in gangs and now dedicate their lives to helping inner city kids. I’ve run offender services with teachings of responsibility, empathy and understanding of the victims at their heart. I’ve seen people change.
Jess Phillips
If it were not for repentance and forgiveness, I would become discouraged and discontinue my labors.
J. Golden Kimball
Compassion is sometimes the fatal capacity for feeling what it is like to live inside somebody else’s skin. It is the knowledge that there can never really be any peace and joy for me until there is peace and joy finally for you too.
Frederick Buechner
‘Ida’ is about humanity, about guilt and forgiveness. It’s not a film that deals with an issue as such. It’s more universal.
Pawel Pawlikowski
Learning to forgive is much more useful than merely picking up a stone and throwing it at the object of one’s anger, the more so when the provocation is extreme. For it is under the greatest adversity that there exists the greatest potential for doing good, both for oneself and others.
Dalai Lama
Not to forgive is to be imprisoned by the past, by old grievances that do not permit life to proceed with new business.
Lance Morrow
People are really trying their best. Just like being happy and sad, you will find yourself on both sides of the equation many times over your lifetime, either saying or hearing the wrong thing. Let’s all give each other a pass, shall we?
David Rakoff
Remember: He WANTS your fellowship, and He has done everything possible to make it a reality. He has forgiven your sins, at the cost of His own dear Son. He has given you His Word, and the priceless privilege of prayer and worship.
Billy Graham
Forgiveness is about empowering yourself, rather than empowering your past.
T. D. Jakes
Our love for God and our appreciation of His love and forgiveness will be in proportion to the recognition of our sin and unworthiness.
Dave Hunt
I love you and I forgive you. I am like you and you are like me. I love all people. I love the world. I love creating. Everything in our life should be based on love.
Ray Bradbury
When we forgive evil we do not excuse it, we do not tolerate it, we do not smother it. We look the evil full in the face, call it what it is, let its horror shock and stun and enrage us, and only then do we forgive it.
Lewis B. Smedes
Forgiveness is choosing to love. It is the first skill of self-giving love.
Mahatma Gandhi
Forgiveness does not overlook the deed. It rises above it.
Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela
it’s easier to forgive your enemies than to forgive your friends.
Mary McCarthy
I could see peace instead of this.
Punishment is not for revenge, but to lessen crime and reform the criminal.
Elizabeth Fry
None of us are bad people. We float around and we run across each other and we learn about ourselves, and we make mistakes and we do great things. We hurt others, we hurt ourselves, we make others happy and we please ourselves. We can and should forgive ourselves and each other for that.
Dan Harmon
Reconciliation and forgiveness can actually help all of us move on in a healthier, happier way.
Chesa Boudin
One of the secrets of a long and fruitful life is to forgive everybody everything everynight before you go to bed.
Bernard Baruch
I place an enormous premium on loyalty. If someone betrays me, I can forgive them rationally, but emotionally I have found it impossible to do so.
Richard E. Grant
People can be more forgiving than you can imagine. But you have to forgive yourself. Let go of what’s bitter and move on.
Bill Cosby
Certainly people make mistakes in their life. I’m no different, I’ve made mistakes. When people mess up, we forgive them. When I mess up, I ask for forgiveness.
Michele Bachmann
Whatever our religion, we know that if we really want to love, we must first learn to forgive before anything else.
Mother Teresa
When he says we’re forgiven, let’s unload the guilt. When he says we’re valuable, let’s believe him. . . . When he says we’re provided for, let’s stop worrying. God’s efforts are strongest when our efforts are useless
Max Lucado
A wise man will make haste to forgive, because he knows the true value of time, and will not suffer it to pass away in unnecessary pain.
Samuel Johnson
When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?
Eleanor Roosevelt
Forgiveness is like faith. You have to keep reviving it.
Mason Cooley
Before Nelson Mandela was arrested in 1962, he was an angry, relatively young man. He founded the ANC’s military wing. When he was released, he surprised everyone because he was talking about reconciliation and forgiveness and not about revenge.
Desmond Tutu
Those who say they will forgive but can’t forget, simply bury the hatchet but leave the handle out for immediate use.
Dwight L. Moody
Forgive yourself first. Let go of past hurts and direct your spirit to goodness and hope by having gratitude.
Janet Taylor Spence
If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.
Henry David Thoreau
Things happen for a reason, and the only thing you can do is at night time get on your knees and ask God for forgiveness for anything that you did that you didn’t feel was right.
Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
For still in mutual sufferance lies
The secret of true living;
Love scarce is love that never knows
The sweetness of forgiving.
John Greenleaf Whittier
People are pretty forgiving when it comes to other people’s families. The only family that ever horrifies you is your own.
Douglas Coupland
Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Forgive him, for he believes that the customs of his tribe are the laws of nature!
George Bernard Shaw
He who has not forgiven an enemy has never yet tasted one of the most sublime enjoyments of life.
C. S. Lewis
Many times, the decisions we make affect and hurt your closest friends and family the most. I have a lot of regrets in that regard. But God has forgiven me, which I am very thankful for. It has enabled me to forgive myself and move forward one day at a time.
Lex Luger
I think the first step is to understand that forgiveness does not exonerate the perpetrator. Forgiveness liberates the victim. It’s a gift you give yourself.
T. D. Jakes
You’re only human.
Let’s break free of this gravity of judgment
And fly high on the wings of forgiveness.
Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses.
Ann Landers
The forgiveness of God is one thing, but the proof that we want that forgiveness is the energy we expend to make amends for the wrong.
Fulton J. Sheen
If I find myself half-carelessly taking lapses for granted, “Oh, that’s what they always do.” “Oh, of course she talks like that, he acts like that,” then I know nothing of Calvary love.
Amy Carmichael
Sometimes what a person needs most is to be forgiven.
Jennifer McMahon
The grace of forgiveness, because God Himself has paid the price, is a Christian distinctive and stands splendidly against our hate-filled, unforgiving world. God’s forgiveness gives us a fresh start.
Ravi Zacharias
Your heart has to be prepared ahead of time through faith and prayer and grace and mercy and love and forgiveness so you can keep your heart open in hell, when hell happens.
Richard Rohr
I was born into a Christian family and brought up in a Lutheran church. My faith has been the center point of my life, really, since I was a child, but at 16 years of age, I fully surrendered my life over to Christ. At that point, as a teenager, I began to grasp the concept of Christ’s true love and forgiveness.
Michele Bachmann
Forgiveness is that subtle thread that binds both love and friendship. Without forgiveness, you may not even have a child one day.
George Foreman
Forgiveness is the key that unlocks the door of resentment and the handcuffs of hatred. It is a power that breaks the chains of bitterness and the shackles of selfishness.
Corrie Ten Boom
Few suffer more than those who refuse to forgive themselves.
Mike Norton
Forgive offences by the million. And if you love all unselfishly, all will by degrees come to love one another.
Swami Vivekananda
The day the child realizes that all adults are imperfect, he becomes an adolescent; the day he forgives them, he becomes an adult; the day he forgives himself, he becomes wise.
Alden Nowlan
I think that if God forgives us we must forgive ourselves. Otherwise, it is almost like setting up ourselves as a higher tribunal than Him.
C. S. Lewis
There’s no operation where you can have your anger cut out. But if you work on yourself, as you get better, you’ll be more capable of seeing others as flawed human beings. That makes it easier to forgive.
Robin Quivers
Great souls forgive not injuries till time has put their enemies within their power, that they may show forgiveness is their own.
John Dryden
Love in the real world means saying you’re sorry 10 times a day.
Kathie Lee Gifford
The practice of peace and reconciliation is one of the most vital and artistic of human actions.
Nhat Hanh
May I tell you why it seems to me a good thing for us to remember wrong that has been done us? That we may forgive it.
Charles Dickens
The forgiveness that comes of patient interpretation seems impossible when those nearest to your heart are threatened.
Giles Foden
I also am other than what I imagine myself to be. To know this is forgiveness.
Simone Weil
My husband was a serial adulterer, and there was nothing I could do about it: no questions I could ask him, no argument I could have with him, no explanation he could give me or pleas he could make for forgiveness.
Ingrid Seward
Self-awareness is not self-centeredness, and spirituality is not narcissism. ‘Know thyself’ is not a narcissistic pursuit.
Marianne Williamson
How does one know if she has forgiven? You tend to feel sorrow over the circumstance instead of rage, you tend to feel sorry for the person rather than angry with him. You tend to have nothing left to say about it all.
Clarissa Pinkola Estes
The power of forgiveness transcends personal relationships.
Eric Metaxas
The world is full of judgment-days, and into every assembly that a man enters, in every action he attempts, he is gauged and stamped.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
FORGIVE The People That Hurt You. God Will Pay You Back With Double The Joy…Double The Victory.
Joel Osteen
Acceptance and tolerance and forgiveness, those are life-altering lessons.
Jessica Lange
If you choose to forgive someone who has wronged you rather than to hate that person, you shift the frequency of your Light.
Gary Zukav
The offender never pardons.
George Herbert
You’ve got to enjoy whatever you can and forget about the rest.
Judy Blume
Forgotten is forgiven.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
The truly great man is as apt to forgive as his power is able to revenge.
Philip Sidney
Genuine forgiveness does not deny anger but faces it head-on.
Alice Miller
Forgive and be free. Forget that you have forgiven and be freer.
Gautama Buddha
Forgiveness is a big part of – especially post-civil rights movement – is a big part of African-American Christianity, and I wasn’t raised within the Christian church; I wasn’t raised within any church.
Ta-Nehisi Coates
Listen. Slide the weight from your shoulders and move forward. You are afraid you might forget, but you never will. You will forgive and remember.
Barbara Kingsolver
When true forgiveness happens it is one of the most astonishing and liberating of the human experience.
Richard Holloway
The biggest takeaway from a memoir is that you have to play fair. Within the first draft, I was writing very angrily because I had a lot of resentment and a lot to process. Through revision is where a lot of learning happened and a lot of forgiveness happened.
Michelle Zauner
And he who has dwelt with his heart alone, Hears all the music in friendship’s tone. So better and better I comprehend How sorrow ever would be our friend.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
The things two people do to each other they remember. If they stay together, it’s not because they forget; it’s because they forgive.
Demi Moore
Do you want to be right, or do you want to be happy? Forgive yourself and stop punishing yourself.
Louise Hay
Forgiveness is too easy. I can forget by indifference, but not forgive. I prefer revenge.
Karl Lagerfeld
Since I began my practice of Forgiveness Therapy, it’s now instinctual for me to choose to eat like I love myself – instead of eating like I wanted to punish myself. Plus I’ve not only lost weight, I’ve lost the anger and anxiety I was feeling, and so I feel happier and calmer within.
Karen Salmansohn
Love is an act of endless forgiveness. It means forget inconvenient duties, then forgive yourself for forgetting. By rigid practice and stern determination, it comes easy.
Peter Ustinov
Once a woman has forgiven her man, she must not reheat his sins for breakfast.
Marlene Dietrich
Sometimes a neighbor whom we have disliked a lifetime for his arrogance and conceit lets fall a single commonplace remark that shows us another side, another man, really; a man uncertain, and puzzled, and in the dark like ourselves.
Willa Cather
Thinking about forgiving is not enough. You must come to a moment when you say, “With God’s help I now forgive.”
Norman Vincent Peale
You will know that forgiveness has begun when you recall those who hurt you and feel the power to wish them well.
Lewis B. Smedes
I think forgiveness is probably one of the greatest forms of self-love there is because you don’t do forgiveness for anybody else. My captors will never care if I forgive them… It will not make a day of difference to them at all, but it will make a huge difference to me.
Elizabeth Smart
We are certain that there is forgiveness, because there is a Gospel, and the very essence of the Gospel lies in the proclamation of the pardon of sin.
Charles Spurgeon
Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?
Abraham Lincoln
Forgiveness isn’t about condoning what has happened to you or someone else’s actions against you.
Jennifer O’Neill
Please watch out for each other and love and forgive everybody. It’s a good life, enjoy it.
Jim Henson
Life is flying by. You don’t have time to waste another minute being negative, offended or bitter. If someone did you wrong, get over it and move forward.
Joel Osteen
If you are bitter, you are like a dry leaf that you can just squash, and you can get blown away by the wind. There is much more wisdom in forgiveness.
Vusi Mahlasela
I’m not perfect. Remember that, and try to forgive me when I fail you.
Elizabeth Lowell
I think tolerance and acceptance and love is something that feeds every community.
Lady Gaga
The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world.
Marianne Williamson
Genuine forgiveness is participation, reunion overcoming the powers of estrangement. . . We cannot love unless we have accepted forgiveness, and the deeper our experience of forgiveness is, the greater is our love.
Paul Tillich
When there’s that forgiveness present and compassion, it just helps you live so much easier.
Craig T. Nelson
Kids need love the most when they’re acting most unlovable.
Erma Bombeck
As freely as the firmament embraces the world, or the sun pours forth impartially his beams, so mercy must encircle both friend and foe.
Friedrich Schiller
God forgive you, but I never can.
Elizabeth I
Not the power to remember, but its very opposite, the power to forget, is a necessary condition for our existence.
Sholem Asch
I believe the Scriptures teach that there’s a literal heaven and a literal hell, just like Jesus said. And without forgiveness of sins that, yeah, the place of punishment is called hell.
Kirk Cameron
Wrongs are often forgiven, but contempt never is. Our pride remembers it forever. It implies a discovery of weakness, which we are more careful to conceal than a crime. Many a man will confess his crimes to a friend; but I never knew a man that would tell his silly weaknesses to his most intimate one.
Lord Chesterfield
Forgiveness isn’t just a blessing you deliver to another human being. Forgiveness is also a gift you give yourself.
Robin S. Sharma
Forgiveness is enshrined in the Lord’s prayer – forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. These scriptures point to the power of forgiveness not only as a way to absolve transgressions but to ensure that the person extending forgiveness will be forgiven of theirs.
Anthea Butler
Only when we understand the holiness of God will we understand the depth of our sin.
Billy Graham
Resentment is like a glass of poison that a man drinks; then he sits down and waits for his enemy to die.
Nelson Mandela
You can forgive someone almost anything. But you cannot tolerate everything…We don’t have to tolerate what people do just because we forgive them for doing it. Forgiving heals us personally. To tolerate everything only hurts us all in the long run.
Lewis B. Smedes
Forgive many things in others; nothing in yourself.
The Way Of The Fist’ is not quite a Shakespearian depiction of anger and revenge. This song was more my way of releasing all the pent up aggression I felt against some people who wronged me beyond the point of any kind of forgiveness or mercy.
Ivan Moody
Forgiveness gives you back the laughter and the lightness in your life.
Joan Lunden
It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody.
Maya Angelou
You are helpful, and you are loved, and you are forgiven, and you are not alone.
John Green
He who cannot forgive breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass.
George Herbert
I’m currently in an interesting correspondence with a nun about forgiveness.
Julian Clary
God will forgive me the foolish remarks I have made about Him just as I will forgive my opponents the foolish things they have written about me, even though they are spiritually as inferior to me as I to thee, O God!
Heinrich Heine
New kinds of heroics need to be celebrated – like love, thoughtfulness, forgiveness, diplomacy – or we’re not going to get there.
Patty Jenkins
If I say, ‘I forgive you,’ I have implicitly said you have done something wrong to me. But what forgiveness is at its heart is both saying that justice has been violated and not letting that violation count against the offender.
Miroslav Volf
When I am able to resist the temptation to judge others, I can see them as teachers of forgiveness in my life, reminding me that I can only have peace of mind when I forgive rather than judge.
Gerald Jampolsky
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
I believe in forgiveness; I believe in trying to work with people.
John Lewis
Goodness is to do good to the deserving and love the good and hate the wicked, and not to be eager to inflict punishment or take vengeance, but to be gracious and kindly and forgiving.
What is tolerance? It is the consequence of humanity. We are all formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each other’s folly – that is the first law of nature.
I shall be an autocrat: that’s my trade. And the good Lord will forgive me: that’s his.
Catherine the Great
Forgiveness really is so misunderstood, as well as the power it can release in an individual.
Jennifer O’Neill
Little vicious minds abound with anger and revenge and are incapable of feeling te pleasure of forgiving their enemies.
Lord Chesterfield
I do not shy away from accepting that I had a troubled past, but in the journey of coming out of that dark phase, I understand humans better. I am less judgmental and more compassionate. I learned empathy and forgiveness, and that gives me confidence as a person.
Amit Sadh
A stiff apology is a second insult… The injured party does not want to be compensated because he has been wronged; he wants to be healed because he has been hurt.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
The rebels will be thinking about retaliation, what we have to do is stop; stop and transform it into a spiral of forgiveness and reconciliation.
Juan Manuel Santos
We plant seeds that will flower as results in our lives, so best to remove the weeds of anger, avarice, envy and doubt, that peace and abundance may manifest for all.
Dorothy Day
To be forgiven is such sweetness that honey is tasteless in comparison with it. But yet there is one thing sweeter still, and that is to forgive. As it is more blessed to give than to receive, so to forgive rises a stage higher in experience than to be forgiven.
Charles Spurgeon
The Past: Our cradle, not our prison; there is danger as well as appeal in its glamour. The past is for inspiration, not imitation, for continuation, not repetition.
Israel Zangwill
There are few instances of the exercise of particular virtues which seem harder to attain to, or which appear more amiable and engaging in themselves, than those of moderation and the forgiveness of injuries.
Laurence Sterne
Dumbledore says people find it far easier to forgive others for being wrong than being right.
J. K. Rowling
After such knowledge, what forgiveness?
T. S. Eliot
We learn our lessons; we get hurt; we want revenge. Then we realize that actually, happiness and forgiving people is the best revenge.
Madonna Ciccone
The pearl whose possession separates man from beast, the pearl which is the rarest find – the best among virtues – is forgiveness.
Kedar Joshi
Do not stop praying as long as, by God’s grace, the fire and the water have not been exhausted, for it may happen that never again in your whole life will you have such a chance to ask for the forgiveness for your sins.
John Climacus
In taking revenge upon our enemies, we are only even with them; in passing over their malice we are superior.
Charlotte Lennox
Our journey is demanding enough that the need for reassurance as well as reminders is constant.
Neal A. Maxwell
You have to work on forgiveness and love, and that includes your own self.
Brian Welch
the heart that is truly virtuous is ever inclined to pity and forgive the errors of its fellow-creatures.
Susanna Rowson
I have forgiven you. Nevertheless, begone!
Mason Cooley
I believe with all my heart that civilization has produced nothing finer than a man or woman who thinks and practices true tolerance.
Frank Knox
When you assume responsibility for what you experience
and share what you experience in a spirit of companionship,
that is the same as forgiveness.
When you hold someone responsible for what you experience,
you lose power.
Gary Zukav
We forgive but not forgotten
Nelson Mandela
Failure to do the good that is within your power is hard to forgive. But mercy and prayer reclaim the negligent.
Marcus Eremita
The ultimate form of love for God and men is forgiveness.
Marion D. Hanks
To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.
When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bicycle. Then I realised that the Lord doesn’t work that way so I stole one and asked Him to forgive me.
Emo Philips
The mere acknowledgment that ‘God is watching’ can act as a trap, fueling bad behavior, corruption, and guilt, all remedied by God’s forgiveness. No personal responsibility is needed – someone on the outside sees whatever we’re doing and makes it all OK.
Tara Stiles
Christians – whether as a priest, a nun, a minister, whatever – have just been stereotyped to death. You try to be a model of kindness and love and forgiveness to all those around you, because you have received kindness and love and forgiveness from God through Christ. That’s what Christianity is.
Patricia Heaton
Hanging onto resentment is letting someone you despise live rent-free in your head.
Ann Landers
These subsidies from four European governments, which include aircraft launch assistance, capital injections, debt forgiveness, have enabled Airbus to develop and range market airliners well below cost.
Norm Dicks
Be gful to the man who cares nothing for your remorse. You are his equal.
Rene Char
Too often, our minds are so burdened because of the mistakes we have made that we do not take the time to forgive ourselves and others and start over again.
Ernest Holmes
To do evil for good is human corruption; to do good for good is civil retribution; but to do good for evil is Christian perfection. Though this be not the grace of nature, it is the nature of grace.
Thomas Secker
Lack of forgiveness of others breeds lack of self-forgiveness.
Albert Ellis
Jesus understands our weaknesses and sins; and he forgives us if we allow ourselves to be forgiven.
Pope Francis
To understand is to forgive.
Blaise Pascal
Don’t tell friends their social faults; they will cure the fault and never forgive you.
Logan Pearsall Smith
Forgiveness is a way of opening up the doors again and moving forward, whether it’s a personal life or a national life.
Hillary Clinton
For me, the healing process starts with graciousness and forgiveness.
India Arie
The act of forgiveness is the act of returning to present time. And that’s why when one has become a forgiving person, and has managed to let go of the past, what they’ve really done is they’ve shifted their relationship with time.
Caroline Myss
Forgiveness is God’s invention for coming to terms with a world in which people are unfair to each other and hurt each other deeply. He began by forgiving us. And He invites us all to forgive each other.
Lewis B. Smedes
Sweet mercy is nobility’s true badge.
William Shakespeare
The condition of being forgiven is self-abandonment. The proud man prefers self-reproach, however painful –because the reproached self isn’t abandoned; it remains intact.
Aldous Huxley
Forgiveness doesn’t make the other person right, it makes you free.
Stormie Omartian
There are some facts that will never change. One fact is that you are forgiven. If you are in Christ, when he sees you, your sins are covered-he doesn’t see them. He sees you better than you see yourself.
Max Lucado
Forgive yourself and forgive others around you.
A heart filled with anger has no room for love.
Joan Lunden
A grudge is like being stung to death by one bee.
William Walton
My desire is to be a forgiving, non-judgmental person.
Janine Turner
One of the most staggering truths of the Scriptures is to understand that we do not earn our way to heaven. …works have a place–but as a demonstration of having received God’s forgiveness, not as a badge of merit of having earned it.
Ravi Zacharias
If Jesus Christ was who He claimed to be, and He did die on a cross at a point of time in history, then, for all history past and all history future it is relevant because that is the very focal point for forgiveness and redemption.
Josh McDowell
People will constantly bring up my past and throw it in my face, but the Creator of the Universe doesn’t. If you ask forgiveness from Him, then it’s gone forever. The past is never brought up to shame you or degrade you.
Shawn Michaels
Never apologize, mister, it’s a sign of weakness.
John Wayne
Only the brave know how to forgive; it is the most refined and generous pitch of virtue human nature can arrive at.
Laurence Sterne
Who understands much, forgives much.
Madame de Stael
Bear with the faults of others as you would have them bear with yours.
Phillips Brooks
Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
To be able to bear provocation is an argument of great reason, and to forgive it of a great mind.
John Tillotson
We achieve inner health only through forgiveness – the forgiveness not only of others but also of ourselves.
Joshua L. Liebman
Forgiveness is for yourself because it frees you. It lets you out of that prison you put yourself in.
Louise Hay
Forgiveness is the act of admitting we are like other people. We are prone to make mistakes that cause confusion, inflict pain, and miscommunicate our intentions … The only choice we have is to reconcile ourselves to our own flaws and the flaws of other people, or withdraw from the community.
Christina Baldwin
The goal of spiritual practice is full recovery, and the only thing you need to recover from is a fractured sense of self.
Marianne Williamson
There is a noble forgetfulness-that which does not remember injuries.
Charles Simmons
For the millions of Americans, like my family, who believe that there is a creator God who can be known personally, Christmas is a celebration of Jesus’ offer of love and forgiveness for all people.
James Lankford
Forgiveness is better than revenge.
Pittacus of Mytilene
Anger dwells only in the bosom of fools.
Albert Einstein
Some forgive and forget, more forgive and remember, most forgive and remind.
Robert Breault
I believe in Jesus Christ as my Lord and savior. I believe that Jesus died for my sins, and rose again, and that’s my belief. I still don’t know what ‘Christian’ means. I’m a follower of Christ, but I keep making a whole bunch of mistakes. And I thank God for forgiveness.
Sherri Shepherd
Forgiveness is the economy of the heart… forgiveness saves the expense of anger, the cost of hatred, the waste of spirits.
Hannah More
Nothing brings families together faster than forgiveness. That should make it Step No. 1, but most of us find forgiving hard. We associate it with weakness and losing when, actually, the reverse is true. When you forgive, you gain strength and come out a winner. You break free of control by the other person’s actions.
Joyce Brothers
It may be easier to get forgiveness than permission, but trust is harder to get back than both.
Ingrid Weir
To love is human, it is also human to forgive.
The secret of forgiving everything is to understand nothing.
Josh Billings
Forgiveness allowed me to wash my burdened past away.
Clemantine Wamariya
You have to take the good with the bad, smile when you’re sad, love what you’ve got and remember what you had…Always forgive but never forget, learn from your mistakes but never regret, people change, things go wrong, just remember, life goes on.
The highest result of education is tolerance.
Helen Keller
The best of what we do and are, Just God, forgive!
William Wordsworth
Forgiveness is not a one-time thing that happened the day you received Christ. It is an everyday thing, for the rest of your life.
Joyce Meyer
Forgiveness gives you a chance to be fulfilled rather than be eaten up with anger.
Bettany Hughes
There are some experiences in life they haven’t invented the right words for.
Lisa Kleypas
The cut worm forgives the plow.
William Blake
A winner rebukes and forgives; a loser is too Forgiveness breaks the chain of causality because he who forgives you — out of love — takes upon himself the consequences of what you have done. Forgiveness, therefore, always entails a sacrifice.
Sydney J. Harris
Good-nature and good-sense must ever join;
To err is human, to forgive, divine.
Alexander Pope
Something of vengeance I had tasted for the first time; as aromatic wine it seemed, on swallowing, warm and racy: its after-flavour, metallic and corroding, gave me a sensation as if I had been poisoned.
Charlotte Bronte
We win by tenderness. We conquer by forgiveness.
Frederick William Robertson
To pity distress is but human; to relieve it is Godlike.
Horace Mann
The heaviest burden that one has to bear in this life is the burden of sin.
Harold B. Lee
Here is the amazing thing about Easter; the Resurrection Sunday for Christians is this, that Christ in the dying moments on the cross gives us the greatest illustration of forgiveness possible.
T. D. Jakes
Weigh the true advantages of forgiveness and resentment to the heart. Then choose.
Jack Kornfield
Women do not often have it in their power to give like men, but they forgive like Heaven.
Suzanne Curchod
God forgives those who invent what they need.
Lillian Hellman
Forgiveness is as wide as repentance.
Marion G. Romney
In spite of the fact that the law of revenge solves no social problems, men continue to follow its disastrous leading. History is cluttered with the wreckage of nations and individuals that pursued this self-defeating path.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
“I can forgive, but I cannot forget,” is only another way of saying, “I will not forgive.”
Henry Ward Beecher
Apple trees bear apples, wheat stalks produce wheat, and forgiven people forgive people.
Max Lucado
Forgiveness is for yourself because it frees you. It lets you out of that prison you put yourself in.
Louise L. Hay
I don’t believe that to understand is necessarily to pardon, but I feel that to understand makes one forget that one cannot pardon.
Rebecca West
Eid is here! On the first day, it is a custom for all Malaysian Muslims to ask for forgiveness from our parents. We kiss their hands and wish them ‘Selamat Hari Raya’ or ‘Eid Mubarak.’ ‘Maaf Zahir dan Batin’ means ‘to apologize in spirit and actions.’
It seems to me like Mother Nature’s mercy and forgiveness have run dry, as we ceaselessly abuse her and take her for granted in order for us to continue our addiction to using fossil fuels. I’ve gotta say, I don’t blame her. Not one bit.
Gloria Reuben
You’ve just got to have a sense of respect for the person you have children with. Anger doesn’t help anybody. Ultimately you have to say forgiveness is important, and honoring what you had together is important. But it’s easy to say and harder to do.
Nicole Kidman
‘Caught’ is a novel of forgiveness, and the past and the present – who should be and who shouldn’t be forgiven. None of my books are ever just about thrills, or it won’t work.
Harlan Coben
The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.
Honore de Balzac
Forgiveness is a gift, and central to faith.
Kerry Kennedy
We can always choose to perceive things differently. You can focus on what’s wrong in your life, or you can focus on what’s right.
Marianne Williamson
Be the one who nurtures and builds. Be the one who has an understanding and a forgiving heart one who looks for the best in people. Leave people better than you found them.
Marvin J. Ashton
No person is perfect. I haven’t, thank God, had any infidelity issues. But you can’t say what you won’t ever do. And you can’t say that you won’t have forgiveness in your heart if there were to be an issue like that.
Tasha Smith
Forgiveness should be an act, but this is a state with him.
Elizabeth Bowen
Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
As we hone the ability to let go of distraction, to begin again without rancor or judgment, we are deepening forgiveness and compassion for ourselves. And in life, we find we might make a mistake, and more easily begin again, or stray from our chosen course and begin again.
Sharon Salzberg
Forgiveness is not about the other person or what they did. Forgiveness is for YOU and about YOU.
Iyanla Vanzant
I learned that true forgiveness includes total acceptance.
Catherine Marshall
The sin was mine; I did not understand. So now is music prisoned in her cave, Save where some ebbing desultory wave Frets with its restless whirls this meagre strand.
Oscar Wilde
To be social is to be forgiving.
Robert Frost
Love is an act of endless forgiveness.
Jean Vanier
I firmly believe a great many prayers are not answered because we are not willing to forgive someone.
Dwight L. Moody
Forgiveness makes you feel better. As soon as you forgive, you’re free.
Karen Kingsbury
When women love, they forgive everything…
Honore de Balzac
Forgiveness and reconciliation are not just ethereal, spiritual, other-worldly activities. They have to do with the real world. They are realpolitik, because in a very real sense, without forgiveness, there is no future.
Desmond Tutu
True forgiveness is a self-healing process which starts with you and gradually extends to everyone else.
Robert Holden
I would say that playing this character has caused me to think about a lot of things. He’s always questioning himself and trying to get back to something he lost touch with and trying to find forgiveness. Everybody struggles with these things to some extent in their life.
Lee Tergesen
Forgiveness became a big part of the civil rights movement, juxtaposed against the violence of protesters and law enforcement. King described forgiveness in one of his early sermons as a pardon, a process of life, and the Christian weapon of social redemption.
Anthea Butler
Reversing your treatment of the man you have wronged is better than asking his forgiveness.
Elbert Hubbard
Many a time comes when we want to interpret our weakness and cowardice as forgiveness and renunciation.
Swami Vivekananda
Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive them that trespass against us.
Martin Luther
We have to remember, when we forgive we’re not doing it just for the other person, we’re doing it for our own good. When we hold on to unforgiveness and we live with grudges in our hearts, all we’re doing is building walls of separation.
Joel Osteen
The FREED Vets Act will make student debt forgiveness for eligible disabled veterans automatic, both now and in the future.
Conor Lamb
We are to extend forgiveness to others in the same way that God did to us: Unconditionally.
David Jeremiah
Give plenty of what is given to you, And listen to pity’s call. Don’t think the little you give is great, And the much you get is small.
Phoebe Cary
All I could do was try to build a new life and find a way somehow to repair some of the damage. People had every reason to doubt my sincerity, but most of them didn’t. And – given my history, it was more than I could’ve hoped for – forgiveness and the benefit of the doubt. It still amazes me.
Megan Phelps-Roper
Any fool knows men and women think differently at times, but the biggest difference is this. Men forget, but never forgive; women forgive, but never forget.
Robert Jordan
I learned that true forgiveness includes total self-acceptance. And out of acceptance wounds are healed and happiness is possible again.
Catherine Marshall
The glory of Christianity is to conquer by forgiveness.
William Blake
Forgiveness doesn’t sit there like a pretty boy in a bar. Forgiveness is the old fat guy you have to haul up a hill.
Cheryl Strayed
The enslaver is enslaved, the hater, harmed.
Marianne Moore
Wrongs are often forgiven; but contempt never is. Our pride remembers it forever.
Lord Chesterfield
It is manlike to punish but godlike to forgive.
[Ger., Menschlich ist es bloss zu strafen
Aber gottlich zu verzeihn.]
Peter Winter
Forgive! How many will say, forgive, and find a sort of absolution in the sound to hate a little longer!
Alfred Lord Tennyson
The ideal of womanhood in India is motherhood – that marvellous, unselfish, all – suffering, ever – forgiving mother.
Swami Vivekananda
There is an ugly kind of forgiveness in this world–a kind of hedgehog forgiveness, shot out like quills.
Henry Ward Beecher
One hearty laugh together will bring enemies into a closer communion of heart than hours spent on both sides in inward wrestling with the mental demon of uncharitable feeling.
William James
As a matter of fact, forgiveness is not something you feel like doing, it’s really a choice.
Jim Bob Duggar
forgiveness is not a single act, but a matter of constant practice
Diana Gabaldon
Beware of the man who does not return your blow: he neither forgives you nor allows you to forgive yourself.
George Bernard Shaw
Never does the human soul appear so strong as when it foregoes revenge and dares to forgive an injury.
Edwin Hubbel Chapin
Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives.
C. S. Lewis
I’m a minister, I preach forgiveness all the time.
Ted DiBiase Sr.
Dear Lord, please show me everything I need to understand about forgiveness and surrender
Elizabeth Gilbert
Many have been ruined by their fortunes, and many have escaped ruin by the want of fortune. To obtain it the great have become little, and the little great.
Johann Georg Ritter von Zimmermann
That you were once unkind befriends me now, And for that sorrow, which I then did feel, Needs must I under my transgression bow, Unless my nerves were brass or hammered steel.
William Shakespeare
I see the good in people, and I believe in forgiveness.
Karrueche Tran
My parents are very good examples of Christians. They are big on forgiveness.
James Acaster
For the support and help from the people of Indonesia that I received during my leadership, I ask for forgiveness if there have been any mistakes or shortcomings. Hopefully the people of Indonesia will remain victorious based on Pancasila and the 1945 Constitution.
Forgiveness must be immediate, whether or not a person asks for it. Trust must be rebuilt over time. Trust requires a track record.
Rick Warren
Forgiveness is the choice to see people as they are now. When we’re mad at people, we’re angry because of something they said or did before this moment. By letting go of the past, we make room for miracles to replace our grievances.
Marianne Williamson
No one is as good and merciful as the Lord. But even He does not forgive the unrepentant.
Marcus Eremita
Never forget the nine most important words of any family- I love you. You are beautiful. Please forgive me.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
After grief for sin there should be joy for forgiveness.
Arthur W. Pink
We cannot go alone to God. We belong to His Mystical Body, the Church; by even our most secret sins, if they be grievous, we have injured the Mystical Body of Jesus Christ and must ask forgiveness of His Mystical Body, too.
Vincent McNabb
Who understands much forgives much. To understand everything makes us very forgiving.
Madame de Stael
I was probably about 22 years old when I recommitted myself to get off the fence and go all in and get serious about my faith. That’s really when I experienced God’s love and His forgiveness and His true grace.
Mike Fisher
Through faith in the Lord Jesus alone can we obtain forgiveness of our sins, and be at peace with God; but, believing in Jesus, we become, through this very faith, the children of God; have God as our Father, and may come to Him for all the temporal and spiritual blessings which we need.
George Muller
If one by one we counted people out
Robert Frost
We pardon to the extent that we love.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
On the whole, my impression is that mercy bears richer fruits than any other attribute.
Abraham Lincoln
True forgiveness is when you can say, “Thank you for that experience.
Oprah Winfrey
Bless a thing and it will bless you. Curse it and it will curse you….If you bless a situation, it has no power to hurt you, and even if it is troublesome for a time, it will gradually fade out, if you sincerely bless it.
Emmet Fox
Forgiveness is the remission of sins. For it is by this that what has been lost, and was found, is saved from being lost again.
Saint Augustine
I can’t turn the clock back but I can seek the forgiveness of those I’ve wronged.
Richard Coles
Forgiveness is the key to the heart’s shackles.
Richard Paul Evans
Few things are more aggravating than to be forgiven when one has done no wrong.
Sarah Chauncey Woolsey
Let us this very day begin anew, and now say, with all our hearts, we will forsake our sins and be righteous.
Joseph Smith, Jr.
I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine.
Jane Austen