Most popular forgiveness quotes
Be about ten times more magnanimous than you believe yourself capable of being. Your life will be a hundred times better for it.
Forgiveness doesn't just sit there like a pretty boy in a bar. Forgiveness is the old fat guy you have to haul up the hill.
When I refuse to forgive, I am burning a bridge that I may some day need to pass over.
Remember that love forgives everything.
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.
Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain — and most fools do. But it takes character and self-control to be understanding and forgiving.
Weigh the true advantages of forgiveness and resentment to the heart. Then choose.
Write injuries in sand, kindnesses in marble.
To understand everything is to forgive everything.
Forgiveness is better than revenge.
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
Be assured that if you knew all, you would pardon all.
Forgiveness is primarily for our own sake, so that we no longer carry the burden of resentment. But to forgive does not mean we will allow injustice again.
To be social is to be forgiving.
A happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers.
Forget injuries; never forget kindnesses.
Forgiveness is the greatest gift you can give yourself.
Let the brain go to work, let it meet the heart, and you will be able to forgive.
Living life as art requires a readiness to forgive.
Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host.
We ask for the grace of never tiring of asking for forgiveness, for He never tires of forgiving.
If the Lord did not forgive everything, the world would not exist.
We can say, without being irreverent: there isn't anyone more "inefficient" than God.
The more a man knows, the more he forgives.
Never does the human soul appear so strong and noble as when it forgoes revenge and dares to forgive an injury.
One of the most lasting pleasures you can experience is the feeling that comes over you when you genuinely forgive an enemy—whether he knows it or not.
A forgiveness ought to be like a canceled note, torn in two and burned up, so that it can never be shown against the man.
Forgiving and being forgiven are two names for the same thing. The important thing is that a discord has been resolved.
He who cannot forgive others destroys the bridge over which he himself must pass.
When a deep injury is done us, we never recover until we forgive.
Forgiveness is a gift of high value. Yet its cost is nothing.
One of the secrets of a long and fruitful life is to forgive everybody everything every night before you go to bed.
Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart and cools the sting.
We all have weaknesses. But I have figured that others have put up with mine so tolerantly that I would be less than fair not to make a reasonable discount for theirs.
Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful.
It is very easy to forgive others their mistakes; it takes more grit and gumption to forgive them for having witnessed your own.
Happiness is good health and a bad memory.
We are not bitter, not because we have forgiven but because there is so much to be done that we cannot afford to waste valuable time and resources on anger.
Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.
Never forget the three powerful resources you always have available to you: love, prayer, and forgiveness.
He that cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which he must pass himself; for every man has need to be forgiven.
To understand completely is to forgive completely.
If you had never condemned, you would not need to forgive.
I do not bring forgiveness with me, nor forgetfulness. The only ones who can forgive are dead; the living have no right to forget.
To err is human; to forgive, divine.
Forgotten is forgiven.
Without being forgiven, released from the consequences of what we have done, our capacity to act would, as it were, be confined to one single deed from which we could never recover.
Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.
Forgiveness is not the misguided act of condoning irresponsible, hurtful behavior. Nor is it a superficial turning of the other cheek that leaves us feeling victimized and martyred. Rather it is the finishing of old business that allows us to experience the present, free of contamination from the past.
I have learned that life is an adventure in forgiveness. Nothing clutters the soul more than remorse, resentment, recrimination.
Once a woman has forgiven her man, she must not reheat his sins for breakfast.
Forgiveness is the answer to the child's dream of a miracle by which what is broken is made whole again, what is soiled again made clean.
As long as you don't forgive, who and whatever it is will occupy rent-free space in your mind.
The ineffable joy of forgiving and being forgiven forms an ecstasy that might well arouse the envy of the gods.
Forgiveness is the needle that knows how to mend.
Forgiveness is not a matter of exonerating people who have hurt you. They may not deserve exoneration. Forgiveness means cleansing your soul of the bitterness of "what might have been," "what should have been," and "what didn't have to happen."
Forgiveness means it finally becomes unimportant that you hit back. You're done. It doesn't necessarily mean that you want to have lunch with the person. If you keep hitting back, you stay trapped in the nightmare.
Forgiveness is not a gift for the other person; it is a purely selfish act that allows you to put the past behind you.
Forgiveness is the final form of love.
When a deep injury is done to us, we never recover until we forgive.
Successful marriage: The union of two good forgivers.
Forgiving presupposes remembering. And it creates a forgetting not in the natural way we forget yesterday's weather, but in the way of the great "in spite of" that says: I forget although I remember.
Many promising reconciliations have broken down because, while both parties came prepared to forgive, neither was prepared to be forgiven.
The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world.
A mistake is always forgivable, rarely excusable and always unacceptable.
Always forgive your enemies—nothing annoys them so much.
Forgive many things in others; nothing in yourself.
Forgive, son; men are men; they needs must err.
Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself.
Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave.
Forgiveness is like faith. You have to keep reviving it.
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.
Forgiveness is the economy of the heart ... forgiveness saves the expense of anger, the cost of hatred, the waste of spirits.
Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.
Forgiveness is the giving, and so the receiving, of life.
Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.
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.
Genuine forgiveness does not deny anger but faces it head-on.
God will forgive me. It's his job.
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.
How unhappy is he who cannot forgive himself.
Humanity is never so beautiful as when praying for forgiveness, or else forgiving another.
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.
I shall be an autocrat, that's my trade; and the good Lord will forgive me, that's his.
If there is something to pardon in everything, there is also something to condemn.
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.
It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.
It is often easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission.
It takes one person to forgive, it takes two people to be reunited.
It's far easier to forgive an enemy after you've got even with him.
It's said in Hollywood that you should always forgive your enemies—because you never know when you'll have to work with them.
Life is an adventure in forgiveness.
Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.
My desire is to be a forgiving, non-judgmental person.
One forgives to the degree that one loves.
People can be more forgiving than you can imagine. But you have to forgive yourself. Let go of what's bitter and move on.
There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness.
To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.
To understand is to forgive, even oneself.
When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bicycle. Then I realized that the Lord doesn't work that way so I stole one and asked Him to forgive me.
When you forgive, you in no way change the past—but you sure do change the future.
Without forgiveness, there's no future.
You will know that forgiveness has begun when you recall those who hurt you and feel the power to wish them well.
Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.
To be wronged is nothing, unless you continue to remember it.
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.