Forgiveness Quotes

Most popular forgiveness quotes

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.
Living life as art requires a readiness to forgive.
Forgiveness is the greatest gift you can give yourself.
Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host.
Forgotten is forgiven.


To be social is to be forgiving.
God will forgive me. It's his job.
Forgiveness is better than revenge.
To err is human; to forgive, divine.


Life is an adventure in forgiveness.


Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave.
Forgiveness is the final form of love.
Without forgiveness, there's no future.
Remember that love forgives everything.


Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself.
Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.


Forget injuries; never forget kindnesses.

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One forgives to the degree that one loves.
To understand is to forgive, even oneself.
Happiness is good health and a bad memory.

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The more a man knows, the more he forgives.


How unhappy is he who cannot forgive himself.
Write injuries in sand, kindnesses in marble.
— French proverb

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Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.
There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness.
Forgive, son; men are men; they needs must err.
Forgiveness is the needle that knows how to mend.
To understand everything is to forgive everything.
To understand completely is to forgive completely.
— French proverb

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Forgive many things in others; nothing in yourself.
Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.


A happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers.


Successful marriage: The union of two good forgivers.


My desire is to be a forgiving, non-judgmental person.


Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful.

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Always forgive your enemies—nothing annoys them so much.


Forgiveness is like faith. You have to keep reviving it.
Forgiveness is the giving, and so the receiving, of life.
It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.

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If you had never condemned, you would not need to forgive.


Forgiveness is a gift of high value. Yet its cost is nothing.
Genuine forgiveness does not deny anger but faces it head-on.
To be wronged is nothing, unless you continue to remember it.
When a deep injury is done us, we never recover until we forgive.
If the Lord did not forgive everything, the world would not exist.


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.


When a deep injury is done to us, we never recover until we forgive.
Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.


It is often easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission.


Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart and cools the sting.
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
A mistake is always forgivable, rarely excusable and always unacceptable.


To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.
Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.
Once a woman has forgiven her man, she must not reheat his sins for breakfast.
Let the brain go to work, let it meet the heart, and you will be able to forgive.
He who cannot forgive others destroys the bridge over which he himself must pass.
Weigh the true advantages of forgiveness and resentment to the heart. Then choose.


When you forgive, you in no way change the past—but you sure do change the future.
If there is something to pardon in everything, there is also something to condemn.
Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.
We can say, without being irreverent: there isn't anyone more "inefficient" than God.


When I refuse to forgive, I am burning a bridge that I may some day need to pass over.
I shall be an autocrat, that's my trade; and the good Lord will forgive me, that's his.
Humanity is never so beautiful as when praying for forgiveness, or else forgiving another.
The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world.
As long as you don't forgive, who and whatever it is will occupy rent-free space in your mind.
We ask for the grace of never tiring of asking for forgiveness, for He never tires of forgiving.
Never forget the three powerful resources you always have available to you: love, prayer, and forgiveness.

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The ineffable joy of forgiving and being forgiven forms an ecstasy that might well arouse the envy of the gods.
Never does the human soul appear so strong and noble as when it forgoes revenge and dares to forgive an injury.
You will know that forgiveness has begun when you recall those who hurt you and feel the power to wish them well.
One of the secrets of a long and fruitful life is to forgive everybody everything every night before you go to bed.

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Forgiveness is not a gift for the other person; it is a purely selfish act that allows you to put the past behind you.
He that cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which he must pass himself; for every man has need to be forgiven.
Forgiving and being forgiven are two names for the same thing. The important thing is that a discord has been resolved.
People can be more forgiving than you can imagine. But you have to forgive yourself. Let go of what's bitter and move on.
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.
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.
Forgiveness is the economy of the heart ... forgiveness saves the expense of anger, the cost of hatred, the waste of spirits.
It's said in Hollywood that you should always forgive your enemies—because you never know when you'll have to work with them.


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.
Be about ten times more magnanimous than you believe yourself capable of being. Your life will be a hundred times better for it.


It is very easy to forgive others their mistakes; it takes more grit and gumption to forgive them for having witnessed your own.

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I have learned that life is an adventure in forgiveness.  Nothing clutters the soul more than remorse, resentment, recrimination.


I do not bring forgiveness with me, nor forgetfulness. The only ones who can forgive are dead; the living have no right to forget.


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.
Many promising reconciliations have broken down because, while both parties came prepared to forgive, neither was prepared to be forgiven.
Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain — and most fools do. But it takes character and self-control to be understanding and forgiving.

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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.
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.
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.


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.
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.
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.

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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.
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.
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.
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.


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.
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.
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."
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.
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.