Forgiveness Quotes

To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.-Lewis B. Smedes




To err is human; to forgive, divine.-Alexander Pope



It’s not an easy journey, to get to a place where you forgive people. But it is such a powerful place, because it frees you.-Tyler Perry



Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.-Martin Luther King, Jr.



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


We think that forgiveness is weakness, but it’s absolutely not; it takes a very strong person to forgive. – T. D. Jakes



Never forget the three powerful resources you always have available to you: love, prayer, and forgiveness.-H. Jackson Brown, Jr.




Acceptance and tolerance and forgiveness, those are life-altering lessons.-Jessica Lange




God may forgive your sins, but your nervous system won’t.-Alfred Korzybski



Anger begets more anger, and forgiveness and love lead to more forgiveness and love.-Mahavira




Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself.-Suzanne Somers





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



Nothing inspires forgiveness quite like revenge.-Scott Adams



Children begin by loving their parents; after a time they judge them; rarely, if ever, do they forgive them.-Oscar Wilde



When a deep injury is done us, we never recover until we forgive.-Alan Paton



Forgiveness is the economy of the heart… forgiveness saves the expense of anger, the cost of hatred, the waste of spirits. – Hannah More




The lesson is that you can still make mistakes and be forgiven.-Robert Downey, Jr.



The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.-Mahatma Gandhi


He that cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which he must pass himself; for every man has need to be forgiven.-Thomas Fuller



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



I invite everyone to chose forgiveness rather than division, teamwork over personal ambition.-Jean-Francois Cope



Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.-John F. Kennedy



Always forgive your enemies – nothing annoys them so much.-Oscar Wilde



There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness.-Josh Billings



One forgives to the degree that one loves.-Francois de La Rochefoucauld



Thank you, God, for this good life and forgive us if we do not love it enough. – Garrison Keillor



The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.-Harriet Beecher Stowe



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



Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave.-Indira Gandhi



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



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



The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget.-Thomas Szasz



Man has two great spiritual needs. One is for forgiveness. The other is for goodness.-Billy Graham




The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world.-Marianne Williamson




Selfishness must always be forgiven you know, because there is no hope of a cure.-Jane Austen



Forgiveness is not a feeling – it’s a decision we make because we want to do what’s right before God. It’s a quality decision that won’t be easy and it may take time to get through the process, depending on the severity of the offense.-Joyce Meyer




Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it. – Mark Twain



Forgiveness says you are given another chance to make a new beginning.-Desmond Tutu




A mistake is always forgivable, rarely excusable and always unacceptable.-Robert Fripp




Holding on to anger, resentment and hurt only gives you tense muscles, a headache and a sore jaw from clenching your teeth. Forgiveness gives you back the laughter and the lightness in your life.-Joan Lunden



We cannot embrace God’s forgiveness if we are so busy clinging to past wounds and nursing old grudges.-T. D. Jakes



Only the brave know how to forgive… a coward never forgave; it is not in his nature.-Laurence Sterne



Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.-Hannah Arendt



It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody.-Maya Angelou




We often forgive those who bore us, but we cannot forgive those whom we bore.-Francois de La Rochefoucauld



It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.-William Blake



Forgiveness is the needle that knows how to mend. – Jewel





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



Forgive me my nonsense, as I also forgive the nonsense of those that think they talk sense.-Robert Frost



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



The remedy for life’s broken pieces is not classes, workshops or books. Don’t try to heal the broken pieces. Just forgive.-Iyanla Vanzant



Before we can forgive one another, we have to understand one another.-Emma Goldman



Forgive, O Lord, my little jokes on Thee, and I’ll forgive Thy great big joke on me.-Robert Frost



God forgive you, but I never can.-Elizabeth I



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



It is often easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission.-Grace Hopper



Love in the real world means saying you’re sorry 10 times a day. – Kathie Lee Gifford



I can have peace of mind only when I forgive rather than judge.-Gerald Jampolsky



Sweet mercy is nobility’s true badge.-William Shakespeare



Forgiveness is the final form of love.-Reinhold Niebuhr

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