Forgive Quotes

“Many people are afraid to forgive because they feel they must remember the wrong or they will not learn from it. The opposite is true. Through forgiveness, the wrong is released from its emotional stranglehold on us so that we can learn from it. Through the power and intelligence of the heart, the release of forgiveness brings expanded intelligence to work with the situation more effectively.”
~ David McArthur & Bruce McArthur

“Forgiveness means that you’ve decided not to let it keep festering inside even if it only comes up once in awhile.”
~Doc Childre and Howard Martin

“Sincere forgiveness isn’t colored with expectations that the other person apologize or change. Don’t worry whether or not they finally understand you. Love them and release them. Life feeds back truth to people in its own way and time—just like it does for you and me.”
~ Sara Paddison

“Forgiveness is giving up the possibility of a better past.”
~ Unknown

“Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart and cools the sting.”
~ William A. Ward

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

“Don’t tell friends their social faults; they will cure the fault and never forgive you.”
~Logan Pearsall Smith

“The one who pursues revenge should dig two graves.”
~ Old Chinese Proverb

“Forgiveness is me giving up my right to hurt you for hurting me.”

“Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?”
~ Abraham Lincoln

“There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness.”
~ Josh Billings

“Always forgive your enemies–nothing annoys them so much.”
~ Oscar Wilde

“Forgiveness is choosing to love. It is the first skill of self-giving love.”
~ Mahatma Gandhi

“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

“A happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers.”
~Robert Quillen

“‘Tis the most tender part of love, each other to forgive.”
~ John Sheffield

“Not to forgive is to be imprisoned by the past, by old grievances that do not permit life to proceed with new business. Not to forgive is to yield oneself to another’s control… to be locked into a sequence of act and response, of outrage and revenge, tit for tat, escalating always. The present is endlessly overwhelmed and devoured by the past. Forgiveness frees the forgiver. It extracts the forgiver from someone else’s nightmare.”
~ Lance Morrow

“To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.”
~ Louis B. Smedes

“Whoever is forgiven much, loves much.”
~ Luke 7:47, The Bible

“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

“Forgiving is rediscovering the shining path of peace that at first you thought others took away when they betrayed you.”

“Without deep humility, true forgiveness is impossible…and will never happen.”
~Martha Kilpatrick

“Forgive all who have offended you, not for them, but for yourself.”
~Harriet Nelson

“There’s no point in burying a hatchet if you’re going to put up a marker on the site.”
~Sydney Harris

“It’s far easier to forgive an enemy after you’ve got even with him.”
~Olin Miller

“Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.”
~Paul Boese



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