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Top 100 Forgiveness Quotes and Sayings



In this post you will find Top 100 Forgiveness Quotes and Sayings.


Forgiveness Quotes and Sayings


“Forgiveness is the sweetest revenge.” – Isaac Friedmann


“If you can’t forgive and forget, pick one.” – Robert Brault


“Forgiving is not forgetting. It’s letting go of the hurt.” – Kathy


“To forgive is wisdom, to forget is genius.” – Joyce Cary


“A life lived without forgiveness is a prison.” – William Arthur Ward


“Forgiveness is the final form of love.” – Reinhold Niebuhr


“God will forgive me. It’s his job.” – Heinrich Heine


“God forgive you, but I never can.” – Elizabeth I


“To err is human, to forgive, divine.” – Alexander Pope, An Essay on Criticism


“Always forgive your enemies – nothing annoys them so much.” – Pamela Daranjo


“True forgiveness is when you can say, “Thank you for that experience.” – Oprah Winfrey


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


“Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.” – Martin Luther King Jr.


“Forgiveness is the fragrance that flowers give when they are crushed.” – Unknown


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


“It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.” – William Blake


“Forgiveness means it finally becomes unimportant that you hit back.” – Anne Lamott


“Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.” – John F. Kennedy


“Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.” – Bruce Lee


“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” – Mahatma Gandhi


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


“Can I be forgiven for all I’ve done to get here? I want to be. I can. I believe it.” – Veronica Roth


“As we know, forgiveness of oneself is the hardest of all the forgivenesses.” – Joan Baez


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


“To understand is to forgive, even oneself.” – Alexander Chase


“To be wronged is nothing, unless you continue to remember it.” – Confucius


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


“It takes a strong person to say sorry, and an ever-stronger person to forgive.” – Unknown


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


“Forgiveness in no way requires that you trust the one you forgive.” – Wm. Paul Young


“What is forgiven is usually well remembered.” – Louis Dudek


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


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


“Anger begets more anger, and forgiveness and love lead to more forgiveness and love.” – Mahavira


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


“Forgiveness is not about forgetting. It is about letting go of another person’s throat.” – Wm. Paul Young


“He who cannot forgive breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass.” – George Herbert


“Can you really forgive if you can’t forget?” – Sarah Jessica Parker


“Forgive, not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace.” – Unknown


“Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.” – Hannah Arendt


“Before we can forgive one another, we have to understand one another.” – Emma Goldman


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


“I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice


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


“Forgiving men is so much easier than forgiving women.” – Margaret Atwood


“Forgiveness is the giving, and so the receiving, of life.” – George MacDonald


“Once a woman has forgiven her man, she must not reheat his sins for breakfast.” – Marlene Dietrich


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


“We are all on a life long journey and the core of its meaning, the terrible demand of its centrality is forgiving and being forgiven.” – Martha Kilpatrick


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


“To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness.” – Robert Muller


“Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you are.” – Cherie Carter-Scott


“Life is grace. Sleep is forgiveness. The night absolves. Darkness wipes the slate clean, not spotless to be sure, but clean enough for another day’s chalking.” – Frederick Buechner


“Dear Lord, please show me everything I need to understand about forgiveness and surrender.” – Elizabeth Gilbert


“Forgiveness is an act of the will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart.” – Corrie ten Boom


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


“Forgiveness isn’t my best thing. Easier staying pissed. But I’m tired of being pissed all the time. Tired of feeling hurt by stuff that can never be fixed because it is an indelible part of the past.” – Ellen Hopkins


“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


“Dumbledore says people find it far easier to forgive others for being wrong than being right.” – J.K. Rowling


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


“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


“And you know, when you’ve experienced grace and you feel like you’ve been forgiven, you’re a lot more forgiving of other people. You’re a lot more gracious to others.” – Rick Warren


“Grudges are for those who insist that they are owed something; forgiveness, however, is for those who are substantial enough to move on.” – Criss Jami


“I think we learn the most from imperfect relationships – things like forgiveness and compassion.” – Andrea Thompson


“Sometimes you only forgive someone because you can’t stand not having them in your life.” – Unknown


“It’s said in Hollywood that you should always forgive your enemies – because you never know when you’ll have to work with them.” – Lana Turner


“When you forgive, you love. And when you love, God’s light shines upon you.” – Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild


“I invite everyone to choose forgiveness rather than division, teamwork over personal ambition.” – Jean-Francois Cope


“The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward.” – Steve Maraboli


“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


“Not forgiving is like drinking rat poison and then waiting for the rat to die.” – Anne Lamott, Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith


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


“I have learned that sometimes “sorry” is not enough. Sometimes you actually have to change.” – Claire London


“Beware of the man who does not return your blow: he neither forgives you nor allows you to forgive yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw


“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


“One of the secrets of a long and fruitful life is to forgive everybody everything everynight before you go to bed.” – Bernard Baruch


“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


“The ineffable joy of forgiving and being forgiven forms an ecstasy that might well arouse the envy of the gods.” – Elbert Hubbard


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


“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


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


“I think it is important that we rebuild an atmosphere of forgiveness and civility in every aspect of our lives.” – T. D. Jakes


“Always forgive, but never forget, else you will be a prisoner of your own hatred, and doomed to repeat your mistakes forever.” – Wil Zeus


“It is important that we forgive ourselves for making mistakes. We need to learn from our errors and move on.” – Steve Maraboli


“Love may forgive all infirmities and love still in spite of them: but Love cannot cease to will their removal.” – C.S. Lewis


“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


“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


“To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.” – C.S. Lewis


“What was the point of being able to forgive, when deep down, you both had to admit you’d never forget?” – Jodi Picoult


“I don’t forgive people cause I’m weak I forgive them cause I’m strong enough to understand people make mistakes.” – Unknown


“We don’t forgive people because they deserve it. We forgive them because they need it—because we need it.” – Bree Despain


“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


“I have learned, that the person I have to ask for forgiveness from the most is: myself. You must love yourself. You have to forgive yourself, everyday, whenever you remember a shortcoming, a flaw, you have to tell yourself “That’s just fine”. You have to forgive yourself so much, until you don’t even see those things anymore. Because that’s what love is like.” – C. JoyBell C.


“The willingness to forgive is a sign of spiritual and emotional maturity. It is one of the great virtues to which we all should aspire. Imagine a world filled with individuals willing both to apologize and to accept an apology. Is there any problem that could not be solved among people who possessed the humility and largeness of spirit and soul to do either – or both – when needed?” – Gordon B. Hinckley


“I want to be the kind of person who can do that. Move on and forgive people and be healthy and happy. It seems like an easy thing to do in my head. But it’s not so easy when you try it in real life.” – Susane Colasanti


“People have to forgive. We don’t have to like them, we don’t have to be friends with them, we don’t have to send them hearts in text messages, but we have to forgive them, to overlook, to forget. Because if we don’t, we are tying rocks to our feet, too much for our wings to carry!” – C. JoyBell C.


“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.” – Anne Lamott


“Forgiveness is the name of love practiced among people who love poorly. The hard truth is that all people love poorly. We need to forgive and be forgiven every day, every hour increasingly. That is the great work of love among the fellowship of the weak that is the human family.” – Henri J.M. Nouwen


“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.” – Louis B. Smedes


“Forgiveness has nothing to do with absolving a criminal of his crime. It has everything to do with relieving oneself of the burden of being a victim–letting go of the pain and transforming oneself from victim to survivor.” – C.R. Strahan


“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


“Sincere forgiveness isn’t colored with expectations that the other person apologizes 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


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