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Quotations about Forgiveness



Forgive, not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace. ~Author unknown


If the most beautiful words in the English language are "I love you," then I submit that high on the list for the number two spot is "I forgive you."  ~G. Avery Lee (1916–2008), "The Second Most Beautiful Words," Affirmations of a Skeptical Believer, 1991


The heart always has the pardoning-power. ~Madame Swetchine, translated by Harriet W. Preston


"I can forgive, but I cannot forget," is only another way of saying, "I will not forgive." A forgiveness ought to be like a cancelled note, torn in two and burned up, so that it never can be shown against the man. ~Henry Ward Beecher


He who forgives ends the quarrel. ~African proverb


We should always forgive; the penitent for his sake, the impenitent for our own. ~Marie Dubsky, Freifrau von Ebner-Eschenbach (1830–1916), translated by Mrs Annis Lee Wister, 1882


All forgiveness is self-forgiveness. ~William Desmond, "Dialectic and Evil," Beyond Hegel and Dialectic, 1992


My dear, don't let the sun go down upon your anger; forgive each other, help each other, and begin again to‑morrow. ~Louisa May Alcott, Little Women, "Jo Meets Apollyon," 1868


Forgiveness is the key that unlocks the door of resentment and the handcuffs of hate. It is a power that breaks the chains of bitterness and the shackles of selfishness. ~William Arthur Ward, For This One Hour, 1969


The deep pain of broken trust has one cure, only one. It is the remedy of forgiveness... The first person to benefit from forgiving is always the person who forgives. When we forgive, we purge ourselves of the poison someone meanly put there. We lift ourselves from the bilge of hate and dance to the melody of inner healing. We set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was us. We create a new beginning for ourselves by unlocking the shackles that otherwise would hold us tight inside a painful past. Forgiving is for the offended, first. Later, for the offender. ~Lewis B. Smedes


Forgiveness is a funny thing: it warms the heart and cools the sting. ~William Arthur Ward, For This One Hour, 1969


If, as a blind Indiana child once wrote, "forgiveness is the perfume of the violet on the heel that crushed it," gratitude may safely be characterized as the perfume of the rose on the hand that caressed it. ~Judge, 1916  [for the history of this quote and its many precursors, see:  quoteinvestigator.com/2013/09/30/violet-forgive —tg]


Forgive completely. They whose Words recall
Forgiven Faults, have not forgiven All.
~Arthur Guiterman, "Of Apology," A Poet's Proverbs, 1924


If you can't forgive and forget, pick one. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


He who cannot forgive breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass. ~Proverb


Yes, this is what good is: to forgive evil. There is no other good. ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin


A woman's love is measured less by what she gives than by what she forgives. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1906, George Horace Lorimer, editor


Once a woman has forgiven her man, she must not reheat his sins for breakfast. ~Marlene Dietrich, "Forgiveness," Marlene Dietrich's A B C, 1962


Some forgive and forget, more forgive and remember, most forgive and remind. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


What we forgive too freely doesn't stay forgiven. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1963


It is easier to forgive an Enemy than to forgive a Friend. ~William Blake, Jerusalem: The Emanation of the Giant Albion, 1804


Life becomes easier when you learn to accept an apology you never got. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


You can make up a quarrel, but it will always show where it was patched. ~E. W. Howe


Forgiveness is my function as the light of the world. ~A Course in Miracles


Illusions about yourself and the world are one. That is why all forgiveness is a gift to yourself. ~A Course in Miracles


The cloak of forgiveness cannot be worn over the coat of resentment. ~William Arthur Ward (1921–1994)


a torn heart
takes courage
to forgive
~Terri Guillemets, "Forgive with a brave heart," 2019, blackout poetry created from Rafe Martin, Birdwing, 2005, page 183


Forgive. It doesn't erase their crime but why should you do the time. Let go of resentment. ~Dodinsky


To truly forgive is to let the other person forget. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


The more forgiving we are, the freer we become. ~William Arthur Ward (1921–1994)





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