Quotes About Forgiveness


Awesome Quotes and Sayings About Forgiveness

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To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.

~C.S. Lewis


Forgive, not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace.

~Author Unknown


Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much

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


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


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



Once a woman has forgiven her man, she must not reheat his sins for breakfast.

~Marlene Dietrich


 Two wrongs don't make a right, but they make a good excuse.


It’s easier to ask forgiveness than it is to get permission.

~Grace Hopper


Any fool knows men and women think differently at times, but the biggest difference is this. Men forget, but never forgive; women forgive, but never forget.

~ Robert Jordan


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


Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart and cools the sting.

~William Arthur Ward


To err is human, to forgive, divine.

~ Alexander Pope


Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them.


Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.

~Paul Boese


If you can’t forgive and forget, pick one.

~Robert Brault


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

~Edgar Watson Howe


It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.

~William Blake


I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine.

~ Jane Austen


Forgiveness is the sweetest revenge.

~Isaac Friedmann


He that respects himself is safe from others; he wears a coat of mail that none can pierce.


One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory.

~ Rita Mae Brown


Forgive all who have offended you, not for them, but for yourself.

~Harriet Nelson


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

~George Herbert


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

~Sydney Harris


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

~ Oprah Winfrey


Yes, this is what good is: to forgive evil. There is no other good.

~Antonio Porchia


The antidote for fifty enemies is one friend


Some forgive and forget, more forgive and remember, most forgive and remind.

~Robert Brault


The man who forgives is far stronger than the man who fights.

~Nathan Croall


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

~ Mark Twain


Life is an adventure in forgiveness.

~Norman Cousins


Life becomes easier when you learn to accept an apology you never got.

~Robert Brault


What we forgive too freely doesn’t stay forgiven.

~Mignon McLaughlin


Have patience with all things, but, first of all with yourself


Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.

~Martin Luther King Jr.


It’s far easier to forgive an enemy after you’ve got even with him.

~Olin Miller


Forgiving is love’s toughest work, and love’s biggest risk. If you twist it into something it was never meant to be, it can make you a doormat or an insufferable manipulator. Forgiving seems almost unnatural. Our sense of fairness tells us people should pay for the wrong they do. But forgiving is love’s power to break nature’s rule.

~Lewis B. Smedes


To truly forgive is to allow the other person to forget.

~Robert Brault


Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.

~John F. Kennedy


There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness.

~Josh Billings


Give yourself entirely to those around you Be generous with your blessings A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal


Without forgiveness life is governed by… an endless cycle of resentment and retaliation.

~Roberto Assagioli


One thing you will probably remember well is any time you forgive and forget.

~Franklin P. Jones


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



Never does the human soul appear so strong as when it forgoes revenge, and dares forgive an injury.

~E.H. Chapin


Always forgive your enemies — nothing annoys them so much.

~Oscar Wilde



The strongest of all warriors are these two, Time and Patience




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


To be wronged is nothing, unless you continue to remember it.



When you forgive, you love. And when you love, God’s light shines upon you.

~Jon Krakauer