310 Forgiveness Quotes That Will Set You Free

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Please enjoy this list of forgiveness quotes. I hope you’ll find inspiration to live a more peaceful life. And please never forget: we all make mistakes.

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Tell them you still love them, and they will get the message. Yoko Ono

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It is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned. Francis of Assisi

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Weak people revenge. Strong people forgive. Intelligent people ignore. Albert Einstein

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To understand everything is to forgive everything. Osho

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A noble spirit finds a cure for injustice in forgetting it. Publius Syrus

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Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace. Buddha

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If you cannot forgive yourself, you cannot forgive others. D. Muthukrishnan

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Forgiveness is man’s deepest need and highest achievement. Horace Bushnell

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

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Love the sinner and hate the sin. Augustine of Hippo

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The simple truth is, we all make mistakes, and we all need forgiveness. Desmond Tutu

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The highest result of education is tolerance. Helen Keller

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I will permit no man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him. Booker T. Washington

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If you haven’t any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble. Bob Hope

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Your ego is not ready to forgive but your soul is. Maxime Lagacé

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The Best Forgiveness Quotes

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Forgive others, not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace. Mel Robbins Click to tweet

If you want to see the brave, look to those who can return love for hatred. If you want to see the heroic, look to those who can forgive. Bhagavad Gita

It is for God to punish wicked people; we should learn to forgive. Emily Brontë

Let no man pull you low enough to hate him. Martin Luther King Jr

The remarkable thing is that we really love our neighbor as ourselves: we do unto others as we do unto ourselves. We hate others when we hate ourselves. We are tolerant toward others when we tolerate ourselves. We forgive others when we forgive ourselves. We are prone to sacrifice others when we are ready to sacrifice ourselves. Eric Hoffer

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

I am not what happened to me. I am what I choose to become. Unknown

Can you hate someone for what they have done, but still love them for whom they had been? Jodi Picoult (Sing You Home)

Wrongs are often forgiven, but contempt never is. Our pride remembers it forever. Lord Chesterfield

Forgetting is the only revenge and the only forgiveness. Jorge Luis Borges Click to tweet

The only thing evil can’t stand is forgiveness. Fred Rogers Click to tweet

You either get bitter or you get better. It’s that simple. You either take what has been dealt to you and allow it to make you a better person, or you allow it to tear you down. Josh Shipp

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

Without forgetting it is quite impossible to live at all. Friedrich Nietzsche

The more you know yourself, the more you will forgive others. @TheStoicEmperor

Do not waste your life taking revenge on the shadows of those you cannot forget or forgive. Accept. Endure. @TheStoicEmperor

There is great freedom in not needing to await the forgiveness of another. Kapil Gupta

While revenge weakens society, forgiveness gives it strength. 14th Dalai Lama

Until we can forgive, we remain locked in our pain and locked out of the possibility of experiencing healing and freedom, locked out of the possibility of being at peace. Desmond Tutu

We should learn to accommodate ourselves to “wrongness”, striving always to adopt a more forgiving, humorous and kindly perspective on its multiple examples in ourselves and in our partners. Alain de Botton (Why You Will Marry the Wrong Person)

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

Happiness is a choice. Forgiveness is a choice. Acceptance, anger, desire, love…all choices. Your time. Your choice. Scott Shaw

As we grow in wisdom, we pardon more freely. Madame de Stael

Be tolerant with others and strict with yourself. Marcus Aurelius

What Is Forgiveness?

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Forgiveness is the answer. Maya Angelou

Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself. Suzanne Somers

To forgive is to understand the origins of evil and cruelty. Alain de Botton

Forgiveness is a prerequisite to peace. Make the decision to let go of pain and refuse to be jaded by negative experiences. Brenden Dilley

Forgiveness is simply about understanding that every one of us is both inherently good and inherently flawed. Desmond Tutu

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

Forgiveness is just another name for freedom. Byron Katie

Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave. Indira Gandhi

See also: How To Forgive (YouTube video by The School Of Life)

Part 2. Forgiveness Quotes That Are…

The Most Famous Forgiveness Quotes (Shakespeare, Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa, etc.)

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Love truth, but pardon error. Voltaire Click to tweet

Without forgiveness, there’s no future. Desmond Tutu

If we really want to love, we must learn how to forgive. Mother Teresa

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

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

Forgiveness is not an occasional act; it is a permanent attitude. Martin Luther King Jr

We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. Martin Luther King Jr

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

Forgiveness is giving up the hope that the past could have been any different, it’s accepting the past for what it was, and using this moment and this time to help yourself move forward. Oprah Winfrey

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

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

Let the brain go to work, let it meet the heart and you will be able to forgive. Maya Angelou

Compassion and love are the source of all spiritual qualities: forgiveness, tolerance, all the virtues. 14th Dalai Lama

All major religious traditions carry basically the same message; that is love, compassion and forgiveness the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives. 14th Dalai Lama

I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice. Abraham Lincoln

Forget, forgive; conclude, and be agreed. William Shakespeare

Always forgive your enemies – nothing annoys them so much. Oscar Wilde Click to tweet

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Short Forgiveness Quotes

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Forgotten is forgiven. F. Scott Fitzgerald Click to tweet</a

Be you. Do you. For you. Wesley Snipes

Forgive and it relieves you. Maya Angelou

We are all in need of mercy. Unknown

What I cannot love, I overlook. Anais Nin

Forgiveness is an act of self-love. Don Miguel Ruiz

Let it hurt. Let it heal. Let it go. Unknown

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

Forgiveness is the sweetest revenge. Isaac Friedmann

Those who understand evil pardon it. George Bernard Shaw Click to tweet

Sweet mercy is nobility’s true badge. William Shakespeare

We pardon to the extent that we love. François de La Rochefoucauld

Forgiveness is, truly, all or nothing. Ranal Currie

The mind cannot forgive. Only you can. Eckhart Tolle

Choose to forgive and free your heart. Desmond Tutu

Forgive them even if they are not sorry. Julian Casablancas

There are difficult things about you too. Alain de Botton

I remember everything but forgive anyway. Erica Jong

To forgive is wisdom, to forget is genius. Joyce Cary

When one forgives, two souls are set free. Unknown

Forgive and forget. Not revenge and regret. Unknown

There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness. Josh Billings

Tolerance is the only real test of civilization. Arthur Helps

Let go, release, give up, stop resisting, forgive. Maxime Lagacé

Your past is over; it cannot touch you. Forgive all involved, including yourself. Marianne Williamson

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Inspirational Forgiveness Quotes

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Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future. Paul Boese Click to tweet

An apology is the super glue of life. It can repair just about anything. Lynn Johnston

How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours. Wayne Dyer

Kiss slowly, laugh insanely, love truly, forgive quickly. Paulo Coelho

Every one of us has the capacity to love, to forgive, to understand, and to be compassionate. Thich Nhat Hanh

If we can forgive what’s been done to us… If we can forgive what we’ve done to others… If we can leave our stories behind. Our being victims and villains. Only then can we maybe rescue the world. Chuck Palahniuk

Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you were. Cherie Carter-Scott

Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom. Hannah Arendt

Forgiveness isn’t just the absence of anger. I think it’s also the presence of self-love, when you actually begin to value yourself. Tara Westover

The cruel always believe the kind are weak. But human decency and goodness can also move human affairs. David Frum

I forgive to gives a second chance. I forgive to move forward. I forgive to fly. Maxime Lagacé

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

When we can recognize and forgive ignorant actions of the past, we gain the strength to constructively solve the problems of the present. 14th Dalai Lama

When I talk of forgiveness I mean the belief that you can come out the other side a better person. A better person than the one being consumed by anger and hatred. Desmond Tutu

There is nobility in compassion, a beauty in empathy, a grace in forgiveness. John Connolly

Forgiveness is a reflection of loving yourself enough to move on. Steve Maraboli Click to tweet

On the whole, my impression is that mercy bears richer fruits than any other attribute. Abraham Lincoln

Strive to be first: first to nod, first to smile, first to compliment, and first to forgive. Rhonda Byrne

Forgiveness is the only thing that cleans the slate, dissolving the old so the new can come in. Marianne Williamson

To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless. G.K. Chesterton

Forgiveness isn’t approving what happened. It’s choosing to rise above it. Robin Sharma

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See also: How to Forgive Someone When It’s Hard: 30 Tips to Let Go of Anger (tinybuddha.com)

Funny And Surprising Forgiveness Quotes

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Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them? Abraham Lincoln Click to tweet

Everyone says that forgiveness is a lovely idea, until they have something to forgive. C. S. Lewis

You may eventually forgive and befriend someone who harmed you, never someone who bored you. Nassim Nicholas Taleb

The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius. Oscar Wilde

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

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

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Deep Forgiveness Quotes

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You too are a deeply imperfect and questionable individual. Alain de Botton Click to tweet

Nobody forgets where he buried the hatchet. Frank McKinney

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

We are all serving a life sentence, and good behavior is our only hope for a pardon. Douglas Horton

It’s always like this, her life a pendulum between forgiveness and regret. Edwidge Danticat

Forgiveness is giving up all hope of having had a better past. Anne Lamott

It’s impossible to forget. But it’s vital to forgive. Maxime Lagacé

Until we have seen someone’s darkness, we don’t really know who they are. Until we have forgiven someone’s darkness, we don’t really know what love is. Marianne Williamson

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

People will forgive you for being wrong, but they will never forgive you for being right – especially if events prove you right while proving them wrong. Thomas Sowell

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

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

What we forgive too freely doesn’t stay forgiven. Mignon McLaughlin

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

Those who say they will forgive but can’t forget, simply bury the hatchet but leave the handle out for immediate use. Dwight L. Moody

Forgiveness in no way requires that you trust the one you forgive. William P. Young Click to tweet

Forgiveness is the way we stop our human community from unraveling. Desmond Tutu

Forgiveness does not relieve someone of responsibility for what they have done. Forgiveness does not erase accountability. It is not about turning a blind eye or even turning the other cheek. Desmond Tutu

There are times when all of us have been thoughtless, selfish or cruel. But no act is unforgivable; no person is beyond redemption. Desmond Tutu

If you can find it in yourself to forgive, then you are no longer chained to the perpetrator. Desmond Tutu

They caused the first wound, but you are causing the rest; this is what not forgiving does. They got it started, but you keep it going. Forgive and let it go, or it will eat you alive. You think they made you feel this way, but when you won’t forgive, you are the one inflicting the pain on yourself. Bryant McGill

Truth can be told in an instant, forgiveness can be offered spontaneously, but reconciliation is the work of lifetimes and generations. Krista Tippett

Forgiveness isn’t where we think someone else was a jerk but we’re so spiritual now that we deign to pardon them. Forgiveness means we extend our perception beyond the level of guilt and recognize the internal innocence within us all. Marianne Williamson

You teach people how to treat you by what you let them get away with. James Clear

Pardon one offence, and you encourage the commission of many. Publilius Syrus

The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive. John Green

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See also: How Do You Forgive Even When It Feels Impossible? (Part 1), Part 2 (psychologytoday.com)

Wise Forgiveness Quotes (Words Of Wisdom)

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To understand all is to forgive all. French proverb Click to tweet

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

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

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

People who successfully insult you take ownership of your time and energy, hijacking your mood and schedule. “Letting things go” isn’t just about sweet forgiveness. It’s about conserving your energy and attention for the things that matter. @TheStoicEmperor

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

Choosing to hate is proving your inferiority. Maxime Lagacé

Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward. C.S. Lewis

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

The more you know yourself, the more you will forgive others. @TheStoicEmperor Click to tweet

In the end, you realize that it was never personal. It was just people acting in their own best interests and you were collateral damage. This doesn’t make it right, but realizing that you weren’t really a specific target is the first step to forgiveness. Ed Latimore

The only stream that can wash away the pain of unjust acts is the sweet water of loving-kindness and compassion. Thich Nhat Hanh

The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all men, charity. Francis Maitland Balfour

Forgiveness is an act of letting go. To forgive is to begin to rid yourself of attachment to that which you cannot change. @DailyZen

People find it far easier to forgive others for being wrong than being right. J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter)

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

Men build too many walls and not enough bridges. Joseph Fort Newton

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Part 3. Forgiveness Quotes About…

Forgiveness Quotes About Life And Courage

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Life is an adventure in forgiveness. Norman Cousins Click to tweet

Take forgiveness slowly. Don’t blame yourself for being slow. Peace will come. Yoko Ono

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

Hating is easy and wrong. Forgiving is hard but right. Have the courage to choose wisely.

The man who forgives is far stronger than the man who fights. Nathan Craoll Click to tweet

You can’t forgive without loving. And I don’t mean sentimentality. I don’t mean mush. I mean having enough courage to stand up and say, ‘I forgive. I’m finished with it’. Maya Angelou

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

Part 1. Forgiveness is to offer no resistance to life – to allow life to live through you. Eckhart Tolle (The Power of Now)

Part 2. The alternatives are pain and suffering, a greatly restricted flow of life energy, and in many cases physical disease. Eckhart Tolle (The Power of Now)

A person who practices compassion and forgiveness has great inner strength, whereas aggression is usually a sign of weakness. 14th Dalai Lama

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

The life purpose for each of us is to overcome negativity by choosing love. Rhonda Byrne

I don’t think there’s anything braver than forgiveness. Brené Brown

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Quotes About Apologies, Asking For Forgiveness

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A real apology is admitting how exactly you f*cked up and how exactly you’re going to fix it. Carlos Del Valle Click to tweet

It is not easy to admit one’s wrongdoing and ask for forgiveness. “I am sorry” are perhaps the three hardest words to say. Desmond Tutu

Play hard, forgive quickly, apologize when you are wrong, take chances, and have no regrets. Paulo Coelho

Be strong enough to forgive without hearing an apology. Paulo Coelho

The closer you are to someone, the harder it is to apologize. Maxime Lagacé

When you apologize, you’re not putting yourself down. You’re expressing concern for how your actions affect others. Don’t be sorry for saying sorry. Being quick to apologize is a sign of empathy. Adam Grant

Part 1. When we are willing to let down our defences and look honestly at our actions, we find there is a great freedom in asking for forgiveness and great strength in admitting the wrong. Desmond Tutu

Part 2. It is how we free ourselves from our past errors. It is how we are able to move forward into our future, unfettered by the mistakes we have made. Desmond Tutu

Never forget the nine most important words of any family – “I love you”. “You are beautiful”. “Please forgive me”. H. Jackson Brown Jr

In this life, when you deny someone an apology, you will remember it at time you beg forgiveness. Toba Beta

Apologizing does not always mean you’re wrong and the other person is right. It just means you value your relationship more than your ego. Mark Matthews

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

Never ruin an apology with an excuse. Benjamin Franklin

An apology without change is just manipulation. Mel Robbins Click to tweet

The first to apologize is the bravest. The first to forgive is the strongest. And the first to forget is the happiest. Unknown

Quotes About Self-Forgiveness

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How unhappy is he who cannot forgive himself. Publilius Syrus Click to tweet

Be thankful for your life, and forgive everybody, including yourself. Yoko Ono

Forgive yourself. Whatever you’re holding onto or carrying around from the past – let it go. Mel Robbins

Do as the heavens have done, forget your evil; With them forgive yourself. William Shakespare

The more you know yourself, the more you forgive yourself. Confucius

Repentance is another name for aspiration. Henry Ward Beecher

Don’t waste time scratching the itch. Maxime Lagacé

The day the child realizes that all adults are imperfect, he becomes an adolescent; the day he forgives them, he becomes an adult; the day he forgives himself, he becomes wise. Alden Nowlan

The reasons for forgiving ourselves are the same as for forgiving others. It is how we become free of the past. Desmond Tutu

All forgiveness is self-forgiveness. William Desmond Click to tweet

You were born to be real not to be perfect. You are here to be you, not to live someone else’s life. Ralph Marston

You are just human. Being imperfect does not make you any less. Kartika Atmadja

Perfectionism is self-abuse of the highest order. Anne Wilson Schaef

Your imperfections are marks of authenticity and that is the beauty of you. Isaac Fowler

All children should be taught to unconditionally accept, approve, admire, appreciate, forgive, trust, and ultimately, love their own person. Asa Don Brown

Your past is a lesson… not a life sentence. Forgive yourself and focus on the future. Mel Robbins

I cling to my imperfection as the very essence of my being. Anatole France

There is a kind of beauty in imperfection. Conrad Hall

Imperfection is a form of freedom. Anh Ngo

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Forgiveness Quotes About Religion, Bible, God, Jesus, Spirituality, Prayer

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I pardon him, as God shall pardon me. William Shakespeare Click to tweet

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

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:32

In the shadow of my hurt, forgiveness feels like a decision to reward my enemy. But in the shadow of the cross, forgiveness is merely a gift from one undeserving soul to the next. Andy Stanley

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

Become more accepting. With every interaction, surrender any tendency to judge another person. Pray for a more accepting heart. Marianne Williamson

If I choose to bless another person, I will always end up feeling more blessed. Marianne Williamson

I firmly believe a great many prayers are not answered because we are not willing to forgive someone. Dwight L. Moody

When you forgive, you love. And when you love, God’s light shines upon you. Jon Krakauer (Into the Wild)

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love, where there is injury, pardon. Francis of Assis

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Forgiveness Quotes About Love, Cheating, Sins

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There is no love without forgiveness, and there is no forgiveness without love. Bryant H. McGill Click to tweet

You must forgive me, for I struggled only for you. Emily Brontë

Blame keeps wounds open. Only forgiveness heals. Thomas S. Monson

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

I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine. Jane Austen (Pride and Prejudice)

When you’re close, you see drama, emotions, hate and pain. When you’re far away, you understand, you rationalize, you care less, you realize your peace and health are more important than anything else. Maxime Lagacé

You’ll never know how strong your heart is until you learn to forgive who broke it. Unknown

Forgiving them isn’t the hard part, it’s trying to trust them again. Unknown

I don’t think people understand that you can forgive a person and not allow them back into your life. That is possible, very possible. Alex Elle

Forgiveness is the remission of sins. For it is by this that what has been lost, and was found, is saved from being lost again. Augustine of Hippo

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

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

Forgiveness is a sign that the person who has wronged you means more to you than the wrong they have delt. Ben Greenhalgh

Anytime you try to be a loving person, you’re doing your part to save the world. Marianne Williamson Click to tweet

Reconciliation is to understand both sides; to go to one side and describe the suffering being endured by the other side, and then go to the other side and describe the suffering being endured by the first side. Thich Nhat Hanh

True reconciliation is never cheap, for it is based on forgiveness which is costly. Forgiveness in turn depends on repentance, which has to be based on an acknowledgment of what was done wrong, and therefore on disclosure of the truth. You cannot forgive what you do not know. Desmond Tutu

To love another human in all of her splendor and imperfect perfection, it is a magnificent task… tremendous and foolish and human. Louise Erdrich

Forgive him. Not because he deserves your forgiveness, but because you have the right to be free. Haemin Sunim

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

Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more. Men were deceivers ever, one foot in sea, and one on shore, to one thing constant never. William Shakespeare

Forgiveness is a strange thing. It can sometimes be easier to forgive our enemies than our friends. It can be hardest of all to forgive people we love. Like all of life’s important coping skills, the ability to forgive and the capacity to let go of resentments most likely take root very early in our lives. Fred Rogers

If there is to be reconciliation, first there must be truth. Timothy B. Tyson

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

You don’t love someone because they’re perfect, You love them in spite of the fact that they’re not. Jodi Picoult (My Sister’s Keeper)

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Forgiveness Quotes About Relationships, Friendship And Imperfections

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Let us forgive each other – only then will we live in peace. Leo Tolstoy Click to tweet

To be social is to be forgiving. Robert Frost

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

Reconciliation always brings a springtime to the soul. Brother Roger

Relationships don’t thrive because the guilty are punished, but because the wounded are merciful. Max Lucado

Toxic relationships perish because of egos. Healthy relationships flourish because of acceptance. Maxime Lagacé

We read that we ought to forgive our enemies; but we do not read that we ought to forgive our friends. Francis Bacon

It’s easy to forgive the mistake from others, but it’s hard to rebuild the trust that has been destroyed. Paulo Coelho

Forgive, forget. Bear with the faults of others as you would have them bear with yours. Phillips Brooks

To understand somebody else as a human being, I think, is about as close to real forgiveness as one can get. David Small

I believe forgiveness is the best form of love in any relationship. It takes a strong person to say they’re sorry and an even stronger person to forgive. Yolanda Hadid

Reconciliation means working together to correct the legacy of past injustice. Nelson Mandela

We are all wonderful, beautiful wrecks. That’s what connects us – that we’re all broken, all beautifully imperfect. Emilio Estevez

No person is completely wicked, just as no person is perfect. We are all grey. Sweety Shinde Click to tweet

They learn tolerance for others’ faults through our tolerance of their own. Cathy Ridner Tempelsman

Friendships are forged in years and broken in moments. The impulsive and reactive will set fire to many worthwhile relationships. A long-lasting friendship offers a deep and singular kind of companionship. Forgive the little things. @TheStoicEmperor

You can change any relationship right now by looking for the things you love, appreciate, and are grateful for in that person. Rhonda Byrne

Imperfections are not inadequacies; they are reminders that we’re all in this together. Brené Brown

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered. Love them anyway. Kent M. Keith

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Forgiveness Quotes About Healing, Forgetting, Moving On

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When you forgive, you heal. When you let go, you grow. Unknown Click to tweet

Our key to transforming anything lies in our ability to reframe it. Marianne Williamson

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

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

A tree that has been damaged remembers but continues to grow. Maxime Lagacé

Even though your wound are not your fault, your healing is still your responsibility. Tony Fahkry

Forgiveness is your most powerful tool to be happy. By releasing your past, you cleanse the present, opening up the future. Don’t let bitterness become a noose. Jack Peach

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

Forgiving doesn’t mean forgetting, nor does it mean that you’ve given the message that what someone did was okay. It just means that you’ve let go of the anger or guilt towards someone, or towards yourself. Stephanie A. Sarkis

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 must be immediate, whether or not a person asks for it. Trust must be rebuilt over time. Trust requires a track record. Rick Warren

Forgiving you is my gift to you. Moving on is my gift to myself. Unknown

Forget what hurt you, but never forget what it taught you. Unknown Click to tweet

With forgiveness, your victim identity dissolves, and your true power emerges – the power of presence. Instead of blaming the darkness, you bring in the light. Eckhart Tolle

I think the first step is to understand that forgiveness does not exonerate the perpetrator. Forgiveness liberates the victim. It’s a gift you give yourself. T. D. Jakes

I can forgive but I cannot forget, is only another way of saying, I cannot 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 not “forgive and forget” as if nothing wrong had ever happened, but “forgive and go forward”, building on the mistakes of the past and the energy generated by reconciliation to create a new future. Alan Paton

Forgiveness is nothing less than the way we heal the world. We heal the world by healing each and every one of our hearts. The process is simple, but it is not easy. Desmond Tutu (The Book of Forgiving)

Stuff I know is true: No happiness without gratitude; no peace without forgiveness; no transformation without self-accountability. Elizabeth Gilbert

There is no magic wand we can wave to go back in time and change what has happened or undo the harm that has been done, but we can do everything in our power to set right what has been made wrong. We can endeavour to make sure the harm never happens again. Desmond Tutu

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

Forgiveness liberates the soul. It removes fear. That is why it is such a powerful weapon. Nelson Mandela

But we can’t go back. We can only go forward. Libba Bray

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See also: The 7 Steps to Forgiveness (chopra.com)

Forgiveness Quotes About Anger, Being Hurt, Revenge

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Hate has caused a lot of problems in this world, but it has not solved one yet. Maya Angelou Click to tweet

Hatred does not cease through hatred at any time. Hatred ceases through love. This is an unalterable law. Buddha

Forgiveness is not forgetting. Forgiveness is freedom from hate. Valarie Kaur

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

Genuine forgiveness does not deny anger but faces it head-on. Alice Duer Miller

Resentment is like drinking a poison and then waiting for the other person to die. Carrie Fisher

Weak people revenge. Strong people forgive. Wise people help. Maxime Lagacé

Holding a grudge doesn’t make you strong; it makes you bitter. Forgiving doesn’t make you weak; it sets you free. Unknown

Forgiveness is freeing up and putting to better use the energy once consumed by holding grudges, harboring resentments, and nursing unhealed wounds. It is rediscovering the strengths we always had and relocating our limitless capacity to understand and accept other people and ourselves. Sidney and Suzanne Simon

When you hold resentment toward another, you are bound to that person or condition by an emotional link that is stronger than steel. Forgiveness is the only way to dissolve that link and get free. Katherine Ponder

Who is there among us who does not prefer tolerance, respect and forgiveness of our failings to bigotry, disrespect, and resentment? 14th Dalai Lama

If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears. Cesare Pavese

Because they are mean is no reason why I should be. Louisa May Alcott (Little Women) Click to tweet

Never does the human soul appear so strong as when it foregoes revenge and dares to forgive an injury. Edwin Hubbel Chapin

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

A minute of rage can undo a lifetime of diligent effort. Self-control is self-preservation. Most of us won’t look back on the moments we acted in anger as among our finest. Do not act when the tide of rage flows in. Wait for it to go out. Then act with reason and proportion. @TheStoicEmperor

Anger usually worsens the problem it feels like the solution to. @TheStoicEmperor

I free myself from hatred through forgiveness and love. Paulo Coelho

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Forgiveness Quotes About Mistakes And The past

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Do not be concerned with the faults of other persons. Do not see others’ faults with a hateful mind. Dogen Click to tweet

We are all full of weakness and errors; let us mutually pardon each other our follies – it is the first law of nature. Voltaire

Forgive yourself for your faults and your mistakes and move on. Les Brown

Don’t think too much and give a second chance. We are all human, right? Maxime Lagacé

An hour of deeply contemplating your own moral failures will leave you feeling much more forgiving of the foibles of others. @TheStoicEmperor

Forgiveness is always the key to letting go the past; atoning for our own mistakes and forgiving other people for theirs. Marianne Williamson

Understand and accept that every person you interact with is flawed, even you. There are no exceptions to this rule. Don’t get stressed by forcing people to change. It’s not worth it. Focus your energy on being the best you can be. That’s all that matters. Ralph Napolitano

Forgiveness requires a sense that bad behaviour is a sign of suffering rather than malice. Alain de Botton

Common humanity: recognizing that all human beings suffer and are imperfect. Kristen Neff (Self-Compassion)

Everybody makes mistakes. If you can’t forgive others, don’t expect others to forgive you. Unknown

We all make mistakes. Don’t let that be the reason you give up on somebody. Unknown

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Forgiveness Quotes About Happiness, Peace And Letting Go

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One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory. Rita Mae Brown Click to tweet

For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness. Ralph Waldo Emerson

The forgiving state of mind is a magnetic power for attracting good. Catherine Ponder

Where there is no true forgiveness, there can be no real peace. Desmond Tutu

You cannot be happy in the past. You cannot be happy in the future. There’s only this moment. Live courageously in the unknown, live in the “now”. Maxime Lagacé

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

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

To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness. Robert Muller Click to tweet

Compassion, tolerance, forgiveness and a sense of self-discipline are qualities that help us lead our daily lives with a calm mind. 14th Dalai Lama

We don’t forgive to help the other person. We don’t forgive for others. We forgive for ourselves. Forgiveness, in other words, is the best form of self-interest. Desmond Tutu

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

The moment you truly forgive, you have reclaimed your power from the mind. Eckhart Tolle

No matter how bad something may seem, there are always, always, many things to be grateful for. Rhonda Byrne

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Part 4. Conclusion

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Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. Ralph Waldo Emerson Click to tweet

Call to action: Check out this great resource on forgiveness by psychologytoday.com. You’ll find more information on what is forgiveness, how to forgive someone, how to forgive yourself, articles, and more.

Author Bio

maxime lagace

Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.

In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running. His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal. He also studied at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. A few years later, he started his first website to share his passion for quotes.

Maxime is a father of two and also loves running. His best 5k is 17 minutes 41 seconds and his best marathon (42k) is in 3 hours 33 minutes 11 seconds (with 1800 meters of elevation gain).

Other notable interests of Maxime are health (mental and physical), meditation, nutrition, bananas, human potential, education, learning, productivity and minimalism.

Finally, he is (very) far from being perfect.

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September 19, 2019

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