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Famous Forgiveness Quotations

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"Holding on to anger, resentment and hurt only gives you tense muscles, a headache and a sore jaw from clenching your teeth. Forgiveness gives you back the laughter and the lightness in your life."
by Joan Lunden
"The best thing about giving of ourselves is that what we get is always better than what we give. The reaction is greater than the action."
by Orison Swett Marden
"The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness."
by Anonymous
"The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world."
by Anonymous
"The secret of forgiving everything is to understand nothing."
by Anonymous
"The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong."
by Mahatma Gandhi
"Their errors have been weighed and found to have been dust in the balance; if their sins were as scarlet, they are now white as snow: they have been washed in the blood of the mediator and the redeemer, Time."
by Percy Bysshe Shelley
"There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness."
by Josh Billings
"They who forgive most shall be most forgiven."
by Josiah Bailey
"Those that do you a very ill deed will never forgive you."
by Proverb Proverbs
"Understanding is often a prelude to forgiveness, but they are not the same, and we often forgive what we cannot understand (seeing nothing else to do) and understand what we cannot pardon."
by Mary McCarthy
"And they ask you to hasten on the evil before the good, and indeed there have been exemplary punishments before them; and most surely your Lord is the Lord of forgiveness to people, notwithstanding their injustice; and most surely your Lord is severe in requiting (evil)."
by quran quran
"And hasten to forgiveness from your Lord; and a Garden, the extensiveness of which is (as) the heavens and the earth, it is prepared for those who guard (against evil)."
by quran quran
"Bad men are full of repentance."
by Aristotle
"Great is the difference betwixt a man's being frightened at, and humbled for his sins."
by Thomas Fuller
"Giving 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."
by Anonymous
"Forgiveness is the economy of the heart... forgiveness saves the expense of anger, the cost of hatred, the waste of spirits."
by Hannah Moore
"Forgiveness is not an occasional act: it is an attitude."
by Anonymous
"Forgiveness is God's command."
by Martin Luther
"Forgive! How many will say, ''forgive,'' and find a sort of absolution in the sound to hate a little longer!"
by Anonymous
"He who is devoid of the power to forgive, is devoid of the power to love."
by Anonymous
"I'm a sinner as much as anyone else. I pray every day for the safety of my family and children, for guidance, for forgiveness. I also pray for other people who are in need of Christ's help and assistance."
by Anonymous
"In the wintertime, regardless of what happened in the summer, all is forgiven."
by Nicki Grossman
"It is easier to ask forgiveness than permission."
by Source Unknown
"Know from our heart that it's a forgiving heart. Forgiveness is everything. It's everything."
by Tonya David
"Never repeat old grievances."
by Proverb Proverbs
"Many have been ruined by their fortunes, and many have escaped ruin by the want of fortune. To obtain it the great have become little, and the little great."
by Johann Georg Zimmermann
"Murder is unique in that it abolishes the party it injures, so that society has to take the place of the victim and on his behalf demand atonement or grant forgiveness; it is the one crime in which society has a direct interest."
by W. H. Auden
"It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend."
by William Blake
"Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins."
by Anonymous
"Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names."
by John Fitzgerald Kennedy
"God will forgive me. It's his job."
by Heinrich Heine
"God pardons like a mother, who kisses the offense into everlasting forgiveness."
by Anonymous
"Christmas gift suggestions:To your enemy, forgiveness.To an opponent, tolerance.To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect."
by Oren Arnold
"Ask forgiveness for them or do not ask forgiveness for them; even if you ask forgiveness for them seventy times, Allah will not forgive them; this is because they disbelieve in Allah and His Apostle, and Allah does not guide the transgressing people."
by quran quran
"Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it."
by Author Unknown
"We pardon to the extent that we love."
by Anonymous
"Forgiveness is the key to happiness."
by A Course In Miracles
"Forgive thyself little, and others much."
by Leighton
"Forgive many things in others; nothing in yourself."
by Ausonius
"Acceptance and tolerance and forgiveness, those are life-altering lessons."
by Jessica Lange
"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."
by Dalai Lama
"Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you were."
by Cherie Carter-Scott
"As I rejected amnesty, so I reject revenge. I ask all Americans who ever asked for goodness and mercy in their lives, who ever sought forgiveness for their trespasses, to join in rehabilitating all the casualties of the tragic conflict of the past. (On Americans who avoided conscription during the Vietnam War, to Veterans of Foreign Wars)"
by Gerald R. Ford
"Christmas gift suggestions To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect."
by Oren Arnold
"Forgiveness means letting go of the past."
by Gerald Jampolsky
"Forgiveness is unlocking the door to set someone free and realizing you were the prisoner!"
by Max Lucado
"Forgiveness is the sweetest revenge."
by Isaac Friedmann
"Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom."
by Hannah Arendt
"Forgiveness is the healing of wounds caused by another. You choose to let go of a past wrong and no longer be hurt by it. Forgiveness is a strong move to make, like turning your shoulders sideways to walk quickly on a crowded sidewalk. It's your move."
by Real Live Preacher
"Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds upon the heel that crushes it."
by Mark Twain
"Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heal that has crushed it"
by Mark Twain
"Forgiveness is the answer to the child's dream of a miracle by which what is broken is made whole again, what is soiled is made clean again."
by Dag Hammarskjld
"Forgiveness is not an occasional act it is an attitude."
by Martin Luther King, Jr.
"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."
by Marianne Williamson
"Forgiveness is like the fragrance a flower gives after it's been stepped on."
by Anonymous
"Forgiveness is like faith. You have to keep reviving it."
by Mason Cooley
"Forgiveness is letting go of the hope that the past can be changed."
by Oprah Winfrey
"Forgiveness is almost a selfish act because of its immense benefits to the one who forgives."
by Lawana Blackwell
"Forgiveness does not mean the cancellation of all consequences of wrong doing. It means the refusal on God's part to let our guilty past affect His relationship with us."
by Unknown
"Forgiveness does not always lead to a healed relationship. Some people are not capable of love, and it might be wise to let them go along with your anger. Wish them well, and let them go their way."
by Real Live Preacher
"Forgiveness breaks the chain of causality because he who forgives you -- out of love--takes upon himself the consequences of what you have done. Forgiveness, therefore, always entails a sacrifice."
by Dag Hammarskjld
"Get rid of imagined guilt. You did the best you could at the time, all things considered. If you made mistakes, learn to accept that we are all imperfect. Only hindsight is 20-20. If you are convinced that you have real guilt, consider professional or spiritual counseling (with a competent and trustworthy counselor). If you believe in God a pastor can help you believe also in God's forgiveness."
by Amy Hillyard Jensen
"I believe in the forgiveness of sin and the redemption of ignorance."
by Adlai E. Stevenson Jr.
"If our greatest need had been information, God would have sent an educator. If our greatest need had been technology, God would have sent us a scientist. If our greatest need had been money, God would have sent us an economist. But since our greatest need was forgiveness, God sent us a Savior."
by Max Lucado
"Insofar as I may be heard by anything, which may or may not care what I say, I ask, if it matters, that you be forgiven for anything you may have done or failed to do which requires forgiveness. Conversely, if not forgiveness but something else may be required to insure any possible benefit for which you may be eligible after the destruction of your body, I ask that this, whatever it may be, be granted or withheld, as the case may be, in such a manner as to insure your receiving said benefit. I ask this in my capacity as your elected intermediary between yourself and that which may not be yourself, but which may have an interest in the matter of your receiving as much as it is possible for you to receive of this thing, and which may in some way be influenced by this ceremony. Amen."
by Roger Zelazny
"It has been said that God's gift is also indescribable because of the grace by which it is given. God, who is rich in mercy, gave the world the gift of His dear Son while we were at enmity with Him. Paul says 'But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us' (Rom. 58). Therefore, in Him we are freely given all things redemption, forgiveness of sins, righteousness, peace, hope, wisdom and knowledge."
by Paul Sadler
"It is always the case that when the Christian looks back, he is looking at the forgiveness of sins."
by Karl Barth
"It is always easier to ask forgiveness than permission."
by US Marine Proverb
"It is easier to ask forgiveness than to ask for permission."
by Anonymous
"It really doesnt matter if the person who hurt you deserves to be forgiven. Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself. You have things to do and you want to move on."
by Real Live Preacher
"Life is an adventure in forgiveness."
by Norman Cousins
"Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit."
by Peter Ustinov
"Marriage is three parts love and seven parts forgiveness of sins."
by Lao Tzu
"Mutual forgiveness of each vice. Such are the Gates of Paradise."
by William Blake
"Murder is unique in that it abolishes the party it injures, so that society has to take the place of the victim and on his behalf demand atonement or grant forgiveness it is the one crime in which society has a direct interest."
by W. H. Auden
"No virtuous act is quite as virtuous from the standpoint of our friend or foe, as from our own. Therefore, we are saved by the final form of love which is forgiveness"
by Reinhold Niebuhr
"Nothing inspires forgiveness quite like revenge."
by Scott Adams
"Reversing your treatment of the man you have wronged is better than asking his forgiveness."
by Elbert Hubbard
"Sometimes it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission."
by Anonymous
"The age of Grace began in mid-Acts, after the conversion of the Apostle Paul. It is through his letters alone that we learn about the dispensation of Grace, about Israel being set aside, with Jew and Gentile being saved into the Body of Christ. It was Paul who taught 'all the Jews which are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses' (Acts 2121). It was also Paul who proclaimed the forgiveness of sins 'to all who would believe' in Christ, adding that 'ye could not be justified by the law of Moses' (Acts 1338-39). The measuring rod of grace tells us that the age of Grace began with Paul, then continued through those who were saved and subsequently carried on His God-given doctrines of grace."
by John Fredericksen
"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."
by Francis Maitland Balfour
"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."
by Francis Maitland Balfour
"The glory of Christianity is to conquer by forgiveness."
by William Blake
"The path of repentance, though hard at times, lifts one ever upwards and leads to a perfect forgiveness."
by Howard W. Hunter
"There is no justification without sanctification, no forgiveness without renewal of life, no real faith from which the fruits of new obedience do not grow."
by Martin Luther
"Through His redemptive work we are 'justified from all things' (Acts 1338,39) and now rejoice in 'the forgiveness of sins according to the riches of His grace' (Eph. 17), a position in Christ at God's right hand (Eph. 24-6), 'all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ' (Eph. 13) and 'the hope of the glory of God' (Rom. 52), to be fully realized when we are 'caught up meet the Lord in the air' (1 Thess. 417). Then will be fulfilled the desire of God's loving heart 'That in the ages to come He might shew the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus' (Eph. 27)."
by Cornelius Stam
"We are all instantly forgiven but in order to benefit from this forgiveness, we must in turn forgive others and ourselves."
by Unknown
"We are certain that there is forgiveness, because there is a Gospel, and the very essence of the Gospel lies in the proclamation of the pardon of sin."
by Charles Haddon Spurgeon
"What power has love but forgiveness In other words by its intervention what has been done can be undone. What good is it otherwise"
by William Carlos Williams
"Who could tell what forms, what visions, what faces, what forgiveness he could see in the glow of the west!"
by Joseph Conrad
"Christianity, with its doctrine of humility, of forgiveness, of love, is incompatible with the state, with its haughtiness, its violence, its punishment and its wars."
by Leo Tolstoy
"Wizard's First Rule: People can be made to believe any lie, either because they want to believe it's true, or because they are afraid it's true. Wizard's Second Rule: The greatest harm can result from the best intentions. Wizard's Third Rule: Passion rules reason. Wizard's Fourth Rule: There is Magic to heal. In the forgiveness you grant, and more so in the forgiveness you recieve. Wizard's Fifth Rule: Mind what people do, not only what they say, for deeds will betray a lie. Wizard's Sixth Rule: The only sovereign you can allow to rule you is reason. Wizard's Seventh Rule: Life is the future, not the past."
by Sword Of Truth Novels - Terry Goodkind
"The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. Forgiveness"
by Mohandas Gandhi
"The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius. Forgiveness"
by Oscar Wilde
"The life most pleasing to God, is that which is spent in most usefulness to our fellow-creatures. A man cannot love his God, and hate his brother: he cannot expect mercy, who shows none."
by S. M. M'Corkle
"The ineffable joy of forgiving and being forgiven forms an ecstasy that might well arouse the envy of the gods. Forgiveness"
by Elbert Hubbard
"Right actions in the future are the best apologies for bad actions in the past."
by Tryon Edwards
"Repentance won't cure mischief."
by Scottish Proverb
"Repentance may be old-fashioned, but it is not outdated so long as there is sin."
by J. C. Macaulay

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