Forgiveness Quotes


"Every time God forgives us, God is saying that God's own rules do not matter as much as the relationship that God wants to create with us."
- Richard Rohr

"The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong."Xavier student in graduation garb hugging a parent
- Mahatma Gandhi

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

"Forgive, and you will be forgiven."
- Luke 6:37

"Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another, if one has a grievance against another; as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do."
- Colossians 3:13

"As far as the east is from the west, so far have our sins been removed from us."
- Psalms 103:12

"Peter replied, 'Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of our sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.'"
- Acts 2:38

"Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom."
- Hannah Arendt

"Forgiveness is the final form of love."
- Reinhold Niebuhr

"When you forgive, you in no way change the past - but you sure do change the future."
- Bernard Meltzer

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"Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave."
- Indira Gandhi

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

"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."
- Dalai Lama

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

Forgiveness is the giving, and so the receiving, of life.
- George MacDonald

"It's toughest to forgive ourselves. So it's probably best to start with other people. It's almost like peeling an onion. Layer by layer, forgiving others, you really do get to the point where you can forgive yourself."
- Patty Duke

"Forgiveness is God's command."
- Martin Luther

"The remedy for life's broken pieces is not classes, workshops or books. Don't try to heal the broken pieces. Just forgive."
- Iyanla Vanzant

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

"Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart and cools the sting."
- William A. Ward

Xavier student hugging parent

"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. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies."
- Martin Luther King Jr.

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

"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

"Anger begets more anger, and forgiveness and love lead to more forgiveness and love."
- Mahavira

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

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

"If we really want to love we must learn how to forgive."
- Mother Theresa

"Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave."
- Indira Gandhi

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

"Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom."
- Hannah Arendt

Xavier students holding hands in prayer

"Forgiving what we cannot forgive creates a new way to remember. We change the memory of our past into a hope for our future."
- Lewis Smedes

"When a deep injury is done to us, we never heal until we forgive."
- Nelson Mandela

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

"Blame keeps wounds open. Only forgiveness heals."
- Thomas S. Manson

"When you forgive, you in no way change the past-but you sure do change the future."
- Bernard Meltzer

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

"Forgiveness is a choice, but it is not an option."
- Joel Osteen

"Hate. It has caused a lot of problems in this world, but it has not solved one yet."
- Maya Angelou

"It can be hard to forgive and let go but it's important to remember that harboring the resentment and holding a grudge can hurt you even more. The word 'forgive' really means to give something up for yourself not for them."
- Jack Canfield

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

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

"If you cannot forgive and forget, pick one."
- Robert Brault

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

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

"Forgiveness is a reflection of loving yourself enough to move on."
- Dr. Steve Maraboli

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

Two people hugging

"Forgiveness is not a feeling; it is a commitment. It is a choice to show mercy, not to hold the offence up against the offender. Forgiveness is an expression of love."
- Gary Chapman

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

"When we don't forgive, we're not hurting the other person. We're not hurting the company that did us wrong. We're not hurting God. We're only hurting ourselves."
- Joel Osteen

"What is forgiven is usually well remembered."
- Louis Dudek

"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

"Forgive others, not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace."
- Jonathan Huie

"Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much."
 - Oscar Wilde

"Forgiveness is the final form of love."
- Reinhold Niebuhr

"I forgive myself and set myself free."
- Louise Hay

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




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