Forgiveness quotes

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

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.
Saint Augustine

Sweet mercy is nobility’s true badge.
William Shakespeare

When you are happy you can forgive a great deal.
Princess Diana

Man has two great spiritual needs. One is for forgiveness. The other is for goodness.
Billy Graham

Life is an adventure in forgiveness.
– Norman Cousins

As we know, forgiveness of oneself is the hardest of all the forgivenesses.
– Joan Baez

God forgive you, but I never can.
Queen Elizabeth I

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

I believe the Scriptures teach that there’s a literal heaven and a literal hell, just like Jesus said. And without forgiveness of sins that, yeah, the place of punishment is called hell.
– Kirk Cameron

I deepen my experience of God through prayer, meditation, and forgiveness.
– Marianne Williamson

Because forgiveness is like this: a room can be dank because you have closed the windows, you’ve closed the curtains. But the sun is shining outside, and the air is fresh outside. In order to get that fresh air, you have to get up and open the window and draw the curtains apart.
Desmond Tutu

The most important thing that I learned in growing up is that forgiveness is something that, when you do it, you free yourself to move on.
– Tyler Perry

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

Forgiveness is an act of the will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart.
– Corrie Ten Boom

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

Forgive those who have hurt you.
– Les Brown

It is often easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission.
– Grace Hopper

I never forgive, but I always forget.
– Arthur Balfour

Forgiveness is God’s command.
Martin Luther

And you know, when you’ve experienced grace and you feel like you’ve been forgiven, you’re a lot more forgiving of other people. You’re a lot more gracious to others.
– Rick Warren

Do you ever achieve total forgiveness after screwing up?
– Lee Unkrich

I read everything, but generally more fact than fiction – especially autobiographies and biographies. I’ve read ‘Long Walk to Freedom’ by Nelson Mandela at least twice on holiday. Every time, I’m totally awed by his vision, strength and forgiveness. I feel honoured to have got to know him and his wonderful wife Graca over the years.
Richard Branson

Forgiveness is a way of opening up the doors again and moving forward, whether it’s a personal life or a national life.
Hillary Clinton

To understand is to forgive, even oneself.
– Alexander Chase

Inner peace can be reached only when we practice forgiveness. Forgiveness is letting go of the past, and is therefore the means for correcting our misperceptions.
– Gerald Jampolsky

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

Love in the real world means saying you’re sorry 10 times a day.
– Kathie Lee Gifford

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

When a deep injury is done us, we never recover until we forgive.
– Alan Paton

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

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

Forgive me my nonsense, as I also forgive the nonsense of those that think they talk sense.
Robert Frost

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

Forgive many things in others; nothing in yourself.
– Ausonius

If there is something to pardon in everything, there is also something to condemn.
Friedrich Nietzsche

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.
Francis of Assisi

I believe in the redemptive need to admit mistakes, express regret, and ask for forgiveness.
– Ana Navarro

The ineffable joy of forgiving and being forgiven forms an ecstasy that might well arouse the envy of the gods.
– Elbert Hubbard

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

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

It’s important to recognize that forgiveness is more than mere words; it’s a heart attitude that induces a spiritual transformation.
– Victoria Osteen

If there are dreams about a beautiful South Africa, there are also roads that lead to their goal. Two of these roads could be named Goodness and Forgiveness.
Nelson Mandela

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.

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.
– Joan Lunden

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

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

The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.
– Honore de Balzac

There is no forgiveness in nature.
– Ugo Betti

There would be no need for love if perfection were possible. Love arises from our imperfection, from our being different and always in need of the forgiveness, encouragement and that missing half of ourselves that we are searching for, as the Greek myth tells us, in order to complete ourselves.
– Eugene Kennedy

He that cannot forgive others, breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass if he would ever reach heaven; for everyone has need to be forgiven.
– George Herbert

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

I like cast iron coated with enamel for longevity and forgiveness if I happen to take my eyes off the prize while pouring Chianti.
– Mario Batali

Most of us need time to work through pain and loss. We can find all manner of reasons for postponing forgiveness. One of these reasons is waiting for the wrongdoers to repent before we forgive them. Yet such a delay causes us to forfeit the peace and happiness that could be ours.
– James E. Faust

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

The lesson is that you can still make mistakes and be forgiven.
Robert Downey, Jr.

There is no love without forgiveness, and there is no forgiveness without love.
– Bryant H. McGill

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 love my children. That will never change. I have prayed to them for forgiveness and hope that they will forgive me. I never meant to hurt them!!
– Susan Smith

The ability to forgive is one of man’s greatest achievements.
– Bryant H. McGill

One of the secrets of a long and fruitful life is to forgive everybody everything everynight before you go to bed.
– Bernard Baruch