Forgiveness Quotes (37) Spiritual Sayings

Summary: Definition of Forgiveness. Forgiveness is the intentional and voluntary process by which a victim undergoes a change in feelings and attitude regarding an offense, lets go of negative emotions such as revenge, with an increased ability to wish the offender well. As a psychological concept and virtue, the benefits of forgiveness have been explored in religious thought, the social sciences and medicine. Forgiveness may be considered simply in terms of the person who forgives including forgiving themselves, in terms of the person forgiven or in terms of the relationship between the forgiver and the person forgiven. In most contexts, forgiveness is granted without any expectation of restorative justice, and without any response on the part of the offender (for example, one may forgive a person who is incommunicado or dead).


"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, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

"It is important that we forgive ourselves for making mistakes. We need to
learn from our errors and move on."
~ Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

"Life doesn't get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more
~ Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

"Love like rain, can nourish from above, drenching couples with a soaking joy. But sometimes under the angry heat of life, love dries on the surface and must nourish from below, tending to its roots keeping itself alive."
~ Paulo Coelho, By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept

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

"How does one know if she has forgiven? You tend to feel sorrow over the circumstance instead of rage, you tend to feel sorry for the person rather than angry with him. You tend to have nothing left to say about it all."
~ Clarissa Pinkola Estes

"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

"Forgiveness is not a one-time-only event. It is a process."
~ Rhonda Britten

"Forgiveness is unlocking the door to set someone free and realizing you were the prisoner!"
~ Max Lucado

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

"Life is an adventure in forgiveness."
~ Norman Cousins

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

"Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the hearts and cools the sting."
~ Peter Allen

"One of the secrets of a long and fruitful life is to forgive everybody, everything, every night before you go to bed."
~ Bernard Baruch

"The more a man knows, the more he forgives."
~ Confucius

"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 me."
~ Henry Ward Beecher

"Be not afraid because you have faltered anywhere. For He has said, I forgive, even as you forgive others. Then how forgiving are you? Answer
this, and you will know just how you have been forgiven. It is the law, it is the Lord, it is love.
~ Edgar Cayce

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

"Forgiveness is all-powerful. Forgiveness heals all ills."
~ Catherine Ponder

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

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

"Forgiveness is the way to true health and happiness."
~ Gerald Jampolsky

"Forgiveness means you do not hold others responsible for your experience."
~ Gary Zukav

"He that cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which he must pass himself; for every man has need to be forgiven."
~ Thomas Fuller

"If you haven't forgiving yourself something, how can you forgive others?"
~ Dolores Huerta

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

"Resentment is one burden that is incompatible with your success. Always be the first to forgive; and forgive yourself first always."
~ Dan Zadra

"The more one forgives himself - by giving himself to a cause to serve or another person to love - the more human he is and the more he actualizes himself."
~ Viktor Frankl

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

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

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

"To carry a grudge is like being stung to death by one bee."
~ William H. Walton

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

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

"To understand everything is to forgive everything."
~ Buddha

"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.

"Without forgiveness life is governed endless cycle of resentment and retaliation."
~ Roberto Assagioli

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