60+ Best Quotes About Forgiving The Past And Moving On

Quotes About Forgiving The Past And Moving On

  • Tell them you still love them, and they will get the message. Yoko Ono
  • It is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned. Francis of Assisi
  • Weak people revenge. Strong people forgive. Intelligent people ignore. Albert Einstein
  • To understand everything is to forgive everything. Osho
  • A noble spirit finds a cure for injustice in forgetting it. Publius Syrus
  • Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace. Buddha
  • If you cannot forgive yourself, you cannot forgive others. D. Muthukrishnan
  • Forgiveness is man’s deepest need and highest achievement. Horace Bushnell
  • To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it. Confucius
  • Love the sinner and hate the sin. Augustine of Hippo
  • The simple truth is, we all make mistakes, and we all need forgiveness. Desmond Tutu
  • The highest result of education is tolerance. Helen Keller
  • I will permit no man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him. Booker T. Washington
  • If you haven’t any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble. Bob Hope
  • Your ego is not ready to forgive but your soul is. Maxime Lagacé
  • Forgive others, not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace. Mel Robbins
  • 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
  • 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
  • The only thing evil can’t stand is forgiveness. Fred Rogers
  • 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
  • Let no man pull you low enough to hate him. Martin Luther King Jr
  • 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
  • Forgiveness is just another name for freedom. Byron Katie
  • 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 a virtue of the brave. Indira Gandhi
  • The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. Mahatma Gandhi
  • Love truth, but pardon error. Voltaire
  • 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
  • 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
  • Always forgive your enemies – nothing annoys them so much. Oscar Wilde
  • 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
  • To err is human; to forgive, divine. Alexander Pope
  • Forgotten is forgiven. F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • 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
  • Forgiveness is the sweetest revenge. Isaac Friedmann
  • Those who understand evil pardon it. George Bernard Shaw
  • Hating someone makes them important. Forgiving them makes them obsolete. Unknown
  • 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
  • You’re a slave to everyone you haven’t forgiven. Lawrence King
  • 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
  • Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future. Paul Boese
  • 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
  • Memories are heavy. Those who truly want to fly forgive. 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
  • 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
  • Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them? Abraham Lincoln
  • 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
  • A life lived without forgiveness is a prison. William Arthur Ward
  • You too are a deeply imperfect and questionable individual. Alain de Botton
  • Nobody forgets where he buried the hatchet. Frank McKinney
  • 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
  • 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
  • I can’t forget but I can be at peace with it. Maxime Lagacé
  • 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
  • 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
  • To understand all is to forgive all. French proverb
  • 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
  • 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
  • To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you. Louis B. Smedes
  • 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
  • Forgiveness doesn’t mean you continue to associate with someone. It doesn’t mean you expect them to change. It means that the wrongs they’ve committed against you no longer take up space in your heart. Ed Latimore
  • 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
  • A real apology is admitting how exactly you f*cked up and how exactly you’re going to fix it. Carlos Del Valle
  • 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
  • The first to apologize is the bravest. The first to forgive is the strongest. And the first to forget is the happiest. Unknown
  • How unhappy is he who cannot forgive himself. Publilius Syrus
  • 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
  • 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
  • I pardon him, as God shall pardon me. William Shakespeare
  • 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
  • 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
  • “Forgiveness is the sweetest revenge.” ― Isaac Friedmann
  • “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” ― Mahatma Gandhi, All Men are Brothers: Autobiographical Reflections
  • “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
  • “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
  • “Dumbledore says people find it far easier to forgive others for being wrong than being right.” ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood PrinceIf you’re enjoying these quotes, make sure to read our collection of Dumbledore quotes on love, life, integrity and socks.
  • “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.” ― Lewis B. SmedesIf you’re enjoying these quotes, you’ll love our collection of memory quotes that will help remind you how far you’ve come and motivate you to keep moving forward.
  • “Love may forgive all infirmities and love still in spite of them: but Love cannot cease to will their removal.” ― C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain
  • “Forgive all who have offended you, not for them, but for yourself.” ― Harriet Nelson
  • “Forgiveness has nothing to do with absolving a criminal of his crime. It has everything to do with relieving oneself of the burden of being a victim–letting go of the pain and transforming oneself from victim to survivor.” ― C.R. Strahan
  • “I think that if God forgives us we must forgive ourselves. Otherwise, it is almost like setting up ourselves as a higher tribunal than Him.” ― C.S. Lewis
  • “Forgiveness means it finally becomes unimportant that you hit back.” ― Anne Lamott
  • “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, Salomé: In Every Inch In Every Mile
  • “There is no love without forgiveness, and there is no forgiveness without love.” ― Bryant H. McGill
  • “Forgiveness in no way requires that you trust the one you forgive.” ― Wm. Paul Young, The Shack
  • “Life is an adventure in forgiveness.” ― Norman Cousins
  • “Always forgive, but never forget, else you will be a prisoner of your own hatred, and doomed to repeat your mistakes forever.” ― Wil Zeus, Sun Beyond the Clouds
  • “I have learned, that the person I have to ask for forgiveness from the most is: myself. You must love yourself. You have to forgive yourself, every day, whenever you remember a shortcoming, a flaw, you have to tell yourself “That’s just fine”. You have to forgive yourself so much, until you don’t even see those things anymore. Because that’s what love is like.” ― C. JoyBell C.
  • “Without forgiveness life is governed by an endless cycle of resentment and retaliation.” ― Roberto Assagioli
  • “Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you are.” ― Cherie Carter-Scott
  • “Can I be forgiven for all I’ve done to get here? I want to be. I can. I believe it.” ― Veronica Roth, Allegiant
  • “A happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers.” ― Robert Quillen
  • “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
  • “I want to be the kind of person who can do that. Move on and forgive people and be healthy and happy. It seems like an easy thing to do in my head. But it’s not so easy when you try it in real life.” ― Susane Colasanti, Waiting for You
  • “Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.” ― Hannah Arendt
  • “Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth. Give the world the best you have anyway.” ― Kent M. Keith, The Silent Revolution: Dynamic Leadership in the Student Council
  • “He who cannot forgive breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass.” ― George Herbert
  • “Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.” ― Nelson Mandela
  • “Before we can forgive one another, we have to understand one another.” ― Emma Goldman
  • “What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight. Build anyway.”
  • “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, Clippings from My Notebook
  • “Forgiveness is me giving up my right to hurt you for hurting me.” ― Anonymous
  • “I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine.” ― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
  • “Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave.” ― Indira Gandhi
  • “As long as I am breathing, in my eyes, I am just beginning.” ― Criss Jami, Killosophy
  • “Throughout life people will make you mad, disrespect you and treat you bad. Let God deal with the things they do, because hate in your heart will consume you too.” ― Will Smith
  • “If you can’t forgive and forget, pick one.” ― Robert Brault
  • “A life lived without forgiveness is a prison.” ― William Arthur Ward
  • “People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs. Fight for a few underdogs anyway.”
  • “Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient.” ― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free
  • “Sincere forgiveness isn’t colored with expectations that the other person apologize or change. Don’t worry whether or not they finally understand you. Love them and release them. Life feeds back truth to people in its own way and time-just like it does for you and me.” ― Sara Paddison
  • “To err is human, to forgive, divine.” ― Alexander Pope, An Essay on Criticism
  • “Genuine forgiveness does not deny anger but faces it head-on.” ― Alice Duer Miller
  • “The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world.” ― Marianne Williamson
  • “We are all mistaken sometimes; sometimes we do wrong things, things that have bad consequences. But it does not mean we are evil, or that we cannot be trusted ever afterward.” ― Alison CroggonIf you’re enjoying these quotes, make sure to read our collection of mistake quotes about learning from error.
  • “It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.” ― William Blake
  • “I guess forgiveness, like happiness, isn’t a final destination. You don’t one day get there and get to stay.” ― Deb Caletti
  • “The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds. Think big anyway.
  • “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
  • “Once a woman has forgiven her man, she must not reheat his sins for breakfast.” ― Marlene Dietrich
  • “One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory.” ― Rita Mae Brown
  • “As long as you don’t forgive, who and whatever it is will occupy a rent-free space in your mind.” ― Isabelle Holland
  • “I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.” ― Abraham Lincoln
  • “These are the few ways we can practice humility: To speak as little as possible of one’s self. To mind one’s own business. Not to want to manage other people’s affairs. To avoid curiosity. To accept contradictions and correction cheerfully. To pass over the mistakes of others. To accept insults and injuries. To accept being slighted, forgotten and disliked. To be kind and gentle even under provocation. Never to stand on one’s dignity. To choose always the hardest.” ― Mother Teresa, The Joy in Loving: A Guide to Daily Living
  • “Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.” ― Paul Boese
  • “I’m sorry about yesterday,” she said. He hung on to his straps and shrugged. “Yesterday happens.” ― Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor & Park
  • “Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable. Be honest and frank anyway.”
  • “Forgiveness is the name of love practiced among people who love poorly. The hard truth is that all people love poorly. We need to forgive and be forgiven every day, every hour increasingly. That is the great work of love among the fellowship of the weak that is the human family.” ― Henri J.M. Nouwen
  • “Forgiveness is the giving, and so the receiving, of life.” ― George MacDonald
  • “Forgiveness is an act of the will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart.” ― Corrie ten Boom
  • “Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.” ― Gautama Buddha, The Dhammapada: The Sayings of the Buddha
  • “Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you were.” ― Cherie Carter-Scott
  • “People have to forgive. We don’t have to like them, we don’t have to be friends with them, we don’t have to send them hearts in text messages, but we have to forgive them, to overlook, to forget. Because if we don’t we are tying rocks to our feet, too much for our wings to carry!” ― C. JoyBell C.
  • “If he can’t handle you at your worst then he does not deserve you at your best. Real love means seeing beyond the words spoken out of pain, and instead seeing a person’s soul.” ― Shannon L. Alder, 300 Questions LDS Couples Should Ask Before Marriage
  • “Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart and cools the sting.” ― William Arthur Ward
  • “The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.”
  • “The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget.” ― Thomas Szasz
  • “To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.” ― Lewis B. Smedes
  • “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
  • “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 G. Jampolsky, Love Is Letting Go of Fear
  • “Forgiveness is like faith. You have to keep reviving it.” ― Mason Cooley
  • “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, The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here for?If you’re enjoying these quotes, make sure to read our collection of trust issues quotes that will help you understand the meaning of trust.
  • “If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway.”If you’re enjoying these quotes, you’ll love our collection of enemy quotes that will make you want to cut ties with your frenemies.
  • “Be the one who nurtures and builds. Be the one who has an understanding and a forgiving heart one who looks for the best in people. Leave people better than you found them.” ― Marvin J. Ashton
  • “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
  • “This is one of my favorites: “True forgiveness is when you can say, “Thank you for that experience.” ― Oprah Winfrey
  • “Life is grace. Sleep is forgiveness. The night absolves. Darkness wipes the slate clean, not spotless to be sure, but clean enough for another day’s chalking.” ― Frederick Buechner, The Alphabet of GraceIf you’re enjoying these quotes, make sure to read our collection of grace quotes that will change your life.
  • “Only the brave know how to forgive. … A coward never forgave; it is not in his nature.” – Laurence Sterne
  • “What I cannot love, I overlook.” ― Anaïs Nin
  • “Always forgive your enemies – nothing annoys them so much.” ― Oscar Wilde
  • “Sometimes you just have to regret things and move on.” ― Charlaine Harris
  • “If you do well, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Do well anyway.”
  • “As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.” ― Nelson Mandela
  • “To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness.” ― Robert Muller
  • “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, Much Ado about Nothing
  • “A broken friendship that is mended through forgiveness can be even stronger than it once was.” ― Stephen Richards, Forgiveness and Love Conquers All: Healing the Emotional SelfIf you’re enjoying these quotes, make sure to read our selection of friendship quotes celebrating life-long relationships.
  • “People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered. Love them anyway.”
  • “Not forgiving is like drinking rat poison and then waiting for the rat to die.” ― Anne Lamott, Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith
  • “Last night I lost the world, and gained the universe.” ― C. JoyBell C.
  • “To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.” – C.S. Lewis
  • “Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  • “Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.” – Mark Twain
  • “Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.” – John F. Kennedy
  • “To be wronged is nothing, unless you continue to remember it.” – Confucius
  • “When you forgive, you love. And when you love, God’s light shines upon you.” – Jon Krakauer
  • “A heart filled with anger has no room for love.” – Joan Lunden
  • “Forgiveness is giving up the hope that the past could have been any different.” – Oprah Winfrey
  • “Nothing erases the past. There is repentance, there is atonement, and there is forgiveness. That is all, but that is enough.” – Ted Chiang
  • “Forgiveness is not something you do for someone else; it’s something you do for yourself. To forgive is not to condone, it is to refuse to continue feeling bad about an injury.” – Jim Beaver

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