Forgiveness Quotes

Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave.
– Indira Gandhi
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
The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.
– Honore de Balzac
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 one.
– Henry Ward Beecher
There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness.
– Josh Billings
It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.
– William Blake
Anger ventilated often hurries towards forgiveness; anger concealed often hardens into revenge.
– Edward Bulwer-Lytton
I shall be an autocrat: that's my trade. And the good Lord will forgive me: that's his.
– Catherine II
One can't relive one's life. Forgiveness is not what's difficult; one's always too ready to forgive. And it does no good, that's obvious.
– Louis-Ferdinand Celine
To understand is to forgive, even oneself.
– Alexander Chase
Life is an adventure in forgiveness.
– Norman Cousins
Once a woman has forgiven her man, she must not reheat his sins for breakfast.
– Marlene Dietrich
It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.
– John Dryden
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
Forgotten is forgiven.
– F. Scott Fitzgerald
If one by one we counted people out For the least sin, it wouldn't take us long To get so we had no one left to live with. For to be social is to be forgiving.
– Robert Frost
He that cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which he must pass himself; for every man has need to be forgiven.
– Dr. Thomas Fuller
A mistake is always forgivable, rarely excusable and always unacceptable.
– Robert Fripp
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
– Mahatma Gandhi
I shall be an autocrat, that's my trade; and the good Lord will forgive me, that's his.
– Catherine the Great
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.
– Dag Hammarskjold
Reversing your treatment of the man you have wronged is better than asking his forgiveness.
– Elbert Hubbard
I do not bring forgiveness with me, nor forgetfulness. The only ones who can forgive are dead; the living have no right to forget.
– Chaim Herzog
It is often easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission.
– Grace Murray Hopper
In the evening of life we shall be judged on love, and not one of us is going to come off very well, and were it not for my absolute faith in the loving forgiveness of my Lord I could not call on him to come.
– Madeleine L'Engle
Forgiveness is the giving, and so the receiving, of life.
– George MacDonald
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
The ability to forgive is one of man's greatest achievements.
– Bryant H. McGill
Genuine forgiveness does not deny anger but faces it head-on.
– Alice Duer Miller
Forgiveness is the economy of the heart... forgiveness saves the expense of anger, the cost of hatred, the waste of spirits.
– Hannah More
It's far easier to forgive an enemy after you've got even with him.
– Olin Miller
Humanity is never so beautiful as when praying for forgiveness, or else forgiving another.
– Jean Paul Richter
We win by tenderness. We conquer by forgiveness.
– Frederick William Robertson
One forgives to the degree that one loves.
– Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much.
– Oscar Wilde
The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world.
– Marianne Williamson
Sometimes I see myself fine, sometimes I need a witness. And I like the whole truth, but there are nights I only need forgiveness.
– Dar Williams
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.
– Dag Hammarskjöld
Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.
– John F. Kennedy
Nothing inspires forgiveness quite like revenge.
– Scott Adams
Forgive many things in others; nothing in yourself.
– Ausonius
To err is human, to forgive divine.
– Alexander Pope
How unhappy is he who cannot forgive himself.
– Publilius Syrus
It really doesn’t 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.
– Real Live Preacher
I believe in the forgiveness of sin and the redemption of ignorance.
– Adlai E. Stevenson Jr.
You will know that forgiveness has begun when you recall those who hurt you and feel the power to wish them well.
– Lewis B. Smedes
Without forgiveness life is governed by... an endless cycle of resentment and retaliation.
– Roberto Assagioli
Without forgiveness, there's no future.
– Desmond Tutu
When there's that forgiveness present and compassion, it just helps you live so much easier.
– Craig T. Nelson
Well, of course I think people can be forgiven. But our justice system is not set up to dispense forgiveness. You can go to the local priest for that.
– Nancy Grace
We think that forgiveness is weakness, but it's absolutely not it takes a very strong person to forgive.
– T. D. Jakes
We cannot embrace God's forgiveness if we are so busy clinging to past wounds and nursing old grudges.
– T. D. Jakes
To sin offers repentance and forgiveness not to sin offers only punishment.
– Jose Bergamin
To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.
– Lewis B. Smedes
These subsidies from four European governments, which include aircraft launch assistance, capital injections, debt forgiveness, have enabled Airbus to develop and range market airliners well below cost.
– Norm Dicks
There is no forgiveness in nature.
– Ugo Betti
The things the writers have me doing on 'Suburgatory' are insane. I think they think it's easier to ask for forgiveness than permission.
– Cheryl Hines
The schools would fail through their silence, the Church through its forgiveness, and the home through the denial and silence of the parents. The new generation has to hear what the older generation refuses to tell it.
– Simon Wiesenthal
The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.
– Oscar Wilde
The principle that certain sins should not receive the Church's testimony of forgiveness was probably no novelty at all, but had been applied in various churches perhaps, however, with no strict consistency.
– Robert Rainy
The ineffable joy of forgiving and being forgiven forms an ecstasy that might well arouse the envy of the gods.
– Elbert Hubbard
The first step in forgiveness is the willingness to forgive.
– Marianne Williamson
The fact is there is forgiveness for those who seek God. And I believe in the power of redemption.
– Rick Perry
The Dalai Lama's entire being is about peace and harmony, forgiveness and self-discipline. Those are qualities to be admired. I am really looking forward to meeting His Holiness.
– Joe Nichols
Selfishness must always be forgiven you know, because there is no hope of a cure.
– Jane Austen
People can be more forgiving than you can imagine. But you have to forgive yourself. Let go of what's bitter and move on.
– Bill Cosby
One important theme is the extent to which one can ever correct an error, especially outside any frame of religious forgiveness. All of us have done something we regret - how we manage to remove that from our conscience, or whether that's even possible, interested me.
– Ian Mcewan
On the Day of Atonement, Jews are commanded to seek forgiveness from the people we have hurt.
– Dr. Laura Schlessinger
On a level of simple personal survival, understanding and forgiveness are crucial... whether in an intimate personal relationship or on a global level.
– Edward Albert
My desire is to stand up and brush myself off when I make mistakes and ask for forgiveness.
– Janine Turner
My desire is to be a forgiving, non-judgmental person.
– Janine Turner
Man has two great spiritual needs. One is for forgiveness. The other is for goodness.
– Billy Graham
Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit.
– Peter Ustinov
It takes one person to forgive, it takes two people to be reunited.
– Lewis B. Smedes
It is always the case that when the Christian looks back, he is looking at the forgiveness of sins.
– Karl Barth
If there is something to pardon in everything, there is also something to condemn.
– Friedrich Nietzsche
If only I wasn't an atheist, I could get away with anything. You'd just ask for forgiveness and then you'd be forgiven. It sounds much better than having to live with guilt.
– Keira Knightley
If Jesus Christ was who He claimed to be, and He did die on a cross at a point of time in history, then, for all history past and all history future it is relevant because that is the very focal point for forgiveness and redemption.
– Josh McDowell
I'm currently in an interesting correspondence with a nun about forgiveness.
– Julian Clary
I would say the hierarchy has made terrible errors in judgment and it has to seek forgiveness by its members.
– William P. Leahy
I would say that playing this character has caused me to think about a lot of things. He's always questioning himself and trying to get back to something he lost touch with and trying to find forgiveness. Everybody struggles with these things to some extent in their life.
– Lee Tergesen
I think we learn the most from imperfect relationships - things like forgiveness and compassion.
– Andrea Thompson
I think the first step is to understand that forgiveness does not exonerate the perpetrator. Forgiveness liberates the victim. It's a gift you give yourself.
– T. D. Jakes
I think it's important to remember that Christianity was based in love and tolerance and forgiveness and acceptance.
– Kristin Chenoweth
I think it is important that we rebuild an atmosphere of forgiveness and civility in every aspect of our lives.
– T. D. Jakes
I think everything worked out the way it was supposed to. Mark's happier. I'm sober. There are still phone calls to be made, people I need to say something to. But everyone from Creed who I've offended or hurt, I ask for their forgiveness.
– Scott Stapp
I really do believe that God is love, one of deep affection and grace and forgiveness and inspiration.
– William P. Young
I realized that it's all really one, that John Lennon was correct. We utilize the music to bring down the walls of Berlin, to bring up the force of compassion and forgiveness and kindness between Palestines, Hebrews. Bring down the walls here in San Diego, Tijuana, Cuba.
– Carlos Santana
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
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
I learned a long time ago that some people would rather die than forgive. It's a strange truth, but forgiveness is a painful and difficult process. It's not something that happens overnight. It's an evolution of the heart.
– Sue Monk Kidd
I invite everyone to chose forgiveness rather than division, teamwork over personal ambition.
– Jean-Francois Cope
I have to ask Allah's forgiveness and not get angry, because they come to me out of love, and it's not fitting that I should turn to them in hatred.
– Abdul Qadeer Khan
I find forgiveness to be really healthy.
– Ben Affleck
I discipline churchgoers with godly lessons and sharp words if they do not change their ways. My goal is to open their hearts so that they seek forgiveness.
– William Brewster
I did a lot of things that I regretted and I certainly paid for my mistakes. You have to go and ask for forgiveness and it wasn't until I really started doing good and doing right, by other people as well as myself, that I really started to feel that guilt go away. So I don't have a problem going to sleep at night.
– Mark Wahlberg
I believe in Jesus Christ as my Lord and savior. I believe that Jesus died for my sins, and rose again, and that's my belief. I still don't know what 'Christian' means. I'm a follower of Christ, but I keep making a whole bunch of mistakes. And I thank God for forgiveness.
– Sherri Shepherd
I ask the people of Connecticut for their forgiveness, I should have paid more attention to people around me and people that I trusted but I am sorry for my actions and take full responsibility.
– John Rowland
I am making amends and seeking forgiveness. My only hope is that some good can come out of my situation.
– Jayson Blair
God's forgiveness is the only thing. And, well, I take full responsibility for the adultery. It was my fault and, you know, no matter what went on, the man has to take responsibility and I do.
– Jim Bakker