Quotes

A winner rebukes and forgives; a loser is too timid to rebuke and too petty to forgive.
Sydney J. Harris

A wise man will make haste to forgive, because he knows the true value of time, and will not suffer it to pass away in unnecessary pain.
Samuel Johnson

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

And God knows I needed to be forgiven. So I had to forgive everybody. And then God – as I read in the word, you’re supposed to pray for your enemies. Try that one on.
Jim Bakker

As long as you don’t forgive, who and whatever it is will occupy rent-free space in your mind.
Isabelle Holland

Beauty is merciless. You do not look at it, it looks at you and does not forgive.
Nikos Kazantzakis

Before we can forgive one another, we have to understand one another.
Emma Goldman

Forgive all who have offended you, not for them, but for yourself.
Harriet Nelson

Forgive many things in others; nothing in yourself.
Ausonius

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

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

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

Forgive, son; men are men; they needs must err.
Euripides

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

God forgive me if I do wrong in following with ardor the strongest instincts of my nature.
Julia Ward Howe

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

He, who cannot forgive a trespass of malice to his enemy, has never yet tasted the most sublime enjoyment of love.
Johann Kaspar Lavater

How unhappy is he who cannot forgive himself.
Publilius Syrus

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

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

I feel like God has forgiven me of so much, that I will forgive everyone who has hurt us.
Jim Bakker

Instead of hating, I have chosen to forgive and spend all of my positive energy on changing the world.
Camryn Manheim

It is a very delicate job to forgive a man, without lowering him in his own estimation, and yours too.
Josh Billings

It is easier often to forgive than to be forgiven; yet it is fatal to be willing to be forgiven by God and to be reluctant to be forgiven by men.
Charles Williams

It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.
William Blake

It is very east to forgive others their mistakes; it takes more grit and gumption to forgive them for having witnessed your own.
Jessamyn West

It takes one person to forgive, it takes two people to be reunited.
Lewis B. Smedes

Never does the human soul appear so strong as when it foregoes revenge and dares to forgive an injury.
Edwin Hubbel Chapin

One of the most lasting pleasures you can experience is the feeling that comes over you when you genuinely forgive an enemy – whether he knows it or not.
Orlando A. Battista

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

Only the brave know how to forgive; it is the most refined and generous pitch of virtue human nature can arrive at.
Laurence Stern

Only the brave know how to forgive… a coward never forgave; it is not in his nature.
Laurence Sterne

Parents forgive their children least readily for the faults they themselves instilled in them.
Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

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

Strength of character means the ability to overcome resentment against others, to hide hurt feelings, and to forgive quickly.
Lawrence G. Lovasik

Surely it is much more generous to forgive and remember, than to forgive and forget.
Maria Edgeworth

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

The first step in forgiveness is the willingness to forgive.
Marianne Williamson

The motto should not be: Forgive one another; rather understand one another.
Emma Goldman

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

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

They who forgive most shall be most forgiven.
Josiah Bailey

‘Tis the most tender part of love, each other to forgive.
John Sheffield

To be able to bear provocation is an argument of great reason, and to forgive it of a great mind.
John Tillotson

To confer dignity, forgive. To express contempt, forget.
Mason Cooley

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

To forgive and to be forgiven are the two points of holy magnificence and holy modesty; round these two centres the whole doctrine of largesse revolves.
Charles Williams

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

To forgive oneself? No, that doesn’t work: we have to be forgiven. But we can only believe this is possible if we ourselves can forgive.
Dag Hammarskjold

To understand is to forgive, even oneself.
Alexander Chase

Two persons cannot long be friends if they cannot forgive each other’s little failings.
Jean de la Bruyere

We all like to forgive, and love best not those who offend us least, nor who have done most for us, but those who make it most easy for us to forgive them.
Samuel Butler

We all must learn to dig down deep inside, trust that inner voice, and not be afraid to face and forgive ourselves.
Darren L. Johnson

We easily forgive our friends those faults that do no affect us ourselves.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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.

We often forgive those who bore us, but we cannot forgive those whom we bore.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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

When I am able to resist the temptation to judge others, I can see them as teachers of forgiveness in my life, reminding me that I can only have peace of mind when I forgive rather than judge.
Gerald Jampolsky

When people realize that they have been forgiven of everything, it becomes a little bit easier for them to forgive others.
Jennifer O’Neill

When we forgive evil we do not excuse it, we do not tolerate it, we do not smother it. We look the evil full in the face, call it what it is, let its horror shock and stun and enrage us, and only then do we forgive it.
Lewis B. Smedes

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

You’re supposed to remember, and still forgive.
Delta Burke

You’ve got to be willing to forgive and say, ‘God, get something good out of something bad.’ And if you’ll make that choice… God will do it.
Don Young

A woman who can’t forgive should never have more than a nodding acquaintance with a man.
Edgar Watson Howe

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