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.
Always forgive your enemies – nothing annoys them so much.
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.
As long as you don’t forgive, who and whatever it is will occupy rent-free space in your mind.
Beauty is merciless. You do not look at it, it looks at you and does not forgive.
Before we can forgive one another, we have to understand one another.
Forgive all who have offended you, not for them, but for yourself.
Forgive many things in others; nothing in yourself.
Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.
John F. Kennedy
Forgive yourself for your faults and your mistakes and move on.
Forgive, forget. Bear with the faults of others as you would have them bear with yours.
Forgive, son; men are men; they needs must err.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I feel like God has forgiven me of so much, that I will forgive everyone who has hurt us.
Instead of hating, I have chosen to forgive and spend all of my positive energy on changing the world.
It is a very delicate job to forgive a man, without lowering him in his own estimation, and yours too.
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.
It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.
It is very east to forgive others their mistakes; it takes more grit and gumption to forgive them for having witnessed your own.
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.
Only the brave know how to forgive; it is the most refined and generous pitch of virtue human nature can arrive at.
Only the brave know how to forgive… a coward never forgave; it is not in his nature.
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.
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.
The ability to forgive is one of man’s greatest achievements.
Bryant H. McGill
The first step in forgiveness is the willingness to forgive.
The motto should not be: Forgive one another; rather understand one another.
The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget.
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
They who forgive most shall be most forgiven.
‘Tis the most tender part of love, each other to forgive.
To be able to bear provocation is an argument of great reason, and to forgive it of a great mind.
To confer dignity, forgive. To express contempt, forget.
To err is human; to forgive, divine.
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.
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.
To understand is to forgive, even oneself.
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.
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.
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.
When people realize that they have been forgiven of everything, it becomes a little bit easier for them to forgive others.
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.
You’re supposed to remember, and still forgive.
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.
A woman who can’t forgive should never have more than a nodding acquaintance with a man.
Edgar Watson Howe