225 Forgiveness Quotes to Inspire Healing and Transformation

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The Most Famous Forgiveness Quotes (Best in 2024)

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Forgiveness is a gift you give to yourself — T. D. Jakes

Forgiveness says you are given another chance to make a new beginning. — Desmond Tutu

Forgiveness is giving up the hope that the past could have been any different. — Oprah Winfrey

One of the great healing balms of the Holy Spirit is forgiveness. To forgive is to break the link between you and your past. — T. D. Jakes

Forgive them even if they are not sorry — Julian Casablancas

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We all agree that forgiveness is a beautiful idea until we have to practice it. — C. S. Lewis

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

Forgive that you may be forgiven. — Seneca

Forgiveness is a gift we give ourselves that allows us to get on with our lives instead of being trapped in the past by resentment. — Rick Warren

Grace comes to forgive and then forgive again. — Rumi

Short Forgiveness Quotes

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  • Weak people revenge. Strong people forgive. Intelligent People Ignore. — Albert Einstein
  • Life is short. Kiss slowly, laugh insanely, love truly and forgive quickly — Paulo Coelho
  • Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names. — John F. Kennedy
  • The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. — Mahatma Gandhi
  • Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave. — Indira Gandhi
  • The more a man knows, the more he forgives. — Catherine II
  • A happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers. — Ruth Graham
  • The longevity of every relationship is decided by the willingness to forgive — Mike Murdock
  • Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. — Unknown Author
  • Forgiveness is setting the prisoner free, only to find out that the prisoner was me. — Corrie Ten Boom

Top 10 Forgiveness Quotes

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Weak people revenge. Strong people forgive. Intelligent People Ignore. — Albert Einstein

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

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Life is short. Kiss slowly, laugh insanely, love truly and forgive quickly — Paulo Coelho

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

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

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

You can't go to Heaven hating somebody. Forgive now. Be compassionate now. Be patient now. Be grateful now. Love Jesus and Mary now. Accept God's will now. — Mother Angelica

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Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave. — Indira Gandhi

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The more a man knows, the more he forgives. — Catherine II

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A happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers. — Ruth Graham

Forgiveness Image Quotes

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Forgiveness quote by Paulo Coelho

Life is short. Kiss slowly, laugh insanely, love truly and forgive quickly — Paulo Coelho

Forgiveness quote by Mahatma Gandhi

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

Forgiveness quote by Indira Gandhi

Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave. — Indira Gandhi

Forgiveness quote A strong person loves, forgives, walks away, lets go, tries
A strong person loves, forgives, walks away, lets go, tries again, perseveres... No matter what life throws at them.
Forgiveness quote by Catherine II

The more a man knows, the more he forgives. — Catherine II

Forgiveness quote by Ruth Graham

A happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers. — Ruth Graham

Forgiveness quote by Mike Murdock

The longevity of every relationship is decided by the willingness to forgive — Mike Murdock

Forgiveness quote by Kendrick Lamar

I am a sinner....who's probably gonna sin again...Lord forgive me! — Kendrick Lamar

Forgiveness quote by Publilius Syrus

How unhappy is he who cannot forgive himself. — Publilius Syrus

Forgiveness quote by Emma Goldman

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

Forgiveness quote by Oscar Wilde

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

Forgiveness quote by William Blake

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

Forgiveness quote by Grace Hopper

It is often easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission. — Grace Hopper

Forgiveness quote by John Green

The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive. — John Green

Forgiveness quote by Reinhold Niebuhr

Forgiveness is the final form of love. — Reinhold Niebuhr

Forgiveness quote by Ruth Graham

A successful marriage is made up of two good forgivers. — Ruth Graham

Forgiveness quote by Hannah Arendt

Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom. — Hannah Arendt

Forgiveness quote by Bryant H. McGill

There is no love without forgiveness, and there is no forgiveness without love. — Bryant H. McGill

Forgiveness quote by Oscar Wilde

Society often forgives the criminal; it never forgives the dreamer. — Oscar Wilde

Forgiveness quote by Jim Elliot

Forgive me for being so ordinary while claiming to know so extraordinary a God. — Jim Elliot

Forgiveness quote by Alexander Pope

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

Forgiveness quote Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.
Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.

Relationship Forgiveness Quotes

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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. — Catherine Ponder

Forgive the past. It is over. Learn from it and let go. People are constantly changing and growing. Do not cling to a limited, disconnected, negative image of a person in the past. See that person now. Your relationship is always alive and changing. — Brian Weiss

Every relationship has a spiritual purpose that helps us grow and become stronger. Sometimes, our most challenging relationships bring the greatest personal blessings. From them we learn about forgiveness, patience, and other virtues. — Doreen Virtue

Forgiveness quote Forgive yourself for not knowing what you didn't know before you learned it.
Forgive yourself for not knowing what you didn't know before you learned it.

every time God forgives us, God is saying that God's own rules do not matter as much as the relationship that God wants to create with us. — Richard Rohr

The most profound way our past affects our present is through our relationships. — Amir Levine

Those who cannot forgive others break the bridge over which they themselves must pass. — Confucius

Forgiveness quote Forgiving someone is easy, it's trusting them again that's hard.
Forgiving someone is easy, it's trusting them again that's hard.

Forgiveness offers the possibility of two types of peace: peace of mind - the potential healing of old emotional wounds, and peace with others - the possibility of new, more gratifying relationships in the future. — Kenneth Pargament

Forgiveness is giving up all hope of having had a better past. — Anne Lamott

...Difficult relationships come into our lives for a reason. No one would choose them, certainly. But if we let them, they can teach us how to be flexible with others and more forgiving. — Joan Bauer

Hold no grudges and practice forgiveness. This is the key to having peace in all your relationships. — Wayne Dyer

Self Forgiveness Quotes

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I think the hardest thing in life is to forgive. Hate is self destructive. If you hate somebody, you're not hurting the person you hate, you're hurting yourself. It's a healing, actually, it's a real healing...forgiveness. — Louis Zamperini

Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain - and most fools do. But it takes character and self control to be understanding and forgiving. — Dale Carnegie

Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing. — August Wilson

Forgiveness quote We all agree that forgiveness is a beautiful idea until we have to practice it.
We all agree that forgiveness is a beautiful idea until we have to practice it.

To be happy is easy enough if we give ourselves, forgive others, and live with thanksgiving, No self centered person, no ungrateful soul can ever be happy, much less make anyone else happy. Life is giving, not getting. — Joseph Fort Newton

The more a man knows, the more he forgives. — Catherine the Great

Be grateful, for gratitude can bring life to life, it can turn a meal to a feast, resentment to love, a grudge to forgiveness, an enemy to a friend, a disease to hope, and you to enough. — Steven Bartlett

Forgiveness quote Forgiveness is not an occasional act; it is a permanent attitude.
Forgiveness is not an occasional act; it is a permanent attitude.

Self-love means caring for ourselves enough to forgive people in our past so that the wounds can no longer damage us - for our wounds do not hurt the people who hurt us, they hurt only us. — Caroline Myss

A gentleman is one who doesn't and can't forgive himself for self-committed mistake even if others forget it and the self-criticism is a mark of his right attitude towards life. — Anuj

There's something called the physiology of forgiveness. Being unable to forgive other people's faults is harmful to one's health. — Herbert Benson

Self-forgiveness is essential to self-healing. — Ruth Carter Stapleton

Jesus Forgiveness Quotes

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Although my memory's fading, I remember two things very clearly: I am a great sinner and Christ is a great Savior. — John Newton

Dear Lord, forgive me for all of the times I've compared myself to others. I know that You have hand-picked all of my qualities. Help me to see these things as beautiful reminders of Your great love in creating me as Your daughter. In Jesus' Name, Amen. — Lysa TerKeurst

Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near. — John the Baptist

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My yoke is easy, and my burden light. — Saint Boniface

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

Jesus' own witness of sacrificial love and forgiveness, and his work to heal the sick and care for those in need, represent God's ways and vision for us. — Adam Hamilton

Forgiveness quote Before you act, listen. Before you react, think. Before you spend, earn. Before
Before you act, listen. Before you react, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try.

Do unto others as you would have them do to you, said the rapist. — Bo Burnham

I love Jesus, who said to us: Heaven and earth will pass away. When heaven and earth have passed away, my word will remain. What was your word, Jesus? Love? Forgiveness? Affection? All your words were one word: Wakeup. — Antonio Machado

Jesus said...i'm the only way to permanent peace, im the only way to permanent joy, im the only way to eternal life, im the only way to forgiveness of sin, im the only way to the Father. — Billy Graham

Jesus reveals a God who does not demand but who gives; who does not oppress but who raises up; who does not wound but who heals; who does not condemn but forgives. — Brennan Manning

Family Forgiveness Quotes

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To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To you, respect. — Oren Arnold

Forgiveness doesn't make the other person right, it makes you free. — Stormie Omartian

At the end of the day, a loving family should find everything forgivable. — Mark V. Olsen

Forgiveness quote When you forgive, you don't change the past... You change the future!
When you forgive, you don't change the past... You change the future!

"Salvation is always "good news." It is news of God's love and forgiveness-adoption into His family- fellowship with His people-freedom from the penalty of sin- liberation from the power of sin." — Billy Graham

My advice is: Don't take yourself too seriously, laugh a lot, enjoy your time with family, and appreciate the unique talents of others. Trust in God, love your neighbor, say you're sorry, forgive, and work hard. — Willie Robertson

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 Nouwen

Forgiveness quote Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.
Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.

Never forget the nine most important words of any family- I love you. You are beautiful. Please forgive me. — H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

If this world could only grasp the power of forgiveness. Being able to forgive someone breaks the cycle of bitterness and vengeance — James Augustus St. John

People ask me what advice I have for a married couple struggling in their relationship. I always answer: pray and forgive. And to young people from violent homes, I say: pray and forgive. And again, even to the single mother with no family support: pray and forgive. — Mother Teresa

It's good to learn early that every show is a family - -complete with dysfunctional relationships, tough love, and plenty of occasion for forgiveness. — Kristin Chenoweth

God Forgiveness Quotes

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You can tell the people that if they succeed in killing me, that I forgive and bless those who do it. Hopefully, they will realize they are wasting their time. A bishop will die, but the church of God, which is the people, will never perish. — Oscar Romero

The hardest thing is to forgive, but God does, even if you murdered or robbed, ya it's wrong, but God loves, take one step toward him he'll take two toward you, even when all else fails, God'll support you — Nas

I asked God for a bike, but I know God doesn't work that way. So I stole a bike and asked for forgiveness. — Emo Philips

Forgiveness quote Forgive those who hurt you, but never forget what it taught you.
Forgive those who hurt you, but never forget what it taught you.

If I repent now will God forgive me? No, but if God forgives you, you will repent. — Rabia Basri

God always forgives when you are totally repentant and you desire to change. He forgives... and He never gets tired of forgiving. Never. You may get tired asking. I hope not. He never, never tires of forgiving. Never. — Mother Angelica

To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you. — C. S. Lewis

Forgiveness quote Weak people revenge, strong people forgive, intelligent people ignore.
Weak people revenge, strong people forgive, intelligent people ignore.

Strange that so much suffering is caused because of the misunderstandings of God's true nature. God's heart is more gentle than the Virgin's first kiss upon the Christ. And God's forgiveness to all, to any thought or act, is more certain than our own being. — St. Catherine of Siena

You can't undo anything you've already done, but you can face up to it. You can tell the truth. You can seek forgiveness. And then let God do the rest. — Tertullian

It is in our forgiveness of other people’s sins against us that we reveal the fact that we have been truly forgiven by God. — Alistair Begg

In answer to your inquiry, I consider that the chief dangers which confront the coming century will be religion without the Holy Ghost, Christianity without Christ, forgiveness without repentance, salvation without regeneration, politics without God, and heaven without hell. — William Booth

Mistakes And Forgiveness Quotes

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Everyone makes mistakes. The wise are not people who never make mistakes, but those who forgive themselves and learn from their mistakes. — Ajahn Brahm

It is not "forgive and forget" as if nothing wrong had ever happened, but "forgive and go forward," building on the mistakes of the past and the energy generated by reconciliation to create a new future. — Alan Paton

The person who is to succeed will never let his mind dwell on past mistakes. He will forgive the past in his life and in the lives of other people. If he makes a mistake he will at once forgive it. — Ernest Holmes

Too often, our minds are so burdened because of the mistakes we have made that we do not take the time to forgive ourselves and others and start over again. — Ernest Holmes

We're all entitled to make mistakes. I'm not one of these guys where if you make a mistake, I'm gonna try to tear your life down and burn it to the ground. — Dana White

Well, I've never left my faith - but have I made a lot of mistakes? But was I fortunate that I was brought up in that Pentecostal church, where I heard about God's love and God's forgiveness. — Billy Ray Cyrus

You cannot travel back in time to fix your mistakes, but you can learn from them and forgive yourself for not knowing better. — Leon Brown

None of us are bad people. We float around and we run across each other and we learn about ourselves, and we make mistakes and we do great things. We hurt others, we hurt ourselves, we make others happy and we please ourselves. We can and should forgive ourselves and each other for that. — Dan Harmon

It is important to know who your friends are and to stay, remain loyal to your friends, despite what you hear, despite the mistakes that are made in friendships and misunderstandings that commonly occur, to be able to forgive and to move on, you have to be able to remember the values of friendship. — Steven Spielberg

Holiness does not consist in not making mistakes or never sinning. Holiness grows with capacity for conversion, repentance, willingness to begin again, and above all with the capacity for reconciliation and forgiveness. — Pope Benedict XVI

Love And Forgiveness Quotes

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Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses. — Ann Landers

We cannot change the past, but we can change our attitude toward it. Uproot guilt and plant forgiveness. Tear out arrogance and seed humility. Exchange love for hate - thereby, making the present comfortable and the future promising. — Maya Angelou

You are what you think. So just think big, believe big, act big, work big, give big, forgive big, laugh big, love big and live big. — Andrew Carnegie

Life is short, Break the Rules. Forgive quickly, Kiss slowly. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably And never regret ANYTHING That makes you smile. — Mark Twain

Love yourself-accept yourself-forgive yourself-and be good to yourself, because without you the rest of us are without a source of many wonderful things. — Leo Buscaglia

Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you. Love me and I may be forced to love you. — William Arthur Ward

There is someone that I love even though I don't approve of what he does. There is someone I accept though some of his thoughts and actions revolt me. There is someone I forgive though he hurts the people I love the most. That person is......me. — C. S. Lewis

Watch out for each other. Love everyone and forgive everyone, including yourself. Forgive your anger. Forgive your guilt. Your shame. Your sadness. Embrace and open up your love, your joy, your truth, and most especially your heart. — Jim Henson

Whatever our religion, we know that if we really want to love, we must first learn to forgive before anything else. — Mother Teresa

When we teach our children to be good, to be gentle, to be forgiving (all these are attributes of God), to be generous, to love their follow men, to regard this present age as nothing, we instill virtue in their souls, and reveal the image of God within them. — Saint John Chrysostom

No Forgiveness Quotes

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I would permit no man, no matter what his colour might be, to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him. — Booker T. Washington

A Catholic may sin and sin as badly as anyone else, but no genuine Catholic ever denies he is a sinner. A Catholic wants his sins forgiven - not excused or sublimated. — Fulton J. Sheen

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

Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one's head, and listen to silence. To have no yesterday, and no tomorrow. To forget time, to forgive life, to be at peace. — Oscar Wilde

There is no sin , and there can be no sin on all the earth , which the Lord will not forgive to the truly repentant! Man cannot commit a sin so great as to exhaust the infinite love of God . Can there be a sin which could exceed the love of God? — Fyodor Dostoevsky

There is no justification without sanctification, no forgiveness without renewal of life, no real faith from which the fruits of new obedience do not grow. — Martin Luther

By far the strongest poison to the human spirit is the inability to forgive oneself or another person. Forgiveness is no longer an option but a necessity for healing. — Caroline Myss

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

Respect your fellow human being, treat them fairly, disagree with them honestly, enjoy their friendship, explore your thoughts about one another candidly, work together for a common goal and help one another achieve it. No destructive lies. No ridiculous fears. No debilitating anger. — Bill Bradley

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There is no love without forgiveness, and there is no forgiveness without love. — Bryant H. McGill

Forgiveness Of Sins Quotes

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The Lord is more anxious to forgive our sins than a woman is to carry her baby out of a burning building. — John Vianney

It's a horrible idea that God, this paragon of wisdom and knowledge, power, couldn't think of a better way to forgive us our sins than to come down to Earth in his alter ego as his son and have himself hideously tortured and executed so that he could forgive himself. — Richard Dawkins

Prayer is the most powerful resource we have in this life; yet, many only turn to it as a last resort. When unbelievers pray for repentance of sin and ask for God’s forgiveness, prayer is the spiritual dynamite that obliterates the darkness and despair of a sin-soaked soul. — Franklin Graham

His grace is cheapened when you think that He has only forgiven you of your sins up to the time you got saved, and after that point, you have to depend on your confession of sins to be forgiven. God's forgiveness is not given in installments. — Joseph Prince

My god how gentle you are with me in spite of my great ignorance and how merciful You are with me in spite of my ugly deeds — Ibn Ata Allah

It's a truly disgusting idea that the creator of the universe - capable of inventing the laws of physics and designing the evolutionary process - that this protégé of supernatural intellect couldn't think of a better way to forgive our sins than to have himself tortured to death. — Richard Dawkins

It is impossible for a man to be freed from the habit of sin before he hates it, just as it is impossible to receive forgiveness before confessing his trespasses. — Ignatius of Antioch

Do not put off any longer confessing all your sins, for death will soon come. Give and it will be given you; forgive and you will be forgiven. . . Blessed are they who die repentant, for they shall go to the Kingdom of Heaven! — Francis of Assisi

I am not yet born; Forgive me For the sins that in me the world shall commit, my words When they speak me, my thoughts when they think me, My treason engendered by traitors beyound me, My life when they murder by means of my hands, my death when they live me. — Louis Macneice

Understand two thoughts, and fear them. One says, "You are a saint," the other, "You won't be saved." Both of these thoughts are from the enemy, and there is no truth in them. But think this way: I am a great sinner, but the Lord is merciful. He loves people very much, and He will forgive my sins. — Silouan the Athonite

What Is Forgiveness Quotes

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The most offensive is not their lying - one can always forgive lying - lying is a delightful thing, for it leads to truth - what is offensive is that they lie and worship their own lying. — Fyodor Dostoevsky

True reconciliation is never cheap, for it is based on forgiveness which is costly. Forgiveness in turn depends on repentance, which has to be based on an acknowledgment of what was done wrong, and therefore on disclosure of the truth. You cannot forgive what you do not know. — Desmond Tutu

Beauty is an understanding of what you have, and it's forgiving yourself of what you don't have, and appreciating all of it. — Jill Scott

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. Smedes

Tabasco sauce is to bachelor cooking what forgiveness is to sin. — P. J. O'Rourke

Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude. — Martin Luther King, Jr.

Motherhood is a choice you make every day, to put someone else's happiness and well-being ahead of your own, to teach the hard lessons, to do the right thing even when you're not sure what the right thing is... and to forgive yourself, over and over again, for doing everything wrong. — Donna Ball

There is no inconsistency in God's commanding us not to take upon ourselves what belongs to Him alone. For to execute vengeance belongs to none but Him who is Lord of all; for when the powers of the world rightly accomplish this end, God himself does it who appointed them for the purpose. — Anselm of Canterbury

Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself. — Suzanne Somers

We can’t really look back and see what is in the rear-view mirror. This is not how you are going to move forward. — Didier Deschamps

Christian Forgiveness Quotes

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Before you judge someone else, stop and think about all that God has forgiven you for. — Joyce Meyer

The Christian life is not a constant high. I have my moments of deep discouragement. I have to go to God in prayer with tears in my eyes, and say, 'O God, forgive me,' or 'Help me.' — Billy Graham

Our wickedness shall not overpower the unspeakable goodness and mercy of God; our dullness shall not overpower God's wisdom, nor our infirmity God's omnipotence. — John of Kronstadt

You are not what others think you are. You are what God knows you are. — Shannon Alder

The glory of Christianity is to conquer by forgiveness. — William Blake

God has promised forgiveness to your repentance, but He has not promised tomorrow to your procrastination. — Saint Augustine

When he says we’re forgiven, let’s unload the guilt. When he says we’re valuable, let’s believe him. . . . When he says we’re provided for, let’s stop worrying. God’s efforts are strongest when our efforts are useless — Max Lucado

Now is the PERFECT TIME to forget your past, forgive yourself, and begin again. — Russell Brunson

It is a foolish thing to think that anyone can love us like God the Father and His only begotten Son does. — Enoch Adeboye

Let us learn from Christ how to pray, to forgive, to sow peace, and to be near those in need. — Pope Francis

Anger And Forgiveness Quotes

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We plant seeds that will flower as results in our lives, so best to remove the weeds of anger, avarice, envy and doubt, that peace and abundance may manifest for all. — Dorothy Day

A KEY TO BEGIN FORGIVING: Become soft and tender with the person. The first step is to become soft in your mind and spirit. Lower your voice and relax your facial expressions. This reflects honor and humility; and as Proverbs 15:1 suggests, "A gentle answer turns away anger." — Gary Smalley

Our anger and annoyance are more detrimental to us than the things themselves which anger or annoy us. — Marcus Aurelius

Hanging onto resentment is letting someone you despise live rent-free in your head. — Ann Landers

True forgiveness is when you can say, "Thank you for that experience. — Oprah Winfrey

Anger, resentment and jealousy doesn’t change the heart of others – it only changes yours. — Shannon Alder

In fact, not forgiving is like drinking rat poison and then waiting for the rat to die. — Anne Lamott

When you forgive, you heal your own anger and hurt and are able to let love lead again. It's like spring cleaning for your heart. — Marci Shimoff

Holding on to anger, resentment and hurt only gives you tense muscles, a headache and a sore jaw from clenching your teeth. Forgiveness gives you back the laughter and the lightness in your life. — Joan Lunden

With self-acceptance, we have the ability to choose compassion and forgiveness over anger and self-hatred. — Michelle Cruz

Asking For Forgiveness Quotes

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It is often easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission. — Grace Hopper

When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bicycle. Then I realised that the Lord doesn't work that way so I stole one and asked Him to forgive me. — Emo Philips

I asked god for a bike, but god doesn't work that way. So I stole a bike and asked for forgiveness. — Al Pacino

When Allah grants us the sense to ask Him for forgiveness, then He has granted us a huge favor. It's a sign that He wants to forgive us. — Nouman Ali Khan

Few things accelerate the peace process as much as humbly admitting our own wrongdoing and asking forgiveness. — Lee Strobel

Karma means that all actions have consequences. Grace means that in a moment of atonement -taking responsibility, making amends, asking for forgiveness - all karma is burned. — Marianne Williamson

How many caskets can we witness before we see it's hard to live this life without God, so we must ask forgiveness. — Tupac Shakur

How do you know if Allah has forgiven you? When someone sincerely asks for forgiveness, then there is no doubt they are forgiven. It is guaranteed. Never doubt if Allah forgave you. First of all be sincere and genuine, and if you meet that condition then there is no doubt. — Nouman Ali Khan

We are not on this planet to ask forgiveness of our deities. — Scott Cunningham

If you do not have the power to compete with the best believers in good deeds, then compete with the sinners in asking for Allah’s forgiveness. — Ibn Rajab

Unforgiveness Quotes

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Unforgiveness is the most prolific cause of disease. It will harden arteries or liver, and affect the eye-sight. In its train are endless ills. — Florence Scovel Shinn

Unforgiveness is the poison you drink every day hoping that the other person will die. — Debbie Ford

If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears. — Glenn Clark

Unforgiveness denies the victim the possibility of parole and leaves them stuck in the prison of what was, incarcerating them in their trauma and relinquishing the chance to escape beyond the pain. — T. D. Jakes

I feel like unforgiveness, bitterness and resentment, it blocks the flows of God's blessings in life. — Ja Rule

Life is uncertain. Eternity is not. Unforgiveness cannot be allowed to last another day. Are you holding a grudge? You will never be more like God than when you forgive. Let it go. Kill the root of bitterness. Let the hurt go and set yourself free. — Craig Groeschel

Harboring unforgiveness is like drinking poison and hoping your enemy will die. — Joyce Meyer

I know from personal experience how damaging it can be to live with bitterness and unforgiveness. I like to say it's like taking poison and hoping your enemy will die. And it really is that harmful to us to live this way. — Joyce Meyer

The more we hold on to our hurts, anger and bitterness, the more we become slaves to unforgiveness. — Nancy Leigh DeMoss

Your fellowship with God flows freely when you're willing to forgive, but it gets blocked by unforgiveness. — Joyce Meyer

Forgiving Others Quotes

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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 others, charity. — Benjamin Franklin

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

Don’t wait for other people to be loving, giving, compassionate, grateful, forgiving, generous, or friendly... lead the way! — Steve Maraboli

For myself I think that one wrong does not right the other, and forgiveness cannot be won with useless tears or alms to the Church. — Jose Rizal

Forgiveness is God's invention for coming to terms with a world in which people are unfair to each other and hurt each other deeply. He began by forgiving us. And He invites us all to forgive each other. — Lewis B. Smedes

The church is not a theological classroom. It is a conversion, confession, repentance, reconciliation, forgiveness and sanctification center, where flawed people place their faith in Christ, gather to know and love him better, and learn to love others as he designed. — Paul David Tripp

A helping word to one in trouble is often like a switch on a railroad track-an inch between wreck and smooth-rolling prosperity. — Henry Ward Beecher

I had to learn to forgive myself, not to judge, but to learn from the past. They showed me how vital it is to accept, be truthful, and love myself. So I could do the same with others. — Marlo Morgan

Man has two great spiritual needs. One is for forgiveness. The other is for goodness. — Billy Graham

We have to have a deep, patient compassion for the fears of others and irrational mania of those who hate or condemn us. — Thomas Merton

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Forgiveness quote by Les Brown

Forgive those who have hurt you. — Les Brown

Forgiveness quote by Lewis B. Smedes

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

Forgiveness quote by Doc Holliday

Forgive me if I don't shake hands. — Doc Holliday

Forgiveness quote by Oscar Wilde

After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one's own relations. — Oscar Wilde

Forgiveness quote by Garrison Keillor

Thank you, God, for this good life and forgive us if we do not love it enough. — Garrison Keillor

Forgiveness quote by Confucius

The more you know yourself, the more you forgive yourself. — Confucius

Forgiveness quote by Lewis B. Smedes

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

Forgiveness quote by Ali ibn Abi Talib

The best deed of a great man is to forgive and forget. — Ali ibn Abi Talib

Forgiveness quote by George Herbert

He who cannot forgive breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass. — George Herbert

Forgiveness quote by Josh Billings

There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness. — Josh Billings

Forgiveness quote by Stormie Omartian

One of the greatest gifts you can give your husband is your own wholeness. — Stormie Omartian

Forgiveness quote by Bruce Lee

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

Forgiveness quote by Gary Chapman

Love is something you do for someone else, not something you do for yourself. — Gary Chapman

Forgiveness quote by D. Todd Christofferson

Whatever the cost of repentance, it is swallowed up in the joy of forgiveness. — D. Todd Christofferson

Forgiveness quote by Robert Jordan

Men forget, but never forgive; women forgive, but never forget. — Robert Jordan

Forgiveness quote by Peter Ustinov

Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit. — Peter Ustinov

In Conclusion

Quotes about forgiveness also emphasize the transformative power of forgiveness in relationships. They encourage us to let go of blame and judgment, fostering empathy and compassion. These quotes teach us that forgiveness is not a sign of weakness, but rather a sign of strength and maturity. They inspire us to forgive not just for the sake of others, but also for our own happiness and inner peace. These quotes serve as a reminder that forgiveness is a virtue that can bring positivity and harmony into our lives.

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