YourDictionary's forgiveness quotes include words of wisdom from artists, writers, educators, and notable historical figures. Find inspiration from these quotations when you're struggling to forgive those who've done you wrong.
Thou whom avenging pow'rs obey, Cancel my debt (too great to pay) Before the sad accounting day.
Wentworth Dillon, On the Day of Judgment, Stanza 11
Forgiveness does not change the past but it does enlarge the future .
It is certainly a good thing always to forgive with generosity, but it is no doubt just never to forget the wrongs received: they belong to the route that leads to inner maturity .
I also am other than what I imagine myself to be. To know this is forgiveness.
Always forgive your enemies nothing annoys them so much.oscar wilde
Oh Thou, who Man of baser Earth didst make, And ev'n with Paradise devise the snake; For all the Sin wherewith the Face of Man Is blackened Man's forgiveness give and take!omar khayyám
Good-nature and good-sense must ever join; To err is human, to forgive, divine.Alexander Pope
In what a delightful communion with God does that man live who habitually seeketh love! With the same mantle thrown over him from the cross with the same act of amnesty, by which we hope to be saved injuries the most provoked, and transgressions the most aggravated, are covered in eternal forgetfulness.
Behold affronts and indignities which the world thinks it right never to pardon, which the Son of God endures with a Divine meekness! Let us cast at the feet of Jesus that false honor, that quick sense of affronts, which exaggerates every thing, and pardons nothing, and, above all, that devilish determination in resenting injuries.
God forgives; forgives not capriciously, but with wise, definite, Divine prearrangement; forgives universally, on the ground of an atonement, and on the condition of repentance and faith .
He abused me, he struck me, he overcame me, he robbed me' -- in those who do not harbor such thoughts hatred will cease.
"Alas! if my best Friend, who laid down His life for me, were to remember all the instances in which I have neglected Him, and to plead them against me in judgment, where should I hide my guilty head in the day of recompense? I will pray, therefore, for blessings on my friends, even though they cease to be so, and upon my enemies, though they continue such."
"Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us."
People find it far easier to forgive others for being wrong than being right.J. K. Rowling
Forgive yourself for your faults and your mistakes and move on.Leslie Calvin Brown
We're a team. It's part of our job to help each other out, and to forgive each other quickly. Otherwise, we'd never get anything done.Jeramy Kraatz
When someone has hurt your feelings or betrayed your trust, it's tempting to want to hold a grudge. However, being angry only prevents you from moving forward with your life. If you can find it in your heart to forgive wrongdoings, you open up a world of future possibilities. If you choose to hold a grudge, you remain stuck in the past. "Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future," Paul Lewis Boese said.
It's a common misconception that forgiveness has to be earned. You may want an apology or a gesture of repentance, but making the ultimate decision to forgive is yours alone. You can choose to forgive someone who hasn't demonstrated remorse simply to free yourself from the burden of holding on to negative feelings. "It's one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody," Maya Angelou said.
If you need an example of what it means to forgive, look no further than your own mother. A mother's love is unconditional. Even when you make mistakes or speak unkind words in the heat of the moment, you can count on your mother to demonstrate the power of forgiveness. "Mothers observe all, absorb all, give all, forgive all, offer all, suffer all, feel all, heal all, hope for all, pray for all. But most of all, Mothers love always," Richelle E. Goodrich said.