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
What [Nietzsche] calls slave morality is to him purely spite-morality; and this spite-morality gave new names to all ideals. Thus impotence, which offers no reprisal, became goodness; craven baseness became humility; submission to him who was feared became obedience; inability to assert one’s self became reluctance to assert one’s self, became forgiveness, love of one’s enemies. Misery became a distinction.georg brandes
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 .
Surely it is much more generous to forgive and remember, than to forgive and forget.
I've been tryin' to get down to the Heart of the Matter But my will gets weak And my thoughts seem to scatter But I think it's about forgiveness Forgiveness Even if, even if you don't love me anymore.
Always forgive your enemies nothing annoys them so much.oscar wilde
We read that we ought to forgive our enemies; but we do not read that we ought to forgive our friends.
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
What if this cursed hand Were thicker than itself with brother's blood Is there not rain enough in the sweet heaves To wash it white as snow?william shakespeare
A more glorious victory cannot be gained over another man than this, that when the injury began on his part, the kindness should begin on ours.
For still in mutual sufferance lies The secret of true living; Love scarce is love that never knows The sweetness of forgiving.
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.
"Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us."
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.