100+ Best Forgiveness Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Forgiveness is the act of forgiving or the willingness to forgive. Profoundly inspirational forgiveness quotes will challenge the way you think, and help guide you through any life experience.

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Powerful Collection of Most Famous Forgiveness Quotes

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

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

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 others as quickly as you expect God to forgive you. – Unknown

They caused the first wound, but you are causing the rest; this is what not forgiving does. They got it started, but you keep it going. Forgive and let it go, or it will eat you alive. You think they made you feel this way, but when you won’t forgive, you are the one inflicting the pain on yourself. – Bryant McGill

Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future. – Paul Boose

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The act of forgiveness takes place in our own mind. It really has nothing to do with the other person. – Louise Hay

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

You can’t forgive without loving. And I don’t mean sentimentality. I don’t mean mush. I mean having enough courage to stand up and say, ‘I forgive. I’m finished with it.’ – Maya Angelou

Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it. – Mark Twain

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

When you choose to forgive those who have hurt you, you take away their power. – Unknown

We read that we ought to forgive our enemies; but we do not read that we ought to forgive our friends. – Sir. Francis Bacon

Most of us can forgive and forget; we just don’t want the other person to forget that we forgave. – Ivern Ball

There is no peace without forgiveness. – Marianne Williamson

It takes a strong person to say sorry, and an even stronger person to forgive. – Unknown

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

It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody. – Maya Angelou

To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness. – Robert Muller

Not forgiving is like drinking rat poison and then waiting for the rat to die. – Anne Lamott

Forgiveness is not something we do for other people. It’s something we do for ourselves to move on. – Unknown

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

Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it. – Mark Twain

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

Let us forgive each other – only then will we live in peace. – Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy

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

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

When you forgive, you heal. When you let go, you grow. – Unknown

Once a woman has forgiven her man, she must not reheat his sins for breakfast. – Marlene Dietrich

All major religious traditions carry basically the same message; that is love, compassion and forgiveness the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives. – Dalai Lama

As we know, forgiveness of oneself is the hardest of all the forgivenesses. – Joan Baez

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

Forgiveness is a sign that the person who has wronged you means more to you than the wrong they have dealt. – Ben Greenhalgh

Forgive because none of us are perfect. – Unknown

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

If we really want to love we must learn how to forgive. – Mother Theresa

Throughout life people will make you mad, disrespect you and treat you bad. Let God deal with the things they do, cause hate in your heart will consume you too. – Will Smith

Forgiving doesn’t mean forgetting, it means choosing to remember love instead. – Kyle Gray

Forgiving is not forgetting. It’s letting go of the hurt. – Unknown

Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave. – Indira Gandhi

True forgiveness is when you can say Thank You for that experience. – Oprah Winfrey

Forgiveness isn’t approving what happened. It’s choosing to rise above it. – Robin Sharma

If you can’t forgive and forget, pick one. – Robert Brault

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

I think the first step is to understand that forgiveness does not exonerate the perpetrator. Forgiveness liberates the victim. It’s a gift you give yourself. – T. D. Jakes

Forgiveness is God’s command. – Martin Luther

Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart and cools the sting. – William Arthur Ward

To be wronged is nothing, unless you continue to remember it. – Confucius

The first to apologize is the bravest. The first to forgive is the strongest. And the first to forget is the happiest. – Unknown

There is a nobility is compassion, a beauty in empathy, a grace in forgiveness. – John Connolly

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

Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies. – Nelson Mandela

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

It’s not an easy journey, to get to a place where you forgive people. But it is such a powerful place, because it frees you. – Tyler Perry

Forgive yourself for your faults and your mistakes and move one. – Unknown

Without forgiveness, there’s no future. – Desmond Tutu

Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you were. – Cherie Carter-Scott

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

Without forgiveness life is governed by an endless cycle of resentment and retaliation. – Roberto Assagioli

Forgiveness is the sweetest revenge. – Isaac Friedmann

True forgiveness is not an action after the fact, it is an attitude with which you enter each moment. – David Ridge

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

Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself. – Tony Robbins

Forgiveness is like faith. You have to keep reviving it. – Mason Cooley

Forgiveness is a little thing when love is there. – Donna Jo Napoli

To forgive is to set a prisoner free, and realize the prisoner was you. – Unknown

Forgiveness is the crown of greatness. – Unknown

Just let it go, then forgive, it’s the better way to live. A grudge is like a cancer, true, it might just be the death of you. Forgive. Forget. Set it free. Let the wind carry it out to sea. – Unknown

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

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. – Katherine Ponder

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.

Forgiveness is the remission of sins. For it is by this that what has been lost, and was found, is saved from being lost again. – Saint Augustine

Forgotten is forgiven. – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

The remedy for life’s broken pieces is not classes, workshops or books. Don’t try to heal the broken pieces. Just forgive. – Iyanla Vanzant

The remarkable thing is that we really love our neighbour as ourselves: we do unto others as we do unto ourselves. We hate others when we hate ourselves. We are tolerant toward others when we tolerate ourselves. We forgive others when we forgive ourselves. We are prone to sacrifice others when we are ready to sacrifice ourselves. – Eric Hoffer

The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world. – Marianne Williamson

I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice. – Abraham Lincoln

A broken friendship that is mended through forgiveness can be even stronger than it once was. – Stephen Richards

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

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

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

To understand somebody else as a human being, I think, is about as close to real forgiveness as one can get. – David Small

As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison. – Nelson Mandela

Letting go doesn’t mean that you don’t care about someone anymore. It’s just realizing that the only person you really have control over is yourself. – Deborah Reber

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

Why do people persist in a dissatisfying relationship, unwilling either to work toward solutions or end it and move on? It’s because they know changing will lead to the unknown, and most people believe that the unknown will be much more painful than what they’re already experiencing. – Anthony Robbins

It all begins with forgiveness because to heal the world, we first have to heal ourselves. And to heal the kids, we first have to heal the child within, each and every one of us. – Michael Jackson

Always pray to have eyes that see the best in people, a heart that forgives the worst, a mind that forgets the bad, and a soul that never loses faith in God. – Unknown

Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it and then move on. – Bob Newhart

Forgiveness is the giving, and so the receiving, of life. – George MacDonald

Don’t dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energy moving forward together towards an answer. – Denis Waitley

You don’t need strength to let go of something. What you really need is understanding. – Guy Finley

When we go back in to the past and rake up all the troubles we’ve had, we end up reeling and staggering through life. Stability and peace of mind come by living in the moment. – Pam W. Vredevelt

Stop acting as if life is a rehearsal. Live this day as if it were your last. The past is over and gone. The future is not guaranteed. – Wayne Dyer

Let go. Why do you cling to pain? There is nothing you can do about the wrongs of yesterday. It is not yours to judge. Why hold on to the very thing which keeps you from hope and love? – Leo Buscaglia

We must be willing to let go of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. – Joseph Campbell

Forgive others not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace. – Jonathan Huie

You can clutch the past so tightly to your chest that it leaves your arms too full to embrace the present. – Jan Glidewell

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