150 Forgiveness Quotes to Heal Yourself

Did you know “The first to apologize is the bravest. The first to forgive is the strongest”? One of a leader’s most powerful attributes is the ability to forgive. Forgiveness can be a powerful opportunity for reconnection both with the offender and with ourselves.

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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 weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.

— Mahatma Gandhi

Forgive your enemies but never forget their names.

— John F. Kennedy

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

— Bruce Lee

Always forgive your enemies – nothing annoys them so much.

— Oscar Wilde

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

— Mark Twain

Never forget the three powerful resources you always have available to you: love prayer and forgiveness.

— H. Jackson Brown Jr.

You will know that forgiveness has begun when you recall those who hurt you and feel the power to wish them well.

— Lewis B. Smedes

When you forgive you in no way change the past – but you sure do change the future.

— Bernard Meltzer

Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave.

— Indira Gandhi

He that cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which he must pass himself for every man has need to be forgiven.

— Thomas Fuller

People can be more forgiving than you can imagine. But you have to forgive yourself. Let go of what’s bitter and move on.

— Bill Cosby

Forgiveness is the final form of love.

— Reinhold Niebuhr

Forgiveness is the economy of the heart… forgiveness saves the expense of anger the cost of hatred the waste of spirits.

— Hannah More

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

How does one know if she has forgiven? You tend to feel sorrow over the circumstance instead of rage you tend to feel sorry for the person rather than angry with him. You tend to have nothing left to say about it all.

— Clarissa Pinkola Estes

To err is human to forgive divine.

— Alexander Pope

To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.

— Lewis B. Smedes

Forgotten is forgiven.

— F. Scott Fitzgerald

A mistake is always forgivable rarely excusable and always unacceptable.

— Robert Fripp

Forgiveness means letting go of the past.

— Gerald Jampolsky

The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.

— Oscar Wilde

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

There is no love without forgiveness and there is no forgiveness without love.

— Bryant H. McGill

If there is something to pardon in everything there is also something to condemn.

— Friedrich Nietzsche

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

— Marianne Williamson

Forgiveness is the answer to the child’s dream of a miracle by which what is broken is made whole again what is soiled is made clean again.

— Dag Hammarskjold

Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart and cools the sting.

— William Arthur Ward

One forgives to the degree that one loves.

— Francois de La Rochefoucauld

To be social is to be forgiving.

— Robert Frost

The ineffable joy of forgiving and being forgiven forms an ecstasy that might well arouse the envy of the gods.

— Elbert Hubbard

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

— Billy Graham

Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself.

— Suzanne Somers

Forgive yourself for your faults and your mistakes and move on.

— Les Brown

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

— Marlene Dietrich

It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.

— William Blake

Selfishness must always be forgiven you know because there is no hope of a cure.

— Jane Austen

It takes one person to forgive it takes two people to be reunited.

— Lewis B. Smedes

It’s said in Hollywood that you should always forgive your enemies – because you never know when you’ll have to work with them.

— Lana Turner

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

— Garrison Keillor

There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness.

— Josh Billings

Without forgiveness there’s no future.

— Desmond Tutu

Genuine forgiveness does not deny anger but faces it head-on.

— Alice Duer Miller

Forgiveness is like faith. You have to keep reviving it.

— Mason Cooley

Humanity is never so beautiful as when praying for forgiveness or else forgiving another.

— Jean Paul

Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.

— Hannah Arendt

God will forgive me. It’s his job.

— Heinrich Heine

Forgive son men are men they needs must err.

— Euripides

How unhappy is he who cannot forgive himself.

— Publilius Syrus

Forgive many things in others nothing in yourself.

— Ausonius

My desire is to be a forgiving non-judgmental person.

— Janine Turner

The ability to forgive is one of man’s greatest achievements.

— Bryant H. McGill

Life is an adventure in forgiveness.

— Norman Cousins

It is often easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission.

— Grace Hopper

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

It is very east to forgive others their mistakes it takes more grit and gumption to forgive them for having witnessed your own.

— Jessamyn West

Forgiveness is the giving and so the receiving of life.

— George MacDonald

To understand is to forgive even oneself.

— Alexander Chase

It’s far easier to forgive an enemy after you’ve got even with him.

— Olin Miller

I shall be an autocrat that’s my trade and the good Lord will forgive me that’s his.

— Catherine the Great

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

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

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

If there are dreams about a beautiful South Africa there are also roads that lead to their goal. Two of these roads could be named Goodness and Forgiveness.

— Nelson Mandela

Love is an act of endless forgiveness a tender look which becomes a habit.

— Peter Ustinov

Reversing your treatment of the man you have wronged is better than asking his forgiveness.

— Elbert Hubbard

Forgiveness is God’s command.

— Martin Luther

Acceptance and tolerance and forgiveness those are life-altering lessons.

— Jessica Lange

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.

— Gerald Jampolsky

Anger ventilated often hurries towards forgiveness anger concealed often hardens into revenge.

— Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.

— Honore de Balzac

Forgiveness is not a feeling – it’s a decision we make because we want to do what’s right before God. It’s a quality decision that won’t be easy and it may take time to get through the process depending on the severity of the offense.

— Joyce Meyer

God pardons like a mother who kisses the offense into everlasting forgiveness.

— Henry Ward Beecher

Inner peace can be reached only when we practice forgiveness. Forgiveness is letting go of the past and is therefore the means for correcting our misperceptions.

— Gerald Jampolsky

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

— Desmond Tutu

The glory of Christianity is to conquer by forgiveness.

— William Blake

Nothing inspires forgiveness quite like revenge.

— Scott Adams

Every year during their High Holy Days the Jewish community reminds us all of our need for repentance and forgiveness.

— Billy Graham

Here is the amazing thing about Easter the Resurrection Sunday for Christians is this that Christ in the dying moments on the cross gives us the greatest illustration of forgiveness possible.

— T. D. Jakes

For me forgiveness and compassion are always linked: how do we hold people accountable for wrongdoing and yet at the same time remain in touch with their humanity enough to believe in their capacity to be transformed?

— Bell Hooks

Forgiveness is an act of the will and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart.

— Corrie Ten Boom

Without forgiveness life is governed by… an endless cycle of resentment and retaliation.

— Roberto Assagioli

I deepen my experience of God through prayer meditation and forgiveness.

— Marianne Williamson

You’ve just got to have a sense of respect for the person you have children with. Anger doesn’t help anybody. Ultimately you have to say forgiveness is important and honoring what you had together is important. But it’s easy to say and harder to do.

— Nicole Kidman

If only I wasn’t an atheist I could get away with anything. You’d just ask for forgiveness and then you’d be forgiven. It sounds much better than having to live with guilt.

— Keira Knightley

In the evening of life we shall be judged on love and not one of us is going to come off very well and were it not for my absolute faith in the loving forgiveness of my Lord I could not call on him to come.

— Madeleine L’Engle

Because forgiveness is like this: a room can be dank because you have closed the windows you’ve closed the curtains. But the sun is shining outside and the air is fresh outside. In order to get that fresh air you have to get up and open the window and draw the curtains apart.

— Desmond Tutu

The first step in forgiveness is the willingness to forgive.

— Marianne Williamson

I believe in the forgiveness of sin and the redemption of ignorance.

— Adlai E. Stevenson

Before Nelson Mandela was arrested in 1962 he was an angry relatively young man. He founded the ANC’s military wing. When he was released he surprised everyone because he was talking about reconciliation and forgiveness and not about revenge.

— Desmond Tutu

Forgiveness is about empowering yourself rather than empowering your past.

— T. D. Jakes

I have to ask Allah’s forgiveness and not get angry because they come to me out of love and it’s not fitting that I should turn to them in hatred.

— Abdul Qadeer Khan

We think that forgiveness is weakness but it’s absolutely not it takes a very strong person to forgive.

— T. D. Jakes

Murder is unique in that it abolishes the party it injures so that society has to take the place of the victim and on his behalf demand atonement or grant forgiveness it is the one crime in which society has a direct interest.

— W. H. Auden

I did a lot of things that I regretted and I certainly paid for my mistakes. You have to go and ask for forgiveness and it wasn’t until I really started doing good and doing right by other people as well as myself that I really started to feel that guilt go away. So I don’t have a problem going to sleep at night.

— Mark Wahlberg

The fact is there is forgiveness for those who seek God. And I believe in the power of redemption.

— Rick Perry

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

Soon I realized that if beauty equalled forgiveness I was never going to be forgiven.

— Kevyn Aucoin

We cannot embrace God’s forgiveness if we are so busy clinging to past wounds and nursing old grudges.

— T. D. Jakes

Forgiveness to the injured does belong but they ne’er pardon who have done wrong.

— John Dryden

God’s forgiveness allows us to be honest with ourselves. We recognize our imperfections admit our failures and plead to God for clemency.

— Jonathan Sacks

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

We win by tenderness. We conquer by forgiveness.

— Frederick William Robertson

The schools would fail through their silence the Church through its forgiveness and the home through the denial and silence of the parents. The new generation has to hear what the older generation refuses to tell it.

— Simon Wiesenthal

It is always the case that when the Christian looks back he is looking at the forgiveness of sins.

— Karl Barth

I find forgiveness to be really healthy.

— Ben Affleck

My desire is to stand up and brush myself off when I make mistakes and ask for forgiveness.

— Janine Turner

Forgiveness really is so misunderstood as well as the power it can release in an individual.

— Jennifer O’Neill

I think it’s important to remember that Christianity was based in love and tolerance and forgiveness and acceptance.

— Kristin Chenoweth

I think we learn the most from imperfect relationships – things like forgiveness and compassion.

— Andrea Thompson

On a level of simple personal survival understanding and forgiveness are crucial… whether in an intimate personal relationship or on a global level.

— Edward Albert

When there’s that forgiveness present and compassion it just helps you live so much easier.

— Craig T. Nelson

Forgiveness is indifference. Forgiveness is impossible while love lasts.

— Mary Chesnut

‘Caught’ is a novel of forgiveness and the past and the present – who should be and who shouldn’t be forgiven. None of my books are ever just about thrills or it won’t work.

— Harlan Coben

To sin offers repentance and forgiveness not to sin offers only punishment.

— Jose Bergamin

I like cast iron coated with enamel for longevity and forgiveness if I happen to take my eyes off the prize while pouring Chianti.

— Mario Batali

One important theme is the extent to which one can ever correct an error especially outside any frame of religious forgiveness. All of us have done something we regret – how we manage to remove that from our conscience or whether that’s even possible interested me.

— Ian Mcewan

Forgiveness is the needle that knows how to mend.

— Jewel

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

On the Day of Atonement Jews are commanded to seek forgiveness from the people we have hurt.

— Laura Schlessinger

The Dalai Lama’s entire being is about peace and harmony forgiveness and self-discipline. Those are qualities to be admired. I am really looking forward to meeting His Holiness.

— Joe Nichols

As we know forgiveness of oneself is the hardest of all the forgivenesses.

— Joan Baez

I think it is important that we rebuild an atmosphere of forgiveness and civility in every aspect of our lives.

— T. D. Jakes

I believe in Jesus Christ as my Lord and savior. I believe that Jesus died for my sins and rose again and that’s my belief. I still don’t know what ‘Christian’ means. I’m a follower of Christ but I keep making a whole bunch of mistakes. And I thank God for forgiveness.

— Sherri Shepherd

I ask the people of Connecticut for their forgiveness I should have paid more attention to people around me and people that I trusted but I am sorry for my actions and take full responsibility.

— John Rowland

Well of course I think people can be forgiven. But our justice system is not set up to dispense forgiveness. You can go to the local priest for that.

— Nancy Grace

Forgiveness isn’t about condoning what has happened to you or someone else’s actions against you.

— Jennifer O’Neill

Sometimes I see myself fine sometimes I need a witness. And I like the whole truth but there are nights I only need forgiveness.

— Dar Williams

There is no forgiveness in nature.

— Ugo Betti

I am making amends and seeking forgiveness. My only hope is that some good can come out of my situation.

— Jayson Blair

China’s idea of fair trade is government subsidies of its textile and apparel exports to the United States currency manipulation and forgiveness of loans by its government banks.

— Virginia Foxx

The things the writers have me doing on ‘Suburgatory’ are insane. I think they think it’s easier to ask for forgiveness than permission.

— Cheryl Hines

I would say that playing this character has caused me to think about a lot of things. He’s always questioning himself and trying to get back to something he lost touch with and trying to find forgiveness. Everybody struggles with these things to some extent in their life.

— Lee Tergesen

I’m currently in an interesting correspondence with a nun about forgiveness.

— Julian Clary

I invite everyone to chose forgiveness rather than division teamwork over personal ambition.

— Jean-Francois Cope

I would say the hierarchy has made terrible errors in judgment and it has to seek forgiveness by its members.

— William P. Leahy

I think everything worked out the way it was supposed to. Mark’s happier. I’m sober. There are still phone calls to be made people I need to say something to. But everyone from Creed who I’ve offended or hurt I ask for their forgiveness.

— Scott Stapp

I discipline churchgoers with godly lessons and sharp words if they do not change their ways. My goal is to open their hearts so that they seek forgiveness.

— William Brewster

The principle that certain sins should not receive the Church’s testimony of forgiveness was probably no novelty at all but had been applied in various churches perhaps however with no strict consistency.

— Robert Rainy

I learned a long time ago that some people would rather die than forgive. It’s a strange truth but forgiveness is a painful and difficult process. It’s not something that happens overnight. It’s an evolution of the heart.

— Sue Monk Kidd

One can’t relive one’s life. Forgiveness is not what’s difficult one’s always too ready to forgive. And it does no good that’s obvious.

— Louis-Ferdinand Celine

And as I ask for your forgiveness I also ask for your support to keep all things in perspective and keep all things in proportion. The good of nine years versus the bad.

— John Rowland

I really do believe that God is love one of deep affection and grace and forgiveness and inspiration.

— William P. Young

Forgiveness is not to give the other person peace. Forgiveness is for you. Take that opportunity.

— Mackenzie Phillips

And the only thing to do with a sin is to confess do penance and then after some kind of decent interval ask for forgiveness.

— Joseph J. Ellis

Any story about revenge is ultimately a story about forgiveness redemption or the futility of revenge.

— Nick Wechsler

I love my children. That will never change. I have prayed to them for forgiveness and hope that they will forgive me. I never meant to hurt them!!

— Susan Smith

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