Quotes On Forgiveness


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Just for today, do not worry.
Just for today, do not anger.
Honor your parents, teachers, and elders.
Earn your living honestly.
Show gratitude to everything.

Dr. Mikao Usui


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Quotes On Forgiveness

"Without forgiveness, there is no future."
~ Desmond Tutu

"Forgiveness is the economy of the heart... forgiveness saves the expense of anger, the cost of hatred, the waste of spirits."
~ Hannah Moore

"When we forgive evil we do not excuse it, we do not tolerate it, we do not smother it. We look the evil full in the face, call it what it is, let its horror shock and stun and enrage us, and only then do we forgive it."
~ Lewis B. Smedes
Forgive and Forget: Healing the Hurts We Don't Deserve (Plus)

"How many times should you forgive your household bruiser? You should not even think about forgiving him. Not yet. Not as long as he has his foot on your neck. Your problem at this point is not forgiving. Your problem is how to get out of his reach. Once you get away from him, you can think about forgiving him."

"Forgiving does not usually happen at once. It is a process, sometimes a long one, especially when it comes to wounds gouged deep. And we must expect some lapses... some people seem to manage to finish off forgiving in one swoop of the heart. But when they do, you can bet they are forgiving flesh wounds. Deeper cuts take more time and can use a second coat."
~ Lewis B. Smedes
The Art of Forgiving: When You Need To Forgive And Don't Know How

"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

"Forgiveness is the sweetest revenge."
~ Isaac Friedmann

"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

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

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

"Sincere forgiveness isn't colored with expectations that the other person apologize or change. Don't worry whether or not they finally understand you. Love them and release them. Life feeds back truth to people in its own way and time."
~ Sara Paddison


"Let's get one thing straight: Forgiving is not something you do for someone else. It is not even something you do because you SHOULD, according to the standards of religious belief or human decency. Forgiving is something that you do for yourself. It is one way of becoming the person you were created to be--and fulfilling God's dream of you is the only way to true wholeness and happiness. You NEED to forgive so that you can move forward with life. An unforgiven injury binds you to a time and place someone else has chosen; it holds you trapped in a past moment and in old feelings."
~ Carol Lueberin
Finding A Way To Forgive (article, CareNotes)

"People find it far easier to forgive others for being wrong than for being right."
~ Joanne Kathleen Rowling

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

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

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

"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

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

"If the will remains in protest, it stays dependent on that which it is protesting against."
~ Rollo May

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"To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it."-
~ Confucius

"Speak not against anyone whose burden you have not weighed yourself."
~ Marion Zimmer Bradley

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

"A man can lose sight of everything else when he's bent on revenge, and it ain't worth it."
~ Louis L'Amour

"Dwelling on the negative simply contributes to its power."
~ Shirley MacLaine

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

"Sometimes choices are made in the name of forgiveness while what is occurring isn't forgiveness at all. It is important not to confuse being forgiving with denying your own feelings, needs, and desires. Forgiving doesn't mean being passive and staying in a job or a relationship that clearly doesn't work for you or is abusive. It is important that you are clear about your boundaries. What is acceptable for you? If you are willing to allow unacceptable behavior again and again in the name of 'forgiveness,' you are more than likely using 'forgiveness' as an excuse not to take responsibility for taking care of yourself or as a way to avoid making changes."
~ Robin Casarjian
Forgiveness: A Bold Choice for a Peaceful Heart

"How we remember, what we remember, and why we remember form the most personal map of our individuality."
~ Christina Baldwin

"Forgiveness is the act of admitting we are like other people.”
~ Christina Baldwin

"Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom."
~ Hannah Arendt

"Today I forgive all those who have ever offended me. I give my love to all thirsty hearts, both to those who love me and to those who do not love me."
~ Paramahansa Yogananda

"We achieve inner health only through forgiveness - the forgiveness not only of others but also of ourselves."
~ Joshua Loth Liebman

"Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace."
~ Buddha

"Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future."
~ Paul Boese

"The secret of forgiving everything is to understand nothing."
~ George Bernard Shaw

"I forgive myself for having believed for so long that... I was never good enough to have, get, be what I wanted."
~ Ceanne DeRohan

"Never forget the three powerful resources you always have available to you: love, prayer, and forgiveness."
~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr

"He who is devoid of the power to forgive, is devoid of the power to love."
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.



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