Quotes about Forgiveness

This is a collection of some of my favorite quotes about forgiveness. They challenge, inspire and motivate me to refuse to hold on to bitterness and choose forgiveness, even when it’s hard.

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“Forgive all who have offended you, not for them, but for yourself.” – Harriet Nelson

“Forgiveness is an act of the will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart.” ― Corrie ten Boom

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“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

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

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

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

“Genuine forgiveness does not deny anger but faces it head-on.” -Alice Miller

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

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

“We are all on a life long journey and the core of its meaning, the terrible demand of its centrality is forgiving and being forgiven.” – Martha Kilpatrick

“Grudges are for those who insist that they are owed something; forgiveness, however, is for those who are substantial enough to move on.” – Criss Jami

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

“Anger is like flowing water; there’s nothing wrong with it as long as you let it flow. Hate is like stagnant water; anger that you denied yourself the freedom to feel, the freedom to flow; water that you gathered in one place and left to forget. Stagnant water becomes dirty, stinky, disease-ridden, poisonous, deadly; that is your hate. On flowing water travels little paper boats; paper boats of forgiveness. Allow yourself to feel anger, allow your waters to flow, along with all the paper boats of forgiveness. Be human.” – C. JoyBell C.

“An eye for an eye, and the whole world would be blind.” – Kahlil Gibran 

We don’t forgive people because they deserve it. We forgive them because they need it ― because we need it. ” – Bree Despain

 

Life is an adventure in forgiveness.” – Norman Cousins

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

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

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