Forgiveness Quotes

One of the healthiest feelings in the world is forgiveness. We may even need to forgive ourselves at times. These forgiveness quotes will guide you through the process.

Forgiveness is the decision to let go of sentiments of wrath or retribution toward someone who has wronged you, whether or not they deserve it.

Your ability to forgive reveals a lot more about you than it does about the person you’re forgiving.

It is not necessary to reconcile in order to forgive.

When a friend or family member wrongs us, our connection may be irreparably ruined, but letting go of animosity and moving on with our lives is a far better ending.

Here are some of the best forgiveness quotes to help you forgive. You’ll find the right quotation to sum up your feelings and help you move on, whether you’ve just been slighted or want to let go of long-held animosity.

150+ Forgiveness Quotes Be the Healthiest Feeling

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

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

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


True forgiveness is when you can say, ‘Thank you for that experience.’___Oprah Winfrey


Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names. – John F. Kennedy

Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names. – John F. Kennedy

The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward.___Steve Maraboli


To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.__C.S. Lewis

To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.__C.S. Lewis

Forgiveness has nothing to do with absolving a criminal of his crime. It has everything to do with relieving oneself of the burden of being a victim–letting go of the pain and transforming oneself from victim to survivor.___C.R. Strahan


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

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

Any fool knows men and women think differently at times, but the biggest difference is this. Men forget, but never forgive; women forgive, but never forget.___Robert Jordan


It is important that we forgive ourselves for making mistakes. We need to learn from our errors and move on.___Steve Maraboli

It is important that we forgive ourselves for making mistakes. We need to learn from our errors and move on.___Steve Maraboli

To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.___G.K. Chesterton


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


I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine.― Jane Austen

I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine.― Jane Austen

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


One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory.― Rita Mae Brown


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


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

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

Beware of the man who does not return your blow: he neither forgives you nor allows you to forgive yourself.___George Bernard Shaw


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


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

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

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


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


It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.___Francis of Assisi

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.___Francis of Assisi

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


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


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.


Last night I lost the world, and gained the universe.― C. JoyBell C.

Last night I lost the world, and gained the universe.― C. JoyBell C.

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


Forgive me my nonsense, as I also forgive the nonsense of those that think they talk sense.___Robert Frost


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


Children begin by loving their parents; after a time they judge them; rarely, if ever, do they forgive them.___Oscar Wilde

Children begin by loving their parents; after a time they judge them; rarely, if ever, do they forgive them.___Oscar Wilde

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


Forgive yourself for your faults and your mistakes and move on.– Les Brown


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


Forgiveness in no way requires that you trust the one you forgive.– William Paul Young

Forgiveness in no way requires that you trust the one you forgive.– William Paul Young

When you forgive, you love. And when you love, God’s light shines upon you.___John Krakauer


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


Forgive those who have hurt you.___Les Brown


Nothing inspires forgiveness quite like revenge.___Scott Adams

Nothing inspires forgiveness quite like revenge.___Scott Adams

He that cannot forgive others, breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass if he would ever reach heaven; for everyone has need to be forgiven.___George Herbert


When you are happy you can forgive a great deal. – Princess Diana


And you know, when you’ve experienced grace and you feel like you’ve been forgiven, you’re a lot more forgiving of other people. You’re a lot more gracious to others.___Rick Warren


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


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 G. Jampolsky


Dumbledore says people find it far easier to forgive others for being wrong than being right.___J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Dumbledore says people find it far easier to forgive others for being wrong than being right.___J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Forgiveness is an act of the will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart.___Corrie Ten Boom


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


I can forgive, but I cannot forget, is only another way of saying, I will not forgive. Forgiveness ought to be like a cancelled note – torn in two, and burned up, so that it never can be shown against one.___Henry Ward Beecher


One of the secrets of a long and fruitful life is to forgive everybody everything every night before you go to bed.___Bernard Baruch

One of the secrets of a long and fruitful life is to forgive everybody everything every night before you go to bed.___Bernard Baruch

I shall be an autocrat: that’s my trade. And the good Lord will forgive me: that’s his.___Catherine the Great


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


To confer dignity, forgive. To express contempt, forget.___Mason Cooley


There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness. – Josh Billings

There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness. – Josh Billings

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


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


One forgives to the degree that one loves.___Francois de La Rochefoucauld

One forgives to the degree that one loves.___Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Forgiveness must be immediate, whether or not a person asks for it. Trust must be rebuilt over time. Trust requires a track record.___Rick Warren


Life is an adventure in forgiveness. – Norman Cousins


Sins cannot be undone, only forgiven.___Igor Stravinsky

Sins cannot be undone, only forgiven.___Igor Stravinsky

If there are occasions when my grape turned into a raisin and my joy bell lost its resonance, please forgive me. Charge it to my head and not to my heart.___Jesse Jackson


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


Forgiveness is that subtle thread that binds both love and friendship. Without forgiveness, you may not even have a child one day.___George Foreman


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

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

Forgiveness provides hope, joy, and a bright future that nothing else can. – Paul J. Meyer


Just knowing you don’t have the answers is a recipe for humility, openness, acceptance, forgiveness, and an eagerness to learn – and those are all good things.___Dick Van Dyke


See, forgiveness doesn’t happen all at once. It’s not an event — it’s a process. Forgiveness happens while you’re asleep, while you’re dreaming, while you’re inline at the coffee shop, while you’re showering, eating, farting… It happens in the back of your mind, and then one day you realize that you don’t hate the person anymore, that your anger has gone away somewhere. And you understand. You’ve forgiven them. You don’t know how or why. It sneaked up on you. It happened in the small spaces between thoughts and in the seconds between ideas and blinks. That’s where forgiveness happens.___Barry Lyga


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


I wondered if that was how forgiveness budded; not with the fanfare of epiphany, but with pain gathering its things, packing up, and slipping away unannounced in the middle of the night.___Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner


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

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

I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine.___Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice


But if you forgive someone for something they did to you, it doesn’t mean you agree with what they did or believe it was right. Forgiving that person means you have chosen not to dwell on the matter anymore; you have moved on with your life.__Idowu Koyenikan’


We don’t forgive people because they deserve it. We forgive them because they need it—because we need it.___Bree Despain


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


I think that if God forgives us we must forgive ourselves. Otherwise, it is almost like setting up ourselves as a higher tribunal than Him.___C.S. Lewis


Forgiveness is God’s greatest gift___Dan Brown, The Da Vinci Code


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


Forgiveness means it finally becomes unimportant that you hit back. You’re done.___Anne Lamott


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


Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much. __Oscar Wilde


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


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


Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient. – Steve Maraboli


We often forgive those who bore us, but we cannot forgive those whom we bore.___Francois de La Rochefoucauld


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


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


The remarkable thing is that we really love our neighbor 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


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


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


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


Acceptance and tolerance and forgiveness, those are life-altering lessons.___Jessica Lange


Forgiveness really is so misunderstood, as well as the power it can release in an individual.__Jennifer O’Neill


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


I find forgiveness to be really healthy.– Ben Affleck


Forgiveness is not something you do for someone else; it’s something you do for yourself. To forgive is not to condone, it is to refuse to continue feeling bad about an injury.___Jim Beaver


Forgiveness is the key that unlocks the door of resentment and the handcuffs of hatred. It is a power that breaks the chains of bitterness and the shackles of selfishness.___Corrie Ten Boom


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


Forgiveness is the final form of love.___Reinhold Niebuhr


God pardons like a mother, who kisses the offense into everlasting forgiveness.___Henry Ward Beecher


Choosing forgiveness opens the door of your heart and makes way for a miracle in your life.___Victoria Osteen


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


Forgiveness is about empowering yourself, rather than empowering your past.___T.D. Jakes


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


Forgiveness takes time. It is the last step of the grieving process.__Elin Nordegren


There is freedom in forgiveness, and it’s not that hard to do once you get into the habit.___Dana Perino


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


I am 100% in the camp that says forgiveness is mostly about the forgiver. – Hillary Clinton


Can you really forgive if you can’t forget?___Sarah Jessica Parker


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


Life is grace. Sleep is forgiveness. The night absolves. Darkness wipes the slate clean, not spotless to be sure, but clean enough for another day’s chalking.___Frederick Buechner


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


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


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


We win by tenderness. We conquer by forgiveness.__Frederick William Robertson


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


To understand is to forgive, even oneself.___Alexander Chase


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


I believe in forgiveness; I believe in trying to work with people.___John Lewis


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


The only vice that cannot be forgiven is hypocrisy.___William Hazlitt


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


Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself. – Suzanne Somers


Forgive many things in others; nothing in yourself.___Ausonius


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


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


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


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


It is surely better to pardon too much, than to condemn too much.___George Eliot


Forgiveness is too easy. I can forget by indifference, but not forgive. I prefer revenge.___Karl Lagerfeld


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


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


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


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


People have to forgive. We don’t have to like them, we don’t have to be friends with them, we don’t have to send them hearts in text messages, but we have to forgive them, to overlook, to forget. Because if we don’t we are tying rocks to our feet, too much for our wings to carry!___C. Joybell C.


I never forgive, but I always forget. – Arthur Balfour


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


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


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


Forgotten is forgiven.___F. Scott Fitzgerald


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


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


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.___St. Augustine


How unhappy is he who cannot forgive himself.___Publilius Syrus


America loves a forgiveness story. America is the land of second chances.___Michael Caputo


I’m all about preaching forgiveness and compassion.___Michel de la Montaigne


Forgiveness is for yourself because it frees you. It lets you out of that prison you put yourself in.___Louise L. Hay


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


A life lived without forgiveness is a prison.___William Arthur Ward


Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you are.__Cherie Carter Scott


It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend. – William Blake


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


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


Wise man say: forgiveness is divine, but never pay full price for late pizza.___Michelangelo, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles


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


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