Forgiveness Quotes and Sayings

Carrying a grudge in your heart or in your mind is like carrying a bunch of thorns on your body. You are just choosing to prick yourself with it.

Submitted by: RVM

Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you. Love me and I may be forced to love you.
William Arthur Ward

Forgive people from your heart, forget the hurt they have caused you, pray for them but protect yourself from what they can do in the future.

Submitted by: God's son

Nothing can make injustice just but mercy.
– Robert Frost

I’d like to be more forgiving. There are times when I’ve had a hard time forgiving people who have betrayed me.
Amy Tan

Forgive others as God will forgive you too.

Submitted by: Oyetunde, Oreoluwa

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

Submitted by: Surabhi

You will achieve more in this world through acts of mercy than you will through acts of retribution.
Nelson Mandela

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

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


Forgiveness teaches a lesson to whom you forgive to be kind and forgive others.

Submitted by: liaqath

The difference between rudeness and kindness is forgiveness.

Submitted by: liaqath

We can only cultivate love through forgiveness.

Submitted by: Maduwa Thabo

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

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

Without forgiveness there can be no future for a relationship between individuals or within and between nations.
Desmond Tutu

Forgiving is not forgetting; its actually remembering–remembering and not using your right to hit back. Its a second chance for a new beginning. And the remembering part is particularly important. Especially if you dont want to repeat what happened.
Desmond Tutu

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

We often forgive those who bore us, but we do not forgive those we bore.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Stop holding grudges. Don’t live your life with hate in your heart. You will end up hurting yourself more than the people you hate. Forgiveness is not saying, “What you did to me is okay”. It is saying, “I’m not going to let what you did to me ruin my happiness forever”. Forgiveness is the answer, let go, find peace, liberate yourself! And remember, forgiveness is not just for other people, its for you too. If you must, forgive yourself, move on and try to do better next time.


A person can apologize and we can forgive them, but sometimes we just can’t forget the pain that they put us through.

Rejection doesn’t hurt, expectation does. Lying doesn’t kill, denial does. Forgetting doesn’t heal, forgiveness does.

You forgive people simply because you still want them in your life.

Forgiveness doesn’t mean you excuse the crime. It just means you’re no longer willing to be the victim.

The first to apologize is the bravest The fist to forgive is the strongest. And the first to forget is the happiest….True story

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