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People greatly underestimate both what forgiveness is, and the importance of it.
Forgiveness is not necessarily forgetting something happened, and it is not letting someone do things to hurt us time and time again. It is about letting the negativity go from our hearts and minds, it is about letting a weight be lifted by not carrying around that which goes with being angry and resentful all the time.
Forgiveness is more about us. It’s about the type of life we want to live, and about freeing ourselves from the control people have over us by continuing to carry negative feelings towards them.
Here are beautiful quotes on forgiveness to help you eventually let go of these hurts and resentment:
The Best Inspirational Quotes on Forgiveness
1.) “Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.”- Paul Boese
2.) “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
3.) “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
4.) “Always forgive your enemies – nothing annoys them so much.”- Oscar Wilde
5.) “We read that we ought to forgive our enemies; but we do not read that we ought to forgive our friends.”- Sir. Francis Bacon
6.) “All of us can forgive and forget; we just don’t want the other person to forget that we forgave.”- Ivern Ball
7.) “To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness.”- Muller
8.) “True forgiveness is not an action after the fact, it is an attitude with which you enter each moment.”- David Ridge
9.) “Let us forgive each other – only then will we live in peace.”- Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy
10.) “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
11.) “There is no love without forgiveness, and there is no forgiveness without love.” – Bryant H. McGill
12.) “Forgiveness is me giving up my right to hurt you for hurting me.” – Anonymous
13.) “Sincere forgiveness isn’t colored with expectations that the other person to 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 – just like it does for you and me.” – Sara Paddison
14.) “Once a woman has forgiven her man, she must not reheat his sins for breakfast.” – Marlene Dietrich
15.) “Being forgiven is like having all the worst bits of yourself stuffed into a balloon and then having that balloon set free.”—Shannon Wiersbitzky
16.) “The ability to forgive is one of man’s greatest achievements.”—Bryant H. McGill
17.) “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.
18.) “Forgiveness is the sweetest revenge.”—Isaac Friedmann
19.) “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
More Beautiful Quotes on Forgiveness
20.) “Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.”—Bruce Lee
21.) “Forgiveness is the giving, and so the receiving, of life.” – George MacDonald
22.) “To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.” – Louis B. Smedes
23.) “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
24.) “To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness.” – Robert Muller
25.) “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” – Mahatma Gandhi
26.) “If you can’t forgive and forget, pick one.” – Robert Brault
27.) “He who cannot forgive breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass.” – George Herbert
28.) “Without forgiveness life is governed by… an endless cycle of resentment and retaliation.” – Roberto Assagioli
29.) “Forgive all who have offended you, not for them, but for yourself.” – Harriet Nelson
30.) “Forgiveness is the sweetest revenge.” – Isaac Friedmann
31.) “Forgiving does not erase the bitter past. A healed memory is not a deleted memory. Instead, forgiving what we cannot forget creates a new way to remember. We change the memory of our past into a hope for our future.” – Louis B. Smedes
32.) “Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave.” – Indira Gandhi
33.) “Genuine forgiveness does not deny anger but faces it head-on.” – Alice Duer Miller
34.) “As long as you don’t forgive, who and whatever it is will occupy a rent-free space in your mind.” – Isabelle Holland
35.) “Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.” – Mark Twain
36.) “Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you were.” – Cherie Carter-Scott
37.) “Forgiveness is like faith. You have to keep reviving it.” – Mason Cooley
38.) “Only the brave know how to forgive. A coward never forgave; it is not in his nature.” – Laurence Sterne
Did these quotes on forgiveness help you look at life under a new light?
Learning to forgive is one of the most important lessons we can learn, and one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves.
Hopefully, these quotes and sayings have helped you find your own forgiveness – and live a life free of the weight and negativity that goes with it.