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A list of the best forgiveness quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous forgiveness quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic forgiveness quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational quotes from that same writer.

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    In contrast to revenge, which is the natural, automatic reaction to transgression and which, because of the irreversibility of the action process can be expected and even calculated, the act of forgiving can never be predicted; it is the only reaction that acts in an unexpected way and thus retains, though being a reaction, something of the original character of action.

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    new! 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.

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    This is certain, that a man that studieth revenge keeps his wounds green, which otherwise would heal and do well.

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    Giving The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all men.

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    Every man should keep a fair-sized cemetery in which to bury the faults of his friends.

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    In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace. -- Ephesians 1:7

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    Thou must be emptied of that wherewith thou art full, that thou mayest be filled with that whereof thou art empty.

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    The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.

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    We all like to forgive, and love best not those who offend us least, nor who have done most for us, but those who make it most easy for us to forgive them.

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    Forgive yourself for your faults and your mistakes and move on.

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

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    new! The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all men, charity.

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

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    My transgression is sealed up in a bag, and thou sewest up mine iniquity. -- Job 14:17

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    One can't relive one's life. Forgiveness is not what's difficult; one's always too ready to forgive. And it does no good, that's obvious.

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    I can forgive, but I cannot forget, is only another way of saying, I cannot forgive.

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

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    There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness.

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    To apologize is to lay the foundation for a future offense.

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    And be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. -- Ephesians 4:32

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

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

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    Nobody ever forgets where he buried the hatchet.

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    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.

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    God will forgive me, that's his business.

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    A woman who can't forgive should never have more than a nodding acquaintance with a man.

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    When you are happy you can forgive a great deal.

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    Those who easily forgive invite offenses.

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    Absolute virtue is impossible and the republic of forgiveness leads, with implacable logic, to the republic of the guillotine.

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    Forgive those who have hurt you.

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    Little, vicious minds abound with anger and revenge, and are incapable of feeling the pleasure of forgiving their enemies.

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    Wrongs are often forgiven, but contempt never is. Our pride remembers it forever. It implies a discovery of weakness, which we are more careful to conceal than a crime. Many a man will confess his crimes to a friend; but I never knew a man that would tell his silly weaknesses to his most intimate one.

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    Love thy neighbor as thyself: Do not to others what thou wouldn't not wish be done to thyself: Forgive injuries. Forgive thy enemy, be reconciled to him, give him assistance, invoke God in his behalf.

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    Never does the human soul appear so strong and noble as when it forgoes revenge and dares to forgive an injury.

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    Never repeat old grievances.

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    Forgotten is forgiven.

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    I can have peace of mind only when I forgive rather than judge.

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    Forgive him, for he believes that the customs of his tribe are the laws of nature!

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    It is a very delicate job to forgive a man, without lowering him in his own estimation, and yours too.

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    Forgiveness is God's command.

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    There is no sense in crying over spilt milk. Why bewail what is done and cannot be recalled?

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    The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the na?ve forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget.

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    He who forgives ends the quarrel

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    It is easier to ask forgiveness than permission.

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    If the other person injures you, you may forget the injury; but if you injure him you will always remember.

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    It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.

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    Forgive, son; men are men; they needs must err.

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    Right actions in the future are the best apologies for bad actions in the past.

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    We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.

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