Quotations The Best Quotes About Forgiveness  

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

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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. Henry Ward Beecher

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

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

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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. Hannah Arendt

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

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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

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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. Augustine of Hippo

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

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

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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. Les Brown

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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. Plato

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I never forgive, but I always forget. Arthur Balfour

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

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

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

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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. Louis-Ferdinand Céline

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

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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. Henry Ward Beecher

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God will forgive me, that's his business. Heinrich Heine

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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. George Herbert

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Nobody ever forgets where he buried the hatchet. Kin Hubbard

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When you are happy you can forgive a great deal. Diana, Princess of Wales

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Those who easily forgive invite offenses. Pierre Corneille

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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. Confucius

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There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness. Josh Billings

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Forgive those who have hurt you. Les Brown

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

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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. Edwin Hubbel Chapin

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Forgiveness is God's command. Martin Luther

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Never repeat old grievances.

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"Painful things are quickly forgotten." Janet Morris

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

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

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

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

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He who forgives ends the quarrel

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Listen close and you can hear, “Please, bless us and forgive us, and make us good here and strong here. Let us get along here. Let those we love and left behind be blessed. Let us find the proper path and keep to it. Help us act harmoniously, and find work pleasing in the sight of god and man.” Janet Morris, Chris Morris

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It is easier to ask forgiveness than permission.

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

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If a good person does you wrong, act as though you had not noticed it. They will make note of this and not remain in your debt long. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

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

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

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

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Forgotten is forgiven.