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Forgiveness quotes and quotations

Good, to forgive; Best to forget.
Robert Browning

She hugged the offender, and forgave the offense, Sex to the last.
John Dryden

The day the child realizes that all adults are imperfect, he becomes an adolescent; the day he forgives them, he becomes an adult; the day he forgives himself, he becomes wise..
Alden Nowlan

If you overpower your enemy, then pardon him by way of thankfulness to Allah, for being able to subdue him.
Hazrat Ali

Forgive thyself little, and others much.
Leighton

Good-nature and good-sense must ever join; To err is human, to forgive, divine.
Alexander Pope

Forgiveness is the fragrance of the violet which still clings fast to the heel that crushed it.
Proverb

He who forgiveth, and is reconciled unto his enemy, shall receive his reward from God; for he loveth not the unjust doers.
Koran

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

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

It is right for him who asks forgiveness for his offenses to grant it to others.
Quintus Horatius Flaccus

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

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

There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness.
Josh Billings

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

What if this cursed hand Where thicker than itself with brother's blood, Is there not rain enough in the sweet heavens To wash it white as snow?
William Shakespeare

Know all and you will pardon all.
Thomas a Kempis

He who cannot forgive breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass.
George Herbert

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

To love is human, it is also human to forgive.
Plautus

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

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

Only the brave know how to forgive; it is the most refined and generous pitch of virtue human nature can arrive at.
Sterne

The offender never forgives.
Proverb

The secret of forgiving everything is to understand nothing.
George Bernard Shaw

A wise man will make haste to forgive, because he knows the full value of time and will not suffer it to pass away in unnecessary pain.
Rambler

I pardon him as God shall pardon me.
William Shakespeare

I believe in the forgiveness of sin and the redemption of ignorance.
Adlai Stevenson

To err is human; to forget, divine.
J. H. Goldfuss

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

Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit.
Peter Ustinov

Whenever fortune wishes to joke, she lifts people from what is humble to the highest extremity of affairs.
Decimus Junius Juvenal

To be able to bear provocation is an argument of great reason, and to forgive it of a great mind.
Tillotson

He who forgives readily only invites offense.
Pierre Corneille

To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover the prisoner was YOU.
Unknown

Oh Thou, who Man of baser Earth didst make, And ev'n with Paradise devise the snake; For all the Sin wherewith the Face of Man Is blackened--Man's forgiveness give and take!
Omar Khayyam

We read that we ought to forgive our enemies; but we do not read that we ought to forgive our friends.
Pierre Corneille

It is easier to forgive an enemy than a friend.
Madame Dorothée Deluzy

The offender never pardons.
George Herbert

He who forgiveth, and is reconciled unto his enemy, shall receive his reward from God; for he loveth not the unjust doers.
Koran

Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.
Thomas a Kempis

These evils I deserve, and more . . . . Justly, yet despair not of his final pardon, Whose ear is ever open, and his eye Gracious to re-admit the suppliant.
John Milton

Forgiveness is a game only saints play Kabir.
Kabir

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.
Lord Herbert

Thou whom avenging pow'rs obey, Cancel my debt (too great to pay) Before the sad accounting day.
Wentworth Dillon

If we practice and eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, soon the whole world will be blind and toothless.
Mahatma Gandhi

For 'tis sweet to stammer one letter Of the Eternal's language;--on earth it is called Forgiveness!
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Forgiveness to the injured does belong, But they ne'er pardon who have done the wrong.
John Dryden

Bear and forbear.
Publius Ovidius Naso

His heart was as great as the world, but there was no room in it to hold the memory of a wrong.
Ralph Waldo Emers