Forgiveness Quotes

Forgiveness is not an emotion, it's a decision.

Randall Worley

Forgiveness is not an occasional act: it is an attitude.

Martin Luther King Jr

Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.

Paul Boese

Marriage is three parts love and seven parts forgiveness of sins.

Lao Tzu

Forgiveness is better than bitterness because not only does it taste sweeter, but it doesn't make you sick to your stomach!

Guy Finley

Forgiveness is of high value, yet it costs nothing.

Unknown

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

William Arthur Ward

Forgiveness is almost a selfish act because of its immense benefits to the one who forgives.

Lawana Blackwell

Life is an adventure in forgiveness.

Norman Cousins

Without forgiveness, thereís no future.

Desmond Tutu

Forgiveness is the sweetest revenge.

Isaac Friedmann

There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness.

Josh Billings

Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.

Hannah Arendt

We cannot love unless we have accepted forgiveness, and the deeper our experience of forgiveness is, the greater is our love.

Paul Tillich

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

Mahatma Gandhi

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

You don't have to accept the invitation to get angry. Instead, practice forgiveness, empathy and encouragement.

Dan Fallon

Forgiveness is the answer to the child's dream of a miracle by which what is broken is made whole again, what is soiled is again made clean.

Dag Hammarskjold

Three things take the slave to God's pleasure: 1) Increase in seeking forgiveness 2) Gentleness 3) Increased charity giving

Muhammad ibn Al_al Taqi

My problem was that I felt ashamed of feeling sad or angry. Now, I don't hide my vulnerability in my lyrics. There's no way I was going to get raped and not get something out of it. I learned about power and hope and forgiveness. I like who I am now and I wouldn't be who I am if that hadn't happened.

Fiona Apple Maggart

Now, justification in this life is given to us according to these three things: first by the laver of regeneration by which all sins are forgiven; then, by a struggle with the faults from whose guilt we have been absolved; the third, when our prayer is heard, in which we say: Forgive us our debts, because however bravely we fight against our faults, we are men; but the grace of God so aids as we fight in this corruptible body that there is reason for His hearing us as we ask forgiveness.

St. Augustine of Hippo

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.

St. Augustine of Hippo

Beloved-of-the-Gods, King Piyadasi, conquered the Kalingas eight years after his coronation. One hundred and fifty thousand were deported, one hundred thousand were killed and many more died (from other causes). After the Kalingas had been conquered, Beloved-of-the-Gods came to feel a strong inclination towards the Dhamma, a love for the Dhamma and for instruction in Dhamma. Now Beloved-of-the-Gods feels deep remorse for having conquered the Kalingas. Indeed, Beloved-of-the-Gods is deeply pained by the killing, dying and deportation that take place when an unconquered country is conquered. But Beloved-of-the-Gods is pained even more by this that Brahmins, ascetics, and householders of different religions who live in those countries, and who are respectful to superiors, to mother and father, to elders, and who behave properly and have strong loyalty towards friends, acquaintances, companions, relatives, servants and employees that they are injured, killed or separated from their loved ones. Even those who are not affected (by all this) suffer when they see friends, acquaintances, companions and relatives affected. These misfortunes befall all (as a result of war), and this pains Beloved-of-the-Gods. There is no country, except among the Greeks, where these two groups, Brahmins and ascetics, are not found, and there is no country where people are not devoted to one or another religion. Therefore the killing, death or deportation of a hundredth, or even a thousandth part of those who died during the conquest of Kalinga now pains Beloved-of-the-Gods. Now Beloved-of-the-Gods thinks that even those who do wrong should be forgiven where forgiveness is possible.

Ashoka the Great

Allah says [in the Koran]: "If they repent before you overcome them, you should know that Allah is forgiving and merciful."...we are opening the door of forgiveness[...] and acceptance of Islamic law, to all who have strayed and committed a crime in the name of religion...Everyone who belongs to this group that has wronged itself who has not yet been apprehended in terrorist operations we offer them a chance to return to Allah...Anyone who accepts this and surrenders of his own free will...will be treated according to the law of Allah.

Abdullah of Saudi Arabia
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