Forgiveness Quotes for Those Apologizing or Granting Pardon

These forgiveness quotes and sayings may help both those seeking absolution and those considering granting pardon. Forgiving someone who has wronged you may be the hardest thing to do, but it is your path to peace and tranquility.

You can never hope to live peacefully if you continue to carry the grudge or the pain a person inflicted upon you. The only way to live happily is to forgive and move forward.

Read the principles communicated here, and make them a part of your interaction style in your relationships. Encourage forgiveness and help spread peace. Life is short. Don’t carry a grudge.

Quotes about Forgiveness

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

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

Mistakes are always forgivable if one has the courage to admit them.
Bruce Lee

A life lived without forgiveness is a prison.
William Arthur Ward

It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody.
Maya Angelou

When we hate our enemies, we are giving them power over us: power over our sleep, our appetites, our blood pressure, our health, and our happiness.
Dale Carnegie

forgiving leads to love.


Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.
Nelson Mandela

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

Many of us crucify ourselves between two thieves – regret for the past and fear of the future.
Fulton Oursler

Many times, the decisions we make affect and hurt your closest friends and family the most. I have a lot of regrets in that regard. But God has forgiven me, which I am very thankful for. It has enabled me to forgive myself and move forward one day at a time.
Lex Luger

Forget regret, or life is yours to miss.
Jonathan Larson

Regret is an appalling waste of energy, you can’t build on it – it’s only good for wallowing in.
Katherine Mansfield

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Forgive and Forget

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

The ability to forgive is one of man’s greatest achievements.
Bryant H. McGill

There is no love without forgiveness, and there is no forgiveness without love.
Bryant H. McGill

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

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

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.

Forgiveness is the giving, and so the receiving, of life.
George MacDonald

Most of us can forgive and forget; we just don’t want the other person to forget that we forgave.
Ivern Ball

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Pardoning those who have done wrong

Being forgiven is like having all the worst bits of yourself stuffed into a balloon and then having that balloon set free.
Shannon Wiersbitzky

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

True forgiveness is not an action after the fact; it is an attitude with which you enter each moment.
David Ridge

If you can’t forgive and forget, pick one.
Robert Brault

Forgiveness is an act of the will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart.
Corrie ten Boom

Forgiveness is like faith. You have to keep reviving it.
Mason Cooley

Harbor No Grudge

To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.
Louis B. Smedes

A life lived without forgiveness is a life lived in the past.
Asa Don Brown

Forgiveness is the sweetest revenge.
Isaac Friedmann

It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.
William Blake

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

To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.

To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.
Gilbert K. Chesterton

Maya Angelou quote on forgiving image

Forgiveness Quotes to Bury the Hatchet

Forgiveness is me giving up my right to hurt you for hurting me.

We read that we ought to forgive our enemies, but we do not read that we ought to forgive our friends.
Sir Francis Bacon

We are all on a lifelong journey, and the core of its meaning, the terrible demand of its centrality, is forgiving and being forgiven.
Martha Kilpatrick

To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness.
Robert Muller

Let us forgive each other – only then will we live in peace.
Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy

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

We are told that people stay in love because of chemistry, or because they remain intrigued with each other, because of many kindnesses, or because of luck. But part of it has got to be forgiveness and gratefulness.
Ellen Goodman

There is so much good in the worst of us and so much bad in the best of us that it ill behooves any of us to find fault with the rest of us.
James Truslow Adams

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