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To err is human, to forgive, divine.

To err is human, to forgive, divine.

ALEXANDER POPE, An Essay on Criticism

For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

MATTHEW 6:14

He who forgives readily only invites offense.

PIERRE CORNEILLE, Cinna

People find it far easier to forgive others for being wrong than being right.

J. K. ROWLING, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

To receive an injury is to be wounded; but to forgive and forget it is the cure.

WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs

I know forgiveness is a man's duty, but, to my thinking, that can only mean as you're to give up all thoughts o' taking revenge: it can never mean as you're t' have your old feelings back again, for that's not possible.

GEORGE ELIOT, Adam Bede

There is an ugly kind of forgiveness in this world--a kind of hedgehog forgiveness, shot out like quills.

HENRY WARD BEECHER, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit

Forgiveness is healing ... especially forgiving yourself.

ALYSON NOËL, Evermore

Never forgive an injury or an insult so long as the offending parties have it in their power to make reparation; since, if they are able to do so, and will not, whatever they may pretend to others, they, up to that time, are only laughing at you, and triumphing in secret. If, however, they have not the power to neutralize an impertinence by explanation, or a fraud by restitution, forgive and forget either--as soon as you can.

CHARLES WILLIAM DAY, The Maxims, Experiences, and Observations of Agogos

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Forgotten is forgiven.

F. SCOTT FITZGERALD, The Crack-Up

Forgiveness ought to be like a cancelled note, torn in two and burned up, so that it never can be shown against the man.

HENRY WARD BEECHER, Life Thoughts

It is a severe rebuke upon us, that God makes us so many allowances, and we make so few to our neighbour.

WILLIAM PENN, Some Fruits of Solitude

Forgiveness does not mean ignoring what has been done or putting a false label on an evil act. It means, rather, that the evil act no longer remains as a barrier to the relationship. Forgiveness is a catalyst creating the atmosphere necessary for a fresh start and a new beginning.

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., Christmas sermon delivered at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama, 1957

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

MAHATMA GANDHI, Young India, Mar. 23, 1931

Forgiveness is a gift we give ourselves that allows us to get on with our lives instead of being trapped in the past by resentment.

RICK WARREN, Ladies Home Journal, Dec. 2008

Forgiveness is a strange thing. It can sometimes be easier to forgive our enemies than our friends. It can be hardest of all to forgive people we love. Like all of life's important coping skills, the ability to forgive and the capacity to let go of resentments most likely take root very early in our lives.

FRED ROGERS, The World According to Mister Rogers

Nothing inspires forgiveness quite like revenge.

SCOTT ADAMS, attributed, Dictionary of Quotations

Forgiveness, that noblest of all self-denial, is a virtue, which he alone that can practice in himself, can willingly believe in another.

CHARLES CALEB COLTON, Lacon

Forgiveness is the greatest gift you can give yourself.

MAYA ANGELOU, Facebook post, Nov. 22, 2013

He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love.

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., Christmas sermon delivered at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama, 1957

Forgiveness is not about forgetting. It is about letting go of another person's throat.

WM. PAUL YOUNG, The Shack

First we forgive ourselves, then we forgive others and life itself.

ELIZABETH LESSER, The Seeker's Guide: Making Your Life a Spiritual Adventure

Forgiveness is giving up all hope of having had a better past.

ANNE LAMOTT, Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son's First Year

Forgiveness is the only way to reverse the irreversible flow of history.

HANNAH ARENDT, attributed, Aspects of Love: An Exploration of 1 Corinthians 13


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