Giving compassion to people who have harmed us in any manner, even if they don’t “deserve” it, is what forgiveness is all about.

It’s not about rationalizing the offender’s behavior, nature or acting as if the offense never occurred.

Empathy, sympathy, and understanding for the person who has harmed you might result from forgiving them.

I have compiled a list of top quotes on forgiveness for you.


Best Forgiveness Quotes

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1. “Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.” ~ John F. Kennedy.

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2. “There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness.” ~ Josh Billings

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3. “Selfishness must always be forgiven you know, because there is no hope of a cure.” ~ Jane Austen

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

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5. “Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.” ~ Mark Twain.

6. “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

7.  “Never does the human soul appear so strong as when it foregoes revenge and dares to forgive an injury.” ~ Edwin Hubbel Chapin

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8. “For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

9. “Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you were.” ~ Cherie Carter-Scott

10. “Forgiveness is a sign that the person who has wronged you means more to you than the wrong they have dealt.” ~ Ben Greenhalgh.

Powerful Forgiveness Quotes

11. “I free myself from hatred through forgiveness and love.” ~ Paulo Coelho

12. “You will know that forgiveness has begun when you recall those who hurt you and feel the power to wish them well.” ~ Lewis B. Smedes

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13. “Forgiveness is the key that unlocks the door of resentment and the handcuffs of hatred. It is a power that breaks the chains of bitterness and the shackles of selfishness.” ~ Corrie ten Boom

14. “Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.” ~ Oscar Wilde

15. “Forgiveness is not a feeling; it is a commitment.” ~ Gary Chapman

16. “Forgiveness means it finally becomes unimportant that you hit back.” ~ Anne Lamott

17. “To err is human; to forgive, divine.” ~ Alexander Pope.

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18. “I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.” ~ James Baldwin

19. “When you forgive, you in no way change the past – but you sure do change the future.” ~ Bernard Meltzer

20. “We think that forgiveness is weakness, but it’s absolutely not; it takes a very strong person to forgive.” ~ T.D. Jakes

21. “True forgiveness is when you can say, “Thank you for that experience.”” ~ Oprah Winfrey

22. “To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.” ~ Lewis B. Smedes.

Great Forgiveness Quotes

23. “Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself.” ~ Suzanne Somers

24. “Forgiveness is not always easy. At times, it feels more painful than the wound we suffered, to forgive the one that inflicted it. And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness.” ~ Marianne Williamson

25. “The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive.” ~ John Green

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26. “Hanging onto resentment is letting someone you despise live rent-free in your head.” ~ Ann Landers

27. “Anytime you try to be a loving person, you’re doing your part to save the world.” ~ Marianne Williamson

28. “There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness.” ~ Josh Billings

29. “Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

30. “Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave.” ~ Indira Gandhi.

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31. “If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears.” ~ Cesare Pavese

32. “Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

33. “He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

34. “A mistake is always forgivable, rarely excusable and always unacceptable.” ~ Robert Fripp

35. “We cannot embrace God’s forgiveness if we are so busy clinging to past wounds and nursing old grudges.” ~ T. D. Jakes.

Famous Forgiveness Quotes

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36. “Only the brave know how to forgive… a coward never forgave; it is not in his nature.” ~ Laurence Sterne

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

38. “People can be more forgiving than you can imagine. But you have to forgive yourself. Let go of what’s bitter and move on.” ~ Bill Cosby

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

40. “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.” ~ Catherine Ponder

41. “Never does the human soul appear so strong as when it foregoes revenge and dares to forgive an injury.” ~ Edwin Hubbel Chapin

42. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

43. “When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bicycle. Then I realised that the Lord doesn’t work that way so I stole one and asked Him to forgive me.” ~ Emo Philips

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

45. “Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself.” ~ Suzanne Somers

46. “Forgiveness is the economy of the heart… forgiveness saves the expense of anger, the cost of hatred, the waste of spirits.” ~ Hannah

47. “More anger begets more anger, and forgiveness and love lead to more forgiveness and love.” ~ Mahavira.

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48. “The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world.” ~ Marianne Williamson.

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49. “Forgiveness is not a feeling – it’s a decision we make because we want to do what’s right before God. It’s a quality decision that won’t be easy and it may take time to get through the process, depending on the severity of the offense.” ~ Joyce Meyer

50. “I place an enormous premium on loyalty. If someone betrays me, I can forgive them rationally, but emotionally I have found it impossible to do so.” ~ Richard E. Grant

51. “Forgiveness says you are given another chance to make a new beginning.” ~ Desmond Tutu

52. “The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world.” ~ Marianne Williamson

53. “Forgiveness is the final form of love.” ~ Reinhold Niebuhr.

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54. “One forgives to the degree that one loves.” ~ Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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

56. “Strength of character means the ability to overcome resentment against others, to hide hurt feelings, and to forgive quickly.” ~ Lawrence G. Lovasik.

Inspiring Forgiveness Quotes

57. “The forgiving state of mind is a magnetic power for attracting good.” ~ Catherine Ponder

58. “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

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

60. “To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.” ~ Lewis B. Smedes

61. “It’s not an easy journey to get to a place where you forgive people. But it is such a powerful place, because it frees you.” ~ Tyler Perry

62. “Never forget the three powerful resources you always have available to you: love, prayer, and forgiveness.” ~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

63. “It is often easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission.” ~ Grace Hopper

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64. “When a deep injury is done us, we never recover until we forgive.” ~ Alan Paton

65. “Children begin by loving their parents; after a time they judge them; rarely, if ever, do they forgive them.” ~ Oscar Wilde

66. “I invite everyone to choose forgiveness rather than division, teamwork over personal ambition.” ~ Jean-Francois Cope

67. “Nothing inspires forgiveness quite like revenge.” ~ Scott Adams

68. “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

69. “Forgive yourself for your faults and your mistakes and move on.” ~ Les Brown

70. “If we really want to love we must learn how to forgive.” ~ Mother Teresa

71. “Holding on to anger, resentment and hurt only gives you tense muscles, a headache and a sore jaw from clenching your teeth. Forgiveness gives you back the laughter and the lightness in your life.” ~ Joan Lunden

72. “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

73. “It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.” ~ William Blake.



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