To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.
– Lewis B. Smedes
I believe the Scriptures teach that there’s a literal heaven and a literal hell, just like Jesus said. And without forgiveness of sins that, yeah, the place of punishment is called hell.
– Kirk Cameron
I deepen my experience of God through prayer, meditation, and forgiveness.
– Marianne Williamson
Because forgiveness is like this: a room can be dank because you have closed the windows, you’ve closed the curtains. But the sun is shining outside, and the air is fresh outside. In order to get that fresh air, you have to get up and open the window and draw the curtains apart.
– Desmond Tutu
The most important thing that I learned in growing up is that forgiveness is something that, when you do it, you free yourself to move on.
– Tyler Perry
Forgive, forget. Bear with the faults of others as you would have them bear with yours.
– Phillips Brooks
Forgiveness is an act of the will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart.
– Corrie Ten Boom
It is often easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission.
– Grace Hopper
I never forgive, but I always forget.
– Arthur Balfour
And you know, when you’ve experienced grace and you feel like you’ve been forgiven, you’re a lot more forgiving of other people. You’re a lot more gracious to others.
– Rick Warren
Do you ever achieve total forgiveness after screwing up?
– Lee Unkrich
I read everything, but generally more fact than fiction – especially autobiographies and biographies. I’ve read ‘Long Walk to Freedom’ by Nelson Mandela at least twice on holiday. Every time, I’m totally awed by his vision, strength and forgiveness. I feel honoured to have got to know him and his wonderful wife Graca over the years.
– Richard Branson
To understand is to forgive, even oneself.
– Alexander Chase
Inner peace can be reached only when we practice forgiveness. Forgiveness is letting go of the past, and is therefore the means for correcting our misperceptions.
– Gerald Jampolsky
Love in the real world means saying you’re sorry 10 times a day.
– Kathie Lee Gifford
When a deep injury is done us, we never recover until we forgive.
– Alan Paton
The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget.
– Thomas Szasz
Forgive many things in others; nothing in yourself.
I believe in the redemptive need to admit mistakes, express regret, and ask for forgiveness.
– Ana Navarro
The ineffable joy of forgiving and being forgiven forms an ecstasy that might well arouse the envy of the gods.
– Elbert Hubbard
Forgiveness is the giving, and so the receiving, of life.
– George MacDonald
It’s important to recognize that forgiveness is more than mere words; it’s a heart attitude that induces a spiritual transformation.
– Victoria Osteen
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.
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
There is no forgiveness in nature.
– Ugo Betti
There would be no need for love if perfection were possible. Love arises from our imperfection, from our being different and always in need of the forgiveness, encouragement and that missing half of ourselves that we are searching for, as the Greek myth tells us, in order to complete ourselves.
– Eugene Kennedy
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
I like cast iron coated with enamel for longevity and forgiveness if I happen to take my eyes off the prize while pouring Chianti.
– Mario Batali
Most of us need time to work through pain and loss. We can find all manner of reasons for postponing forgiveness. One of these reasons is waiting for the wrongdoers to repent before we forgive them. Yet such a delay causes us to forfeit the peace and happiness that could be ours.
– James E. Faust
There is no love without forgiveness, and there is no forgiveness without love.
– Bryant H. McGill
I love my children. That will never change. I have prayed to them for forgiveness and hope that they will forgive me. I never meant to hurt them!!
– Susan Smith
The ability to forgive is one of man’s greatest achievements.
– Bryant H. McGill
One of the secrets of a long and fruitful life is to forgive everybody everything everynight before you go to bed.
– Bernard Baruch