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Forgiveness Quotes

Forgiveness Quotes

Source: Various

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-04-18

Scripture: Various

Author: Various


"It is very easy to forgive others their mistakes; it takes more grit and gumption to forgive them for having witnessed your own." Mary Jessamyn West (1902 – 1984) was an American Quaker story writer and novelist.

"Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it." Mark Twain (1835-1910), American humorist, story teller and novelist, best known for his works THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER and THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN.

"The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong." Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948), Indian nationalist and leader who helped to lead India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world.

"Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much." Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Irish playwright and novelist best known for his work The Picture of Dorian Gray.

"To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.” C.S. Lewis (1898-1963), Irish/British novelist, poet, literary academic, literary critic, essayist, lay theologian, and Christian apologist, best known for his work THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA.

“Dumbledore says people find it far easier to forgive others for being wrong than being right.” J.K. Rowling (1965 - ), British novelist, best known as the author of the Harry Potter fantasy series.

“The key to happiness is a bad memory.” Variously attributed

“True forgiveness is when you can say, "Thank you for that experience.” Oprah Winfrey (1954 - ), American actress, talk show host, and media mogul.

“Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.” Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968), Baptist minister and famed American civil rights leader.

“Forgiveness has nothing to do with absolving a criminal of his crime. It has everything to do with relieving oneself of the burden of being a victim--letting go of the pain and transforming oneself from victim to survivor.” C.R. Strahan, modern American novelist focusing on "western" themes.

"When you forgive, you in no way change the past - but you sure do change the future." Bernard Meltzer (1916-1998), American radio personality. His call-in advice program "What's Your Problem?" aired from 1967 until the mid-1990s.

"Forgiveness is the economy of the heart... forgiveness saves the expense of anger, the cost of hatred, the waste of spirits." Hannah More (1745-1833), English religious writer and philanthropist.

"To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you." Lewis B. Smedes (1921-2002), Christian author, ethicist, theologian, and educator in the Reformed tradition.

"A happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers." Robert Quillen (1887-1948), American journalist and humorist.

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

"Forgiving does not erase the bitter past. A healed memory is not a deleted memory. Instead, forgiving what we cannot forget creates a new way to remember. We change the memory of our past into a hope for our future." Lewis B. Smedes (1921-2002), Christian author, ethicist, theologian, and educator in the Reformed tradition.

"Apologizing does not always mean that you are wrong and the other person is right. It just means that you value your relationship more than your ego." Author unknown

"What we don't recognize is that holding onto resentment is like holding onto your breath. You'll soon start to suffocate." Deepak Chopra (1947 - ), Indian-American author, physician, alternative medicine/New Age guru, and media pundit.

"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 (1813-18870, American Congregationalist clergyman, social reformer, and speaker, known for his support of the abolition of slavery.


Many of the above quotes provide their own points of application. They do not necessarily represent the views of Orthodox Christianity; neither do they necessarily represent the views of Illustration Exchange.