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Forgiveness Quotes to Inspire and Learn to Forgive

Forgiveness Quotes

A collection of forgiveness quotes to bring calmness, kindness, and love into your life.

What does forgiveness mean, and how can we define it?

It is the ability to let go of resentment and anger. It means releasing unpleasant memories and emotions about past events and people you believe have hurt you.

This word also means letting goodwill and happiness fill your life instead of hurt feelings, resentment, and anger.

It would be best if you rose above your ego and petty considerations. Then, you can show mercy, compassion, and tolerance.

Here is our collection of inspiring quotes about forgiveness.

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Inspiring Forgiveness Quotes and Sayings

Forgiveness Frees You from Anger

“Forgiveness does not mean you approve of bad behavior. It means you decide to free yourself from the ropes of anger, resentment and thoughts of retaliation.” – Remez Sasson

“Forgiveness is freeing up and putting to better use the energy once consumed by holding grudges, harboring resentments, and nursing unhealed wounds.” – Sidney and Suzanne Simon

“If we practice an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, soon the whole world will be blind and toothless.” – Mahatma Gandhi

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

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

“If we really want to love we must learn how to forgive.” – Mother Theresa

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

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

When your mind is restless

“When your mind is restless, you experience distress. When your heart is forgiving, your mind is peaceful, and you experience happiness.” – Remez Sasson

“Be strong enough to forgive without hearing an apology.” – Paulo Coelho

“Always forgive your enemies, nothing annoys them so much.”Oscar Wilde

“Forgiving yourself or others is an act of choosing to stop hurting yourself.” – Remez Sasson

“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.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Quotes about Forgiveness and Anger

“Dwelling on past hurts and repeating them in your mind is a bad investment that creates suffering.” – Remez Sasson

“To understand is to forgive, even oneself.” –Alexander Chase

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

“When negative thoughts of anger and hurt clear away, peace and happiness can step in.” – Remez Sasson

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

“Weak people revenge. Strong people forgive. Intelligent people ignore.” – Albert Einstein

“If you cannot forgive yourself, you cannot forgive others.” – D. Muthukrishnan

“When you forgive someone, you stop harboring a grudge, and choose to harbor in calm water.” – Remez Sasson

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

“The simple truth is, we all make mistakes, and we all need forgiveness.” – Desmond Tutu

“When forgiveness enters your mind and heart, anger can find no place there and goes away.” – Remez Sasson

More Quotes on Forgiving

“If we really want to love, we must learn how to forgive.” – Mother Teresa

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

“An apology is the super glue of life. It can repair just about anything.” – Lynn Johnston

“Without forgetting it is quite impossible to live at all.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“Forgiving is one of the best gifts you can give yourself.” –Remez Sasson

“Forgiveness is not an occasional act; it is a constant attitude.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

“Compassion and love are the source of all spiritual qualities: forgiveness, tolerance, all the virtues.” – Dalai Lama

“Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.” – Paul Boese

“When a deep injury is done to us, we never heal until we forgive.” – Nelson Mandela


“When someone tries to belittle you, immediately forgive him, because your self-worth depends solely on you, and you already know how wonderful you are.” – Remez Sasson

“I can have peace of mind only when I forgive rather than judge.” – Gerald Jampolsky

“Even if you are a good person, circumstances and people might make you become vindictive, hurtful and inconsiderate. You should be careful not to let this happen. You should strive to be forgiving. Only then, you’ll be able to live in peace with yourself.” – Remez Sasson

“Forgiveness isn’t approving what happened. It’s choosing to rise above it.” – Robin Sharma

“To forgive is like opening a window in a darkened room and letting the light and the warmth of the sun come in.” – Remez Sasson

“Strive to be kind and considerate, despite unpleasant past experiences. This will help you remove grudges and resentments.” – Remez Sasson

Quotes about Forgiveness to Change Your Mind Set

“If I choose to bless another person, I will always end up feeling more blessed.” – Marianne Williamson

“Throughout life people will make you mad, disrespect you and treat you bad. Let God deal with the things they do, cause hate in your heart will consume you too.” – Will Smith

“We prefer a meaningless collective guilt to a meaningful individual responsibility” – Thomas Szasz

“The cruel always believe the kind are weak. But human decency and goodness can also move human affairs.” – David Frum

“On the whole, my impression is that mercy bears richer fruits than any other attribute.” – Abraham Lincoln

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

“To err is human, to forgive, divine.” –Alexander Pope

“Those who forgive can forget, and those who do not forgive will continue to suffer and be unhappy.” – Remez Sasson

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

“If you let yourself become hurt by what people say, it would be difficult to forgive. If you don’t take things personally, you will not be hurt, and therefore, there will be nothing you need to forgive.” – Remez Sasson

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

“I remember everything but forgive anyway.” –Erica Jong

“To be forgiving and to let go, takes you to the highroad leading to inner peace.” –Remez Sasson

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

“When in doubt, better be forgiving than vindictive.” – Remez Sasson

“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

“Forgiveness will free you from the desire to hit back.” – Remez Sasson

Relationship Forgiveness Quotes

We all sometimes run into disputes, disagreements and misunderstandings in relationship. This can be in relationships with wife or husband, children, siblings, neighbors or colleagues.

It’s pity to spoil relationship or carry a grudge. it’s like living under a black cloud. Life becomes easier and happier when we forgive and stop blaming.

Forgiveness in relationship is important. Here are few relationship forgiveness quotes.

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

“Some forgive and forget, more forgive and remember, most do not forgive and keep dwelling on the wrong they have experienced.” – Unknown

“If you want to love and be loved, start forgiving, otherwise your relationship has no chance to last.” – Dorina Sasson

“People have to forgive. We don’t have to like them, we don’t have to be friends with them, we don’t have to send them hearts in text messages, but we have to forgive them, to overlook, to forget. Because if we don’t, we are tying rocks to our feet, too much for our wings to carry.” – C. JoyBell C.

“Appreciate those who love you, help those who need you, forgive those who hurt you, forget those who leave you.” – Unknown

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

Forgiveness and Happiness

Happiness is closely related to inner peace. The happier you are, the more inner peace you possess and enjoy.

Happiness is a pleasant feeling of joy and satisfaction. However, you cannot achieve it if your mind is always busy with negative thoughts and feelings of hurt. You cannot enjoy happiness if there is anger and resentment toward the people who have hurt your feelings.

We seek happiness in a better job, more money, love, possessions and success, believing that they will make us happy. But happiness arises from within, and does not depend on external conditions.

To enjoy happiness we need to learn to forgive and clear our mind of any resentment, anger or negative thoughts and feelings.

Forgiveness and Happiness Quotes

“Forgiveness brings happiness.” – Remez Sasson

“When you forgive, and truly accept someone’s forgiveness, there is a sense of relief and freedom, which makes the mind peaceful. Then, there are no longer negative thoughts that disturb your mind, and you experience inner peace and happiness.” – Remez Sasson

“When your mind is peaceful, happiness rises from within you.” – Remez Sasson

“Anger, resentment and restless thinking hide happiness and peace, in the same way that mud and waves hide a treasure lying at the bottom of a lake. When the surface of the water becomes still and the mud settles down, you can see the treasure that lies beneath. The same applies to your mind. When you still your mind, you enjoy the treasures of peace of mind and happiness.” – Remez Sasson

Take the First Step to Forgive

“Forgiving yourself is the first step toward inner peace.” – Remez Sasson

It might be difficult for most people to forgive. There is always the tendency to dwell on past hurts, instead of releasing them.

There is no sense in holding to anger and resentment. You hurt yourself by keeping them inside you. The other person, whom you believe has hurt you, might not even know that he or she has hurt you at all.

It does not matter what people did in the past. Why not make a fresh start? Why not erase the bad memories and start anew? Why waste your time and energy on things that belong to the past?

Strive to forgive, no matter how difficult this might be. Don’t wait for the other person to apologize. Take the first step to forgive now.

Stop thinking bad thoughts about people with whom you have an issue, greet them when you meet them and smile at them. You can also pick up the phone and call them and tell them that you forgive them.

Use words of forgiveness, such as:

  • I forgive you.
  • I am sorry.
  • Let’s renew our friendship.
  • Let’s pardon each other.
  • I want to make a fresh start.

I hope the forgiveness quotes on this page would help you with the act of forgiving.

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