100 Forgiveness Quotes to Set You Free

One of the biggest mistakes that people always indulging in is none other than holding onto resentment towards others. These negative emotions that you deposit inside you, may often for years, account for quite a lot of health problems that you might never think of. This built-up stess is the major causes of chronic diseases like heart failure, pain in the chest, migraine and etc.

Emotions like anger, hatred, blame and resentment are negative energy that build inside you and they won't just go away unless you take the initiative to let them go. The ONLY effective way to deal with them is none other to forgive and let go the person that might have hurt you in the past (and this person includes you "YOURSELF"). When you forgive, you break the bad karmic bonding between you and the wrong doer instantaneously and release it back to the universe. Take it as a big recycle bin that makes the bad into good.

Forgiving and releasing of old hurts is like doing a mental and emotional house keeping. Whether you agree or not we all need to do this from time to time because as a human, we would definitely have caused hurt to others and that also include ourselves. Perhaps, we might not notice this consciously but unconsciously there will surely something left inside us.

If you need 100 reasons to start forgiving yourself and others, pls read these quotes below:

Pray for forgiveness every evening before you retire to bed
Pray for forgiveness every evening before you retire to bed
FORGIVE to a better YOU
FORGIVE to a better YOU

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

2. "It takes a strong person to say sorry, and an ever stronger person to forgive." - Unknown

3. "Forgiving is not forgetting. It's letting go of the hurt." - Kathy

4. "The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong." - Mahatma Gandhi

5. "The things two people do to each other they remember. If they stay together, it's not because they forget; it's because they forgive." - Demi Moore in Indecent Proposal

6. "Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much." - Oscar Wilde

7. "Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself." - Suzanne Somers

8. "Forgive many things in others; nothing in yourself." - Ausonius

9. "Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave." - Indira Gandhi

10. "Forgiveness is the economy of the heart... forgiveness saves the expense of anger, the cost of hatred, the waste of spirits." - Hannah More

11. "Forgiveness is the answer to the child's dream of a miracle by which what is broken is made whole again, what is soiled is made clean again." - Dag Hammarskjold

12. "Forgiveness is the final form of love." - Reinhold Niebuhr

13., "Forgiveness is the giving, and so the receiving, of life." - George MacDonald

14. "Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it. - Mark Twain

15. "Forgiveness means letting go of the past." - Gerald Jampolsky

16. "Forgiveness is the remission of sins. For it is by this that what has been lost, and was found, is saved from being lost again." - Saint Augustine

17. "Forgotten is forgiven." - F. Scott Fitzgerald

18. "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." - Unknown

19. "I'm not perfect, I make mistakes, I hurt people, but when I say sorry, I mean it." - Unknown

20. "Forgiveness is a sign that the person who has wronged you means more to you than the wrong they have delt." - Ben Greenhalgh

21. "When you forgive, you in no way change the past - but you sure do change the future." - Bernard Meltzer

22. "How unhappy is he who cannot forgive himself." - Publilius Syrus

23. "He that cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which he must pass himself; for every man has need to be forgiven." - Thomas Fuller

24. "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

25. "It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend." - William Blake

26. "It is often easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission." - Grace Hopper

27. "Life is an adventure in forgiveness." - Norman Cousins

28. "Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them." - Bruce Lee

29. "My desire is to be a forgiving, non-judgmental person." - Janine Turner

30. "Never forget the three powerful resources you always have available to you: love, prayer, and forgiveness." - H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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Forgiveness is like the blooming flowers... fresh and beautiful
Forgiveness is like the blooming flowers... fresh and beautiful

31. "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

32. "Thank you, God, for this good life and forgive us if we do not love it enough." - Garrison Keillor

33. "The ineffable joy of forgiving and being forgiven forms an ecstasy that might well arouse the envy of the gods." - Elbert Hubbard

34. "The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world." - Marianne Williamson

35. "There is no love without forgiveness, and there is no forgiveness without love." - Bryant H. McGill

36. "There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness." - Josh Billings

37. "To be social is to be forgiving." - Robert Frost

38. "To understand is to forgive, even oneself." - Alexander Chase

39. "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

40. "Forgiveness is the final form of love." - Reinhold Niebuhr

41. "Forgiveness is the giving, and so the receiving, of life." - George MacDonald

42. "What's done is done.. Make room for the new.. Forgive and forget.. What has been done to you." - Shanna and Nicole

43. "Whoever is forgiven much, loves much." - Luke 7:47, The Bible

44. "It's time to move forward. The past is history. You can gain more from the future if you just walk to its direction. The past is dead, the future is life, so go with it." - Raul Nieves

45. "A Christian will find it cheaper to pardon than to resent. Forgiveness saves the expense of anger, the cost of hatred, and the waste of spirit." - Hannah More

46. "Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart and cools the sting." - William A. Ward

47. "The glory of Christianity is to conquer by forgiveness." - William Blake

48. "A happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers." - Robert Quillen

49. "Forgiveness – so easy to believe in its value – so hard to practice." - Gary Amirault

50. "Forgiveness is the oil of relationships." - Josh McDowell

51. "To understand everything is to forgive everything” - Buddha

52. "Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one's head, and listen to silence. To have no yesterday, and no to-morrow. To forget time, to forgive life, to be at peace.” - Oscar Wilde

"Marriage is three parts love and seven parts forgiveness of sins.” - Lao Tzu
"Marriage is three parts love and seven parts forgiveness of sins.” - Lao Tzu

53. “You are never so strong as when you forgive.” - Kimberly Converse

54. And if your friend does evil to you, say to him, ''I forgive you for what you did to me, but how can I forgive you for what you did to yourself?'' - Friedrich Nietzshe

55. “Strength of character means the ability to overcome resentment against others, to hide hurt feelings, and to forgive quickly.” - Unknown

56. “One of the secrets of a long and fruitful life is to forgive everybody everything before you go to bed” - Ann Landers

57. "“Love yourself—accept yourself—forgive yourself—and be good to yourself, because without you the rest of us are without a source of many wonderful things.” - Leo F. Buscaqlia

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

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

60. "The Christian life is not a constant high. I have my moments of deep discouragement. I have to go to God in prayer with tears in my eyes, and say, 'O God, forgive me,' or 'Help me.'” - Billy Graham

61. "''To forgive oneself? No, that doesn't work: we have to be forgiven. But we can only believe this is possible if we ourselves can forgive.” - Dag Hammarskjold

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

63. “He who is devoid of the power to forgive, is devoid of the power to love.” - Martin Luther King, Jr.

64. "Let us forgive each other - only then will we live in peace” - Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy

65. "Love is an act of endless forgiveness." - Jean Vanier

You can't gain happiness by holding onto resentment
You can't gain happiness by holding onto resentment
"A happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers." - Robert Quillen
"A happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers." - Robert Quillen

66. "All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives." - Dalai Lama

67. "Marriage is three parts love and seven parts forgiveness of sins.” - Lao Tzu

68. "Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go." - Herman Hesse

69. "Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure." - Oprah Winfrey

70. "One problem with gazing too frequently into the past is that we may turn around to find the future has run out on us." - Michael Cibenko

71. "Forgive all who have offended you, not for them, but for yourself." - Harriet Nelson

82. "Forgiveness is the needle that knows how to mend." - Jewel From her song, Under the Water

83. "Forgiveness is the oil of relationships." - Josh McDowell

84. "I could forgive the boy, now, if he'd committed a million sins!" - The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Aunt Polly about Tom in Mark Twain novel.

85. "To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness." - Robert Muller

86. "People find it far easier to forgive others for being wrong than being right." - J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

87. "We achieve inner health only through forgiveness - the forgiveness not only of others but also of ourselves." - Joshua Loth Liebman

88. "Hanging onto resentment is letting someone you despise live rent-free in your head." - Ann Landers

89. "Young men forgive, old men never." - French Proverb

90. "Life is too short, so kiss slowly, laugh insanely, love truly and forgive quickly." - Author Unknown

91. "You are forgiven for your happiness and your successes only if you generously consent to share them." - Albert Camus

92. "People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered; Forgive them anyway." - Mother Teresa

93. "Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future." - Paul Boese

94. "God will forgive me. That's his job, after all." - Author Unknown

95. "It seems that most people need to experience a great deal of suffering before they will relinquish resistance and accept — before they will forgive." - Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now.

96. "I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine." - Jane Austin Elizabeth about Darcy, in Pride and Prejudice.

97. "The press is ferocious. It forgives nothing, it only hunts for mistakes . . . In my position anyone sane would have left a long time ago." - Princess Diana

98. "The Irish forgive their great men when they are safely buried." - Irish Proverb

99. "Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit." - Peter Ustinov

100. "Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom." - Madeline L'Engle

Praying for forgiveness
Praying for forgiveness

Bonus Quotes

101. "Sincere forgiveness isn't colored with expectations that the other person apologize or change. Don't worry whether or not they finally understand you. Love them and release them. Life feeds back truth to people in its own way and time." - Sara Paddison

102. "Father, forgive them: for they know not what they do." - Bible, St. Luke, 23. 34.

103. "When a deep injury is done us, we never recover until we forgive." - Alan Paton

104. "Forgiveness means letting go of the past." - Gerald Jampolsky

105. "One thing you will probably remember well is any time you forgive and forget." - Franklin P. Jones

106. "To forgive is human, to forget divine." - James Grand

107. "Without forgiveness, there's no future." - Desmond Tutu

108. "Let us forgive each other - only then will we live in peace." - Leo Tolstoy

109. "There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness." - Josh Billings

110. "Without forgiveness life is governed by... an endless cycle of resentment and retaliation." - Roberto Assagioli

Forgiveness - Letting go of yourself

Forgiving with heart is the true letting go of resentment. No one should simply forgive just for the sake of forgiving. Non-genunine forgiving will stick inside you, just like the dirt that won't go away if you don't take the determination and effort to deal with it.

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KenWu 3 years ago from Malaysia Author

Thanks a lot, Carly. Glad that you love this :)


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CarlySullens 3 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

Great job! This is so important. I am bookmarking this page! Voted up and shared.


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KenWu 3 years ago from Malaysia Author

Thanks Shelley Watson,

I love that too. Forgetting instead of forgiving is done without heart.

Thanks for the vote and god bless.


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CyberShelley 3 years ago

Beautiful hub, I loved "forgiving is not forgetting, its letting go of the hurt."

Up, useful, beautiful and sharing.


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KenWu 4 years ago from Malaysia Author

Au fait:

Thanks for the comment and votings. I'm reeeeaaaaaaly appreciate it much :)

DeborahNeyens:

Thanks for the comment too. Never heard about the song you mention but will try to find if someone put it on youtube. :)


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa

Awesome hub. I always liked the song "The Heart of the Matter" by Don Henley about forgiveness: "There are people in your life who've come and gone. They let you down, you know they hurt your pride. You better put it all behind you because life goes on. If you keep carrying that anger, it'll eat you up inside."


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas

You have put a great deal of wisdom in this hub. Very good advice here. Voting you UP, useful, and awesome! Will share with my followers.

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