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Quotes On Forgiveness

Updated on October 8, 2013

Quotes To Discover The Freedom Of Forgiveness

Like many people, I struggle with forgiveness.

My struggle is that if I forgive profound hurts that lay on my heart, then whoever hurt me will learn nothing and are then free to inflict their deed on myself or someone else again. I fear I would be condoning what was done and they would, in a sense, have won.

I am learning that forgiving is freedom for me to overcome the hurts resulting from the past.

Quotes on Forgiveness are powerful words that have helped me on my journey in forgiveness. Perhaps they can help you too.

"To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you."

~Lewis B. Smedes

Forgiveness Is...

Forgiveness is the economy of the heart... forgiveness saves the expense of anger, the cost of hatred, the waste of spirits.

Hannah More

Forgiveness is the final form of love.

Reinhold Niebuhr

Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.

Mark Twain

Forgiveness is the giving, and so the receiving, of life.

George MacDonald

Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.

Hannah Arendt

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

Forgiveness Will Give You Strength

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.

~Mahatma Gandhi

Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave.

~Indira Gandhi

Birds Fly High over the Australian Landscape at Twilight

Forgiveness Will Set You Free

"To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you."

~Lewis B. Smedes

"Genuine forgiveness does not deny anger but faces it head-on."

~Alice Duer Miller

"How unhappy is he who cannot forgive himself."

~Publilius Syrus

"Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them."

~Bruce Lee

"Never forget the three powerful resources you always have available to you: love, prayer, and forgiveness."

~H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Forgiveness Heals

Forgiveness means letting go of the past.

Gerald Jampolsky

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

The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world.

Marianne Williamson

Without forgiveness, there's no future.

Desmond Tutu

A Red-Billed Tropic Bird Flying in a Cobalt Blue Sky

Forgiveness With A Twist

"Once a woman has forgiven her man, she must not reheat his sins for breakfast."

~Marlene Dietrich

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

~Oscar Wilde

"Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names."

~John F. Kennedy

"God will forgive me. It's his job."

~Heinrich Heine

Forgiveness Is A Journey

"We are all on a life long journey and the core of its meaning, the terrible demand of its centrality is forgiving and being forgiven."

~Martha Kilpatrick

"A happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers."

~Robert Quillen

"A mature Christian has capacity to absorb the offenses and weaknesses of others, not just demand they perform up to the code of ideals."

~Stephen Crosby

Do You Struggle With Forgiveness?

I do....

We all have our struggles in life and I believe that a big one for many, many people is learning to forgive when a hurt or wrongdoing is profound leaving a deep wound or scar.

Usually those we struggle with forgiveness for are those closest to us, parents, siblings, a spouse or a close friend. Because of their closeness the wrong is more intensely personal and therefore more challenging to forgive.

My struggle with forgiveness is a result of repeated rejection and conditional love from a self involved, dominating mother and a father who lacked the courage to take control of his family and protect them from the hurts inflicted by her. I realize that my story isn't that far removed from anyone else's life challenges, but the hurt and resulting baggage are mine and mine alone. So I selfishly guard it, never coming to terms with exactly why I choose to guard and protect it rather than setting it free.

I say I've forgiven them, feel inside the I'm moving forward only to realize it's a cycle that repeats itself. Deep down I know even while my lips are moving in my heart, the bitter taste still remains, yes diminished but residing inside me just the same. When I reflect on my possessive attachment to my hurts and regrets I stare at them with a morbid fascination and contemplate why would anyone want to keep something so ugly and evil so close rather than set it free. Why do I allow this malignant baggage to live wide open and rent free in my heart?

Many, many people have forgiven far more grievous deeds than what I've experienced. What is it about me that won't allow these hurts to be set free? A commenter below states that forgiveness would be easy if one can just learn to forgive themselves. Perhaps there lies a key..........

I hope if you are here reading this because you too struggle with forgiveness, that you come to terms with whatever challenges life has thrown at you. We all deserve to be free from wrong and to live with happy and joyful abandon. If you have a story you would like to share, please do so in the guestbook below. Perhaps you can help someone shed the chains of whatever force is preventing them to forgive.

May your journey to forgiveness be victorious.

Forgive others as quickly as you expect God to forgive you.

~Author Unknown

Choose Forgiveness

"Jesus says that we should pardon each other "seventy times seven." But what happens when it's hard to forgive even once? Drawing on biblical principles and real-life stories, DeMoss helps you repair relationships with spouses, family members, co-workers, and others. Her liberating insights will free you to experience God's healing and peace."

India Arie - Wings of Forgiveness

To Forgive

Louis B. Smedes

On The Value Of Forgiving

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.

It takes one person to forgive, it takes two people to be reunited.

To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.

When we forgive evil we do not excuse it, we do not tolerate it, we do not smother it. We look the evil full in the face, call it what it is, let its horror shock and stun and enrage us, and only then do we forgive it.

Louis B. Smedes

The Art Of Forgiving - Louis B. Smedes

Birds Flying at Sunset

True forgiveness is when you can say, 'Thank you for that experience.'

~Author Unknown

Stories of Forgiveness

Written for all those who fear that God can't or won't forgive them, "Loved " is a book of hope. Singer/Songwriter Rebecca St. James has gathered a collection of stories by young men and women who have fallen away and then rediscovered the love and forgiveness found in Christ.

Bibles Verses on Forgiveness

The Bible Contains the Ultimate Story of Forgiveness

Ephesians 4:32 NIV

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Micah 7:18 NLT

Where is another God like you, who pardons the sins of the survivors among his people? You cannot stay angry with your people forever, because you delight in showing mercy.

Mark 11:25 NIV

And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sin.

Colossians 1:13 NLT

For he has rescued us from the one who rules in the kingdom of darkness, and he has brought us into the Kingdom of his dear Son.

Isaiah 1:18 NLT

"Come now, let us argue this out," says the LORD. "No matter how deep the stain of your sins, I can remove it. I can make you as clean as freshly fallen snow. Even if you are stained as red as crimson, I can make you as white as wool.

Daniel 9:9 NIV

The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him;

Do You Have A Forgiveness Quote Or Story You Would Like To Share?

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      5 years ago

      I too struggle with forgiveness! So this helped a lot!

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      5 years ago

      Your sense of need comes through here and the passion with which you wrote it. There are things that disturb my peace but they are not allowed to interfere with my life for long. I forgive and forget but the pain lingers on and is easily awoken if a new offense occurs. Great lens. Blessed

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      6 years ago

      The power of forgiveness is quite compelling!

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      Dana Marie 

      6 years ago from St. Peters, MO

      I really enjoyed this lens & needed to see this message today...God is good at giving us the reminders that help us move forward :)

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      6 years ago

      Loved these quotes. I am a quote freak. I tried to comment on your friendship quotes lens, but it said the image was expired for the captcha.

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      6 years ago


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      6 years ago

      Another great lens! A grudge can kill even the bearer.

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      7 years ago from Chicago area

      What a great topic! I love that you did this (and how you did it).

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      7 years ago

      yes i enjoyed your lens! forgiveness is indeed one of the most powerful forces in the world, if only more will do so! cheers

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      7 years ago

      It will be easy for us to forgive others, if we learn to forgive ourselves. Thank you for the wonderful lens.

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      Anthony Godinho 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Forgiveness is key in moving forward in life. It sure brings such freedom and it's such a wonderful thing to be able to forgive and be forgiven. Wonderful quotes you've compiled here on forgiveness!

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      7 years ago

      Ok - this lens is over the top. Thank you so much.

    • awakeningwellness profile image


      7 years ago

      This is such an important topic! I think that holding a grudge is like swallowing poison and hoping it hurts the other person, when in reality you are only hurting yourself.


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