Quotes about forgiving, or "forgiveness quotes" speak to the ultimate goal
when apologizing. Much like their apology counterparts, there are many
different ways of looking at forgiveness. However, the consensus seems to be
(by those most often quoted on the subject) that forgiving someone is
more beneficial to the forgiver than to the person who is being forgiven.
Below is a list of quotes that offers some insight into the act
"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 again made clean."
"Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart and cools the sting."
William Arthur Ward
"Forgiveness is the sweetest revenge."
"Forgive all who have offended you, not for them, but for yourself."
"He who cannot forgive breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass."
"Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future."
"There's no point in burying a hatchet if you're going to put up a marker on the site."
"Nobody forgets where he buried the hatchet." Frank McKinney
"I can forgive, but I cannot forget, is only another way of saying, I will not forgive. Forgiveness ought to be like a cancelled notetorn in two, and burned up, so that it never can be shown against one."
Henry Ward Beecher
"To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you."
Lewis B. Smedes
"Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it."
"Once a woman has forgiven her man, she must not reheat his sins for breakfast."
"The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong."
"It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend."
"It's far easier to forgive an enemy after you've got even with him."
"There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness." Josh Billings
"Without forgiveness life is governed by... an endless cycle of resentment and retaliation."
"One thing you will probably remember well is any time you forgive and forget."
Franklin P. Jones
"Never does the human soul appear so strong as when it forgoes revenge, and dares forgive an injury."
"Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much."
"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."
"True remorse is never just a regret over consequence; it is a regret over motive."
"What we forgive too freely doesn't stay forgiven." Mignon McLaughlin
"Yes, this is what good is: to forgive evil. There is no other good."