Quotes about forgiving, or "forgiveness quotes" speak to our common 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 listing of quotes that offer insight into the act of forgiving.
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.
When it comes to looking at quotes on forgiveness, there is definitely an emphasis on how important it is for your own well being to forgive.
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.
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
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.
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.
Yes, this is what good is: to forgive evil. There is no other good.
Finally, some quotes and verses on forgiveness from the Bible. Whether you are religious or not, there are lessons to be learned for all of us in these quotes on God's forgiveness.
Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
John 8:7 NIV
Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
Now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those without strength and not just please ourselves. Each of us is to please his neighbor for his good, to his edification.
We hope that you've enjoyed this collection of forgiveness quotes. If you know of any others that you think should be added to the list please let us know. We'd love to hear from you.