Forgiving someone can be tough but it can often leave us feeling better. When we do forgive someone, it does us good too.
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Life is an adventure in forgiveness.
~ Norman Cousins
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.
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 – just like it does for you and me.
~ Sara Paddison
To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover the prisoner was you.
Forgiveness is the sweetest revenge.
~ Isaac Friedmann
Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart and cools the sting.
~ William Arthur Ward
I do not bring forgiveness with me, nor forgetfulness. The only ones who can forgive are dead; the living have no right to forget.
~ Chaim Herzog
He that cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which he must pass himself; for every man has need to be forgiven.
~ Thomas Fuller
The first step in forgiveness is the willingness to forgive.
~ Marianne Williamson
Forgiveness is not always easy. At times, it feels more painful than the wound we suffered, to forgive the one that inflicted it. And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness.
~ Marianne Williamson
The most important lesson on the road to spiritual maturity is how to truly forgive. No-one likes to be held in their history, especially people trying to make themselves better.
~ Lisa Prosen
Forgiving is love’s toughest work, and love’s biggest risk. If you twist it into something it was never meant to be, it can make you a doormat or an insufferable manipulator. Forgiving seems almost unnatural. Our sense of fairness tells us people should pay for the wrong they do. But forgiving is love’s power to break nature’s rule.
~ Lewis B. Smedes
True forgiveness is not an action after the fact, it is an attitude with which you enter each moment.
~ David Ridge
The remarkable thing is that we really love our neighbour as ourselves: we do unto others as we do unto ourselves. We hate others when we hate ourselves. We are tolerant toward others when we tolerate ourselves. We forgive others when we forgive ourselves. We are prone to sacrifice others when we are ready to sacrifice ourselves.
~ Eric Hoffer
When you hold resentment toward another, you are bound to that person or condition by an emotional link that is stronger than steel. Forgiveness is the only way to dissolve that link and get free.
~ Catherine Ponder
It takes a strong person to say sorry, and an even stronger person to forgive.
Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.
~ Nelson Mandela
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
Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.
~ Oscar Wilde
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
~ Mahatma Gandhi