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Forgiveness Quotes That Will Give You Peace of Mind (2022)

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These forgiveness quotes are ideal for anyone seeking peace of mind and motivation to persevere in the face of adversity.

Nobody is perfect, and we are all prone to making mistakes. However, this should not be an excuse for us to repeat the same mistakes. That is why we have compiled this collection of forgiveness quotes to encourage you to be understanding and considerate of those who have wronged you.

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Best Forgiveness Quotes and Sayings

1. “To err is human. To forgive, divine.” – Alexander Pope

2. “Take forgiveness slowly. Don’t blame yourself for being slow. Peace will come.” – Yoko Ono

3. “When one forgives, two souls are set free.” – Anonymous

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4. “Forgiveness is a choice, but it is not an option.” – Joel Osteen

5. “Before we can forgive one another, we have to understand one another.” – Emma Goldman

6. “The true mark of maturity is when somebody hurts you, and you try to understand their situation instead of trying to hurt them back.” – Anonymous

7. “The remedy for life’s broken pieces is not classes, workshops, or books. Don’t try to heal the broken pieces. Just forgive.” – Iyanla Vanzant

8. “You’ll never know how strong your heart is until you learn to forgive who broke it.” – Anonymous

9. “It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody.” – Maya Angelou

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

11. “I can have peace of mind only when I forgive rather than judge.” – Gerald Jampolsky

12. “The hardest thing in life is to forgive, but hate is self-destructive. If you hate somebody, you’re not hurting the person you hate. You’re hurting yourself. Forgiveness is healing.” – Louis Zamperini

13. “Forgiveness is making a conscious decision to live in the present, even if the past still hurts.” – Anonymous

Famous Forgiveness Quotes to Help You Heal Faster

14 .“Forgiveness is, above all, a personal choice, a decision of the heart to go against natural instinct to pay back evil with evil.” – Pope John Paul II

15. “When you forgive, you heal. When you let go, you grow.” – Anonymous

16. “We ask for forgiveness, and we forgive others who ask us. In that way, we can experience healing, healing in our souls.” – Ed Dobson

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17. “Forgiveness says you are given another chance to make a new beginning.” – Desmond Tutu

18. “The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world.” – Marianne Williamson

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

20. “As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.” – Nelson Mandela

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21. “Let us forgive each other, only then will we live in peace.” – Leo Tolstoy

22. “Always forgive your enemies. Nothing annoys them so much.” – Oscar Wilde

23. “Mistakes are always forgivable if one has the courage to admit them.” – Bruce Lee

24. “Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

25. “Forgiveness is not weak. It takes courage to face and overcome powerful emotions.” – Desmond Tutu

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

27. “We are not perfect. Forgive others as you would want to be forgiven.” – Catherine Pulsifer

28. “Forgiveness liberates the soul. It removes fear. That is why it is such a powerful weapon.” – Nelson Mandela

29. “Forgiveness isn’t approving what happened. It’s choosing to rise above it.” – Robin Sharma

30. “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Quotes to Inspire You to Forgive and Forget

31. “I think the first step is to understand that forgiveness does not exonerate the perpetrator. Forgiveness liberates the victim. It’s a gift you give yourself.” – Thomas Dexter Jakes

32. “As long as you don’t forgive, who and whatever it is will occupy a rent-free space in your mind.” – Isabelle Holland

33. “Forgiveness is the giving, and so the receiving, of life.” – George MacDonald

34. “To forgive is wisdom. To forget is genius. Because it’s true. It’s a new world every heartbeat.” – Joyce Cary

35. “Forgiveness is the economy of the heart. Forgiveness saves the expense of anger, the cost of hatred, the waste of spirits.” – Hannah More

36. “Surely it is much more generous to forgive and remember than to forgive and forget.” – Maria Edgeworth

37. “It’s not an easy journey to get to a place where you forgive people. But it is such a powerful place because it frees you.” – Tyler Perry

38. “The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward.” – Steve Maraboli

39. “Forgiveness is a process, a choice you make over and over every day until you’re free of hurt.” – Anonymous

40. “Listen, slide the weight from your shoulders and move forward. You are afraid that you might forget, but you never will. You will forgive and remember.” – Barbara Kingsolver

41. “The stupid neither forgive nor forget. The naive forgive and forget. The wise forgive but do not forget.” – Thomas Szasz

42. “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.” – Lewis B. Smedes

43. “Forgive, forget. Bear with the faults of others as you would have them bear with yours.” – Phillips Brooks

44. “Forgiveness is not about forgetting. It is about letting go of another person’s throat.” – William P. Young

45. “I can forgive, but I cannot forget, is only another way of saying, I will not forgive. Forgiveness ought to be like a canceled note torn in two and burned up so that it never can be shown against one.” – Henry Ward Beecher

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Short Forgiveness Quotes to Ponder

46. “Forgiveness is the sweetest revenge.” – Isaac Friedmann

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47. “Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave.” – Indira Gandhi

48. “There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness.” – Josh Billings

49. “We win by tenderness. We conquer by forgiveness.” – Frederick William Robertson

50. “Forgiveness is the needle that knows how to mend.” – Jewel

51. “Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.” – Hannah Arendt

52. “The lesson is that you can still make mistakes and be forgiven.” – Robert Downey Jr.

53. “It is often easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission.” – Grace Hopper

54. “Forgiveness is like faith. You have to keep reviving it.” – Mason Cooley

Forgiveness Quotes to Free Yourself From Hatred

55. “The act of forgiveness takes place in our own mind. It really has nothing to do with the other person.” – Louise Hay

56. “Acceptance and tolerance and forgiveness, those are life-altering lessons.” – Jessica Lange

57. “Forgiveness is not something we do for other people. It’s something we do for ourselves to move on.” – Anonymous

58. “We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

59. “When you choose to forgive those who have hurt you, you take away their power.” – Anonymous

60. “We all have to forgive and understand the only way to stop the cycle of hate and abuse is not to allow yourself to get caught in it.” – Sinead O’Connor

61. “Forgiveness is not about the other person or what they did. Forgiveness is for you and about you.” – Iyanla Vanzant

62. “Without forgiveness, life is governed by an endless cycle of resentment and retaliation.” – Roberto Assagioli

63. “Don’t ever underestimate the power of forgiveness. I’ve seen it free people. I’ve seen it lift burdens that had weighed them down and kept them from moving on.” – Buffy Andrews

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64. “Forgiveness eliminates the wounds of the past from the mind and the heart.” – Iyanla Vanzant

65. “Forgiveness and compassion are always linked. How do we hold people accountable for wrongdoing, and yet, at the same time, remain in touch with their humanity enough to believe in their capacity to be transformed?” – bell hooks

Powerful Quotes to Help You Forgive Yourself

66. “How unhappy is he who cannot forgive himself.” – Publilius Syrus

67. “Forgive because none of us are perfect.” – Anonymous

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68. “Sometimes, what a person needs most is to be forgiven.” – Jennifer McMahon

69. “Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you were.” – Cherie Carter-Scott

70. “Blame keeps wounds open. Only forgiveness heals.” – Thomas S. Monson

71. “Forgiveness is healing, especially forgiving yourself.” – Alyson Noël

72. “Man has two great spiritual needs. One is for forgiveness. The other is for goodness.” – Billy Graham

73. “If you do not practice empathy and forgiveness for your actions, it will be impossible to practice empathy with others.” – Laura Raskin

74. “It’s toughest to forgive ourselves, so it’s probably best to start with other people. It’s almost like peeling an onion. Layer by layer, forgiving others, you really do get to the point where you can forgive yourself.” – Patty Duke

Deep Forgiveness Quotes to Help You Move On With Your Life

75. “Forgiveness is a reflection of loving yourself enough to move on.” – Steve Maraboli

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76. “Forgiving you is my gift to you. Moving on is my gift to myself.” – Anonymous

77. “Not forgiving is like drinking rat poison and then waiting for the rat to die.” – Anne Lamott

78. “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

79. “If one by one we counted people out, for the least sin, it wouldn’t take us long. To get so, we had no one left to live with, for to be social is to be forgiving.” – Robert Frost

80. “Everyone says forgiveness is a lovely idea until they have something to forgive.” – Clive Staples Lewis

81. “True forgiveness is not an action after the fact. It is an attitude with which you enter each moment.” – David Ridge

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82. “Never does the human soul appear so strong as when it foregoes revenge and dares to forgive an injury.” – Edwin Hubbell Chapin

83. “Forgiveness is an act of the will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart.” – Corrie ten Boom

84. “He that cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which he must pass himself. For every man has the need to be forgiven.” – Thomas Fuller

85. “Grudges are for those who insist that they are owed something. Forgiveness, however, is for those who are substantial enough to move on.” – Criss Jami

86. “Forgiving isn’t something you do for someone else. It’s something you do for yourself. It’s saying, ‘You’re not important enough to have a stranglehold on me.’ It’s saying, ‘You don’t get to trap me in the past. I am worthy of a future.’” – Jodi Picoult

87. “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

88. “When I talk of forgiveness, I mean the belief that you can come out the other side a better person than the one being consumed by anger and hatred. Remaining in that state locks you in a state of victimhood, making you almost dependent on the perpetrator. If you can find it in yourself to forgive, then you are no longer chained to the perpetrator. You can move on.” – Desmond Tutu

Forgiveness Quotes That Will Fill Your Heart With Love and Understanding

89. “Forgiveness is the final form of love.” – Reinhold Niebuhr

90. “If we really want to love, we must learn how to forgive.” – Mother Teresa

91. “There is no love without forgiveness, and there is no forgiveness without love.” – Bryant H. McGill

92. “True forgiveness is when you can say ‘Thank you for that experience.’” – Oprah Winfrey

93. “Relationships don’t thrive because the guilty are punished, but because the wounded are merciful.” – Max Lucado

94. “When someone does something wrong, don’t forget all the things they did right.” – Anonymous

95. “I don’t think people understand that you can forgive a person and not allow them back into your life. That is possible, very possible.” – Alexandra Elle

96. “By having a forgiving attitude, you can change your life and the lives of the people you care about most.” – Kathie M. Thomson

97. “When a partner does make a mistake, it isn’t acceptable for the other partner to dwell on it and constantly remind the spouse of the mistake. Forgiveness can make a marriage whole again.” – Elijah Davidson

98. “Forgiveness is the key to inner peace because it is the mental technique by which our thoughts are transformed from fear to love.” – Marianne Williamson

99. “In the blink of an eye, everything can change. So forgive often and love with all your heart. You may never have that chance again.” – Anonymous

100. “Anger begets more anger, and forgiveness and love lead to more forgiveness and love.” – Mahavira

101. “Forgiveness is a powerful expression of the love within our soul.” – Anthony Douglas

102. “One forgives to the degree that one loves.” – François de La Rochefoucauld

103. “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

104. “Until we have seen someone’s darkness, we don’t really know who they are. Until we have forgiven someone’s darkness, we don’t really know what love is.” – Anonymous

105. “I believe forgiveness is the best form of love in any relationship. It takes a strong person to say they’re sorry and an even stronger person to forgive.” – Yolanda Hadid

106. “To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness.” – Robert Muller

107. “Forgiveness is not a feeling. It is a commitment. It is a choice to show mercy, not to hold the offense up against the offender. Forgiveness is an expression of love.” – Gary Chapman

Forgiveness Quotes to Guide Your Spiritual Life

108. “Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” – Luke 6:37

109. “Forgive others as quickly as you expect God to forgive you.” – Anonymous

110. “A happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers.” – Robert Quillen

111. “Every time God forgives us, God is saying that God’s own rules do not matter as much as the relationship that God wants to create with us.” – Richard Rohr

112. “When we don’t forgive, we’re not hurting the other person. We’re not hurting the company that did us wrong. We’re not hurting God. We’re only hurting ourselves.” – Joel Osteen

113. “Peter replied, ‘Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of our sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.’” – Acts 2:38

114. “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.” – Augustine of Hippo

115. “Forgiveness is not a feeling. It’s a decision we make because we want to do what’s right before God. It’s a quality decision that won’t be easy, and it may take time to get through the process, depending on the severity of the offense.” – Joyce Meyer

116. “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

117. “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another if one has a grievance against another. As the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do.” – Colossians 3:13

118. “It can be hard to forgive and let go, but it’s important to remember that harboring the resentment and holding a grudge can hurt you even more. The word ‘forgive’ really means to give something up for yourself, not for them.” – Jack Canfield

119. “Forgiveness should start now. Putting off forgiving only deepens the wound. Clinging to bitterness postpones happiness. Life is short. Time is fleeting. Today is the day to forgive.” – Wilferd Alan Peterson

120. “To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.” – Clive Staples Lewis

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