34 Quotes on Forgiveness

Why Do We Find It So Hard to Forgive? I personally find it challenging, hard and uncomfortable. I’m certain that many people feel the same. However, I also know that when I do forgive, it is liberating and the hurt often disappears. Perhaps, there is wisdom and encouragement that we can all find in these quotes on forgiveness.

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


To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.

C.S. Lewis



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



Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing.

August Wilson


Any fool knows men and women think differently at times, but the biggest difference is this. Men forget, but never forgive; women forgive, but never forget.

Robert Jordan



I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine.

Jane Austen


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

Oprah Winfrey



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


Forgive me my nonsense as I also forgive the nonsense of those who think they talk sense.

Robert Frost



Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.

John F. Kennedy


Forgiveness has nothing to do with absolving a criminal of his crime. It has everything to do with relieving oneself of the burden of being a victim–letting go of the pain and transforming oneself from victim to survivor.

C.R. Strahan



The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget.

Thomas Stephen Szasz


The first step to loving someone else is to recognize the evil in ourselves, so we can forgive them.

Veronica Roth



I always say, better ask forgiveness than permission.

Christopher Paolini


Forgiveness is an act of the will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart.

Corrie ten Boom



It made me wonder how many times we forgive just because we don’t want to lose someone, even if they don’t deserve our forgiveness.

Deb Caletti


Forgiveness must be immediate, whether or not a person asks for it. Trust must be rebuilt over time. Trust requires a track record.

Rick Warren



We should forgive our enemies, but not before they are hanged.

Heinrich Heine


You only have to forgive once. To resent, you have to do it all day, every day.

M.L. Stedman



Forgiveness in no way requires that you trust the one you forgive.

Wm. Paul Young


I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.

Abraham Lincoln



…forgiveness is not a single act, but a matter of constant practice.

Diana Gabaldon