100 Inspirational Forgiveness Quotes and Sayings

Best Inspirational Forgiveness Quotes

Forgiveness is not always easy. When someone apologizes, do you accept the forgiveness and let it go?These forgiveness quotes and sayings will inspire you give another chance to make a new beginning.

100 Inspirational Forgiveness Quotes and Sayings

  1. Forgiveness is not to give the other person peace. Forgiveness is for you. Take that opportunity.Mackenzie PhillipsInspirational Forgiveness Quotes 1

  2. Forgiveness is hard for me, man. It is for most American-Western males. It’s a sign of weakness.Art Alexakis

  3. Once people are not here physically, the spiritual remains. We still connect, we can communicate, we can give and receive love and forgiveness. There is love after someone dies.Sandra Cisneros

  4. What is forgiven is usually well remembered.Louis Dudek

  5. When there’s that forgiveness present and compassion, it just helps you live so much easier.Craig T. Nelson

  6. Many times, the decisions we make affect and hurt your closest friends and family the most. I have a lot of regrets in that regard. But God has forgiven me, which I am very thankful for. It has enabled me to forgive myself and move forward one day at a time.Lex Luger

  7. The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.Mahatma Gandhi

  8. We think that forgiveness is weakness, but it’s absolutely not; it takes a very strong person to forgive.T. D. Jakes

  9. If there are occasions when my grape turned into a raisin and my joy bell lost its resonance, please forgive me. Charge it to my head and not to my heart.Jesse Jackson

  10. When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bicycle. Then I realised that the Lord doesn’t work that way so I stole one and asked Him to forgive me.Emo Philips

  11. Holding on to anger, resentment and hurt only gives you tense muscles, a headache and a sore jaw from clenching your teeth. Forgiveness gives you back the laughter and the lightness in your life.Joan LundenInspirational Forgiveness Quotes 2

  12. I was born into a Christian family and brought up in a Lutheran church. My faith has been the center point of my life, really, since I was a child, but at 16 years of age, I fully surrendered my life over to Christ. At that point, as a teenager, I began to grasp the concept of Christ’s true love and forgiveness.Michele Bachmann

  13. Never does the human soul appear so strong as when it foregoes revenge and dares to forgive an injury.Edwin Hubbel Chapin

  14. I place an enormous premium on loyalty. If someone betrays me, I can forgive them rationally, but emotionally I have found it impossible to do so.Richard E. Grant

  15. I invite everyone to chose forgiveness rather than division, teamwork over personal ambition.Jean-Francois Cope

  16. Every effort should be made to help build the new democratic nation with reconciliation and forgiveness, for the sake of Egypt and not for the benefit of a party or a group.Ahmed Zewail

  17. Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.Hannah Arendt

  18. Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.Bruce Lee

  19. Yes, one can repent of moral transgression. The miracle of forgiveness is real, and true repentance is accepted of the Lord.Ezra Taft Benson

  20. How does one know if she has forgiven? You tend to feel sorrow over the circumstance instead of rage, you tend to feel sorry for the person rather than angry with him. You tend to have nothing left to say about it all.Clarissa Pinkola Estes

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  21. Because forgiveness is like this: a room can be dank because you have closed the windows, you’ve closed the curtains. But the sun is shining outside, and the air is fresh outside. In order to get that fresh air, you have to get up and open the window and draw the curtains apart.Desmond Tutu

  22. Never forget the three powerful resources you always have available to you: love, prayer, and forgiveness.H. Jackson Brown, Jr.Inspirational Forgiveness Quotes 3

  23. It seems to me like Mother Nature’s mercy and forgiveness have run dry, as we ceaselessly abuse her and take her for granted in order for us to continue our addiction to using fossil fuels. I’ve gotta say, I don’t blame her. Not one bit.Gloria Reuben

  24. Through faith in the Lord Jesus alone can we obtain forgiveness of our sins, and be at peace with God; but, believing in Jesus, we become, through this very faith, the children of God; have God as our Father, and may come to Him for all the temporal and spiritual blessings which we need.George Muller

  25. The Dalai Lama’s entire being is about peace and harmony, forgiveness and self-discipline. Those are qualities to be admired. I am really looking forward to meeting His Holiness.Joe Nichols

  26. Forgiveness says you are given another chance to make a new beginning.Desmond Tutu

  27. Anger begets more anger, and forgiveness and love lead to more forgiveness and love.Mahavira

  28. Life is an adventure in forgiveness.Norman Cousins

  29. I did a lot of things that I regretted and I certainly paid for my mistakes. You have to go and ask for forgiveness and it wasn’t until I really started doing good and doing right, by other people as well as myself, that I really started to feel that guilt go away. So I don’t have a problem going to sleep at night.Mark Wahlberg

  30. 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

  31. Always forgive your enemies – nothing annoys them so much.Oscar WildeInspirational Forgiveness Quotes 4

  32. 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

  33. 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

  34. 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

  35. Acceptance and tolerance and forgiveness, those are life-altering lessons.Jessica Lange

  36. In the Bible it says they asked Jesus how many times you should forgive, and he said 70 times 7. Well, I want you all to know that I’m keeping a chart.Hillary Clinton

  37. You’ve just got to have a sense of respect for the person you have children with. Anger doesn’t help anybody. Ultimately you have to say forgiveness is important, and honoring what you had together is important. But it’s easy to say and harder to do.Nicole Kidman

  38. Forgive, forget. Bear with the faults of others as you would have them bear with yours.Phillips Brooks

  39. I believe in Jesus Christ as my Lord and savior. I believe that Jesus died for my sins, and rose again, and that’s my belief. I still don’t know what ‘Christian’ means. I’m a follower of Christ, but I keep making a whole bunch of mistakes. And I thank God for forgiveness.Sherri Shepherd

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  40. For me, 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 hooksInspirational Forgiveness Quotes 5

  41. The assurance of Heaven is never given to the person. And that’s why at the core of the Christian faith is the grace of God. If there’s one word I would grab from all of that, it’s forgiveness – that you can be forgiven. I can be forgiven, and it is of the grace of God. But once you understand that, I think the ramifications are worldwide.Ravi Zacharias

  42. Forgive me my nonsense, as I also forgive the nonsense of those that think they talk sense.Robert Frost

  43. The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.Honore de Balzac

  44. I think it is important that we rebuild an atmosphere of forgiveness and civility in every aspect of our lives.T. D. Jakes

  45. Forgiveness is a way of opening up the doors again and moving forward, whether it’s a personal life or a national life.Hillary Clinton

  46. 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

  47. I learned a long time ago that some people would rather die than forgive. It’s a strange truth, but forgiveness is a painful and difficult process. It’s not something that happens overnight. It’s an evolution of the heart.Sue Monk Kidd

  48. Hate is self-destructive. If you hate somebody, you’re not hurting the person you hate. You’re hurting yourself. And that’s a healing. Actually, it’s a real healing, forgiveness.Louis Zamperini

  49. To err is human; to forgive, divine.Alexander Pope

  50. One important theme is the extent to which one can ever correct an error, especially outside any frame of religious forgiveness. All of us have done something we regret – how we manage to remove that from our conscience, or whether that’s even possible, interested me.Ian Mcewan

  51. The ability to forgive is one of man’s greatest achievements.Bryant H. McGillInspirational Forgiveness Quotes 6

  52. I believe there are more films that involve love and forgiveness than violence, but they often seem fake and are almost embarrassing to watch.Park Chan-wook

  53. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.Martin Luther King, Jr.

  54. Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself.Suzanne Somers

  55. Each life is unique. But for all, repentance will surely include passing through the portal of humble prayer. Our Father in Heaven can allow us to feel fully the conviction of our sins. He knows the depths of our remorse. He can then direct what we must do to qualify for forgiveness.Henry B. Eyring

  56. Forgiveness is the economy of the heart… forgiveness saves the expense of anger, the cost of hatred, the waste of spirits.Hannah More

  57. One of the things that Dostoevsky talks about is that no character is too high to fall and no character is too low to be redeemed. ‘Crime and Punishment’ began with a person going out and consciously becoming a cold-blooded murderer, and it took 800 pages and an epilogue before the person finally asked for forgiveness.Jeffrey Bell

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  58. I ask the people of Connecticut for their forgiveness, I should have paid more attention to people around me and people that I trusted but I am sorry for my actions and take full responsibility.John Rowland

  59. To understand somebody else as a human being, I think, is about as close to real forgiveness as one can get.David Small

  60. My desire is to be a forgiving, non-judgmental person.Janine TurnerInspirational Forgiveness Quotes 7

  61. Inner peace can be reached only when we practice forgiveness. Forgiveness is letting go of the past, and is therefore the means for correcting our misperceptions.Gerald Jampolsky

  62. And the only thing to do with a sin is to confess, do penance and then, after some kind of decent interval, ask for forgiveness.Joseph J. Ellis

  63. God may forgive your sins, but your nervous system won’t.Alfred Korzybski

  64. Sweet mercy is nobility’s true badge.William Shakespeare

  65. He that cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which he must pass himself; for every man has need to be forgiven.Thomas Fuller

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

  67. One forgives to the degree that one loves.Francois de La Rochefoucauld

  68. It is never too late to strengthen the foundation of faith. There is always time. With faith in the Savior, you can repent and plead for forgiveness. There is someone you can forgive. There is someone you can thank. There is someone you can serve and lift. You can do it wherever you are and however alone and deserted you may feel.Henry B. Eyring

  69. Christians – whether as a priest, a nun, a minister, whatever – have just been stereotyped to death. You try to be a model of kindness and love and forgiveness to all those around you, because you have received kindness and love and forgiveness from God through Christ. That’s what Christianity is.Patricia Heaton

  70. Many promising reconciliations have broken down because while both parties come prepared to forgive, neither party come prepared to be forgiven.Charles Williams

  71. It is very east to forgive others their mistakes; it takes more grit and gumption to forgive them for having witnessed your own.Jessamyn WestInspirational Forgiveness Quotes 8

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

  73. China’s idea of fair trade is government subsidies of its textile and apparel exports to the United States, currency manipulation, and forgiveness of loans by its government banks.Virginia Foxx

  74. If Jesus Christ was who He claimed to be, and He did die on a cross at a point of time in history, then, for all history past and all history future it is relevant because that is the very focal point for forgiveness and redemption.Josh McDowell

  75. Let us not listen to those who think we ought to be angry with our enemies, and who believe this to be great and manly. Nothing is so praiseworthy, nothing so clearly shows a great and noble soul, as clemency and readiness to forgive.Marcus Tullius Cicero

  76. When a deep injury is done us, we never recover until we forgive.Alan Paton

  77. The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world.Marianne Williamson

  78. To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.Lewis B. Smedes

  79. The Gospel offers forgiveness for the past, new life for the present, and hope for the future.John Sentamu

  80. You can’t legislate into existence an act of forgiveness and a true confession; those are mysteries of the human heart, and they occur between one individual and another individual, not a panel of judges sitting asking questions, trying to test your truth.Athol Fugard

  81. I like second chances. I’ve given people second chances. You have fall-outs with friends, and forgiveness is a great thing to have. It’s not easy to forgive. I definitely don’t forget, but I do forgive.Odette Annable

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  82. Only the brave know how to forgive… a coward never forgave; it is not in his nature.Laurence Sterne

  83. The ineffable joy of forgiving and being forgiven forms an ecstasy that might well arouse the envy of the gods.Elbert Hubbard

  84. As we know, forgiveness of oneself is the hardest of all the forgivenesses.Joan Baez

  85. Forgiveness to the injured does belong; but they ne’er pardon who have done wrong.John Dryden

  86. Sometimes I see myself fine, sometimes I need a witness. And I like the whole truth, but there are nights I only need forgiveness.Dar Williams

  87. Forgiveness is the final form of love.Reinhold Niebuhr

  88. The forgiveness that comes of patient interpretation seems impossible when those nearest to your heart are threatened.Giles Foden

  89. One of the secrets of a long and fruitful life is to forgive everybody everything everynight before you go to bed.Bernard Baruch

  90. If you are bitter, you are like a dry leaf that you can just squash, and you can get blown away by the wind. There is much more wisdom in forgiveness.Vusi MahlaselaInspirational Forgiveness Quotes 10

  91. When I am able to resist the temptation to judge others, I can see them as teachers of forgiveness in my life, reminding me that I can only have peace of mind when I forgive rather than judge.Gerald Jampolsky

  92. The fact is there is forgiveness for those who seek God. And I believe in the power of redemption.Rick Perry

  93. Thank you, God, for this good life and forgive us if we do not love it enough.Garrison Keillor

  94. Forgiveness really is so misunderstood, as well as the power it can release in an individual.Jennifer O’Neill

  95. Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.John F. Kennedy

  96. I have to ask Allah’s forgiveness and not get angry, because they come to me out of love, and it’s not fitting that I should turn to them in hatred.Abdul Qadeer Khan

  97. 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

  98. Love in the real world means saying you’re sorry 10 times a day.Kathie Lee Gifford

  99. Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.Mark Twain

  100. Forgiveness is that subtle thread that binds both love and friendship. Without forgiveness, you may not even have a child one day.George ForemanInspirational Forgiveness Quotes 11

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