85 Inspirational Quotes about Forgiveness and Forgiving Yourself


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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.

85 Inspirational Forgiveness Quotes and Sayings

  1. Forgiveness is not something we do for other people. We do it for ourselves to get well and move on.

  2. People forgive you when lies are told and hate you when the truth is told.

  3. I forgive people, but that does NOT mean I trust them. I forgive them for ME, so I can let go and move on with my life.

  4. Love yourself. Accept yourself. Forgive yourself and be good to yourself because without you the rest of us are without a source of many wonderful things.

  5. Forgive those who have hurt you in the past. But more than this, forgive yourself for allowing them to hurt you.

  6. You’ll never know how strong your heart is until you know how to forgive who broke it.

  7. You must forgive yourself for the mistakes of today, but know they must not enter the choices of tomorrow.

  8. Forgive. Let go of resentment. No, it doesn’t erase what they did, but it prevents you from doing time for their crime.

  9. I don’t forgive people because I’m weak, I forgive them because I’m strong enough to know people make mistakes.

  10. Forgetting the one you truly love is like trying to remember someone you have never seen.

  11. One of the best gifts you can give yourself is forgiving yourself.

  12. Forgiveness is not just for other people, it’s for you too. Forgive yourself, move on, and try to do better next time.

  13. To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover the prisoner was you.

  14. Sometimes mistakes are unavoidable. Learn to forgive yourself.

  15. Always forgive people and move on, even if they never ask for your forgiveness. Don’t do it for them – do it for yourself.

  16. The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.

  17. Forgiveness is the key that unlocks the door of resentment and the handcuffs of hate. It is a power that breaks the chains of bitterness and the shackles of selfishness.

  18. Forgiveness is one of the primary keys to happiness.

  19. People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar. -Thich Nhat Hanh

  20. The hardest part about losing someone is the art of letting them go. This can persist for years and years and only when you truly let go of what you lost will you be able to move on and make progress in your growth. It is the hardest thing in the world to let go […]

  21. Forgiving yourself is far more important (and difficult) than getting others to forgive you.

  22. There are things that we never want to let go of, people we never want to leave behind. But keep in mind that letting go isn’t the end of the world, it’s the beginning of a new life. -unknown

  23. Forgiveness isn’t just about forgetting. It’s about remembering that if they were meant to be there they would be. Let go and move on.

  24. Forgiving people who have hurt you is your gift to them. Forgetting people who have hurt you is your gift to YOU. -LiveLifeHappy

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

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

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

  28. 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

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

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

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

  32. 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

  33. 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 TutuInspirational Forgiveness Quotes 3

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

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

  36. Life is an adventure in forgiveness.Norman Cousins

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

  38. 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

  39. 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

  40. 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

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

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

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

  44. 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

  45. 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

  46. 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

  47. 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

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

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

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

  51. 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

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

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

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

  55. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  65. 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

  66. When you forgive, you in no way change the past – but you sure do change the future. – Bernard MeltzerForgiving Yourself Quotes 1

  67. Forgiving is not an easy thing to do. – Amanda Lindhout

  68. Forgiving is love’s toughest work, and love’s biggest risk. – Lewis B. Smedes

  69. Forgive yourself for your faults and your mistakes and move on. – Les Brown

  70. Forgive yourself for believing that you’re anything less than beautiful. – Iyanla Vanzant

  71. Forgive yourself and welcome love back into your life. – Wayne Dyer

  72. Do as the heavens have done, forget your evil; With them forgive yourself. – William Shakespeare

  73. We all must learn to dig down deep inside, trust that inner voice, and not be afraid to face and forgive ourselves. – Darren L. Johnson

  74. We all make mistakes, don’t we? But if you can’t forgive yourself, you’ll always be an exile in your own life. – Curtis Sittenfeld

  75. To understand is to forgive, even oneself. – Alexander Chase

  76. To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you. – Lewis B. SmedesForgiving Yourself Quotes 3

  77. The secret of forgiving everything is to understand nothing. – George Bernard Shaw

  78. The more you know yourself, the more you forgive yourself. – Confucius

  79. The first step in forgiveness is the willingness to forgive. – Marianne Williamson

  80. I’ve learned to take things a little more easily, to be a little more forgiving of myself. – Queen Rania of Jordan

  81. Forgiveness of oneself is the hardest of all the forgivenesses.Joan BaezForgiving Yourself Quotes 4

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

  83. Forgiving presupposes remembering. – Paul Tillich

  84. Forgiving is rediscovering the shining path of peace that at first you thought others took away when they betrayed you. – Dodinsky

  85. Forgiveness is for yourself because it frees you. It lets you out of that prison you put yourself in. – Louise L. Hay


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