20 Quotes to Inspire Forgiveness

Finding it challenging to forgive? Maybe the following 20 quotes to inspire forgiveness of yourself and other people can help – enjoy!

  1. “Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you were.” ~ Cherie Carter-Scott
  2. “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
  3. “One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory.” ~ Rita Mae Brown
  4. “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
  5. “Life is an adventure in forgiveness.” ~ Norman Cousins
  6. “True forgiveness is when you can say, “Thank you for that experience.”” ~ Oprah Winfrey
  7. “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
  8. “Forgiveness is almost a selfish act because of its immense benefits to the one who forgives.” ~ Lawana Blackwell
  9. “To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover the prisoner was you.” ~ Unknown
  10. “Without forgiveness, there’s no future.” ~ Desmond Tutu
  11. “Forgiveness is choosing to love. It is the first skill of self-giving love.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
  12. “I have learned that sometimes “sorry” is not enough. Sometimes you actually have to change.” ~ Claire London
  13. “It takes a strong person to say sorry, and an ever stronger person to forgive.” ~ Unknown
  14. “To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness.” ~ Robert Muller
  15. “True forgiveness is not an action after the fact, it is an attitude with which you enter each moment.” ~ David Ridge
  16. “Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit.” ~ Peter Ustinov
  17. “He who is devoid of the power to forgive, is devoid of the power to love.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
  18. “The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world.” ~ Marianne Williamson
  19. “To be wronged is nothing, unless you continue to remember it.” ~ Confucius
  20. “Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.” ~ Nelson Mandela

What is your favourite quote on forgiveness?


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  • Margaret Thorpe

    Reply Reply October 17, 2012

    I really like the quote from the above list by Martin Luther King Jnr “He who is devoid of the power to forgive, is devoid of the power to love”. It is a strong reminder that love is not just for self.

    • Jane

      Reply Reply October 17, 2012

      Thanks Marg for your response – yes forgiveness has many levels. Take care, Jane

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