Forgiveness Quotations

Forgiveness quotations present us with a number of meaningful quotes on the subject of forgiveness, such a companion piece to dying in peace.

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rainbow, detail, sky Handrails into a world of deeper meaning. That is what I call quotes and quotations. Forgiveness quotations are one of those handrails.

We are building a bridge from life in to death. From living into dying. From here into later. That bridge will see us safely across the chasm which exists between those seeming opposites.

The act of forgiving ourselves and others can be that handrail on the bridge. A safety rail. A supporting hand. A soothing word. A lightening the load. An unburdening.

All of these ways can help us find our way into the land of the dying. Step by step. Purposefully. Safely.



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

- Mark Twain -



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Good-nature and good-sense must ever join;
To err is human, to forgive, divine.

- Alexander Pope -



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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.
There is some good in the worst of us
and some evil in the best of us.
When we discover this,
we are less prone to hate our enemies.

- Martin Luther Ling -



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

- Mahatma Gandhi -



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Forgiveness is not a moral issue.
It is an energy dynamic...
Forgiveness means that we do not carry
the baggage of an experience.

When we choose not to forgive,
the experience that we do not forgive
sticks with us.

When we choose not to forgive,
it is like agreeing to wear
dark, gruesome sunglasses
that distort everything,
and it is us who are forced every day
to look at life through those contaminated lenses
because we have chosen to keep them.

- Gary Zukav -



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I pardon him
as God shall pardon me.

- William Shakespeare -



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To forgive is to set a prisoner free
and discover that the prisoner was me. 

- a la Lewis B. Smedes -

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The more you know yourself,
the more you forgive yourself.

- Confucius -



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His heart was as great as the world,
but there was no room in it
to hold the memory of a wrong.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson -



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There is no revenge so complete
as forgiveness. 

- Josh Billings -



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If you can't forgive and forget,
pick one. 

- Robert Brault -



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Forgive, O Lord, my little jokes on Thee
And I'll forgive Thee Thy great big one on me.

- Rober Frost -



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The day the child realizes
that all adults are imperfect,
he becomes an adolescent;
the day he forgives them,
he becomes an adult;
the day he forgives himself,
he becomes wise..

- Alden Nowlan -



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

- Thomas Szasz -



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Love is an act of endless forgiveness,
a tender look which becomes a habit.

- Peter Ustinov -



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When you forgive,
you in no way change the past,
but you sure do change the future.

- Bernard Meltzer -



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Forgiveness is a sign
that the person who has wronged you
means more to you
than the wrong they have dealt.

- Ben Greenhalgh -



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