25 Quotes on Forgiveness
Category : Life Tips
Who has not heard the words “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”? We all know that words hurt just as much as sticks and stones of often much more and for much longer. In fact, words are usually at the forefront of offense and unforgiveness (resentment, grudges, retaliation). It has been said that holding onto unforgiveness is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.
We know all of this, don’t we? So why is it so hard for us to forgive and move on? Why do we let what people do to us affect us so much and often? In the hopes of addressing unforgiveness, here are 25 quotes on the subject of forgiveness.
(1) “Forgiveness is an act of the will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart.”
– Corrie Ten Boom
(2)“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”
– Mahatma Gandhi
(3) “When you forgive, you in no way change the past — but you sure do change the future.”
– Bernard Meltzer
(4) Forgiveness liberates the soul. It removes fear. That is why it is such a powerful weapon.”
– Nelson Mandela
(5) “Forgiveness is not a feeling; it is a commitment. It is a choice to show mercy, not to hold the offense up against the offender. Forgiveness is an expression of love.”
– Gary Chapman
(6) “I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.”
– Abraham Lincoln
(7) You will never forgive anyone more than God has already forgiven you.” – Max Lucado
(8) “Mistakes are always forgivable if one has the courage to admit them.”
– Bruce Lee
(9) “Any good apology has 3 parts: 1) I’m sorry; 2) It’s my fault; 3) What can I do to make it right? Most people forget the third part.”
(10) “Certainly, people make mistakes in their life. I’m no different, I’ve made mistakes. When people mess up, forgive them. When I mess up, I ask for forgiveness.”
– Michele Bachmann
(12) “Only the brave know how to forgive. … A coward never forgave; it is not in his nature.” – Laurence Sterne
(13) “As long as you don’t forgive, who and whatever it is will occupy a rent-free space in your mind.” – Isabelle Holland
(14) “Forgive all who have offended you, not for them, but for yourself.” – Harriet Nelson
(15) “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.” – Katherine Ponder
(16) “A happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers.” – Robert Quillen
(17) “Sincere forgiveness isn’t colored with expectations that the other person apologizes or changes. Don’t worry whether or not they finally understand you. Love them and release them. Life feeds back truth to people in its own way and time-just like it does for you and me.” – Sara Paddison
(18) To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you”.
— Lewis B. Smedes
(19) “The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget”.— Thomas Szasz
(20) “I think the first step is to understand that forgiveness does not exonerate the perpetrator. Forgiveness liberates the victim. It’s a gift you give yourself.”
— T. D. Jakes
(21) “Without forgiveness life is governed by an endless cycle of resentment and retaliation”.— Roberto Assagioli
(22) “The remedy for life’s broken pieces is not classes, workshops or books. Don’t try to heal the broken pieces. Just forgive”.
— Iyanla Vanzant
(23) “Forgiveness is the remission of sins. For it is by this that what has been lost, and was found, is saved from being lost again.”
— Saint Augustine
(24) “Forgive, forget. Bear with the faults of others as you would have them bear with yours.”
— Phillips Brooks
(25) “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”.
— Katherine Ponder
People are always going to do and say things that hurt others whether intentionally or unintentionally. It is what it is. We do not have to sing Kumbaya with everyone, but we can choose to forgive and, indeed, we must learn to forgive for our own sake, for our own freedom. It is simply a choice to no longer be a captive to hurt.
Diana Lynne’s passions are family, travel, self-improvement, pursuing a debt-free/financially free life. She also loves hanging out with family, friends and being with her dog Skye. Diana is a Quebec City girl. who loves living life. You can connect with her through Livingandstuff.ca