100+ Best Forgiveness Quotes To Help You To Move On

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“Nobody is perfect.” That’s a simple quote to start the first step towards your journey of forgiveness. It is a much-needed feeling to break free from the mental prison we’ve trapped in. As hard as it may seem, forgiveness is the beginning of a new journey and is as refreshing as a stroke of fresh air.

Even if it requires a sacrifice, forgiveness is a noble act and a personal choice. It cannot be emphasized on those who’re not seeking it. If you’re finding it difficult to forgive someone who hurt you, check this post for some of the best forgiveness quotes. These quotes show you a glimpse into the world of self-attained freedom. You can read them and get a boost to forgive anyone.

Best Forgiveness Quotes

1. “Acceptance and tolerance and forgiveness, those are the life-altering lessons.” —Jessica Lange

2. “I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine.” —Jane Austen

3. “Sometimes what a person needs most is to be forgiven.” —Jennifer McMahon

4. “Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth. Give the world the best you have anyway.” —Kent M. Keith

5. “I can have peace of mind only when I forgive rather than judge.” —Gerald Jampolsky

6. “Hating someone makes them important. Forgiving them makes them obsolete.” —Unknown

7. “How unhappy is he who cannot forgive himself.” — Publilius Syrus

8. “It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.” —William Blake

9. “How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.” —Wayne Dyer

10. “Forgiveness keeps you from being bound by something the other person might never set right.” —Tony Evans

11. “Life is an adventure in forgiveness.” —Norman Cousins

12. “By saying I forgive, someone is letting go of the burden of the problem.” —Estella Eliot

13. “Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.” —Mark Twain

14. “To err is human; to forgive, divine.” —Alexander Pope

15. “A noble spirit finds a cure for injustice in forgetting it.” —Publilius Syrus

16. “One must learn to forgive oneself before forgiving others.” —Unknown

17. “The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget.” —Thomas Szasz

18. “I forgive myself and set myself free.” —Louise Hay

19. “If you’re not sure on how to forgive, knowing that they’re stupid is a great start.” —Unknown

20. “Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.” —Paul Boese

21. “Forgiving heals a heart, letting grow liberates a heart.” —Unknown

22. “Knowing what you can do to right your wrong is the most crucial part of seeking forgiveness.” — Unknown

23. “We win by tenderness. We conquer by forgiveness.” — Frederick William Robertson

24. In the shadow of my hurt, forgiveness feel like a decision to reward my enemy. But in the shadow of the cross, forgiveness is merely a gift from one undeserving soul to another.” — Andy Stanley

25. “Forgiveness has nothing to do with absolving a criminal of his crime. It has everything to do with relieving oneself of the burden of being a victim–letting go of the pain and transforming oneself from victim to survivor.” —C.R. Strahan

26. “Forgiveness is a way to let the other person know you still care for them.” —Unknown

27. “Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.” —C.S. Lewis

28. “Forgiveness means letting go of the past.” —Gerald Jampolsky

29. “Blame keeps wounds open. Only forgiveness heals.” —Thomas S. Monson

30. “Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself.” —Tony Robbins

31. “We May want others’ forgiveness, but that comes from a place of self-gratification; we are asking forgiveness of others to avoid the harder work of forgiving ourselves.” —Lori Gottlieb

32. “Anger begets more anger, and forgiveness and love lead to more forgiveness and love.” — Mahavira

33. “There is nobility in compassion, a beauty in empathy, a grace in forgiveness.” — John Connolly

34. “Forgiveness is the final form of love.” —Reinhold Niebuhr

35. “Throughout life people will make you mad, disrespect you and treat you bad. Let God deal with the things they do, cause hate in your heart will consume you too.” — Will Smith

36. “A person with a forgiving heart is worth treasuring.” —Unknown

37. “You must forgive your faults and try to move on.” —Unknown

38. “A life lived without forgiveness is a prison.” —William Arthur Ward

39. “Forgiveness must be immediate, whether or not a person asks for it. Trust must be rebuilt over time. Trust requires a track record. If someone hurts you repeatedly, you are commanded by God to forgive them instantly, but you are not expected to trust them immediately, and you are not expected to continue allowing them to hurt you.” —Rick Warren

40. “Forgiveness is the giving, and so the receiving, of life.” —George MacDonald

41. Forgiving what we cannot forgive creates a new way to remember. We change the memory of our past into a hope for our future.” —Lewis B. Smedes

42. “Forgiveness and compassion stand on the pillars of strength.” —Unknown

43. “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

44. “We ask for forgiveness. And we forgive others who ask us. In that way we can experience healing, healing in our souls.” —Ed Dobson

45. “One’s mistakes don’t define them.” —Unknown

46. “To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness.” —Robert Muller

47. “You have been forgiven, so act like it!” —Aiden Wilson Tozer

48. “Showering even the ungrateful with forgiveness only makes you more powerful.” —Unknown

49. “Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave.” —Indira Gandhi

50. There is no love without forgiveness, and there is no forgiveness without love.” —Bryant H. McGill

51. “Before we can forgive one another, we have to understand one another.” —Emma Goldman

52. “True forgiveness is when you can say, ‘Thank you for that experience.” —Oprah Winfrey

53. “Let no man pull you low enough to hate him.” —Martin Luther King, Jr.

54. “Never forget the three powerful resources you always have available to you: love, prayer and forgiveness.” —H. Jackson Brown Jr.

55. “But like a muscle, the ability to forgive needs to be exercised and grown over a long period of time.” —Mark Manson

56. “It is not the forgiving that is the hardest, it is to trust them again.” —Unknown

57. “None of us should be defined by the worst thing we’ve ever done.” —Kevin R. Duncan

58. “They caused the first wound, but you are causing the rest; this is what not forgiving does. They got it started, but you keep it going. Forgive and let it go, or it will eat you alive. You think they made you feel this way, but when you won’t forgive, you are the one inflicting the pain on yourself.” —Bryant H. McGill

59. “Tell them you still love them, and they will get the message.” —Yoko Ono

60. “Forgive yourself and welcome love back into your life.” —Wayne Dyer

61. “I think that if God forgives us we must forgive ourselves. Otherwise, it is almost like setting up ourselves as a higher tribunal than Him.” —C.S. Lewis

62. “Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart and cools the sting.” —William Arthur Ward

63. “If you want to steal somebody from their power, simply forgive them.” —Unknown

64. “If we really want to love, we must learn how to forgive.” —Mother Teresa

65. “As we grow in wisdom, we pardon more freely.” —Madame de Stael

66. “If you cannot forgive and forget, pick one and do it.” —James Brault

67. “Forgiveness is a habitual part of love.” —Unknown

68. “It can be hard to forgive and let go but it’s important to remember that harboring the resentment and holding a grudge can hurt you even more. The word ‘forgive’ really means to give something up for yourself not for them.” —Jack Canfield

69. “Asking for forgiveness is hard, but accepting one is even harder.” —Unknown

70. “Forgiving the one who broke your heart is the sign of true love.” —Unknown

71. “We must learn to forgive the ones we love and we can practice love only when we have forgiven.” —Jaspinder Grover

72. Forgiveness is rewarding and frees two spirits.” —Unknown

73. “I wondered if that was how forgiveness budded; not with the fanfare of epiphany, but with pain gathering its things, packing up, and slipping away unannounced in the middle of the night.” —Khaled Hosseini

74. “You can’t forgive without loving. And I don’t mean sentimentality. I don’t mean mush. I mean having enough courage to stand up and say, ‘I forgive. I’m finished with it.” —Maya Angelou

75. “You can do nothing about their actions, but your reaction is something you can gain control over.” —Unknown

76. “Forgiveness is the economy of the heart..forgiveness saves the expense of anger, the cost of hatred, the waste of spirits.” —Hannah More

77. “The love for a person can be determined by the strength to forgive.” —Unknown

78. “Forgiveness will help you more than the person you forgive.” —Catherine Pulsifer

79. “Most of us can forgive and forget; we just don’t want the other person to forget that we forgave.” —Ivern Ball

80. “Your ego is not ready to forgive but your soul is.” —Maxime Lagacé

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

82. “It requires maturity of the highest form to understand and find out the reason behind somebody hurting you.” —Unknown

83. “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

84. “Always seek less turbulent skies. Hurt. Fly above it. Betrayal. Fly above it. Anger. Fly above it. You are the one who is flying the plane.” —Marianne Williamson

85. “A simple way to learn forgiveness is by remembering one’s rights instead of their wrongs.” —

86. “Forgiveness is not an innate attribute, one must choose to show it.” —Unknown

87. “To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.” —Lewis B. Smedes

88. “Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.” —Bruce Lee

89. “Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.” —Oscar Wilde

90. “When a deep injury is done us, we never recover until we forgive.” —Alan Paton

91. “Forgiveness comes easy the day one realizes that nobody is perfect.” —Unknown

92. “It’s not an easy journey, to get to a place where you forgive people. But it is such a powerful place, because it frees you.” —Tyler Perry

93. “Man has two spiritual needs. One for forgiveness and the other for goodness.” —Billy Graham

94. “Forgiveness is a sign that the person who has wronged you means more to you than the wrong they have dealt.” — Ben Greenhalgh

95. “Forgiveness is the economy of the heart.. Forgiveness saves the expense of anger, the cost of hatred, the waste of spirits.” —Hannah More

96. “One can’t expect to be forgiven unless they learn the act of forgiveness themselves.” — Unknown

97. “More people should apologize, and more people should accept apologies when sincerely made.” —Greg LeMond

98. “Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.” — Nelson Mandela

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

100. “Pride to seek forgiveness and stubbornness to forgive don’t lead the path of peace.” — Unknown

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

‘Forgiveness,’ a word so simple but can be enacted by maturity and acceptance. Even if this kind of act is not liberating to the seeker, it is sure to set you free. Did any of our quotes inspire you to forgive? If yes, please do and set yourself free.

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