Best Quotes About Forgive

It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend. -William Blake

The ineffable joy of forgiving and being forgiven forms an ecstasy that might well arouse the envy of the gods. -Elbert Hubbard

To err is human; to forgive, divine. -Alexander Pope

Thank you, God, for this good life and forgive us if we do not love it enough. -Garrison Keillor

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

Once a woman has forgiven her man, she must not reheat his sins for breakfast. -Marlene Dietrich

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

It's far easier to forgive an enemy after you've got even with him. -Olin Miller

Always forgive your enemies – nothing annoys them so much. -Oscar Wilde

If, after I depart this vale, you ever remember me and have thought to please my ghost, forgive some sinner and wink your eye at some homely girl. -H. L. Mencken

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

Forgive, O Lord, my little jokes on Thee, and I'll forgive Thy great big joke on me. -Robert Frost

I believe in the forgiveness of sin and the redemption of ignorance. -Adlai Stevenson I

God will not forgive us if we fail. -Leonid I. Brezhnev

Life is an adventure in forgiveness. -Norman Cousins

If there are occasions when my grape turned into a raisin and my joy bell lost its resonance, please forgive me. Charge it to my head and not to my heart. -Jesse Jackson

I do not bring forgiveness with me, nor forgetfulness. The only ones who can forgive are dead; the living have no right to forget. -Chaim Herzog

In the evening of life we shall be judged on love, and not one of us is going to come off very well, and were it not for my absolute faith in the loving forgiveness of my Lord I could not call on him to come. -Madeleine L'Engle

Beauty is merciless. You do not look at it, it looks at you and does not forgive. -Nikos Kazantzakis

When a man laughs at his troubles he loses a great many friends. They never forgive the loss of their prerogative. -Francis Bacon

Society can overlook murder, adultery or swindling; it never forgives preaching of a new gospel. -Edmund Burke

If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears. -Cesare Pavese

One forgives to the degree that one loves. -Francois de La Rochefoucauld

There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness. -Josh Billings

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

We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. -Plato

The glory of Christianity is to conquer by forgiveness. -William Blake

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

Children begin by loving their parents; after a time they judge them; rarely, if ever, do they forgive them. -Oscar Wilde

Strength of character means the ability to overcome resentment against others, to hide hurt feelings, and to forgive quickly. -Lawrence G. Lovasik

Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you. Love me and I may be forced to love you. -William Arthur Ward

If you are going to sin, sin against God, not the bureaucracy. God will forgive you but the bureaucracy won't. -Hyman Rickover

It's said in Hollywood that you should always forgive your enemies – because you never know when you'll have to work with them. -Lana Turner

When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bicycle. Then I realised that the Lord doesn't work that way so I stole one and asked Him to forgive me. -Emo Philips

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

I've looked on many women with lust. I've committed adultery in my heart many times. God knows I will do this and forgives me. -Jimmy Carter

One of the secrets of a long and fruitful life is to forgive everybody everything everynight before you go to bed. -Bernard Baruch

The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius. -Oscar Wilde

God will forgive me. It's his job. -Heinrich Heine

I really don't think life is about the I-could-have-beens. Life is only about the I-tried-to-do. I don't mind the failure but I can't imagine that I'd forgive myself if I didn't try. -Nikki Giovanni

When you forgive, you in no way change the past – but you sure do change the future. -Bernard Meltzer

A wise man will make haste to forgive, because he knows the true value of time, and will not suffer it to pass away in unnecessary pain. -Samuel Johnson

When we forgive evil we do not excuse it, we do not tolerate it, we do not smother it. We look the evil full in the face, call it what it is, let its horror shock and stun and enrage us, and only then do we forgive it. -Lewis B. Smedes

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

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

Your successes and happiness are forgiven you only if you generously consent to share them. -Albert Camus

It takes one person to forgive, it takes two people to be reunited. -Lewis B. Smedes

Reversing your treatment of the man you have wronged is better than asking his forgiveness. -Elbert Hubbard

Let us not listen to those who think we ought to be angry with our enemies, and who believe this to be great and manly. Nothing is so praiseworthy, nothing so clearly shows a great and noble soul, as clemency and readiness to forgive. -Marcus Tullius Cicero

Jesus died to forgive our sins. Dare we make his martyrdom meaningless by not committing them? -Jules Feiffer

When I am able to resist the temptation to judge others, I can see them as teachers of forgiveness in my life, reminding me that I can only have peace of mind when I forgive rather than judge. -Gerald Jampolsky

In the Bible it says they asked Jesus how many times you should forgive, and he said 70 times 7. Well, I want you all to know that I'm keeping a chart. -Hillary Clinton

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

I shall be an autocrat: that's my trade. And the good Lord will forgive me: that's his. -Catherine the Great

Confess your sins to the Lord and you will be forgiven; confess them to man and you will be laughed at. -Josh Billings

God forgives us… who am I not to forgive? -Alan Paton

One of the most lasting pleasures you can experience is the feeling that comes over you when you genuinely forgive an enemy – whether he knows it or not. -Orlando Aloysius Battista

Man forgives woman anything save the wit to outwit him. -Minna Antrim

We all like to forgive, and love best not those who offend us least, nor who have done most for us, but those who make it most easy for us to forgive them. -Samuel Butler

Forgotten is forgiven. -F. Scott Fitzgerald

How unhappy is he who cannot forgive himself. -Publilius Syrus

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

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

It is very east to forgive others their mistakes; it takes more grit and gumption to forgive them for having witnessed your own. -Jessamyn West

Only the brave know how to forgive; it is the most refined and generous pitch of virtue human nature can arrive at. -Laurence Sterne

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 King, Jr.

When women love us, they forgive us everything, even our crimes; when they do not love us, they give us credit for nothing, not even our virtues. -Honore de Balzac

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

Genuine forgiveness does not deny anger but faces it head-on. -Alice Miller

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

All faults may be forgiven of him who has perfect candor. -Walt Whitman

Humanity is never so beautiful as when praying for forgiveness, or else forgiving another. -Jean Paul

Murder is unique in that it abolishes the party it injures, so that society has to take the place of the victim and on his behalf demand atonement or grant forgiveness; it is the one crime in which society has a direct interest. -W. H. Auden

If I owe Smith ten dollars and God forgives me, that doesn't pay Smith. -Robert Green Ingersoll

Selfishness is that detestable vice which no one will forgive in others, and no one is without himself. -Henry Ward Beecher

The Christian life is not a constant high. I have my moments of deep discouragement. I have to go to God in prayer with tears in my eyes, and say, 'O God, forgive me,' or 'Help me.' -Billy Graham

Before we can forgive one another, we have to understand one another. -Emma Goldman

A winner rebukes and forgives; a loser is too timid to rebuke and too petty to forgive. -Sydney J. Harris

I never forgive, but I always forget. -Arthur Balfour

To be able to bear provocation is an argument of great reason, and to forgive it of a great mind. -John Tillotson

It is a very delicate job to forgive a man, without lowering him in his own estimation, and yours too. -Josh Billings

Man, born of woman, has found it a hard thing to forgive her for giving him birth. The patriarchal protest against the ancient matriarch has borne strange fruit through the years. -Lillian Smith

Sins cannot be undone, only forgiven. -Igor Stravinsky

One can't relive one's life. Forgiveness is not what's difficult; one's always too ready to forgive. And it does no good, that's obvious. -Louis-Ferdinand Celine

Those who easily forgive invite offenses. -Pierre Corneille

The civilized are those who get more out of life than the uncivilized, and for this we are not likely to be forgiven. -Cyril Connolly

There is nothing that people bear more impatiently, or forgive less, than contempt: and an injury is much sooner forgotten than an insult. -Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

I can have peace of mind only when I forgive rather than judge. -Gerald Jampolsky

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

The world can forgive practically anything except people who mind their own business. -Margaret Mitchell

Blemishes are hid by night and every fault forgiven; darkness makes any woman fair. -Ovid

To understand is to forgive, even oneself. -Alexander Chase

Anger ventilated often hurries towards forgiveness; anger concealed often hardens into revenge. -Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

We often forgive those who bore us, but we cannot forgive those whom we bore. -Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Beware of the man who does not return your blow: he neither forgives you nor allows you to forgive yourself. -George Bernard Shaw

Our country will, I believe, sooner forgive an officer for attacking an enemy than for letting it alone. -Horatio Nelson

The ability to forgive is one of man's greatest achievements. -Bryant H. McGill

There is no love without forgiveness, and there is no forgiveness without love. -Bryant H. McGill

It is often easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission. -Grace Hopper

Forgive me my nonsense, as I also forgive the nonsense of those that think they talk sense. -Robert Frost

As long as you don't forgive, who and whatever it is will occupy rent-free space in your mind. -Isabelle Holland

Many promising reconciliations have broken down because while both parties come prepared to forgive, neither party come prepared to be forgiven. -Charles Williams

We win by tenderness. We conquer by forgiveness. -Frederick William Robertson

The one process now going on that will take millions of years to correct is the loss of genetic and species diversity by the destruction of natural habitats. This is the folly our descendants are least likely to forgive us. -E. O. Wilson

If those committed to the quest fail, they will be forgiven. When lost, they will find another way. The moral imperative of humanism is the endeavor alone, whether successful or not, provided the effort is honorable and failure memorable. -E. O. Wilson

God may forgive your sins, but your nervous system won't. -Alfred Korzybski

Sometimes I see myself fine, sometimes I need a witness. And I like the whole truth, but there are nights I only need forgiveness. -Dar Williams

I still forgive him, because by doing what he did, he made it famous. -Alberto Korda

To punish the oppressors of humanity is clemency; to forgive them is cruelty. -Maximilien Robespierre

For me, forgiveness and compassion are always linked: how do we hold people accountable for wrongdoing and yet at the same time remain in touch with their humanity enough to believe in their capacity to be transformed? -bell hooks

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

Most laws condemn the soul and pronounce sentence. The result of the law of my God is perfect. It condemns but forgives. It restores – more than abundantly – what it takes away. -Jim Elliot

The more a man knows, the more he forgives. -Catherine the Great

A personal offense is like a scratch on a phonograph record. I couldn't move my thoughts beyond my pain. It kept repeating, as if I were stuck within its grooves. There was only one way to play beyond it. I had to forgive them, so my heart could take its form again. -Laurel Lea

'Tis the most tender part of love, each other to forgive. -John Sheffield

If you forgive people enough you belong to them, and they to you, whether either person likes it or not squatter's rights of the heart. -James Hilton

When you are happy you can forgive a great deal. -Princess Diana

I discipline churchgoers with godly lessons and sharp words if they do not change their ways. My goal is to open their hearts so that they seek forgiveness. -William Brewster

All things can be forgiven if we can progress. -Cat Stevens

There are so many factors when you think of your own films. You think of the people you worked on it with, and somehow forget the movie. You can't forgive the movie for a long time. It takes a few years to look at it with any objectivity and forgive its flaws. -George A. Romero

We're going to have to forgive a great deal of the Soviet era debt. There's no question about that. Let's face up to that. We're going to have to put in money if Russia is really going to consolidate a democracy. -Jeffrey Sachs

I have never thought that the circumstance of God's having forgiven me was any reason why I should forgive myself. -Charles Simeon

You can forgive people who do not follow you through a philosophical disquisition; but to find your wife laughing when you had tears in your eyes, or staring when you were in a fit of laughter, would go some way towards a dissolution of the marriage. -Robert Louis Stevenson

The schools would fail through their silence, the Church through its forgiveness, and the home through the denial and silence of the parents. The new generation has to hear what the older generation refuses to tell it. -Simon Wiesenthal

Much is forgiven anyone who relieves the desperate boredom of the working press. -William Weld

If I have committed any culinary atrocities, please forgive me. -Ted Allen

It's a lie, but Heaven will forgive you for it. -Stephen Leacock

We think of the noble object for which the professor appears tonight, we may be assured that the Lord will forgive any one who will laugh at the professor. -Stephen Leacock

On a level of simple personal survival, understanding and forgiveness are crucial… whether in an intimate personal relationship or on a global level. -Edward Albert

Well, I've never left my faith – but have I made a lot of mistakes? But was I fortunate that I was brought up in that Pentecostal church, where I heard about God's love and God's forgiveness. -Billy Ray Cyrus

I ask the people of Connecticut for their forgiveness, I should have paid more attention to people around me and people that I trusted but I am sorry for my actions and take full responsibility. -John Rowland

And as I ask for your forgiveness, I also ask for your support to keep all things in perspective and keep all things in proportion. The good of nine years versus the bad. -John Rowland

These subsidies from four European governments, which include aircraft launch assistance, capital injections, debt forgiveness, have enabled Airbus to develop and range market airliners well below cost. -Norm Dicks

I have to ask Allah's forgiveness and not get angry, because they come to me out of love, and it's not fitting that I should turn to them in hatred. -Abdul Qadeer Khan

Man wants to be reconciled to God; wants to know that the past is forgiven. -Matthew Simpson

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

China's idea of fair trade is government subsidies of its textile and apparel exports to the United States, currency manipulation, and forgiveness of loans by its government banks. -Virginia Foxx

The principle that certain sins should not receive the Church's testimony of forgiveness was probably no novelty at all, but had been applied in various churches; perhaps, however, with no strict consistency. -Robert Rainy

My desire is to stand up and brush myself off when I make mistakes and ask for forgiveness. -Janine Turner

When people realize that they have been forgiven of everything, it becomes a little bit easier for them to forgive others. -Jennifer O'Neill

I am learning to forgive my inner geek, and even value him as a free man. -Kenny Loggins

It is easier often to forgive than to be forgiven; yet it is fatal to be willing to be forgiven by God and to be reluctant to be forgiven by men. -Charles Williams

To forgive and to be forgiven are the two points of holy magnificence and holy modesty; round these two centres the whole doctrine of largesse revolves. -Charles Williams

I learned to forgive myself, and that enabled me to forgive my mother as a person. -Amy Tan

People who truly love us can be divided into two categories: those who understand us, and those who forgive us our worst sins. Rarely do you find someone capable of both. -Jonathan Carroll

And God knows I needed to be forgiven. So I had to forgive everybody. And then God – as I read in the word, you're supposed to pray for your enemies. Try that one on. -Jim Bakker

God's forgiveness is the only thing. And, well, I take full responsibility for the adultery. It was my fault and, you know, no matter what went on, the man has to take responsibility; and I do. -Jim Bakker

I feel like God has forgiven me of so much, that I will forgive everyone who has hurt us. -Jim Bakker

Good advice is one of those injuries which a good man ought, if possible, to forgive, but at all events to forget at once. -Horace Smith

God forgive me if I do wrong in following with ardor the strongest instincts of my nature. -Julia Ward Howe

I would say the hierarchy has made terrible errors in judgment and it has to seek forgiveness by its members. -William P. Leahy

You can forgive yourself a great deal. -Eddie Albert

Instead of hating, I have chosen to forgive and spend all of my positive energy on changing the world. -Camryn Manheim

If Jesus Christ was who He claimed to be, and He did die on a cross at a point of time in history, then, for all history past and all history future it is relevant because that is the very focal point for forgiveness and redemption. -Josh McDowell

Without forgiveness life is governed by… an endless cycle of resentment and retaliation. -Roberto Assagioli

I don't think I will ever be able to forgive myself for what I have done. -Susan Smith

I love my children. That will never change. I have prayed to them for forgiveness and hope that they will forgive me. I never meant to hurt them!! -Susan Smith

Sitting here now today, I can forgive a lot of the English people because it only takes a hand full of bad people to do something stupid like that and it can make the whole country look bad. -Marvin Hagler

I tried to manipulate and control people, and I harbored resentment. I wanted to be forgiven, but I wouldn't forgive others. -Lauryn Hill

Keep all your personalities out of your work. Forget and forgive. -Ford Frick

I hope that people learn from my mistake and I hope that the fans forgive me. -Rafael Palmeiro

My children forgave me at a time when I could barely forgive myself. -Tatum O'Neal

What you hope for, like Unforgiven did a lot to give you a chance to do it again sometime. -Lawrence Kasdan

What is forgiven is usually well remembered. -Louis Dudek

I forgive my mom for being a psycho and my dad for being a loser. -Nikki Sixx

One forgives the critic – perhaps – but never the good-natured friend. -James Payn

I'm currently in an interesting correspondence with a nun about forgiveness. -Julian Clary

To make us a terrorist target in a region that is full of terrorism is dumb and unforgiveable. -John Hewson

I think everything worked out the way it was supposed to. Mark's happier. I'm sober. There are still phone calls to be made, people I need to say something to. But everyone from Creed who I've offended or hurt, I ask for their forgiveness. -Scott Stapp

Soon I realized that if beauty equalled forgiveness, I was never going to be forgiven. -Kevyn Aucoin

You're supposed to remember, and still forgive. -Delta Burke

But when I lose my temper, I find it difficult to forgive myself. I feel I've failed. I can be calm in a crisis, in the face of death or things that hurt badly. I don't get hysterical, which may be masochistic of me. -Emma Thompson

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

You just have to forgive them for being men. -Heather Locklear

I've got the best deal on Earth. Where else can I sin and know that I'm forgiven for it? -Armand Assante

I would say that playing this character has caused me to think about a lot of things. He's always questioning himself and trying to get back to something he lost touch with and trying to find forgiveness. Everybody struggles with these things to some extent in their life. -Lee Tergesen

You've just got to have a sense of respect for the person you have children with. Anger doesn't help anybody. Ultimately you have to say forgiveness is important, and honoring what you had together is important. But it's easy to say and harder to do. -Nicole Kidman

The lesson is that you can still make mistakes and be forgiven. -Robert Downey, Jr.

One of the great benefits of organised religion is that you can be forgiven your sins, which must be a wonderful thing. I mean, I carry my sins around with me, there's nobody there to forgive them. -Kingsley Amis

God will forgive me; that's his business. -Heinrich Heine

Injuries may be forgiven, but not forgotten. -Aesop

Nothing inspires forgiveness quite like revenge. -Scott Adams

Can you really forgive if you can't forget? -Sarah Jessica Parker

He who forgives readily only invites offense. -Pierre Corneille

God forgives those who invent what they need. -Lillian Hellman

Without forgiveness, there's no future. -Desmond Tutu

God forgive you, but I never can. -Elizabeth I

There is no forgiveness in nature. -Ugo Betti

Surely it is much more generous to forgive and remember, than to forgive and forget. -Maria Edgeworth

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

'Tis easier for the generous to forgive, than for offence to ask it. -James Thomson

The idea of God is the sole wrong for which I cannot forgive mankind. -Marquis de Sade

The best way to get along is never to forgive an enemy or forget a friend. -Walter Winchell

I deepen my experience of God through prayer, meditation, and forgiveness. -Marianne Williamson

Force may subdue, but love gains, and he that forgives first wins the laurel. -William Penn

God pardons like a mother, who kisses the offense into everlasting forgiveness. -Henry Ward Beecher

Man has two great spiritual needs. One is for forgiveness. The other is for goodness. -Billy Graham

Two persons cannot long be friends if they cannot forgive each other's little failings. -Jean de la Bruyere

A woman who can't forgive should never have more than a nodding acquaintance with a man. -E. W. Howe

Parents forgive their children least readily for the faults they themselves instilled in them. -Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

It is always the case that when the Christian looks back, he is looking at the forgiveness of sins. -Karl Barth

The only vice that cannot be forgiven is hypocrisy. The repentance of a hypocrite is itself hypocrisy. -William Hazlitt

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

He who risks and fails can be forgiven. He who never risks and never fails is a failure in his whole being. -Paul Tillich

To know all is not to forgive all. It is to despise everybody. -Quentin Crisp

To sin offers repentance and forgiveness; not to sin offers only punishment. -Jose Bergamin

He, who cannot forgive a trespass of malice to his enemy, has never yet tasted the most sublime enjoyment of love. -Johann Kaspar Lavater

People can be more forgiving than you can imagine. But you have to forgive yourself. Let go of what's bitter and move on. -Bill Cosby

If it is committed in the name of God or country, there is no crime so heinous that the public will not forgive it. -Tom Robbins

Our past is a story existing only in our minds. Look, analyze, understand, and forgive. Then, as quickly as possible, chuck it. -Marianne Williamson

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

To forgive oneself? No, that doesn't work: we have to be forgiven. But we can only believe this is possible if we ourselves can forgive. -Dag Hammarskjold

Above all, though, children are linked to adults by the simple fact that they are in process of turning into them. For this they may be forgiven much. Children are bound to be inferior to adults, or there is no incentive to grow up. -Philip Larkin

Ordinary readers, forgive my paradoxes: one must make them when one reflects; and whatever you may say, I prefer being a man with paradoxes than a man with prejudices. -Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Children are excellent observers, and will often perceive your slightest defects. In general, those who govern children, forgive nothing in them, but everything in themselves. -Francois Fenelon

And you know, when you've experienced grace and you feel like you've been forgiven, you're a lot more forgiving of other people. You're a lot more gracious to others. -Rick Warren

To confer dignity, forgive. To express contempt, forget. -Mason Cooley

Women love us for our defects. If we have enough of them, they will forgive us everything, even our gigantic intellects. -Oscar Wilde

There are people who can never forgive a beggar for their not having given him anything. -Karl Kraus

I read less and less. I have not forgiven books for their failure to tell me the truth and make me happy. -Mason Cooley

Selfishness must always be forgiven you know, because there is no hope of a cure. -Jane Austen

I can't forgive my friends for dying; I don't find these vanishing acts of theirs at all amusing. -Logan Pearsall Smith

He that cannot forgive others, breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass if he would ever reach heaven; for everyone has need to be forgiven. -George Herbert

The public seldom forgive twice. -Johann Kaspar Lavater

We easily forgive our friends those faults that do no affect us ourselves. -Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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

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

Of course God will forgive me; that's His job. -Heinrich Heine

If you haven't forgiven yourself something, how can you forgive others. -Dolores Huerta

If you're going to sin, sin against God, not the bureaucracy; God will forgive you but the bureaucracy won't. -Hyman Rickover

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

You've got to be willing to forgive and say, 'God, get something good out of something bad.' And if you'll make that choice… God will do it. -Don Young

I am much chastened and profoundly remorseful. I can only hope that the Almighty and those whom I have wronged will forgive me my trespasses. -Jack Abramoff

I have always hated celebrities lecturing people on politics. So forgive me. But I am passionate about this country. I am equally passionate about the potential of the people who live here. -Simon Cowell

Knowing that you are completely forgiven destroys the power of sin in your life. -Joseph Prince

I drank for about 25 years getting over the loss of my father and I took the anger out on myself. I did a good job at beating myself up at sometimes. I don't drink anymore but my alcoholic head occasionally says different. 'Nil By Mouth' was a love letter to my father because I needed to resolve some issues in order to be able to forgive him. -Gary Oldman

She's not forgiven me, but we have a wonderful life from our family and that's the nature and quality of that woman that she can say that. -John Prescott

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

I always forgive, but I never forget. -Randy Moss

I didn't have a catharsis for my childhood pain, most of us don't, and until I learned how to forgive those people and let it go, I was unhappy. -Tyler Perry

Everyone can relate to love, hurt, pain, learning how to forgive, needing to get over, needing the power of God in their life. -Tyler Perry

I grabbed my mom and I went to the couch and I said, 'Mom I want to ask Jesus to come into my heart.' And I got on my knee and I asked Jesus to come into my heart, forgive me of my sins, and make me a child of God. -Tim Tebow

Sometimes you see how humanity can rise above any kind of cultural ills and hate that a person's capacity to love and communicate and forgive can be bigger than anything else. -Viola Davis

I have a dream that America will pray and God will forgive us our sins. -Alveda King

We are not forgiven because we are good. We are forgiven because Christ bore our sins. -Joseph Prince

I'll never be a non-stumbler. I'll be a forgiven stumbler, but never a non-stumbler. -TobyMac

People do make mistakes and I think they should be punished. But they should be forgiven and given the opportunity for a second chance. We are human beings. -David Millar

In a way I think Bill Clinton is more likely to forgive and move on or at least try to woo people who don't love him. But he never really tried to woo the press as much as he might have. -Dee Dee Myers

I am making amends and seeking forgiveness. My only hope is that some good can come out of my situation. -Jayson Blair

I auditioned for Robert Redford once and I was so starstruck I couldn't even speak. I had a mic wire at a screen test clipped to me and then I got kind of nervous and I paced in a circle and then took a step and tripped and fell on my face. You just have to forgive yourself and keep going on. -Ethan Hawke

To be intimate with a married man, when my own father cheated on my mother, is not something I could forgive. I could not look at myself in the morning if I did that. I wouldn't be attracted to a man who would cheat on his wife. -Angelina Jolie

Even though we are deceived, still believe. Though we are betrayed, still forgive. Love completely even those who hate you. -Sun Myung Moon

The fact is there is forgiveness for those who seek God. And I believe in the power of redemption. -Rick Perry

I would forgive my mom, but she's going to have to admit she did some things that were wrong. -Aaron Carter

The history of our country is cruel. We have to face those issues or, should I say, we had to. Not anymore I hope, because we are going in the right direction, and we are ready to forgive, ready to move on. -Novak Djokovic

If only I wasn't an atheist, I could get away with anything. You'd just ask for forgiveness and then you'd be forgiven. It sounds much better than having to live with guilt. -Keira Knightley

I like cast iron coated with enamel for longevity and forgiveness if I happen to take my eyes off the prize while pouring Chianti. -Mario Batali

I'm very forgiving so I forgive most things, really. -Tory Burch

I think we learn the most from imperfect relationships – things like forgiveness and compassion. -Andrea Thompson

I had to learn to forgive. I couldn't sleep at night. I got ulcers. I had to let go, to let God deal with it. No one wants to be mad in their own house. I didn't want to be angry my whole life. It takes so much energy out of you to be mean. -Rodney King

Every year during their High Holy Days, the Jewish community reminds us all of our need for repentance and forgiveness. -Billy Graham

There is no way you are going to be forgiven for blowing up a village and killing a bunch of people. -Henry Rollins

Disappointment is inevitable. But to become discouraged, there's a choice I make. God would never discourage me. He would always point me to himself to trust him. Therefore, my discouragement is from Satan. As you go through the emotions that we have, hostility is not from God, bitterness, unforgiveness, all of these are attacks from Satan. -Charles Stanley

Understand that it is often unwise to forgive face to face. This tends to make the other person feel 'put down' and make you look holier-than-thou. -Charles Stanley

Thank you, dear God, for this good life and forgive us if we do not love it enough. Thank you for the rain. And for the chance to wake up in three hours and go fishing: I thank you for that now, because I won't feel so thankful then. -Garrison Keillor

Before Nelson Mandela was arrested in 1962, he was an angry, relatively young man. He founded the ANC's military wing. When he was released, he surprised everyone because he was talking about reconciliation and forgiveness and not about revenge. -Desmond Tutu

Because 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 Tutu

I know from personal experience how damaging it can be to live with bitterness and unforgiveness. I like to say it's like taking poison and hoping your enemy will die. And it really is that harmful to us to live this way. -Joyce Meyer

A lot of times, people feel that if they forgive the person who hurt them, then they will continue to take advantage of them or not take responsibility for what they did wrong. -Joyce Meyer

There are some hurts that we experience that can be forgiven but we won't forget them. -Joyce Meyer

I realized that it's all really one, that John Lennon was correct. We utilize the music to bring down the walls of Berlin, to bring up the force of compassion and forgiveness and kindness between Palestines, Hebrews. Bring down the walls here in San Diego, Tijuana, Cuba. -Carlos Santana

The Bible tells us that Jesus Christ came to do three things. He came to have my past forgiven, you get a purpose for living and a home in Heaven. -Rick Warren

People can forgive each other. -Jo Brand

I remember everything but forgive anyway. -Erica Jong

As we know, forgiveness of oneself is the hardest of all the forgivenesses. -Joan Baez

In battle, you forgive a man anything except an unwillingness to take risks. Sometimes you have to put it on the line. -Tom Clancy

You hope that your teenage self would like and forgive your 50-year-old self. -Hugh Laurie

I don't think I'm ever forgiven for anything, which is baffling because I'm not on TV that much. -Morrissey

I never forget. I never forgive. I can wait. I find it very easy to harbor a grudge. I have scores to settle. -Tom Wolfe

The people who did you wrong or who didn't quite know how to show up, you forgive them. And forgiving them allows you to forgive yourself too. -Jane Fonda

I did a lot of things that I regretted and I certainly paid for my mistakes. You have to go and ask for forgiveness and it wasn't until I really started doing good and doing right, by other people as well as myself, that I really started to feel that guilt go away. So I don't have a problem going to sleep at night. -Mark Wahlberg

The public, more often than not, will forgive mistakes, but it will not forgive trying to wiggle out of one. -Lewis Grizzard

I, for one, am quite willing to join the 'forgive, forget and move on' crowd, but it does make me wonder if Evangelicals are going to sound believable when they say that they tend to vote Republican because of their religious commitments to the family. -Tony Campolo

Jesus teaches us to forgive and I've got to trust him on that one. -Billy Corgan

I find forgiveness to be really healthy. -Ben Affleck

On the Day of Atonement, Jews are commanded to seek forgiveness from the people we have hurt. -Laura Schlessinger

Atheists have as much conscience, possibly more, than people with deep religious conviction, and they still have the same problem of how they reconcile themselves to a bad deed in the past. It's a little easier if you've got a god to forgive you. -Ian Mcewan

One important theme is the extent to which one can ever correct an error, especially outside any frame of religious forgiveness. All of us have done something we regret – how we manage to remove that from our conscience, or whether that's even possible, interested me. -Ian Mcewan

I invite everyone to chose forgiveness rather than division, teamwork over personal ambition. -Jean-Francois Cope

'Caught' is a novel of forgiveness, and the past and the present – who should be and who shouldn't be forgiven. None of my books are ever just about thrills, or it won't work. -Harlan Coben

If consulted by friends about marital dramas, I always encourage the singles to marry, the married to stick together, the neglectful and wayward to renew their loving commitment and the wronged to forgive. -Malcolm Turnbull

In times of tumult, voters are likely to forgive a president, if not reward him, for compromises made in service of solutions. -Ron Fournier

I think it's important to remember that Christianity was based in love and tolerance and forgiveness and acceptance. -Kristin Chenoweth

I don't hate humanity and I'm not interested in people who do. Although, it's funny, actually, some of my favorite writers really do. Like Martin Amis. My dirty secret. 'London Fields' is one of my favorite books ever. And it's indefensible! But he's so funny… I forgive him everything. -Elizabeth Gilbert

I really do believe that God is love, one of deep affection and grace and forgiveness and inspiration. -William P. Young

I feel like I'm the most forgiven actress I can think of, probably because of this short memory people have! -Diane Lane

God's forgiveness allows us to be honest with ourselves. We recognize our imperfections, admit our failures, and plead to God for clemency. -Jonathan Sacks

Well, of course I think people can be forgiven. But our justice system is not set up to dispense forgiveness. You can go to the local priest for that. -Nancy Grace

If you learn how to forgive others for not being strong, then people can learn how to forgive you for your own issues. -T. D. Jakes

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

We develop our propensity to forgive or not to forgive by what we see illustrated at the early ages of our development. -T. D. Jakes

We cannot embrace God's forgiveness if we are so busy clinging to past wounds and nursing old grudges. -T. D. Jakes

I think it is important that we rebuild an atmosphere of forgiveness and civility in every aspect of our lives. -T. D. Jakes

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

Here is the amazing thing about Easter; the Resurrection Sunday for Christians is this, that Christ in the dying moments on the cross gives us the greatest illustration of forgiveness possible. -T. D. Jakes

When you make a decision to forgive it's a decision that you have to make intellectually. -T. D. Jakes

The Dalai Lama's entire being is about peace and harmony, forgiveness and self-discipline. Those are qualities to be admired. I am really looking forward to meeting His Holiness. -Joe Nichols

I had to learn compassion. Had to learn what it felt like to hate, and to forgive and to love and be loved. And to lose people close to me. Had to feel deep loneliness and sorrow. And then I could write. -Louise Penny

Any story about revenge is ultimately a story about forgiveness, redemption, or the futility of revenge. -Nick Wechsler

I believe in Jesus Christ as my Lord and savior. I believe that Jesus died for my sins, and rose again, and that's my belief. I still don't know what 'Christian' means. I'm a follower of Christ, but I keep making a whole bunch of mistakes. And I thank God for forgiveness. -Sherri Shepherd

I think it's harder to forgive ourselves for mistakes that we made because we keep dwelling on it. We want to know how it affects other people, if they liked us for it, if they didn't like us. I think we stress over it, we replay it in our mind. It becomes an old tape that years later we continue to play it in our mind. -Sherri Shepherd

The thing I want to really say is that I still mess up. I still go out there and say things on TV that I know the Lord is like, 'Sherri what are you doing?' but I know I can go back and get on my knees and say, 'Lord forgive me.' I know he will never leave me nor forsake me. The wonderful thing is He answers my prayers in spite of me. -Sherri Shepherd

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

'Unforgiven,' I think, is the best Western ever. -Michael Biehn

The Earth forgives the previous year every year. -Robert Hass

I remember my uncle and my father telling me that my mother didn't want me because I was blind. She thought being blind was a disgrace and a punishment from God. I understand that a lot of young mothers probably wouldn't know what to do in that situation, but over your life you learn to forgive everything. -Ronnie Milsap

I place an enormous premium on loyalty. If someone betrays me, I can forgive them rationally, but emotionally I have found it impossible to do so. -Richard E. Grant

I would like to remember all and be able to forgive everything – in due course! -Johanna Siguroardottir

The things the writers have me doing on 'Suburgatory' are insane. I think they think it's easier to ask for forgiveness than permission. -Cheryl Hines

True, the name of the product wasn't so great. Kindle? It was cute and sinister at the same time – worse than Edsel, or Probe, or Microsoft's Bob. But one forgives a bad name. One even comes to be fond of a bad name, if the product itself is delightful. -Nicholson Baker

I can forgive the body breaking down. It's a little tougher to forgive that mental lapse. -Hale Irwin

I'm just a person who forgives and forgets. I have a hard time holding grudges. -Zachery Ty Bryan

Christianity is not about religion. It's about faith, about being held, about being forgiven. It's about finding joy and finding home. -Bear Grylls

And the only thing to do with a sin is to confess, do penance and then, after some kind of decent interval, ask for forgiveness. -Joseph J. Ellis

Johnny Knoxville has such an incredible humanity to him when you meet him. He's so warm and so funny, and he can sort of get into trouble and you sort of forgive him immediately. -Max Winkler

It seems to me like Mother Nature's mercy and forgiveness have run dry, as we ceaselessly abuse her and take her for granted in order for us to continue our addiction to using fossil fuels. I've gotta say, I don't blame her. Not one bit. -Gloria Reuben

I don't overthink when I'm styling. I kind of forgive myself and accept that I will make mistakes. Getting dressed should be a fun experience! -Paloma Faith

I believe there are more films that involve love and forgiveness than violence, but they often seem fake and are almost embarrassing to watch. -Park Chan-wook

Any time there is 'un-forgiveness' between people who love each other, there is suffering. Any time people face challenges that they really don't understand… there is suffering. -Iyanla Vanzant

You've got to know what your 'thing' is, and you've got to call it a 'thing,' whether it's meanness, nastiness, un-forgiveness, arrogance, ego, resistance, rebelliousness or defiance. Everybody's got a 'thing,' and once you call your 'thing' a 'thing,' we can give it a place to be or dismiss it. -Iyanla Vanzant

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

I cannot stand that whole game of confession, that is: Here I have sinned, now I'm confessing my sins, and describing my path of sin and then in the act of confession I beg for your forgiveness and redemption. -Aleksandar Hemon

He'd forgiven who he needed to forgive, let go of what he needed to, and accepted himself as he was. Archibald Alexander Leach, Cary Grant, and all. -Jennifer Grant

I had the honor to meet Nelson Mandela, and I heard him explain his forgiveness of his captors of 27 years by saying hatred and bitterness is destructive – the power is in love and forgiveness. -Dick Gephardt

May God forgive us for the times when we as individuals and as a Church failed to seek out and care for those little ones who were frightened, alone and in pain because someone was abusing them. That we did not always respond to your cries with the concern of the Good Shepherd is a matter of deep shame. -Sean Brady

I've forgiven all my enemies – even those who have stolen money from me. -Kevin McCloud

God created us for love, for union, for forgiveness and compassion and, yet, that has not been our storyline. That has not been our history. -Richard Rohr

Your heart has to be prepared ahead of time through faith and prayer and grace and mercy and love and forgiveness so you can keep your heart open in hell, when hell happens. -Richard Rohr

As we hone the ability to let go of distraction, to begin again without rancor or judgment, we are deepening forgiveness and compassion for ourselves. And in life, we find we might make a mistake, and more easily begin again, or stray from our chosen course and begin again. -Sharon Salzberg

The assurance of Heaven is never given to the person. And that's why at the core of the Christian faith is the grace of God. If there's one word I would grab from all of that, it's forgiveness – that you can be forgiven. I can be forgiven, and it is of the grace of God. But once you understand that, I think the ramifications are worldwide. -Ravi Zacharias

The minute the church and pastors start saying what do people want and then giving it to them, we betray our calling. We're called to have people follow Jesus. We're called to have people learn how to forgive their enemies. -Eugene H. Peterson

If you don't believe God has forgiven you, you are actually saying that God needs to do more for your forgiveness, and that Jesus' sacrifice was not enough. -Jud Wilhite

Jesus' own witness of sacrificial love and forgiveness, and his work to heal the sick and care for those in need, represent God's ways and vision for us. -Adam Hamilton

There have been tons of politicians who were slow to accept equal rights when it meant changes in the established social order. Many eventually came around, admitted they were wrong, and were forgiven. But the ones who actively choose hate-mongering don't ever get a pass. -Gail Collins

If I say, 'I forgive you,' I have implicitly said you have done something wrong to me. But what forgiveness is at its heart is both saying that justice has been violated and not letting that violation count against the offender. -Miroslav Volf

Sin and forgiveness and falling and getting back up and losing the pearl of great price in the couch cushions but then finding it again, and again, and again? Those are the stumbling steps to becoming Real, the only script that's really worth following in this world or the one that's coming. -Brennan Manning

In Christ we see a maturity of love that flowers in self-sacrifice and forgiveness; a maturity of power that never swerves from the ideal of service; a maturity of goodness that overcomes every temptation, and, of course, we see the ultimate victory of life over death itself. -Vincent Nichols

I desired to become a Christian, and prayed earnestly for the forgiveness of my sins. I felt a peace of mind resulting, and loved every one, feeling desirous that all should have their sins forgiven, and love Jesus as I did. -Ellen G. White

Jesus alone cleanses from sin; He only can forgive our transgressions. -Ellen G. White

I don't want to forgive myself. That's why I hate psychoanalysis I think if you're guilty of something you should live with it. Get rid of it – how can you get rid of a real guilt? I think people should live with it, face up to it. -Orson Welles

I'm generally slow to anger, quick to forgive, and I take in information before making decisions. So no matter how controversial the decision, my general demeanour is to put on white lab coat and gloves and look at the evidence, weigh the arguments and see what makes sense. -Peter Blair Henry

I believe forgiveness is possible for everybody, for everything, but I'm a Buddhist. -Alan Ball

My mother is the most incredible woman on this entire Earth, and she's so giving and loving and sweet and she always raised me how to forgive and forget and move on. She's the catalyst behind it all, my mom is. And I'm 100% a momma's boy! -Brody Jenner

Throwing money at something doesn't really create – forgive me that onerous word – art. -Harold Prince

I think that an actor is more likely to be forgiven in the public's eye than an actress. -Mila Kunis

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

I've always very earnestly tried to do my best, so I just have to trust that and forgive myself for being fallible. -Claire Danes

I like second chances. I've given people second chances. You have fall-outs with friends, and forgiveness is a great thing to have. It's not easy to forgive. I definitely don't forget, but I do forgive. -Odette Annable

Through faith in the Lord Jesus alone can we obtain forgiveness of our sins, and be at peace with God; but, believing in Jesus, we become, through this very faith, the children of God; have God as our Father, and may come to Him for all the temporal and spiritual blessings which we need. -George Muller

The individual who desires to have his sins forgiven, must seek for it through the blood of Jesus. The individual who desires to get power over sin, must likewise seek it through the blood of Jesus. -George Muller

I was born into a Christian family and brought up in a Lutheran church. My faith has been the center point of my life, really, since I was a child, but at 16 years of age, I fully surrendered my life over to Christ. At that point, as a teenager, I began to grasp the concept of Christ's true love and forgiveness. -Michele Bachmann

Certainly people make mistakes in their life. I'm no different, I've made mistakes. When people mess up, we forgive them. When I mess up, I ask for forgiveness. -Michele Bachmann

I think that with everything I've done, in the end, whoever the central character is, they would find a way to forgive, because that's really important to me. -Tyler Perry

The most important thing that I learned in growing up is that forgiveness is something that, when you do it, you free yourself to move on. -Tyler Perry

If you are bitter, you are like a dry leaf that you can just squash, and you can get blown away by the wind. There is much more wisdom in forgiveness. -Vusi Mahlasela

Jesus paid a tremendous price for us so we could have abundant life. He willingly took all of our sin on Himself and gave His life on the cross so we could be forgiven and have new life in Him. -Joyce Meyer

When you make a mistake and the devil comes and tells you 'You're no good,' you don't have to take on the guilt and condemnation he wants to put on you. No! You can immediately confess your mistake to God, thank Him for forgiving you and cleansing you with the blood of Jesus, and move forward in the victory of His grace and forgiveness. -Joyce Meyer

Many times, the decisions we make affect and hurt your closest friends and family the most. I have a lot of regrets in that regard. But God has forgiven me, which I am very thankful for. It has enabled me to forgive myself and move forward one day at a time. -Lex Luger

So many people live with anger and unforgiveness, and many of them are Christians. -Joyce Meyer

There is nothing at all that God won't forgive. -Anne Graham Lotz

When I put my faith in Jesus Christ as my savior, and I asked him to forgive and to come into my life, and He does – from that moment forward I have established a personal relationship with God that I have to develop, you know, through Bible reading and prayer, and living my life for him. -Anne Graham Lotz

First of all, you ask me if the God of Christians forgives one who doesn't believe and doesn't seek the faith. Premise that – and it's the fundamental thing – the mercy of God has no limits if one turns to him with a sincere and contrite heart; the question for one who doesn't believe in God lies in obeying one's conscience. -Pope Francis

If there are people you haven't forgiven, you're not going to really awaken. You have to let go. -Eckhart Tolle

People suit their star sign. If someone is annoying me over and over, and I know they're a Sagittarius, say, I'm more likely to forgive them. It comes down to my need for structure as a way of finding my bearings with people. -Jessie Cave

The power of forgiveness is huge; it is really big, and it can save this world. -Immaculee Ilibagiza

I forgive all personal weaknesses except egomania and pretension. -Herb Kelleher

You always end up saying and doing such horrible things to your family, 'cause you know they're never going anywhere, and at some point, they're going to forgive you. -Wendi McLendon-Covey

I'm a forgiver. I might not forget, but I forgive. My mother, father and older brother always told me: 'Don't hold grudges. If you do that, you don't lower yourself down to your adversary. Just treat people the way you want to be treated.' I honestly think that's why I was able to survive and have some success. -Monte Irvin

I feel like unforgiveness, bitterness and resentment, it blocks the flows of God's blessings in life. -Ja Rule

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

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

What you present as the gospel will determine what you present as discipleship. If you present as the gospel what is essentially a theory of the atonement, and you say, 'If you accept this theory of the atonement, your sins are forgiven, and when you die you will be received into heaven,' there is no basis for discipleship. -Dallas Willard

Central to everything I am and believe and have written is my astonishment, naive as it seems to people, that you can use human speech both to bless, to love, to build, to forgive and also to torture, to hate, to destroy and to annihilate. -George Steiner

Believing there's no God means I can't really be forgiven except by kindness and faulty memories. That's good; it makes me want to be more thoughtful. I have to try to treat people right the first time around. -Penn Jillette

A lot of people, when they say 'forgive and forget,' they think you completely wash your brain out and forget everything. That is not the concept. What I think is you forgive and you forget so you can transform your experiences, not necessarily forget them but transform them, so that they don't haunt you or handicap you or kill you. -Ishmael Beah

You can't legislate into existence an act of forgiveness and a true confession; those are mysteries of the human heart, and they occur between one individual and another individual, not a panel of judges sitting asking questions, trying to test your truth. -Athol Fugard

Without white South Africa realizing what it had done – and on the basis of that realization having the courage to ask for forgiveness – there can really be no significant movement. -Athol Fugard

In the Lord's Prayer, Jesus assumes that asking for forgiveness would be a daily occurrence, as would praying that we might be delivered from evil and led not into temptation. -Kevin DeYoung

It's easier to forgive those who hurt you than those who hurt the people you love. -Regina Brett

Christians – whether as a priest, a nun, a minister, whatever – have just been stereotyped to death. You try to be a model of kindness and love and forgiveness to all those around you, because you have received kindness and love and forgiveness from God through Christ. That's what Christianity is. -Patricia Heaton

Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone's face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come. -Henri Nouwen

I could see that it was God's forgiveness and His mercy that I needed, and that was provided through Christ on the Cross for those who will receive Him as Lord and Savior. That is how I came to Christ. -Kirk Cameron

I believe the Scriptures teach that there's a literal heaven and a literal hell, just like Jesus said. And without forgiveness of sins that, yeah, the place of punishment is called hell. -Kirk Cameron

God makes it really clear that society and civilization is really held together by the glue of families… When a man and a woman come together and say 'I do,' they are committing for a lifetime to love each other and to model what love is and what forgiveness is and what joy is to their kids. -Kirk Cameron

Once people are not here physically, the spiritual remains. We still connect, we can communicate, we can give and receive love and forgiveness. There is love after someone dies. -Sandra Cisneros

I'm not trying to convert the entire nation of Israel and the entire nation of Palestine to Christianity. But at least if you can educate them about the ideology of love, the ideology of forgiveness, the ideology of grace. Those principles are great regardless, but we can't deny they came from Christianity as well. -Mosab Hassan Yousef

It is never too late to strengthen the foundation of faith. There is always time. With faith in the Savior, you can repent and plead for forgiveness. There is someone you can forgive. There is someone you can thank. There is someone you can serve and lift. You can do it wherever you are and however alone and deserted you may feel. -Henry B. Eyring

It is a lie that our anger justifies our impulse to hurt or ignore our antagonists. We are to forgive to be forgiven. To wait for them to repent before we forgive and repent is to allow them to choose for us a delay which could cost us happiness here and hereafter. -Henry B. Eyring

Each life is unique. But for all, repentance will surely include passing through the portal of humble prayer. Our Father in Heaven can allow us to feel fully the conviction of our sins. He knows the depths of our remorse. He can then direct what we must do to qualify for forgiveness. -Henry B. Eyring

Carrying a grudge is a heavy burden. As you forgive, you will feel the joy of being forgiven. -Henry B. Eyring

The gospel of Jesus Christ encompasses much more than avoiding, overcoming, and being cleansed from sin and the bad influences in our lives; it also essentially entails doing good, being good, and becoming better. Repenting of our sins and seeking forgiveness are spiritually necessary, and we must always do so. -David A. Bednar

I have the strength from my mother, the survivability. I have wonderful qualities from my mother – but please, Mother, forgive me – I heard judgment constantly about my father. -Mandy Patinkin

I could've just walked away but I never could have forgiven myself to allow Starbucks to drift into mediocrity or not be relevant. I just couldn't be a bystander. -Howard Schultz

When you hold on to anger and unforgiveness, you can't move forward. -Mary J. Blige

I've been praying to God to show me how to forgive myself. Because… maybe… that's the thing I've been searching for. -Mary J. Blige

I have sinned against You, my Lord, and I would ask that your precious blood would wash and cleanse every stain until it is in the seas of God's forgiveness. -Jimmy Swaggart

Do you realize, when Mandela was inaugurated president, he invited as his special guests the white jailers from his Robben Island prison? He literally did forgive everybody. -Rush Limbaugh

When I was 13 or 14, my parents had a bit of a windfall so bought a lovely new kitchen, but I burnt it down. I was making cheese on toast when flames escaped from the grill. My father stopped the fire with blind panic and excessive water. I was forgiven, but it put me off cooking for years. -Erin O'Connor

If I didn't forgive the people who took me into the barracks and beat me unconscious over a period of days during the period when the British state was indicted for inhuman and degrading treatment in 1971-72, or even the guys who shot me, if you don't forgive them, you end up with unnecessary baggage. -Gerry Adams

All I know is that I'm a sinner and that God has forgiven me of my sins. Because I put my faith and trust in Jesus Christ. -Franklin Graham

Yes, one can repent of moral transgression. The miracle of forgiveness is real, and true repentance is accepted of the Lord. -Ezra Taft Benson

If someone busted into your house and robbed you, would you then forgive them if you found out they were a veteran? Of course not. So why are we forgiving McCain for selling out his country by supporting the Bush agenda? -Adam McKay

Sometimes, you have to make the choice to forgive 10 times a day when you have these pockets of anger come up. That's a lot of work, but to me it's worthwhile. -Amanda Lindhout

Forgiveness is that subtle thread that binds both love and friendship. Without forgiveness, you may not even have a child one day. -George Foreman

Let's be very clear: Living 'unforgiven' is not the sole domain of blacks. It can be found in any successful person. -John Ridley

It's only through Christ that we can take full advantage of God's mercy and forgiveness through repentance in Jesus' name. -Monica Johnson

I'm completely unlike a lot of other performers in the past who have been forgiven or come to terms with the real world because they tell everyone their performance is 'just a show.' And so, people say, 'Oh, it's OK then. We don't care. He's not really a bad person.' It's not just a show for me. It's my life. -Marilyn Manson

God may not accept a person to forgive him his sins, without an atonement, else he must give free license to sin both in angels and men, and then sin were no sin, and our God were no God. -John Wycliffe

There are techniques of Buddhism, such as meditation, that anyone can adopt. And, of course, there are Christian monks and nuns who already use Buddhist methods in order to develop their devotion, compassion, and ability to forgive. -Dalai Lama

Most of us need time to work through pain and loss. We can find all manner of reasons for postponing forgiveness. One of these reasons is waiting for the wrongdoers to repent before we forgive them. Yet such a delay causes us to forfeit the peace and happiness that could be ours. -James E. Faust

If we can find forgiveness in our hearts for those who have caused us hurt and injury, we will rise to a higher level of self-esteem and well-being. -James E. Faust

The full benefit of forgiveness of sin through the Savior's Atonement begins with repentance and baptism and then expands upon receiving the Holy Ghost. -James E. Faust

We'd do better to follow the admonition of Jesus about loving our neighbours. People in the U.S. are capable of forgiveness and willing to see one another's point of view, but when matters become politicised, we're less able to do that. -Kent Haruf

It's a horrible idea that God, this paragon of wisdom and knowledge, power, couldn't think of a better way to forgive us our sins than to come down to Earth in his alter ego as his son and have himself hideously tortured and executed so that he could forgive himself. -Richard Dawkins

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

If you are white, racism is too easily ignored and forgiven, regarded as of burning concern only to the ethnic minorities, and therefore of relatively marginal significance. -Martin Jacques

In the end, you have to forgive in order to heal and move forward with your life. For people who hurt you very deeply, you don't have to forgive them for their sake but for your sake, so that you can move forward and have a healthier and happier life. -Dominique Moceanu

What's so cool about God and our government is that you can make a mistake, and they will forgive you if you just a good person and doing right. -Tom Lister, Jr.

'Unforgiven' is probably an example of a script that I liked right away but thought, 'This is great, but I'd like to do this when I'm older.' So I stuck it in the drawer for ten years and then took it out. -Clint Eastwood

We experience God to the extent to which we love, forgive, and focus on the good in others and ourselves. -Marianne Williamson

Unforgiveness is like drinking poison yourself and waiting for the other person to die. -Marianne Williamson

The characteristics of an authentically empowered personality are humbleness, clarity, forgiveness and love. -Gary Zukav

I thank the Lord for the great principle of repentance and forgiveness. -Gordon B. Hinckley

Paula Deen is a human being. She deserves forgiveness and a chance at redemption as much as anyone else. America is about redemption. -Don Lemon

I just hope everybody forgives me for whatever I did wrong. And hope they remember some of what I did right. -Ray Price

One of the things that Dostoevsky talks about is that no character is too high to fall and no character is too low to be redeemed. 'Crime and Punishment' began with a person going out and consciously becoming a cold-blooded murderer, and it took 800 pages and an epilogue before the person finally asked for forgiveness. -Jeffrey Bell

To understand somebody else as a human being, I think, is about as close to real forgiveness as one can get. -David Small

The idea that debt is necessary for trade, and has to be forgiven, is consequent to the rise of a market economy. The idea that debt is wrong and should be punished is a feature of a moral economy. -Jill Lepore

I can play really terrible human beings, and I seem to have a quality that people can, if not necessarily forgive me those sins, at least cut me some slack. -Ron Eldard

When you first hear the name 'Max Irons,' you'd be forgiven for assuming that Marvel comics has come up with a new superhero. -Kate Reardon

'Into The Wild' had a great sense of wild, unpredictable freedom that I loved, and 'Unforgiven' is just a great western with characters that walked the line between right/wrong with an ambiguity that felt very true to frontier life. -Brendan Fletcher

If you can't forgive yourself, you think you're never going to be able to forgive yourself, and you repeat the same behavior. -Bill Hader

If a magician makes a mistake, it's sometimes forgiven by the audience. If a gambling cheat makes a mistake, they will almost certainly lose their lives – and probably in a horrible manner. -Steve Truglia

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. -Sue Monk Kidd

Our history is an inevitable component of our being. One thing only can release us from the grip of our history. That one thing is forgiveness. -Lewis B. Smedes

No one really forgives unless he has been hurt. -Lewis B. Smedes

The Holy Spirit, thank God, often enables people to forgive even though they are not sure how they did it. -Lewis B. Smedes

The blood of Christ covers all of our sins, but each of us must do personal business with God in order to experience his forgiveness. -Lewis B. Smedes

Nothing enables us to forgive like knowing in our hearts that we have been forgiven. -Lewis B. Smedes

In 2006, 2 years ago, I made a very serious mistake. A mistake that I am responsible for and no one else. In 2006, I told Elizabeth about the mistake, asked her for her forgiveness, asked God for his forgiveness. -John Edwards

Why are women always the ones who have to forgive? If you cheated on a man, he would be like, 'You're disgusting, and I want nothing to do with you.' But women, we're supposed to be like, 'He messed up. He made a mistake.' -Adrienne Bailon

Asking for forgiveness is just one of the most painful kind of experiences. -Nick Nolte

I am 100% in the camp that says forgiveness is mostly about the forgiver. -Hillary Clinton

Reading the several thousand pages of Christopher Isherwood's complete journals is an instructive corrective to the prissiness of reading fiction. Isherwood had faults that we'd say were unforgiveable in a novel (he was careful to distance himself from these in his autobiographical fiction). -Edmund White

If you're truthful with yourself and others, forgiveness clears the path to righteousness, to grace. All we want is grace. We all want that light in our lives. And we can only get that when we go deep into truth. -Corbin Bernsen

Amnesty is the forgiveness of something. Amnesty is anything that says, 'Do it illegally, it will be cheaper and easier.' -Marco Rubio

Nothing is as peaceful as when Christmas is over, when one has been forgiven for everything and can be normal again. -Tove Jansson

All men are chums who will never leave each other in the lurch. A chum doesn't forgive, he just forgets – women forgive everything but never forget. Being forgiven is very unpleasant. -Tove Jansson

I grew up in a strong faith-based family. I think I have selected to return to those roots for strength, for my family, for myself and to protect our children and to forgive others and move on and face forward. -Paula Broadwell

You can forgive if the shot is not right, or the lighting is a bit off, but not if the writing is bad. -Moran Atias

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

To me, forgiveness is the cornerstone of healing. -Sylvia Fraser

I'm not a natural researcher, and I don't get bogged down in it, but I think if you get it right in the first half, people will forgive you, and then you can move on with the story. -Sarah Pinborough

I've never been that cute kid that was forgiven for being naughty. -Richard C. Armitage

The forgiveness that comes of patient interpretation seems impossible when those nearest to your heart are threatened. -Giles Foden

We're only here to love God and each other. I'm not saying I've never gotten angry at anyone. I do. But you've got to forgive and move on. -Barbara Mandrell

I'm a little slow, so forgive me if I'm inarticulate. -Spike Jonze

I forgive 'Face in the Crowd' its uneven tone because it's precisely what makes it feel unlike other Kazan movies. -Peyton Reed

If the reader is rooting for the protagonist, they'll forgive you just about everything else. -Andy Weir

I did once seriously think of embracing the Christian faith. The gentle figure of Christ, so full of forgiveness that he taught his followers not to retaliate when abused or struck, but to turn the other cheek – I thought it was a beautiful example of the perfect man. -Mahatma Gandhi

Every effort should be made to help build the new democratic nation with reconciliation and forgiveness, for the sake of Egypt and not for the benefit of a party or a group. -Ahmed Zewail

You have to forgive me because I have a habit of not winning things. -Kate Winslet

I really believe in, 'Move on, live and let live, forgive and forget.' -Kate Winslet

One would be forgiven for concluding that the assumed benefits of financial innovation are not all they were cracked up to be. -Ben Bernanke

I've never been specifically attached to westerns, but there are those I like – one of the best westerns I've seen is 'Unforgiven.' I think the genre has something extremely powerful that can allow them to talk about good and evil in a very straight way. -Mads Mikkelsen

We believe that the farm should be building 'forgiveness' into the ecosystem. What does that mean? That a more forgiving ecosystem is one that can better handle drought, flood, disease, pestilence. -Joel Salatin

Choose to be kind. Choose to forgive. Let your love grow and shine so that people may look at the example of your life and glorify God in Heaven. -Victoria Osteen

Bitterness and unforgiveness block the flow of God's blessing in your life and actually hinder your prayers. -Victoria Osteen

Choosing forgiveness opens the door of your heart and makes way for a miracle in your life. -Victoria Osteen

It's important to recognize that forgiveness is more than mere words; it's a heart attitude that induces a spiritual transformation. -Victoria Osteen

Now that I'm a father, I've forgiven my parents. -Rivers Cuomo

Rather than forgive, we can wish ill; rather than hope for repentance, we can instead hope that our enemies experience the wrath of God. -Meir Soloveichik

Not only were the Jewish people beloved, but God himself had taken pains to let them know it. Could there be any clearer sign that he continued to believe in their potential, even without the Temple, to achieve forgiveness and ultimately merit the Temple's rebuilding? -Meir Soloveichik

I don't confess in my work because to me, that implies that you're dumping all your guilt and sins on the page and asking the reader to forgive you. -Meghan Daum

There are some things that other people just don't want to forgive you for. For instance, Woody Allen and Soon-Yi. -Steven Gaines

Oh, hour of forgiven sin, moment of perfect pardon, our soul shall never forget you while, within you, life and being find immortality! -Charles Spurgeon

My grandfather once ventured upon publishing a volume of hymns. I never heard anyone speak in their favour or argue that they ought to have been sung in the congregation. In that volume, he promised a second if the first should prove acceptable. We forgive him the first collection because he did not inflict another. -Charles Spurgeon

There is no injustice in the grace of God. God is as just when He forgives a believer as when He casts a sinner into hell. -Charles Spurgeon

9/11 revealed that those about to die do not seem afraid or plead for forgiveness for their sins, if they think about them at all. They all have one thing in mind – those they love – and they all do the same thing: They call them up – spouses, family or friends – to tell them they love them. -Eugene Kennedy

There would be no need for love if perfection were possible. Love arises from our imperfection, from our being different and always in need of the forgiveness, encouragement and that missing half of ourselves that we are searching for, as the Greek myth tells us, in order to complete ourselves. -Eugene Kennedy

No amount of debt restructuring, even debt forgiveness, will help the Greeks achieve real prosperity. What they need is not short-term relief but, rather, a long-term cure. -Edmund Phelps

I never was deeply interested in any object; I never prayed sincerely and earnestly for anything, but it came at some time – no matter how distant, in some way, in some shape, probably the last I should have devised, it came. And yet, I have always had so little faith. God forgive me. -Adoniram Judson

Satan tries to counterfeit the work of God, and by doing this, he may deceive many. To make us lose hope, feel miserable like himself, and believe that we are beyond forgiveness, Satan might even misuse words from the scriptures that emphasize the justice of God in order to imply that there is no mercy. -Dieter F. Uchtdorf

In my case, I belong to a group of aspiring and practicing biographers in Boston. We meet once a month for a coupla hours. It's become my lifeline – forgive the pun. -Nigel Hamilton

I don't have mom issues or dad issues. I think I have found peace about many things in my past. I have forgiven and asked to be forgiven. -Xavier Dolan

No person is perfect. I haven't, thank God, had any infidelity issues. But you can't say what you won't ever do. And you can't say that you won't have forgiveness in your heart if there were to be an issue like that. -Tasha Smith

We get a lot of raps as Americans for being small-minded, but in fact, when you really drill down to the core of the culture, there's an enormous amount of compassion and forgiveness and support. -Bartlett Sher

If I sold something, and it didn't perform, I'd never forgive myself. -Len Buckeridge

You can forgive somebody and still believe they need a consequence. -Taya Kyle

I pray for forgiveness. For help and guidance. To be a better person. For the health of my family. For the world to be a better place. -Tyson Fury

For the millions of Americans, like my family, who believe that there is a creator God who can be known personally, Christmas is a celebration of Jesus' offer of love and forgiveness for all people. -James Lankford

Some people will have to be afraid. Those who plunder the nation, deliver injustice, will have to feel scared of me. And I am not afraid of admitting this. Government cannot be so lenient that it forgives them. -Narendra Modi

I hope when I'm on my deathbed, people forgive me, because there is a lot to forgive. -Christopher Buckley

May God forgive me, but the letters of the alphabet frighten me terribly. They are sly, shameless demons – and dangerous! You open the inkwell, release them; they run off – and how will you ever get control of them again! -Nikos Kazantzakis

What is forgiveness? An emotion? A coping mechanism? An element of deepest faith? A way for the heart and soul to combat the type of hate, anger, rage and a thirst for revenge that could ultimately consume a person? All of those and more? -Mike Barnicle

I have published a proclamation: 'Forgive us our transgressions as we forgive those who transgress against us.' I have ordered all citizens to return to their parishes to enjoy the benefits of this general amnesty. -Toussaint Louverture

A good wife always forgives her husband when she's wrong. -Milton Berle

I clearly have done things that were wrong. I've clearly had to seek God's forgiveness. -Newt Gingrich

People have to render judgment. In my case, I've said upfront openly, I've made mistakes at times. I've had to go to God for forgiveness. I've had to seek reconciliation. But I'm also a 68-year-old grandfather, and I think people have to measure who I am now and whether I'm a person they can trust. -Newt Gingrich

It's always best to ask for forgiveness if you feel that you made a mistake. And again, asking for forgiveness is not just saying the words 'I'm sorry'; it is also offering what you need to do. -Grace Poe

When you forgive somebody, it doesn't necessarily mean you want to invite them to your table. -Oprah Winfrey

I think when you're happy, emotions are right near the top – mine definitely are. I cry easily, I laugh easily, I lose my temper easily… and I beg for forgiveness easily. -Nell Carter

I love discussing social issues, but I'm not interested in scare tactics. I believe there is a way to bring awareness in tandem with forgiveness and love. -Brie Larson

Just knowing you don't have the answers is a recipe for humility, openness, acceptance, forgiveness, and an eagerness to learn – and those are all good things. -Dick Van Dyke

As a practicing Catholic all my life, my faith and the church are never far from my mind. The lessons I learned in the church have structured the way I've approached my life and my career. They were lessons of grace, kindness, forgiveness, and compassion. -Donna Brazile

It's not anti-Catholic to question, nor is it anti-Catholic to be honest about the previous shortcomings of the church, because that is the only way we can ensure its strength and dignity moving forward. It is, however, very Catholic to forgive each other and to never stop loving each other. -Donna Brazile

We have to look at loan forgiveness to incentivise young people to pursue degrees in areas where we know we need help. -Elizabeth Esty

I made a very poor decision in my first marriage. I know God's forgiven me. -Scott DesJarlais

I think only now am I at the age where I've forgiven the past enough to say, 'You know what? Slavery was there. Let's talk about it in ways that will help us face tomorrow. -James McBride

God cannot forgive a sinner who does not acknowledge his sin. -Mother Angelica

Our lack of forgiveness makes us hate, and our lack of compassion makes us hard-hearted. Pride in our hearts makes us resentful and keeps our memory in a constant whirlwind of passion and self-pity. -Mother Angelica

I am someone who can't hold on to negativity or hold on to grudges. I might feel something at a certain point, but I get tired after that. I don't carry it with me. I forgive and forget very easily, and that's the only way to be happy and peaceful. -Deepika Padukone

I read everything, but generally more fact than fiction – especially autobiographies and biographies. I've read 'Long Walk to Freedom' by Nelson Mandela at least twice on holiday. Every time, I'm totally awed by his vision, strength and forgiveness. I feel honoured to have got to know him and his wonderful wife Graca over the years. -Richard Branson

'Ida' is about humanity, about guilt and forgiveness. It's not a film that deals with an issue as such. It's more universal. -Pawel Pawlikowski

We only learn at the speed of pain, and we don't have others in our lives without forgiveness. -Bill Clegg

I've been interested in the idea of forgiveness and the necessity of it. I think of it as the most critical piece of any relationship, whether that be business, or romantic, or familial. We fail each other. We make mistakes. If we contract to go on after those mistakes, forgiveness is involved. Forgiveness is required. -Bill Clegg

We as men, in particular black men, are constantly supported, nurtured, forgiven, apologized for, led, followed and coddled by black women, and they get very little in return. -Jesse Williams

I will never forgive Joe for that awful operation he had performed on Rosemary. It is the only thing I have ever felt bitter toward him about. -Rose Kennedy

Sin penetrates to the heart, darkens and hardens it until it extinguishes the light of belief. Each sin has a path that leads to unbelief. Unless that sin is swiftly obliterated by seeking God's forgiveness, it grows from a worm into a snake that gnaws at the heart. -Said Nursi

My mother's face floated to mind, a pale, reproachful moon, at her last and first visit to the asylum since my twentieth birthday. A daughter in an asylum! I had done that to her. Still, she had obviously decided to forgive me. -Sylvia Plath

No sin, especially no great sin, is just a harm done to the individual who commits it. I believe myself that the future of the human race is bound up with that idea. The soul that is conscious of a grievous sin is conscious of a great harm done to the community – to someone else. That common hurt should now be forgiven. -Vincent McNabb

We cannot go alone to God. We belong to His Mystical Body, the Church; by even our most secret sins, if they be grievous, we have injured the Mystical Body of Jesus Christ and must ask forgiveness of His Mystical Body, too. -Vincent McNabb

The fear of life, the fear of burdens and of duties, of annoyances and of catastrophes! The fear of life, which makes us, through dread of its sufferings, refuse its joys. Ah! I tell you, this cowardliness enrages me; I cannot forgive it. We must live – live a complete life – live all our life. -Emile Zola

It's not so easy to forgive. -Carice van Houten

I believe in forgiveness, I believe in second chances, and I believe we should find a way to restore the Second Amendment rights to people who are qualified and have shown themselves qualified to have those rights restored to them. -Matt Bevin

If you miss something in the theater, you are working through it; you'll get it tomorrow. It's easy to forgive yourself in the theater. On television, you do one shot. All you've done rehearsal-wise is be blocked. There is all this pressure to get it right then. -Donna Lynne Champlin

Beowulf is not a superhero. He has a talent, very much like Clint Eastwood in 'Unforgiven.' He's very good at staying calm in the right moment, but he does bad things. It's very much about having talent in a tight spot. -Kieran Bew

People have the wrong idea that God will forgive Reagan. They say he didn't know what he was doing. It's true he didn't know a lot of what was going on, but he was directly responsible. -Paul Samuelson

I recognise why I have such a strong inability to forgive certain people who betray me. It's chiselled in, like a name on a tomb stone. -Amy Tan

Many people have trouble with forgiveness because they have been taught it is a singular act to be completed in one sitting. That is not so. Forgiveness has many layers, many seasons. -Clarissa Pinkola Estes

If you look at everything I do – even in 'Boo!' there's a message, and it's always 'faith, family, forgiveness.' That's the greatest gift that I've been given. I can get a message to the very people I grew up with, the millions who love what I do. -Tyler Perry

The heart of who I am as a person and as a man is forgiveness, after forgiving my father for a lot of things that were done when I was child. -Tyler Perry

If you haven't forgiven someone, it does not hurt that person. They're sleeping at night. You're holding onto that, and all the damage is being done to you internally. -Tyler Perry

Nothing in the Middle East is ever forgotten or forgiven. -Michael Korda

While politicians may be forgiven for failing to predict the future – who can, alas? – it is amazing that they defiantly ignore the past. -Michael Korda

By their innocence and goodness, by their boundless capacity for forgiveness, and by the sheer power of their faith and hope, children redeem their parents, bringing out their best selves. -Cass Sunstein

Life is life. You have to learn how to forgive people and how to gain forgiveness for yourself. -Benjamin Clementine

Prejudice is sinful. All blood flows red. And the most harmful and foolish kind of prejudice is prejudice against yourself. Every woman is your sister, and every woman needs her sisters. So try to give other women the courtesy of your compassion, respect, and forgiveness. Love yourself despite – and because of – your flaws. -Jewell Parker Rhodes

We need Grace and forgiveness. -Pope Benedict XVI

When we think about a great movie, I mean, what do we think about? We think about story, we think about character. And when the visual effects aren't perfect, we forgive it. -Freddie Wong

Glenda Jackson called me an amateur in 1976 when we were in a play, 'The White Devil.' I've never forgiven her. -Miriam Margolyes

The only thing I've settled in my mind is that I want to forgive, and forgiveness comes with forgetting. -Ingrid Betancourt

I have to forget in order to find peace in my soul and be able to forgive. -Ingrid Betancourt

Since Trump is not quick to forgive the merest of slights, it's hard to imagine him calling on any of the officials who have publicly taken a stand against him to serve in key national security slots. -Peter Bergen

It is evident that the grip of 'The Return of the King' on Mr. Jackson is not unlike the grasp the One Ring exerts over Frodo: it's tough for him to let go, which is why the picture feels as if it has an excess of endings. But he can be forgiven. Why not allow him one last extra bow? -Elvis Mitchell

You'll have to forgive me this boldness, but I think women are very fortunate that men exist! The gods are very wise and certainly knew what they were doing. They created the sun and the moon, light and darkness, the eagle and the serpent, all for the same reason. They are perfect complements and the mechanism we use to reach heaven. -Laura Esquivel

It's the most amazing thing to be able to forgive. -Carrie Fisher

Sometimes, life just gets in the way, and you have to forgive yourself for putting on a few pounds. -Trisha Yearwood

God is waiting for us, to forgive us all, and what is broken, he'll fix. -Aaron Neville

Eid is here! On the first day, it is a custom for all Malaysian Muslims to ask for forgiveness from our parents. We kiss their hands and wish them 'Selamat Hari Raya' or 'Eid Mubarak.' 'Maaf Zahir dan Batin' means 'to apologize in spirit and actions.' -Yuna

The word 'racist' is a permanent stain against my name. It's worse than a criminal record. Some people will never forgive me. Others will accept I made a terrible mistake and recognise I have learnt from it. It's on YouTube when my kids type in their dad's name, and it comes up 'Jamie Vardy racist'. On Google, too. It's horrible. -Jamie Vardy

Hate is a very strong and heavy emotion, probably as strong as love. I don't think I can live with hatred. If something bad happens, you feel bad about it; you forgive and move on. There's no hatred. -Karan Singh Grover

Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing. -August Wilson

People will constantly bring up my past and throw it in my face, but the Creator of the Universe doesn't. If you ask forgiveness from Him, then it's gone forever. The past is never brought up to shame you or degrade you. -Shawn Michaels

I believe in forgiveness; I believe in trying to work with people. -John Lewis

When you make mistakes, when you're wrong, you should admit you're wrong and ask people to forgive you. -John Lewis

Apology is often the first step in correcting a wrong. Having moved for a position of saying 'I don't need forgiveness,' Mr. Trump is now taking a second look at past behaviors, things that he's said and done that he regrets. While he is not asking for forgiveness for being human, he is admitting that he's made mistakes and humbly making apologies. -Alveda King

Do you ever achieve total forgiveness after screwing up? -Lee Unkrich

The things that interest me are less to do with perhaps finding myself and more to do with surviving and mercy and forgiveness. -John Cameron Mitchell

If you have the same drive and passions that everybody else has – for example, if you're trying to do the right thing for your family and do the right thing for people you employ – then you can be forgiven quite a lot. -Damian Lewis

We all know in our hearts that forgiveness is the right thing; it's just a matter of being inspired to reach that place. -Nazanin Boniadi

There is freedom in forgiveness, and it's not that hard to do once you get into the habit. -Dana Perino

As a human being, it's in your nature, when somebody says something about you negatively, to defend yourself and lash back. That's what we all have to learn not to do. You have to forgive a person. And when you forgive a person, you have to forgive yourself. -Ray Allen

There are curveballs that are thrown at you, and you just have to get over it and forgive… if you believe you're perfect, and you don't believe in forgiveness, you're not meant to be married. -Kendra Wilkinson

When we forgive someone, it doesn't excuse their actions; it frees us from our own chronic stress and suffering, so it's in our own self-interest. -Dean Ornish

A wonderful quality about America is that we love redemption stories. We're quick to lash out and assign blame, but we also draw from deep reservoirs of forgiveness. -Judy Smith

You are changed by the people you are closest to, and this has allowed me to forgive myself for the person I once was. -Howard Jacobson

My parents did their best – that earns a lot of forgiveness. But they say children grow up in spite of their parents, and I think I did. -Larry Drake

We all say things sometimes to hurt people, so it's important to forgive and have peace with others and forgive and be at peace with yourself. -Miranda Kerr

Things happen for a reason, and the only thing you can do is at night time get on your knees and ask God for forgiveness for anything that you did that you didn't feel was right. -Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

New kinds of heroics need to be celebrated – like love, thoughtfulness, forgiveness, diplomacy – or we're not going to get there. -Patty Jenkins

Among my generation, there was a purist position that any contact with electoral politics was an unforgiveable compromise. -Naomi Klein

I do believe that our ability to jam the Trump brand is somewhat limited. I think we can chip away at it, but ultimately, the way to undermine the Trump brand is a better product in the political marketplace, if you'll forgive the capitalist metaphor. -Naomi Klein

There's nothing Trump can do that won't be forgiven. -Ann Coulter

I forgive very easily, and I suppose, in the same way, I expect to be forgiven very easily as well. I grew up with that. -Boy George

To me, 'Unforgiven' is one of the best films ever made. Aside from the fact it takes the genre and kicks it between its legs, it's this fascinating deconstruction of the myth of the West. -Taylor Sheridan

Some of the most fascinating scenes in 'Unforgiven,' for me, is that scene with Gene Hackman where he's talking about the Duke of Death that Richard Harris played, and he's basically demolishing this myth of this man very unwesternly – not what you expect in a western. -Taylor Sheridan

I was out of control… I was a mess, but God has forgiven me. -Glen Campbell

I believe in forgiveness. -Pam Bondi

As forces of hate in this country and worldwide try to pull Muslims and Christians apart, we are in desperate need of a unifying force that can bridge the widening gap of interfaith misunderstanding and mistrust. That force could be the message of love, peace, and forgiveness taught by Jesus and accepted by followers of both faiths. -Ibrahim Hooper

I have forgiven those who were persecuting me. -Roy Bennett

The spirit of forgiveness should prevail, and there should be tolerance and understanding among all political parties for us to move forward. -Roy Bennett

There is something deeply disturbing about a popular culture that will not forgive the sins of the Confederacy seven generations past but celebrates the teachings and legacies of Che Guevara, Mao Zhe-Dong, and Jeremy Wright. -Tom Tancredo

Muhammad Ali was unquestionably one of the greatest boxers of the 20th century and a sincere advocate for his religious beliefs. In his life, he defeated the best professional boxers of his era, some of them more than once, which meant he was easily forgiven the excesses of his ringside braggadocio. -Tom Tancredo

Will I ever forgive the British media for what they've done to me? No. -Nigel Farage

The quality of the work when I was 16… I've had my issues with it, but I've learned to forgive myself because I was 16 years old. -Bo Burnham

I am a Christian, and the Bible teaches me to forgive. -Mr. T

As a Christian, you forgive, and you feed the hungry and clothe the naked, and you visit the sick and comfort the lonely. If I'm a true follower of my lord and saviour Jesus Christ, I got to do the things you're supposed to be doing. -Mr. T

I think there are different levels of forgiveness. -Catherine Oxenberg

I believe forgiveness is the best form of love in any relationship. It takes a strong person to say they're sorry and an even stronger person to forgive. -Yolanda Hadid

There's no control in life, is there? There's only one who's in control, and He'll take me when He wants me. I don't want to know about it. It's none of my business. But when it happens, I just ask that it won't be painful and that He forgives me my sins. -Chris Farley

My god is all gods in one. When I see a beautiful sunset, I worship the god of Nature; when I see a hidden action brought to light, I worship the god of Truth; when I see a bad man punished and a good man go free, I worship the god of Justice; when I see a penitent forgiven, I worship the god of Mercy. -Edna St. Vincent Millay

I don't think I have the power to forgive. -Hugh Masekela

I don't have a twin, but I do have a brother and sisters, and I do know that there is a special bond there that is – I'm going to say – closer. It's different. It's closer than having a best friend. It's easier to forgive them. I think it's also easier to get mad at them. You feel a little piece of yourself in them. -Justin Hartley

What if we strove for compassion, for mercy, for forgiveness? And what if we did this for everybody, including people who have harmed others? -James Forman, Jr.

The films of which I'm most proud I've written are the ones that pivot on forgiveness. -Peter Morgan

It's amazing how much you will forgive if the behavior is truthful. -Bennett Miller

If I screw up, I'm gonna say, 'You know what? I really screwed up.' That's all you can do. Some people gonna forgive you, some people not gonna forgive you. That's just the way it works. -Charles Barkley

If we hand over a planet with an uncertain future, history will not forgive us. -Miroslav Lajcak

The Eucharist is an opportunity of grace and conversion. It's also a time of forgiveness of sins, so my hope would be that grace would be instrumental in bringing people to the truth. -Blase J. Cupich

It wasn't always easy – getting dumped by my female friends for their newfound boyfriends, husbands, girlfriends stung; I felt like a jilted lover, heartbroken and wondering what I'd done wrong. But it was also easier to forgive them, to accept what time and energy they were willing to offer, even if it was less than what I wanted. -Jenna Wortham

'Kris Kringle' is a holiday musical for a new generation – a gorgeous score paired with a heartwarming tale of family and forgiveness. -Andrew Keenan-Bolger

The power of forgiveness transcends personal relationships. -Eric Metaxas

Thankfully, forgiveness, and the healing it brings in its wake, has nothing to do with 'deserve.' -Eric Metaxas

Perhaps one could say I've worked in South Africa too long, but I believe in forgiveness, especially when a person admits a mistake, asks for forgiveness, and works to right a wrong. -Michael Finkel

Voters are smart. They know the difference between a Democratic Party that wants their vote and a Democratic Party that believes in making their life better. They'll forgive you for pushing a policy they don't like as long as they believe you're doing it because you genuinely believe it's what's best for the country. -Jason Kander

Teens have a sensational narcissism and genuinely believe that their experiences are unique and can't be explained to adults. But we forgive them for their mistakes and naivete. -Stephanie Savage

If you're wondering what I mean by 'miracle,' it's simple: a miracle is a shift in perspective from fear to love. A miracle can be the moment you choose to forgive your ex-lover and let go of decades of resentment, or the moment you recognize that losing your job was not a tragedy but an opportunity to follow your true calling. -Gabrielle Bernstein

The pope's instruction for priests to forgive may mean, in some cases, the difference between a woman staying in the Catholic Church or leaving for a more understanding and empowering church nearby. -Anthea Butler

Forgiveness is enshrined in the Lord's prayer – forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. These scriptures point to the power of forgiveness not only as a way to absolve transgressions but to ensure that the person extending forgiveness will be forgiven of theirs. -Anthea Butler

Historically, narratives of forgiveness were part of both the anti-slavery movement and the civil rights movement in America. 'Uncle Tom's Cabin,' for instance, was based loosely on the life of the Rev. Josiah Henson, who forgave his master that wanted to sell him and beat him after Henson begged him not to. -Anthea Butler

Forgiveness became a big part of the civil rights movement, juxtaposed against the violence of protesters and law enforcement. King described forgiveness in one of his early sermons as a pardon, a process of life, and the Christian weapon of social redemption. -Anthea Butler

For me, the healing process starts with graciousness and forgiveness. -India Arie

The themes in 'Violet' are universal: accepting yourself with all of your flaws, moving on, and the forgiveness and freedom that comes along with that. -Joshua Henry

Everyone makes mistakes, and we need to learn to forgive ourselves. -Keala Settle

Trump enabled, allowed, peddled to, and promoted the worst in America – racism, division, discrimination, misogyny – during his campaign. I will never forget or forgive him for that. -Ana Navarro

I believe in the redemptive need to admit mistakes, express regret, and ask for forgiveness. -Ana Navarro

It occurred to me that memorials shouldn't be grand. If you really want to honor the memory of a tragedy, you shouldn't create areas of calm reflection. You should make people uncomfortable. Put them in the shoes of those who perpetrated and those who suffered. Then ask, would they be able to forgive in these situations? -Clemantine Wamariya

My father is my hero. No matter what, I'll always forgive him. -Kali Uchis

My husband was a serial adulterer, and there was nothing I could do about it: no questions I could ask him, no argument I could have with him, no explanation he could give me or pleas he could make for forgiveness. -Ingrid Seward

The Queen has well-informed opinions of many of her bishops and likes those who are straightforward and intelligent. Both she and Prince Philip believe Christianity is as much about forgiveness as morality. -Ingrid Seward

To my younger self, I would say unless you're literally in danger, ask forgiveness instead of asking permission. -Jonathan Van Ness

No poem in the world could do my mom justice. Despite circumstance and adversity, she had an unwavering love for her kids and a faith-based, boundless capacity for forgiveness. -Ed Schultz

As our nation's student debt crisis has reached a breaking point, we've been hearing lots of talk about student loan forgiveness. It's taken me 20 years to forgive myself for my loan – and just as long to pay it off. -Camille Perri

I didn't know if I would ever reconcile with my family, and I needed to believe that I could forgive, regardless. -Tara Westover

I forgive because not to forgive would only hurt me. -Anthony Ray Hinton

Sometimes you can't forgive, but you try to forget. -Rakim

You've got to give your past attention, but you've got to forgive yourself, acknowledge what you did wrong, and be a man, taking responsibility. You can't not fly anymore because of the things you've been through. You've got to believe in a brighter future, that better version of yourself. -Jon Jones

Life is supposed to be about love and good times, and so I've forgiven myself after paying the consequences of my bad decisions, and I'm ready to move forward and allow my life to be a light to others that it's never over, even for a person like me, who has lost a tremendous amount of respect among my peers, my fans, my friends and family. -Jon Jones

Speak the truth. People will forgive an honest mistake; they won't forgive you if you lie. -Mark Goulston

I think it's a lot harder to forgive yourself for your own mistakes. -Kerry Bishe

Look at the things you've done and ask for forgiveness. After clearing out that wreckage from the past, you can move forward, in a way, to keep your finger on the pulse. -Molly Bloom

I see the good in people, and I believe in forgiveness. -Karrueche Tran

The mere acknowledgment that 'God is watching' can act as a trap, fueling bad behavior, corruption, and guilt, all remedied by God's forgiveness. No personal responsibility is needed – someone on the outside sees whatever we're doing and makes it all OK. -Tara Stiles

I favor a system where students in publicly funded institutions make a commitment: if they do well in the private sector, they will revert a certain percentage of their income to the education sector; and if they devote some years to public service, their debt will be forgiven. -Howard Gardner

Sandy Meisner would say it takes 20 years to make an actor. Some people it takes five, some people 30. And you have to have patience and forgiveness for yourself. It's hard when you see people at your age or younger becoming successful. -Mark Pellegrino

I come from a background where, if someone is rough and tough, you handle things physically. People betrayed me, and you just want to choke them. But you choose forgiveness. -Brian Welch

You have to work on forgiveness and love, and that includes your own self. -Brian Welch

If people become kinder to each other and begin to forgive some bitterness, if they begin to love their neighbor as the Most High loves us, then I am for it. -Oleksandr Usyk

So many people ask, 'How could you forgive your mother for the way you were raised?' It's really not forgiveness, in my opinion. It's acceptance. She's never going to be the sort of mother who wants to take care of me. -Jeannette Walls

To see Sridevi making tea in Boney Kapoor's kitchen was a huge letdown. I won't forgive him because he brought the angel down from heaven to the kitchen of his apartment. -Ram Gopal Varma

Life is too short for resentments, and I always forgive. -Mike Portnoy

I think forgiveness is overrated, personally, because some things people do are unforgivable. -Charlamagne tha God

I forgive everyone in my life. -David Luiz

If I get to the end of my life, if I die, and I find out religion is one big lie, I still won't regret it because it's helped me to live a better life, to be a better person, to care about people, to believe in forgiveness, to believe in hope. -Elizabeth Smart

I think forgiveness is probably one of the greatest forms of self-love there is because you don't do forgiveness for anybody else. My captors will never care if I forgive them… It will not make a day of difference to them at all, but it will make a huge difference to me. -Elizabeth Smart

I can say I have forgiven my captors. That being said, I never want to see them again. I'm not OK with they did to me. -Elizabeth Smart

Nobody is allowed to make money by defaming me. I may forgive, but I'll never forget. -Govinda

There's a small group of music critics in the States who will forgive you anything – jazz, a long prison term, or what have you – anything but scoring a Hollywood musical. -Andre Previn

The act of choosing to forgive is not easy at the moment of hurt and pain, but in the long run, it is the only way to go. -Paul J. Meyer

Some of our life experience makes us weary of love and make it difficult to forgive others. -Parvathy

My parents are very good examples of Christians. They are big on forgiveness. -James Acaster

I'm a Christian, and I forgive people. That's the mature thing to do. -Mark Henry

I think one of the most important things in evolving is forgiveness. -Damon Dash

I pray for my enemies, that God would forgive them. -Ruby Bridges

I think if there's a support system in place, and you're acting adult-to-adult with a sense of unconditional love and forgiveness, only good things will come from any relationship between men and women. -Nancy Wilson

I can always forgive and forget if I care about someone. -Kyle Richards

The biggest lesson I've learned throughout the first season of 'Workin' Moms' is that you have to give yourself permission to forgive yourself. -Catherine Reitman

How can we condemn those who are truly blinded by evil? We can't. We shouldn't. How do we bring about conversion of those living in blindness? By love. By truth in charity. By offering forgiveness. By offering mercy. With prayer. -Abby Johnson

I struggle with insecurities. I struggle with forgiveness. I struggle with letting someone go that did me dirty without vengeance, which is an evil thing. -Jessie Reyez

There is no forgiveness, justice, or healing on any level when hate is involved. -KRS-One

'Unforgiven' gave me the opportunity to be a complete changeling: the blonde hair, the research that I did at the prison. It changed the perception of me. -Suranne Jones

Some people just can't forgive. And that's just the way life is. You know, I can't forgive some things, either. -Gilbert Arenas

In order to have understanding, you need forgiveness, compassion, and empathy. -Rooney Mara

I think I am a living example of Modi's capacity to forgive. -Smriti Irani

I've had friends who say that they would never forgive cheating, but then they fall in love, the guy cheats, and they forgive him. I don't know what I would do. -Josephine Langford

I learned about forgiveness, and I've reached out to others to make amends. -Beth Hart

My son can be as open as he wants with me, but he cannot forget I am his mother and that all will not be forgiven. -Sonali Bendre

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