25 Powerful Quotes About Forgiveness To Reflect On

Lovelies, I had it on “good authority” that today was Global Forgiveness Day, which made me want to share some wonderful and inspiring quotes, but it turns out the holiday was changed to July 7. Drat! I shouldn’t have waited until compiling this list to double-check but it’s okay – I forgive myself. See what I did there? (Why aren’t you laughing?)

Well, forgiveness day or not, there’s never a bad time to share famous quotes, and so, without further ado, here are some powerful things that have been said about forgiving:

25 Inspiring Quotes About Forgiveness

(side note: This is one of the prettiest photos I’ve ever taken.)

“If you can’t forgive and forget, pick one.” — Robert Brault


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


“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


“Take forgiveness slowly. Don’t blame yourself for being slow. Peace will come.” — Yoko Ono


“Without forgiveness life is governed by an endless cycle of resentment and retaliation.” — Roberto Assagioli

“The remarkable thing is that we really love our neighbour as ourselves: we do unto others as we do unto ourselves. We hate others when we hate ourselves. We are tolerant toward others when we tolerate ourselves. We forgive others when we forgive ourselves. We are prone to sacrifice others when we are ready to sacrifice ourselves.”

— Eric Hoffer

“The act of forgiveness takes place in our own mind. It really has nothing to do with the other person.” — Louise Hay


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


“Forgiveness is the remission of sins. For it is by this that what has been lost, and was found, is saved from being lost again.” — Saint Augustine


“Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you were.” — Cherie Carter-Scott


“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


“Forgiveness is not weak. It takes courage to face and overcome powerful emotions.” — Desmond Tutu


“Forgive others not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace.” — Jonathan Huie


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

“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.

“He that cannot forgive others, breaks the bridge over which he must pass himself; for every man has need to be forgiven.”  — Lord Herbert


“Forgive, forget. Bear with the faults of others as you would have them bear with yours.” — Phillips Brooks


“The first to apologize is the bravest. The first to forgive is the strongest. And the first to forget is the happiest.” — Anonymous


“When you forgive, you in no way change the past—but you sure do change the future.” — Bernard Meltzer


“Everyone says forgiveness is a lovely idea, until they have something to forgive.” — C.S. Lewis


“Forgiveness liberates the soul. It removes fear. That is why it is such a powerful weapon.” — Nelson Mandela

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

— Bryant McGill

“Forgiveness is giving up the hope that the past could have been any different.” — Oprah Winfrey


“Forgiveness is the needle that knows how to mend.” — Jewel


“Forgiveness is an expression of self love. All the better if it grants another peace, but it’s more important for soothing your own soul. Most people of us don’t love ourselves enough to do that.” — Angasa Salome


There we have it: 25 Powerful Quotes About Forgiveness.

Which quote(s) spoke to you the most? Are there any quotes you like that I didn’t include? Let me know in the comments.

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