FORGIVENESS

is to give others pardon for something they may have done.

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“There's no point in burying a hatchet if you're going to put up a marker on the site.”

Sydney Harris (1917-1986); American newspaper columnist

“It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.”

William Blake (1757-1827); poet, artist

“They learn tolerance for others' faults through our tolerance of their own.”

Cathy Ridner Tempelsman US journalist

“He who forgives ends the quarrel.”

Anonymous

“The past is a guidepost, not a hitching post.”

L. Thomas Holdcroft

“There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness.”

Josh Billings [Henry Wheeler Shaw] (1818-1885); humorist, essayist

“To understand is to forgive, even oneself.”

Alexander Chase

“To understand all is to forgive all.”

French Proverb

“Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave.”

Indira Gandhi (1917-1984); Prime Minister of India

“It is very easy to forgive others their mistakes; it takes more grit and gumption to forgive them for having witnessed your own.”

Jessamyn West (1902-1984); author

“Yesterday is but a dream, and tomorrow is only a vision, but today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope.”

Khalil Gibran (1883-1931); Artist, Poet, Writer

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

Josh Billings [Henry Wheeler Shaw] (1818-1885); humorist, essayist

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

Lawrence Sterne (1713-1768); novelist

“People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.”

Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993); actress, humanitarian

“Forgiveness is not an occasional act: it is an attitude.”

Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968); minister, civil rights activist

“Maintain composure in times of heightened emotion, reacting only when thoughts are calm and clear. Being sensible will open doors for solutions and creativity.”

Jaren L. Davis

“Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.”

Paul Boese

“One forgives to the degree that one loves.”

François Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680); writer, moralist

“Little, vicious minds abound with anger and revenge, and are incapable of feeling the pleasure of forgiving their enemies.”

Lord Chesterfield

“There can only be one state of mind as you approach any profound test; total concentration, a spirit of togetherness, and strength.”

Pat Riley (born 1945); Former NBA player and coach

“People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.”

Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993); actress, humanitarian

“Forgive, son; men are men; they needs must err.”

Euripides (480-406); Greek tragedian

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

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948); Indian political and spiritual leader

“Forgiveness is the answer to the child's dream of a miracle by which what is broken is made whole again, what is soiled is made clean again. ”

Dag Hammarskjold (1905-1961); Swedish political leader, Secretary-General of the United Nations

“Life is an adventure in forgiveness.”

Norman Cousins (1915-1990); editor, writer

“Forgive many things in others; nothing in yourself.”

Ausonuis (310-395); Roman poet

“It is only imperfection that complains of what is imperfect. The more perfect we are, the more gentle and quiet we become towards the defects of others.”

Joseph Addison (1672-1719); English essayist, poet, playwright and politician.

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

Mark Twain (1835-1910); [Samuel Clemens] humorist, essayist, novelist

“Never does the human soul appear so strong and noble as when it forgoes revenge and dares to forgive injury.”

Edwin Hubbel Chapin (1814-1880); Universalist minister, author

“The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.”

Honore de Balzac (1799-1850); novelist

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

Lewis B. Smedes (1921-2002); author, ethicist, theologian

“You don't have to accept the invitation to get angry. Instead, practice forgiveness, empathy and encouragement.”

Dan Fallon

“I will permit no man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him. ”

Booker T. Washington (1856-1915); American political leader, author

“Every man should keep a fair-sized cemetery in which to bury the faults of his friends.”

Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887); clergyman, social reformer

“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.”

Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968); minister, civil rights activist

“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned. ”

Buddha

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

Robert Muller (born 1923); former employee of the United Nations

“Without forgiveness, there's no future.”

Archbishop Desmond Tutu (born 1931); Nobel Peace Prize Winner

“Forgiveness is man's deepest need and highest achievement.”

Horace Bushnell (1802-1876); clergyman, theologian

“To carry a grudge is like being stung to death by one bee.”

William Walton (1902-1983); composer, conductor

“It's okay to look back at the past. Just don't stare.”

Benjamin Dover (1958-0); Award-winning investigative consumer journalist

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my parents recently divorced. i'm 14, and im old enough to understand their divorce was not about me or my sister. however, he has been abusive both physically and emotionally to me and my mother for as long as i can remember... i even called the cops on him once. he lives a few minutes away now in an apartment, but i havent gone to visit him at all since the divorce 2 weeks ago. i hope i can find it in my heart to forgive him like my sister has, but its so hard.
michaela about 1 month ago from texas

having the ability to know you love others
flor 6 months ago from alto

Forgiveness is a trait everyone needs because its what holds the country's of the world together. People should always learn to forgive and forget, because forgiveness allows you to move on to better things to greater dreams and stronger relationships.
Lila 7 months ago from Curtis MI usa

Your life experience IS what it IS and ISN'T what it ISN'T - so don't make your life experience what it ISN'T...ie...don't turn your life experience into marvelous dramas or into horror stories. EMBRACE life - LOVE it - LIVE it! (forgive and forget what you can't) You'll be surprised what a difference it makes!
Les Coughran over 1 year ago from Camas WA

Forgiveness is hard, but you have to take the simplest step first, that is to be willing to have a relationship.do you want to be right or do you want to have a relationship?
larry almost 2 years ago from Nairobi,Kenya

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