Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself.
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.
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
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.
Can you really forgive if you can't forget?
It is very easy to forgive others their mistakes; it takes more grit and gumption to forgive them for having witnessed your own.
Only the brave know how to forgive... a coward never forgave; it is not in his nature.
A mistake is always forgivable, rarely excusable and always unacceptable.
Forgiveness is taking seriously the awfulness of what has happened when you are treated unfairly. Forgiveness is not pretending that things are other than the way they are.
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.
Before we can forgive one another, we have to understand one another.
Man has two great spiritual needs. One is for forgiveness. The other is for goodness.
Sometimes I see myself fine, sometimes I need a witness. And I like the whole truth, but there are nights I only need forgiveness.
Forgiveness is like faith. You have to keep reviving it.
In the Bible it says they asked Jesus how many times you should forgive, and he said seventy times seven. Well, I want you all to know that I'm keeping a chart.
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.
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.
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.
Bear with the faults of others as you would have them bear with yours.
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.
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.
Forgive those who have hurt you.
Forgiveness is the economy of the heart... forgiveness saves the expense of anger, the cost of hatred, the waste of spirits.
Genuine forgiveness does not deny anger but faces it head-on.
The first step in forgiveness is the willingness to forgive.
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