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24 Inspirational Quotes on Forgiveness

Three of the most powerful words you could ever say – “I forgive you.”

What does it mean to forgive others? What does it mean to forgive yourself?

How powerful and meaningful is forgiveness in your life?

Think about these things as you go through the 24 quotes below.

24 Forgiveness Quotes

If we really want to love, we must learn how to forgive.
– Mother Teresa

Forgiveness is a powerful expression of the love within our soul.
– Anthony Douglas

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.
– Martin Luther King Jr.

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

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

Forgiveness isn’t approving what happened. It’s choosing to rise above it.
– Robin Sharma

By having a forgiving attitude, you can change your life and the lives of the people you care about most.
– Kathie M. Thomson

Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.
– Mark Twain

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

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

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

Forgiving isn’t something you do for someone else. It’s something you do for yourself. It’s saying ‘You’re not important enough to have a stranglehold on me.’ It’s saying, ‘You don’t get to trap me in the past. I am worthy of a future’.
– Jodi Picoult

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

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

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

Though I was unaware of it at the time, that simple act of forgiveness was the beginning of an entirely new level of experiencing life for me.
– Wayne Dyer

Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.
– Martin Luther King Jr.

Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you are.
– Cherie Carter-Scott

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

Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart and cools the sting.
– William Arthur Ward

Forgiveness is healing…especially forgiving yourself.
– Alyson Noël

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

Forgiveness does not mean ignoring what has been done or putting a false label on an evil act. It means, rather, that the evil act no longer remains as a barrier to the relationship. Forgiveness is a catalyst creating the atmosphere necessary for a fresh start and a new beginning.
– Martin Luther King Jr.

As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.
– Nelson Mandala

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  1. The topic of forgiving the self has such a presence in my heart. This post was so powerful and inspiring. Thank you!

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