I will permit no man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him. - Booker T. Washington
You don't have to accept the invitation to get angry. Instead, practice forgiveness, empathy and encouragement. Dan Fallon
People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone. Audrey Hepburn.
It's okay to look back at the past. Just don't stare. Benjamin Dover
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
Since nothing we intend is ever faultless, and nothing we attempt ever without error, and nothing we achieve without some measure of finitude and fallibility we call humanness, we are saved by forgiveness. David Augsburger
The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.
Honore de Balzac
Every man should keep a fair-sized cemetery in which to bury the faults of his friends.
Henry Ward Beecher
There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness. - Josh Billings
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.
It is a very delicate job to forgive a man, without lowering him in his own estimation, and yours too. Josh Billings
There's no point in burying a hatchet if
you're going to put up a marker on the site.
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.
To forgive is to set a prisoner free and
discover that the prisoner was you.
Lewis B. Smedes
of virtue human nature can arrive at.
To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness.
Sincere forgiveness isn't colored with expectations that the other person apologize or change. Don't worry whether or not they finally understand you. Love them and release them. Life feeds back truth to people in its own way and time.
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.
Forgiveness is God's invention for coming to terms with a world in which, despite their best intentions, people are unfair to each other and hurt each other deeply. He began by forgiving us. And he invites us all to forgive each other. Lewis B. Smedes
Forgiveness is not an occasional act: it is an attitude. Martin Luther King Jr.
In a way, forgiving is only for the brave. It is for those people who are willing to confront their pain, accept themselves as permanently changed, and make difficult choices. Countless individuals are satisfied to go on resenting and hating people who wrong them. They stew in their own inner poisons and even contaminate those around them. Forgivers, on the other hand, are not content to be stuck in a quagmire. They reject the possibility that the rest of their lives will be determined by the unjust and injurious acts of another person.
Forgiveness is the only way to break the cycle of blame--and pain--in a relationship...It does not settle all questions of blame and justice and fairness...But it does allow relationships to start over. In that way, said Solzhenitsyn, we differ from all animals. It is not our capacity to think that makes us different, but our capacity to repent, and to forgive.
- Philip Yancey
He that cannot forgive others, breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass if he would reach heaven; for everyone has need to be forgiven.
- George Herbert -
You can't forgive what you refuse to remember, any more than you can seek treatment for a disease whose symptoms you have yet to notice.
- Carol Luebering -
I can forgive, but I cannot forget, is only another way of saying, I cannot forgive - Henry Ward Beecher
To apologize is to lay the foundation for a future offense . - Ambrose Bierce
Those who easily forgive invite offenses - Pierre Corneille
It is easier to forgive an enemy than a friend. - Madame Dorothe DeLuzy
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned -
St. Francis of Assisi
Forgiveness is a gift we give ourselves that allows us to get on with our lives instead of being trapped in the past by resentment. - Rick Warren