What is forgiveness?
How do we forgive others when we are angry, hurt, abandoned, abused or outraged? Is it possible to be kind to someone who has been unkind? If so, where do we find the courage and strength? Forgiveness brings love to our hearts and health and healing to ourselves and others.
Are you struggling with forgiveness? Sometimes it helps to take time out away from your day to day stress and anxiety. Get plenty of good food, a good night’s sleep, rest and relaxation during the day, and then when you are ready, you might like to put on your favorite loving music while reading these inspired thoughts about forgiveness.
Then surrender with gratitude, forgiveness and love.
50 Forgiveness Quotes
People can be more forgiving than you can imagine. But you have to forgive yourself. Let go of what’s bitter and move on.
Forgiveness is the economy of the heart… forgiveness saves the expense of anger, the cost of hatred, the waste of spirits.
Not just Christians and Jews, but also Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus and the followers of many other religions believe in values like peace, respect, tolerance and dignity. These are values that bring people together and enable us to build responsible and solid communities.
I have learned that sometimes “sorry” is not enough. Sometimes you actually have to change.
The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naïve forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget.
Forgotten is forgiven.
-F. Scott Fitzgerald
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.
Forgiveness is the final form of love.
Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave.
The highest result of education is tolerance.
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
I believe with all my heart that civilization has produced nothing finer than a man or woman who thinks and practices true tolerance.
Life is an adventure in forgiveness.
It is very east to forgive others their mistakes; it takes more grit and gumption to forgive them for having witnessed your own.
Humanity is never so beautiful as when praying for forgiveness, or else forgiving another.
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
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 the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.
It is thus tolerance that is the source of peace, and intolerance that is the source of disorder and squabbling.
I think tolerance and acceptance and love is something that feeds every community.
He that cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which he must pass himself; for every man has need to be forgiven.
It is essential to employ, trust, and reward those whose perspective, ability, and judgment are radically different from yours. It is also rare, for it requires uncommon humility, tolerance, and wisdom.
Man has two great spiritual needs. One is for forgiveness. The other is for goodness.
What is tolerance? It is the consequence of humanity. We are all formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each other’s folly – that is the first law of nature.
Acceptance and tolerance and forgiveness, those are life-altering lessons.
Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.
And as I’ve gotten older, I’ve had more of a tendency to look for people who live by kindness, tolerance, compassion, a gentler way of looking at things.
You will know that forgiveness has begun when you recall those who hurt you and feel the power to wish them well.
-Lewis B. Smedes
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-just like it does for you and me.
If you can’t forgive and forget, pick one.
He who cannot forgive breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass.
Without forgiveness life is governed by… an endless cycle of resentment and retaliation.
Forgive all who have offended you, not for them, but for yourself.
Forgiving does not erase the bitter past. A healed memory is not a deleted memory. Instead, forgiving what we cannot forget creates a new way to remember. We change the memory of our past into a hope for our future.
-Louis B. Smedes
A happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers.
Forgive yourself for your faults and your mistakes and move on.
The ability to forgive is one of man’s greatest achievements.
-Bryant H. McGill
Tolerance is giving to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself.
-Robert Green Ingersoll
Forgiveness is the giving, and so the receiving, of life.
My desire is to be a forgiving, non-judgmental person.
Once a woman has forgiven her man, she must not reheat his sins for breakfast.
It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.
Genuine forgiveness does not deny anger but faces it head-on.
-Alice Duer Miller
To understand is to forgive, even oneself.
To err is human; to forgive, divine.
Forgiveness ought to be like a cancelled note – torn in two, and burned up, so that it never can be shown against one.
-Henry Ward Beecher
In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher.
This article is written by Jean Voice Dart, M.S. Special Education from Illinois State University. Jean is a published author and has written hundreds of health articles as well as hosting a local television program, “Making Miracles Happen.” She is a Registered Music Therapist, Sound Therapist, and Master Level Energetic Teacher, and is the Executive Director, founder and Health and Wellness Educator of the Monterey Bay Holistic Alliance. The Monterey Bay Holistic Alliance is a registered 501 (c) 3 nonprofit health and wellness education organization. For more information about the Monterey Bay Holistic Alliance contact us or visit our website at www.montereybayholistic.com.
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