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Unapologetic Quotes About the Value of Forgiveness

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Quote: Once a woman has forgiven her man, she must not reheat his sins for breakfast. by author Marlene Dietrich overlaid on photo of black and white window illustration
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Once a woman has forgiven her man, she must not reheat his sins for breakfast.


Quote: Thank you, God, for this good life and forgive us if we do not love it enough. by author Garrison Keillor overlaid on photo of worm's eye view photography of pink cheery blossom tree
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Thank you, God, for this good life and forgive us if we do not love it enough.


Quote: Beware of the man who does not return your blow: he neither forgives you nor allows you to forgive yourself. by author George Bernard Shaw overlaid on photo of short-beak red bird on tree
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Beware of the man who does not return your blow: he neither forgives you nor allows you to forgive yourself.


Quote: We are all serving a life sentence, and good behavior is our only hope for a pardon. by author Douglas Horton overlaid on photo of pink flower with green stem
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We are all serving a life sentence, and good behavior is our only hope for a pardon.


Quote: I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of silhouette of person's hands forming heart
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I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.


Quote: Forgiveness is the final form of love. by author Reinhold Niebuhr overlaid on photo of pink dahlia in bloom
Photo Credit: Janine Joles

Forgiveness is the final form of love.


Quote: Love and forgiveness is not for the faint-hearted. by author Meher Baba overlaid on photo of man in black suit jacket and woman in blue dress kissing during daytime
Photo Credit: Nathan Dumlao

Love and forgiveness is not for the faint-hearted.


Quote: Love is an endless act of forgiveness. by author Jan Karon overlaid on photo of man and woman with dog on woods
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Love is an endless act of forgiveness.


Quote: Forgiveness leads to love, and love leads to forgiveness. by author Darren L. Johnson overlaid on photo of selective focus photography of sunflower
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Forgiveness leads to love, and love leads to forgiveness.


Quote: Let us forgive each other -- only then will we live in peace. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of private jet money plane wallpaper
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Let us forgive each other -- only then will we live in peace.


Quote: America loves a forgiveness story. America is the land of second chances. by author Michael Caputo overlaid on photo of photo of author Michael Caputo with quote

America loves a forgiveness story. America is the land of second chances.


Quote: Peace is such hard work. Harder than war. It takes way more effort to forgive than to kill. by author Rae Carson overlaid on photo of brown pencil on white surface
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Peace is such hard work. Harder than war. It takes way more effort to forgive than to kill.


Quote: He who cannot forgive breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass. by author George Herbert overlaid on photo of pink concrete wall during daytime
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He who cannot forgive breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass.


Quote: The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive. by author John Green overlaid on photo of group of people inside the room in grayscale photo
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The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive.


Quote: Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of aerial photo of green trees
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Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.


Quote: Sweet mercy is nobility's true badge. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of rainbow
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Sweet mercy is nobility's true badge.


Quote: It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of silhouette of three people up on mountain cliff
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It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.


Quote: Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart and cools the sting. by author William Arthur Ward overlaid on photo of snow covered brown mountain
Photo Credit: Martin Jernberg

Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart and cools the sting.


Quote: Throughout life people will make you mad, disrespect you and treat you bad. Let God deal with the things they do, cause hate in your heart will consume you too. by author Will Smith overlaid on photo of black and white long fur cat
Photo Credit: Avel Chuklanov

Throughout life people will make you mad, disrespect you and treat you bad. Let God deal with the things they do, cause hate in your heart will consume you too.


Quote: Life is an adventure in forgiveness. by author Norman Cousins overlaid on photo of black dog photography
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Life is an adventure in forgiveness.


Quote: Forgiveness is not to give the other person peace. Forgiveness is for you. Take that opportunity. by author Mackenzie Phillips overlaid on photo of selective focus photography of brown and black butterfly flying near blooming purple petaled flowers
Photo Credit: Gary Bendig

Forgiveness is not to give the other person peace. Forgiveness is for you. Take that opportunity.


Quote: Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. by author Martin Luther King Jr.  overlaid on photo of blue sky with stars during night time
Photo Credit: George Foster

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.


Quote: The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world. by author Marianne Williamson overlaid on photo of person in black long sleeve shirt using brown and white rotary phone
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The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world.


Quote: Forgiveness is not always easy. At times, it feels more painful than the wound we suffered, to forgive the one that inflicted it. And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness. by author Marianne Williamson overlaid on photo of brown mountain under starry sky
Photo Credit: John Fowler

Forgiveness is not always easy. At times, it feels more painful than the wound we suffered, to forgive the one that inflicted it. And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness.


Quote: Forgiveness is the giving, and so the receiving, of life. by author George MacDonald overlaid on photo of brown tabby kitten on white surface
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Forgiveness is the giving, and so the receiving, of life.


Quote: Forgiveness is that subtle thread that binds both love and friendship. Without forgiveness, you may not even have a child one day. by author George Foreman overlaid on photo of four person hands wrap around shoulders while looking at sunset
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Forgiveness is that subtle thread that binds both love and friendship. Without forgiveness, you may not even have a child one day.


One forgives to the degree that one loves.


Quote: 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. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of pink rose in close up photography
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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.


Quote: There is a kind of beauty in imperfection. by author Conrad Hall overlaid on photo of sunset
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There is a kind of beauty in imperfection.


Quote: To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.


Quote: I find forgiveness to be really healthy. by author Ben Affleck overlaid on photo of two hands
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I find forgiveness to be really healthy.


Quote: Forgive many things in others; nothing in yourself. by author Decimius Magnus Ausonius overlaid on photo of eyeglasses in bokeh photography
Photo Credit: James Sutton

Forgive many things in others; nothing in yourself.


Quote: Forgiveness is a gift you give to yourself. by author T. D. Jakes overlaid on photo of brown and black tiger near body of water
Photo Credit: Ratanjot Singh

Forgiveness is a gift you give to yourself.


Quote: Be assured that if you knew all, you would pardon all. by author Thomas à Kempis overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas à Kempis with quote

Be assured that if you knew all, you would pardon all.


Quote: Forgiveness is a funny thing, it warms the hearts and cools the sting. by author Peter Allen overlaid on photo of group of people waving their hands
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Forgiveness is a funny thing, it warms the hearts and cools the sting.


Quote: They who forgive most shall be most forgiven. by author Josiah Bailey overlaid on photo of autumn leaves on body of water
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They who forgive most shall be most forgiven.


Quote: You're a slave to everyone you haven't forgiven. by author Lawrence King overlaid on photo of mountains with trees under white star at night
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You're a slave to everyone you haven't forgiven.


Quote: Don't make a mountain out of a molehill. by author Henry Ellis overlaid on photo of person wearing round black analog watch at 9:46
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Don't make a mountain out of a molehill.


Quote: My nature has always been to fight. My faith forces me to forgive. by author Cindy Martinusen-Coloma overlaid on photo of low angle photo of starry night
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My nature has always been to fight. My faith forces me to forgive.


Quote: While revenge weakens society, forgiveness gives it strength. by author 14th Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of photo of author 14th Dalai Lama with quote

While revenge weakens society, forgiveness gives it strength.


Quote: The only way anyone can live in peace, is if they are willing to forgive. by author Abhijit Naskar overlaid on photo of monarch butterfly perched on pink flower in close up photography during daytime
Photo Credit: Sam Mgrdichian

The only way anyone can live in peace, is if they are willing to forgive.


Quote: I believe in the forgiveness of sin and the redemption of ignorance. by author Adlai E. Stevenson overlaid on photo of photo of author Adlai E. Stevenson with quote

I believe in the forgiveness of sin and the redemption of ignorance.


Quote: You too are a deeply imperfect and questionable individual. by author Alain de Botton overlaid on photo of silhouette of person standing against windowpane
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You too are a deeply imperfect and questionable individual.


Quote: There are difficult things about you too. by author Alain de Botton overlaid on photo of person using laptop
Photo Credit: John Schnobrich

There are difficult things about you too.


Quote: To forgive is to understand the origins of evil and cruelty. by author Alain de Botton overlaid on photo of water droplets on green leaf
Photo Credit: Scott Webb

To forgive is to understand the origins of evil and cruelty.


Quote: Lack of forgiveness of others breeds lack of self-forgiveness. by author Albert Ellis overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Ellis with quote

Lack of forgiveness of others breeds lack of self-forgiveness.


Quote: To understand is to forgive, even oneself. by author Alexander Chase overlaid on photo of pink pig figurine on white surface
Photo Credit: Fabian Blank

To understand is to forgive, even oneself.


Quote: Genuine forgiveness does not deny anger but faces it head on. by author Alice Miller overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Miller with quote

Genuine forgiveness does not deny anger but faces it head on.


Quote: You can have my forgiveness but you cannot have me. by author Amanda Lovelace overlaid on photo of black and white butterfly on green leaf
Photo Credit: Meg Jerrard

You can have my forgiveness but you cannot have me.


Quote: Forgiveness is giving up all hope of having had a better past. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of silhouette of man and woman kissing on beach during sunset
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Forgiveness is giving up all hope of having had a better past.


Quote: Forgiveness means it finally becomes unimportant that you hit back. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of man and woman kissing under the sun
Photo Credit: Alejandra Quiroz

Forgiveness means it finally becomes unimportant that you hit back.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Forgiveness means it finally becomes unimportant that you hit back. You're done.


Quote: Tolerance is the only real test of civilization. by author Arthur Helps overlaid on photo of photo of author Arthur Helps with quote

Tolerance is the only real test of civilization.


Quote: The forgiving state of mind is a magnetic power for attracting good. by author Catherine Ponder overlaid on photo of brown chopped logs
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The forgiving state of mind is a magnetic power for attracting good.


Quote: Let bygones be bygones. by author Christina Rossetti overlaid on photo of photo of author Christina Rossetti with quote

Let bygones be bygones.


Quote: Forgiveness is God's greatest gift. by author Dan Brown overlaid on photo of photo of author Dan Brown with quote

Forgiveness is God's greatest gift.


Quote: Life, that ever needs forgiveness, has, for its first duty, to forgive. by author Edward Bulwer-Lytton overlaid on photo of lit candle in focus photography
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Life, that ever needs forgiveness, has, for its first duty, to forgive.


Quote: Forgiveness takes time. It is the last step of the grieving process. by author Elin Nordegren overlaid on photo of photo of author Elin Nordegren with quote

Forgiveness takes time. It is the last step of the grieving process.


Quote: Before we can forgive one another, we have to understand one another. by author Emma Goldman overlaid on photo of brown tabby cat
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Before we can forgive one another, we have to understand one another.


Quote: We win by tenderness. We conquer by forgiveness. by author Frederick William Robertson overlaid on photo of person holding light bulb
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We win by tenderness. We conquer by forgiveness.


Quote: To understand all is to forgive all. by author French Proverb overlaid on photo of painting of man walking down a road holding umbrella
Photo Credit: Nick Scheerbart

To understand all is to forgive all.


Quote: Forgiveness is not a feeling; it is a commitment. by author Gary Chapman overlaid on photo of person with flashlight near lighted green tree on mountain under starry night
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Forgiveness is not a feeling; it is a commitment.


Quote: Forgiveness means letting go of the past. by author Gerald Jampolsky overlaid on photo of two women sitting on wooden dock over body of water
Photo Credit: KaLisa Veer

Forgiveness means letting go of the past.


Quote: I can have peace of mind only when I forgive rather than judge. by author Gerald Jampolsky overlaid on photo of white and brown short coated puppy lying on brown wooden floor
Photo Credit: Ben Michel

I can have peace of mind only when I forgive rather than judge.


Quote: It's easier to ask forgiveness than it is to get permission. by author Grace Hopper overlaid on photo of Arizona landscape
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It's easier to ask forgiveness than it is to get permission.


Quote: Sins cannot be undone, only forgiven. by author Igor Stravinsky overlaid on photo of green leaf in close up photography
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Sins cannot be undone, only forgiven.


Quote: You teach people how to treat you by what you let them get away with. by author James Clear overlaid on photo of grayscale photography of elephant
Photo Credit: Geran de Klerk

You teach people how to treat you by what you let them get away with.


Quote: My desire is to be a forgiving, non-judgmental person. by author Janine Turner overlaid on photo of purple flower field during daytime
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My desire is to be a forgiving, non-judgmental person.


Quote: Forgiveness is the needle that knows how to mend. by author Jewel overlaid on photo of silhouette photo of six persons on top of mountain
Photo Credit: Chang Duong

Forgiveness is the needle that knows how to mend.


Quote: Forgetting is the only revenge and the only forgiveness. by author Jorge Luis Borges overlaid on photo of man and woman kissing on the street in grayscale photography
Photo Credit: João Oliveira

Forgetting is the only revenge and the only forgiveness.


Quote: There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness. by author Josh Billings overlaid on photo of photo of pine tree
Photo Credit: Kimon Maritz

There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness.


Quote: To forgive is wisdom, to forget is genius. by author Joyce Cary overlaid on photo of close up photography of moon
Photo Credit: Neven Krcmarek

To forgive is wisdom, to forget is genius.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

To forgive is wisdom, to forget is genius. And easier. Because it's true. It's a new world every heart beat.


Quote: Forgive them even if they are not sorry. by author Julian Casablancas overlaid on photo of gray and brown hummingbird perching on yellow petaled flower
Photo Credit: John Duncan

Forgive them even if they are not sorry.


Quote: But we can't go back. We can only go forward. by author Libba Bray overlaid on photo of person wearing round black analog watch at 9:46
Photo Credit: Analia Baggiano

But we can't go back. We can only go forward.


Quote: Forgiving men is so much easier than forgiving women. by author Margaret Atwood overlaid on photo of grayscale photo of elephant on grass field
Photo Credit: Keyur Nandaniya

Forgiving men is so much easier than forgiving women.


Quote: To confer dignity, forgive. To express contempt, forget. by author Mason Cooley overlaid on photo of orange abstract painting
Photo Credit: Kathleen MacGregor

To confer dignity, forgive. To express contempt, forget.


Quote: Forgiveness is like faith. You have to keep reviving it. by author Mason Cooley overlaid on photo of pavement surrounded with dried leaves
Photo Credit: Bernd Schulz

Forgiveness is like faith. You have to keep reviving it.


Quote: An apology without change is just manipulation. by author Mel Robbins overlaid on photo of two women sitting on wooden dock over body of water
Photo Credit: KaLisa Veer

An apology without change is just manipulation.


Quote: What we forgive too freely doesn't stay forgiven. by author Mignon McLaughlin overlaid on photo of person holding yellow petaled flower
Photo Credit: Kawin Harasai

What we forgive too freely doesn't stay forgiven.


Quote: He who forgives readily only invites offense. by author Pierre Corneille overlaid on photo of Arizona landscape donkey
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He who forgives readily only invites offense.


Quote: How unhappy is he who cannot forgive himself. by author Publilius Syrus overlaid on photo of fawn pug in close up photography
Photo Credit: Summer Chan

How unhappy is he who cannot forgive himself.


Quote: Life becomes easier when you learn to accept an apology you never got. by author Robert Brault overlaid on photo of brown houses in front of hill under starry night
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Life becomes easier when you learn to accept an apology you never got.


Quote: If you can't forgive and forget, pick one. by author Robert Breault overlaid on photo of silhouette of person on top of mountain pointing flashlight on sky filled with stars at night time
Photo Credit: Dino Reichmuth

If you can't forgive and forget, pick one.


Quote: A mistake is always forgivable, rarely excusable and always unacceptable. by author Robert Fripp overlaid on photo of yellow and blue painted wall
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A mistake is always forgivable, rarely excusable and always unacceptable.


Quote: Ultimately, we forgive others in order to free ourselves. by author Sharon Salzberg overlaid on photo of selective focus photo of four green humming birds with red flowers
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Ultimately, we forgive others in order to free ourselves.


Quote: Each one of us is more than the worst thing we've ever done. by author Sheryl Sandberg overlaid on photo of four handheld gardening tools on rack
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Each one of us is more than the worst thing we've ever done.


Quote: You cannot forgive just once, forgiveness is a daily practice. by author Sonia Rumzi overlaid on photo of red neon heart wallpaper
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You cannot forgive just once, forgiveness is a daily practice.


Quote: Forgiveness is a reflection of loving yourself enough to move on. by author Steve Maraboli overlaid on photo of silver click pen on white paper
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Forgiveness is a reflection of loving yourself enough to move on.


Quote: Grace, Mercy and Forgiveness will help a man walk tall. Walk tall! by author John Mellencamp overlaid on photo of photo of author John Mellencamp with quote

Grace, Mercy and Forgiveness will help a man walk tall. Walk tall!


Quote: What power has love but forgiveness? by author William Carlos Williams overlaid on photo of photo of author William Carlos Williams with quote

What power has love but forgiveness?


Quote: The ability to forgive is one of man's greatest achievements. by author Bryant McGill overlaid on photo of white cat sitting on brown couch
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The ability to forgive is one of man's greatest achievements.


Quote: Forgiveness is a gift of high value. Yet its cost is nothing. by author Betty Smith overlaid on photo of clear crystal uplight chandelier
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Forgiveness is a gift of high value. Yet its cost is nothing.


Quote: Forgiving is not forgetting. Forgiving is remembering without pain. by author Celia Cruz overlaid on photo of man raising arms between greenfield
Photo Credit: Hanny Naibaho

Forgiving is not forgetting. Forgiving is remembering without pain.


Quote: Forgiving is not forgetting. It is remembering and letting go. by author Claudia Black overlaid on photo of brown trees on brown field during daytime
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Forgiving is not forgetting. It is remembering and letting go.


Quote: Forgiveness saves the expense of anger. by author Hannah More overlaid on photo of person wearing round black analog watch at 9:46
Photo Credit: Analia Baggiano

Forgiveness saves the expense of anger.


Quote: A heart filled with anger has no room for love. by author Joan Lunden overlaid on photo of black and white photo of woman looking upward
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A heart filled with anger has no room for love.


Quote: Sometimes what a person needs most is to be forgiven. by author Jennifer McMahon overlaid on photo of feet in stream
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Sometimes what a person needs most is to be forgiven.


Quote: Forgiveness is the highest and most difficult of all moral lessons. by author Joseph Jacobs overlaid on photo of man standing in bathroom with bathtub next to body of water
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Forgiveness is the highest and most difficult of all moral lessons.


Quote: Love in the real world means saying you're sorry 10 times a day. by author Kathie Lee Gifford overlaid on photo of yellow and white balloons on orange surface
Photo Credit: Milad Fakurian

Love in the real world means saying you're sorry 10 times a day.


Quote: The lesson is that you can still make mistakes and be forgiven. by author Robert Downey, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert Downey, Jr.  with quote

The lesson is that you can still make mistakes and be forgiven.


Quote: Can you really forgive if you can't forget? by author Sarah Jessica Parker overlaid on photo of two hands
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Can you really forgive if you can't forget?


Quote: Forgiveness is man's deepest need and highest achievement. by author Horace Bushnell overlaid on photo of photo of author Horace Bushnell with quote

Forgiveness is man's deepest need and highest achievement.


Quote: Forgiveness is, truly, all or nothing. by author Ranal Currie overlaid on photo of gray and white bird on red and yellow leaves
Photo Credit: Bryan Hanson

Forgiveness is, truly, all or nothing.


Quote: Forgive yourself the way God forgives: late at night and all day long. by author Sherihan Gamal overlaid on photo of blue wooden door opened
Photo Credit: Joaquin Paz y Miño

Forgive yourself the way God forgives: late at night and all day long.


Quote: Disagreements don't cause disunity, a lack of forgiveness does. by author Loren Cunningham overlaid on photo of sunset
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Disagreements don't cause disunity, a lack of forgiveness does.


Quote: When you learn to forgive yourself, you are ready to forgive others. by author Purvi Raniga overlaid on photo of woman wearing black bikini tap swimming on body of water between trees
Photo Credit: Maximilien T'Scharner

When you learn to forgive yourself, you are ready to forgive others.


Quote: Forgiveness doesn't make the other person right, it makes you free. by author Stormie Omartian overlaid on photo of liquor pouring on clear shot glass
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Forgiveness doesn't make the other person right, it makes you free.


Quote: To forget, you really must forgive. by author Tracy A. Malone overlaid on photo of 10 and 20 us dollar bill
Photo Credit: Bob Ghost

To forget, you really must forgive.


Quote: To Live is to For-Give. Love Yourself. Accept Yourself. Forgive Yourself. by author Wald Wassermann overlaid on photo of close-up photo of two men shaking hands near beach at sunset
Photo Credit: Tyler Nix

To Live is to For-Give. Love Yourself. Accept Yourself. Forgive Yourself.


Quote: I think one of the most important things in evolving is forgiveness. by author Damon Dash overlaid on photo of photo of author Damon Dash with quote

I think one of the most important things in evolving is forgiveness.


Quote: If you do not forgive, you will not manage to focus on your purpose. by author Thandazo Perfect Khumalo overlaid on photo of red rose illustration
Photo Credit: Kyaw Tun

If you do not forgive, you will not manage to focus on your purpose.


Quote: To forgive is to set oneself free from the echo of a pain. by author Sabina Nore overlaid on photo of selective focus photo of brown guitar on white pillow
Photo Credit: Kari Shea

To forgive is to set oneself free from the echo of a pain.


Quote: Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. by author Mahatma Gandhi overlaid on photo of person sitting on chair holding iPad
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Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.


Quote: Forgiveness provides hope, joy, and a bright future that nothing else can. by author Paul J. Meyer overlaid on photo of pink tulips in clear glass vase
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Forgiveness provides hope, joy, and a bright future that nothing else can.


Without forgiveness, there is no future.


Quote: Forgiveness is an absolute necessity for continued human existence. by author Desmond Tutu overlaid on photo of fawn pug standing on textile
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Forgiveness is an absolute necessity for continued human existence.


Quote: When you are happy you can forgive a great deal. by author Princess Diana overlaid on photo of silhouette photography of mountains
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When you are happy you can forgive a great deal.


Quote: If we really want to love we must learn how to forgive. by author Mother Teresa overlaid on photo of person in red shirt walking on brown field under gray sky during daytime
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If we really want to love we must learn how to forgive.


Quote: Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive them that trespass against us. by author Martin Luther overlaid on photo of man and woman kissing on grass field during daytime
Photo Credit: Kate Hliznitsova

Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive them that trespass against us.


Quote: Forgiveness in no way requires that you trust the one you forgive. by author William P. Young overlaid on photo of orange cat stretching on white surface
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Forgiveness in no way requires that you trust the one you forgive.


Quote: A happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers. by author Ruth Graham overlaid on photo of two children holding hands while walking in the middle of the fields
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A happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers.


Quote: Want to keep Christ in Christmas? Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, forgive the guilty, welcome the unwanted, care for the ill, love your enemies, and do unto others as you would have done unto you. by author Steve Maraboli overlaid on photo of woman in black shirt walking on sidewalk near brown concrete wall partition
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Want to keep Christ in Christmas? Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, forgive the guilty, welcome the unwanted, care for the ill, love your enemies, and do unto others as you would have done unto you.


Quote: When you hold resentment toward another, you are bound to that person or condition by an emotional link that is stronger than steel. Forgiveness is the only way to dissolve that link and get free. by author Katherine Ponder overlaid on photo of purple and white light illustration
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When you hold resentment toward another, you are bound to that person or condition by an emotional link that is stronger than steel. Forgiveness is the only way to dissolve that link and get free.


Quote: Without forgiveness life is governed by an endless cycle of resentment and retaliation. by author Roberto Assagioli overlaid on photo of red stain on white wall
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Without forgiveness life is governed by an endless cycle of resentment and retaliation.


Quote: It is surely better to pardon too much, than to condemn too much. by author George Eliot overlaid on photo of man holding his black suit
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It is surely better to pardon too much, than to condemn too much.


Quote: God pardons like a mother, who kisses the offense into everlasting forgiveness. by author Henry Ward Beecher overlaid on photo of woman hugging man
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God pardons like a mother, who kisses the offense into everlasting forgiveness.


Quote: I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine. by author Jane Austen overlaid on photo of man kissing the woman wearing blue polka-dot dress
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I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine.


Quote: Forgiveness is giving up the hope that the past could have been any different. by author Oprah Winfrey overlaid on photo of silhouette of person's hands forming heart
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Forgiveness is giving up the hope that the past could have been any different.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Forgiveness is giving up the hope that the past could have been any different, it's accepting the past for what it was, and using this moment and this time to help yourself move forward.


Quote: I wondered if that was how forgiveness budded; not with the fanfare of epiphany, but with pain gathering its things, packing up, and slipping away unannounced in the middle of the night. by author Khaled Hosseini overlaid on photo of white
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I wondered if that was how forgiveness budded; not with the fanfare of epiphany, but with pain gathering its things, packing up, and slipping away unannounced in the middle of the night.


Quote: Forgiveness must be immediate, whether or not a person asks for it. Trust must be rebuilt over time. Trust requires a track record. by author Rick Warren overlaid on photo of gray scale photo of woman face
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Forgiveness must be immediate, whether or not a person asks for it. Trust must be rebuilt over time. Trust requires a track record.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Forgiveness must be immediate, whether or not a person asks for it. Trust must be rebuilt over time. Trust requires a track record. If someone hurts you repeatedly, you are commanded by God to forgive them instantly, but you are not expected to trust them immediately, and you are not expected to continue allowing them to hurt you.


Quote: Dumbledore says people find it far easier to forgive others for being wrong than being right. by author J. K. Rowling overlaid on photo of photo of author J. K. Rowling with quote

Dumbledore says people find it far easier to forgive others for being wrong than being right.


Quote: Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. by author Ephesians 4:32 overlaid on photo of couple sitting near trees during golden hour
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Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.


Quote: All children should be taught to unconditionally accept, approve, admire, appreciate, forgive, trust, and ultimately, love their own person. by author Asa Don Brown overlaid on photo of woman holding her hair near on trees
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All children should be taught to unconditionally accept, approve, admire, appreciate, forgive, trust, and ultimately, love their own person.


Quote: Repentance is another name for aspiration. by author Henry Ward Beecher overlaid on photo of grassland landscape
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Repentance is another name for aspiration.


Quote: Do as the heavens have done, forget your evil; With them forgive yourself. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of desert grassland
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Do as the heavens have done, forget your evil; With them forgive yourself.


Quote: Be thankful for your life, and forgive everybody, including yourself. by author Yoko Ono overlaid on photo of yellow and white balloons on orange surface
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Be thankful for your life, and forgive everybody, including yourself.


Quote: Men build too many walls and not enough bridges. by author Joseph Fort Newton overlaid on photo of photo of author Joseph Fort Newton with quote

Men build too many walls and not enough bridges.


Quote: Pardon one offence, and you encourage the commission of many. by author Publilius Syrus overlaid on photo of woman in red tube dress holding wine glass
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Pardon one offence, and you encourage the commission of many.


Quote: Yes, this is what good is: to forgive evil. There is no other good. by author Antonio Porchia overlaid on photo of brown and gray mountains during daytime
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Yes, this is what good is: to forgive evil. There is no other good.


Quote: It is very easy to forgive others their mistakes; it takes more grit and gumption to forgive them for having witnessed your own. by author Jessamyn West overlaid on photo of yellow green leaf
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It is very easy to forgive others their mistakes; it takes more grit and gumption to forgive them for having witnessed your own.


Quote: The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward. by author Steve Maraboli overlaid on photo of white boat on sea under white sky during daytime
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The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward.


Quote: A life lived without forgiveness is a prison. by author William Arthur Ward overlaid on photo of fire near trees
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A life lived without forgiveness is a prison.


Quote: Forgiveness isn't approving what happened. It's choosing to rise above it. by author Robin Sharma overlaid on photo of white and brown long coated small dog on green textile
Photo Credit: Karsten Winegeart

Forgiveness isn't approving what happened. It's choosing to rise above it.


Quote: Strive to be first: first to nod, first to smile, first to compliment, and first to forgive. by author Rhonda Byrne overlaid on photo of women's black and pink monokini
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Strive to be first: first to nod, first to smile, first to compliment, and first to forgive.


Quote: Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you were. by author Cherie Carter-Scott overlaid on photo of man and woman standing outside during winter
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Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you were.


Quote: An apology is the super glue of life. It can repair just about anything. by author Lynn Johnston overlaid on photo of sunset
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An apology is the super glue of life. It can repair just about anything.


Quote: Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future. by author Paul Boese overlaid on photo of airplane wing above body of water during daytime
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Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.


Quote: Forgiveness is the sweetest revenge. by author Isaac Friedmann overlaid on photo of plant growing from coin jar wallpaper
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Forgiveness is the sweetest revenge.


Quote: Forgiveness is not an occasional act; it is a permanent attitude. by author Martin Luther King Jr.  overlaid on photo of flat lay photography of several hanging ornaments
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Forgiveness is not an occasional act; it is a permanent attitude.


Quote: Love truth, but pardon error. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of cumulus clouds
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Love truth, but pardon error.


Quote: Forgiveness is the answer. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

Forgiveness is the answer.


Quote: Forgiveness is just another name for freedom. by author Byron Katie overlaid on photo of photo of author Byron Katie with quote

Forgiveness is just another name for freedom.


Quote: As we grow in wisdom, we pardon more freely. by author Madame de Stael overlaid on photo of photo of author Madame de Stael with quote

As we grow in wisdom, we pardon more freely.


Quote: Any fool knows men and women think differently at times, but the biggest difference is this. Men forget, but never forgive; women forgive, but never forget. by author Robert Jordan overlaid on photo of man standing outdoors
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Any fool knows men and women think differently at times, but the biggest difference is this. Men forget, but never forgive; women forgive, but never forget.


Quote: Forgive others, not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace. by author Mel Robbins overlaid on photo of man and woman kissing
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Forgive others, not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace.


Quote: The simple truth is, we all make mistakes, and we all need forgiveness. by author Desmond Tutu overlaid on photo of lighted candle
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The simple truth is, we all make mistakes, and we all need forgiveness.


Quote: Weak people revenge. Strong people forgive. Intelligent people ignore. by author Albert Einstein overlaid on photo of green leaf tree on shore
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Weak people revenge. Strong people forgive. Intelligent people ignore.


Quote: It is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned. by author Francis of Assisi overlaid on photo of soldiers on field at daytime
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It is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned.


Quote: Tell them you still love them, and they will get the message. by author Yoko Ono overlaid on photo of four handheld gardening tools on rack
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Tell them you still love them, and they will get the message.


Quote: To err is human, to forgive, divine. by author Alexander Pope overlaid on photo of photo of author Alexander Pope with quote

To err is human, to forgive, divine.


Quote: He that cannot forgive others, breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass if he would ever reach heaven; for everyone has need to be forgiven. by author George Herbert overlaid on photo of gray concrete painted wall
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He that cannot forgive others, breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass if he would ever reach heaven; for everyone has need to be forgiven.


Quote: There is no forgiveness in nature. by author Ugo Betti overlaid on photo of two women holding flowers
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There is no forgiveness in nature.


Quote: The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget. by author Thomas Szasz overlaid on photo of adult chocolate Labrador retriever
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The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget.


Quote: Nothing inspires forgiveness quite like revenge. by author Scott Adams overlaid on photo of bonfire near mountain
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Nothing inspires forgiveness quite like revenge.


Quote: 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. by author Augustine of Hippo overlaid on photo of photo of author Augustine of Hippo with quote

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.


Quote: Forgive me my nonsense, as I also forgive the nonsense of those that think they talk sense. by author Robert Frost overlaid on photo of red rose
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Forgive me my nonsense, as I also forgive the nonsense of those that think they talk sense.


Quote: The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of man and woman sitting on dock
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The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.


Quote: I like cast iron coated with enamel for longevity and forgiveness if I happen to take my eyes off the prize while pouring Chianti. by author Mario Batali overlaid on photo of silhouette of two person standing near seashore
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I like cast iron coated with enamel for longevity and forgiveness if I happen to take my eyes off the prize while pouring Chianti.


Quote: Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of green trees under white sky during daytime
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Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.


Quote: If I choose to bless another person, I will always end up feeling more blessed. by author Marianne Williamson overlaid on photo of white ceramic mug with coffee on brown wooden table
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If I choose to bless another person, I will always end up feeling more blessed.


Quote: The first step in forgiveness is the willingness to forgive. by author Marianne Williamson overlaid on photo of brown wooden handle axe in grayscale photography
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The first step in forgiveness is the willingness to forgive.


Quote: Forgive yourself for your faults and your mistakes and move on. by author Les Brown overlaid on photo of landscape photography of horizon
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Forgive yourself for your faults and your mistakes and move on.


Quote: You will know that forgiveness has begun when you recall those who hurt you and feel the power to wish them well. by author Lewis B. Smedes overlaid on photo of white cat
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You will know that forgiveness has begun when you recall those who hurt you and feel the power to wish them well.


Quote: Forgiveness really is so misunderstood, as well as the power it can release in an individual. by author Jennifer O'Neill overlaid on photo of selective focus photo of short-coated brown dog lying on grass field
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Forgiveness really is so misunderstood, as well as the power it can release in an individual.


Quote: Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of pavement surrounded with dried leaves
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Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.


Quote: Acceptance and tolerance and forgiveness, those are life-altering lessons. by author Jessica Lange overlaid on photo of yellow flower in green grass field
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Acceptance and tolerance and forgiveness, those are life-altering lessons.


Quote: If there are occasions when my grape turned into a raisin and my joy bell lost its resonance, please forgive me. Charge it to my head and not to my heart. by author Jesse Jackson overlaid on photo of brown grass field near gray rocky mountain during daytime
Photo Credit: Ian Merzwinski

If there are occasions when my grape turned into a raisin and my joy bell lost its resonance, please forgive me. Charge it to my head and not to my heart.


Quote: Selfishness must always be forgiven you know, because there is no hope of a cure. by author Jane Austen overlaid on photo of yellow sunflowers
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Selfishness must always be forgiven you know, because there is no hope of a cure.


Quote: Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave. by author Indira Gandhi overlaid on photo of person holding fan of 100 us dollar bill
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Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave.


Quote: I am 100% in the camp that says forgiveness is mostly about the forgiver. by author Hillary Clinton overlaid on photo of photo of author Hillary Clinton with quote

I am 100% in the camp that says forgiveness is mostly about the forgiver.


Quote: Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom. by author Hannah Arendt overlaid on photo of black and white duck on brown wooden dock during daytime
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Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.


Quote: We often forgive those who bore us, but we cannot forgive those whom we bore. by author François de La Rochefoucauld overlaid on photo of person holding gray leaf
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We often forgive those who bore us, but we cannot forgive those whom we bore.


Quote: I remember everything but forgive anyway. by author Erica Jong overlaid on photo of three women sitting on rock near body of water
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I remember everything but forgive anyway.


Quote: Every year during their High Holy Days, the Jewish community reminds us all of our need for repentance and forgiveness. by author Billy Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Billy Graham with quote

Every year during their High Holy Days, the Jewish community reminds us all of our need for repentance and forgiveness.


Quote: The day the child realizes that all adults are imperfect, he becomes an adolescent; the day he forgives them, he becomes an adult; the day he forgives himself, he becomes wise. by author Alden Nowlan overlaid on photo of grayscale photography of raindrops
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The day the child realizes that all adults are imperfect, he becomes an adolescent; the day he forgives them, he becomes an adult; the day he forgives himself, he becomes wise.


Quote: When a deep injury is done us, we never recover until we forgive. by author Alan Paton overlaid on photo of photo of author Alan Paton with quote

When a deep injury is done us, we never recover until we forgive.


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