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quote by Abraham Lincoln: I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice. with background image: silhouette of person's hands forming heart
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I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.

--Abraham Lincoln
quote by T. D. Jakes: Forgiveness is a gift you give to yourself. with background image: brown and black tiger near body of water
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Forgiveness is a gift you give to yourself.

--T. D. Jakes
quote by Thomas à Kempis: Be assured that if you knew all, you would pardon all. with background image: photo of author Thomas à Kempis with quote

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

--Thomas a Kempis
quote by Peter Allen: Forgiveness is a funny thing, it warms the hearts and cools the sting. with background image: group of people waving their hands
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Forgiveness is a funny thing, it warms the hearts and cools the sting.

--Peter Allen
quote by Josiah Bailey: They who forgive most shall be most forgiven. with background image: autumn leaves on body of water
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They who forgive most shall be most forgiven.

--Josiah Bailey
quote by Lawrence King: You're a slave to everyone you haven't forgiven. with background image: mountains with trees under white star at night
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You're a slave to everyone you haven't forgiven.

--Lawrence King
quote by Henry Ellis: Don't make a mountain out of a molehill. with background image: person wearing round black analog watch at 9:46
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Don't make a mountain out of a molehill.

--Henry Ellis
quote by Cindy Martinusen-Coloma: My nature has always been to fight. My faith forces me to forgive. with background image: low angle photo of starry night
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My nature has always been to fight. My faith forces me to forgive.

--Cindy Martinusen-Coloma
quote by 14th Dalai Lama: While revenge weakens society, forgiveness gives it strength. with background image: photo of author 14th Dalai Lama with quote

While revenge weakens society, forgiveness gives it strength.

--14th Dalai Lama
quote by Abhijit Naskar: The only way anyone can live in peace, is if they are willing to forgive. with background image: monarch butterfly perched on pink flower in close up photography during daytime
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The only way anyone can live in peace, is if they are willing to forgive.

--Abhijit Naskar
quote by Adlai E. Stevenson: I believe in the forgiveness of sin and the redemption of ignorance. with background image: photo of author Adlai E. Stevenson with quote

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

--Adlai E. Stevenson
quote by Alain de Botton: You too are a deeply imperfect and questionable individual. with background image: silhouette of person standing against windowpane
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You too are a deeply imperfect and questionable individual.

--Alain de Botton
quote by Alain de Botton: There are difficult things about you too. with background image: person using laptop
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There are difficult things about you too.

--Alain de Botton
quote by Alain de Botton: To forgive is to understand the origins of evil and cruelty. with background image: water droplets on green leaf
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To forgive is to understand the origins of evil and cruelty.

--Alain de Botton
quote by Albert Ellis: Lack of forgiveness of others breeds lack of self-forgiveness. with background image: photo of author Albert Ellis with quote

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

--Albert Ellis
quote by Alexander Chase: To understand is to forgive, even oneself. with background image: pink pig figurine on white surface
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To understand is to forgive, even oneself.

--Alexander Chase
quote by Alice Miller: Genuine forgiveness does not deny anger but faces it head on. with background image: photo of author Alice Miller with quote

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

--Alice Miller
quote by Amanda Lovelace: You can have my forgiveness but you cannot have me. with background image: black and white butterfly on green leaf
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You can have my forgiveness but you cannot have me.

--Amanda Lovelace
quote by Anne Lamott: Forgiveness is giving up all hope of having had a better past. with background image: 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.

--Anne Lamott
quote by Anne Lamott: Forgiveness means it finally becomes unimportant that you hit back. with background image: man and woman kissing under the sun
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Forgiveness means it finally becomes unimportant that you hit back.

--Anne Lamott

Longer Version:

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


quote by Arthur Helps: Tolerance is the only real test of civilization. with background image: photo of author Arthur Helps with quote

Tolerance is the only real test of civilization.

--Arthur Helps
quote by Catherine Ponder: The forgiving state of mind is a magnetic power for attracting good. with background image: brown chopped logs
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The forgiving state of mind is a magnetic power for attracting good.

--Catherine Ponder
quote by Christina Rossetti: Let bygones be bygones. with background image: photo of author Christina Rossetti with quote

Let bygones be bygones.

--Christina Rossetti
quote by Dan Brown: Forgiveness is God's greatest gift. with background image: photo of author Dan Brown with quote

Forgiveness is God's greatest gift.

--Dan Brown
quote by Edward Bulwer-Lytton: Life, that ever needs forgiveness, has, for its first duty, to forgive. with background image: lit candle in focus photography
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Life, that ever needs forgiveness, has, for its first duty, to forgive.

--Edward Bulwer-Lytton
quote by Elin Nordegren: Forgiveness takes time. It is the last step of the grieving process. with background image: photo of author Elin Nordegren with quote

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

--Elin Nordegren
quote by Emma Goldman: Before we can forgive one another, we have to understand one another. with background image: photo of author Emma Goldman with quote

Before we can forgive one another, we have to understand one another.

--Emma Goldman
quote by Frederick William Robertson: We win by tenderness. We conquer by forgiveness. with background image: photo of author Frederick William Robertson with quote

We win by tenderness. We conquer by forgiveness.

--Frederick William Robertson
quote by French Proverb: To understand all is to forgive all. with background image: painting of man walking down a road holding umbrella
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To understand all is to forgive all.

--French Proverb
quote by Gary Chapman: Forgiveness is not a feeling; it is a commitment. with background image: photo of author Gary Chapman with quote

Forgiveness is not a feeling; it is a commitment.

--Gary Chapman
quote by Gerald Jampolsky: Forgiveness means letting go of the past. with background image: two women sitting on wooden dock over body of water
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Forgiveness means letting go of the past.

--Gerald Jampolsky
quote by Gerald Jampolsky: I can have peace of mind only when I forgive rather than judge. with background image: white and brown short coated puppy lying on brown wooden floor
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I can have peace of mind only when I forgive rather than judge.

--Gerald Jampolsky
quote by Grace Hopper: It's easier to ask forgiveness than it is to get permission. with background image: photo of author Grace Hopper with quote

It's easier to ask forgiveness than it is to get permission.

--Grace Hopper
quote by Igor Stravinsky: Sins cannot be undone, only forgiven. with background image: photo of author Igor Stravinsky with quote

Sins cannot be undone, only forgiven.

--Igor Stravinsky
quote by James Clear: You teach people how to treat you by what you let them get away with. with background image: photo of author James Clear with quote

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

--James Clear
quote by Janine Turner: My desire is to be a forgiving, non-judgmental person. with background image: photo of author Janine Turner with quote

My desire is to be a forgiving, non-judgmental person.

--Janine Turner
quote by Jewel: Forgiveness is the needle that knows how to mend. with background image: silhouette photo of six persons on top of mountain
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Forgiveness is the needle that knows how to mend.

--Jewel
quote by Jorge Luis Borges: Forgetting is the only revenge and the only forgiveness. with background image: photo of author Jorge Luis Borges with quote

Forgetting is the only revenge and the only forgiveness.

--Jorge Luis Borges
quote by Josh Billings: There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness. with background image: photo of author Josh Billings with quote

There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness.

--Josh Billings
quote by Joyce Cary: To forgive is wisdom, to forget is genius. with background image: close up photography of moon
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To forgive is wisdom, to forget is genius.

--Joyce Cary

Longer Version:

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


quote by Julian Casablancas: Forgive them even if they are not sorry. with background image: photo of author Julian Casablancas with quote

Forgive them even if they are not sorry.

--Julian Casablancas
quote by Libba Bray: But we can't go back. We can only go forward. with background image: photo of author Libba Bray with quote

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

--Libba Bray
quote by Margaret Atwood: Forgiving men is so much easier than forgiving women. with background image: photo of author Margaret Atwood with quote

Forgiving men is so much easier than forgiving women.

--Margaret Atwood
quote by Mason Cooley: To confer dignity, forgive. To express contempt, forget. with background image: orange abstract painting
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To confer dignity, forgive. To express contempt, forget.

--Mason Cooley
quote by Mason Cooley: Forgiveness is like faith. You have to keep reviving it. with background image: pavement surrounded with dried leaves
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Forgiveness is like faith. You have to keep reviving it.

--Mason Cooley
quote by Mel Robbins: An apology without change is just manipulation. with background image: two women sitting on wooden dock over body of water
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An apology without change is just manipulation.

--Mel Robbins
quote by Mignon McLaughlin: What we forgive too freely doesn't stay forgiven. with background image: person holding yellow petaled flower
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What we forgive too freely doesn't stay forgiven.

--Mignon McLaughlin
quote by Pierre Corneille: He who forgives readily only invites offense. with background image: photo of author Pierre Corneille with quote

He who forgives readily only invites offense.

--Pierre Corneille
quote by Publilius Syrus: How unhappy is he who cannot forgive himself. with background image: fawn pug in close up photography
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How unhappy is he who cannot forgive himself.

--Publilius Syrus
quote by Reinhold Niebuhr: Forgiveness is the final form of love. with background image: photo of author Reinhold Niebuhr with quote

Forgiveness is the final form of love.

--Reinhold Niebuhr
quote by Robert Brault: Life becomes easier when you learn to accept an apology you never got. with background image: 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.

--Robert Brault
quote by Robert Breault: If you can't forgive and forget, pick one. with background image: silhouette of person on top of mountain pointing flashlight on sky filled with stars at night time
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If you can't forgive and forget, pick one.

--Robert Breault
quote by Robert Fripp: A mistake is always forgivable, rarely excusable and always unacceptable. with background image: yellow and blue painted wall
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A mistake is always forgivable, rarely excusable and always unacceptable.

--Robert Fripp
quote by Sharon Salzberg: Ultimately, we forgive others in order to free ourselves. with background image: photo of author Sharon Salzberg with quote

Ultimately, we forgive others in order to free ourselves.

--Sharon Salzberg
quote by Sheryl Sandberg: Each one of us is more than the worst thing we've ever done. with background image: photo of author Sheryl Sandberg with quote

Each one of us is more than the worst thing we've ever done.

--Sheryl Sandberg
quote by Sonia Rumzi: You cannot forgive just once, forgiveness is a daily practice. with background image: red neon heart wallpaper
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You cannot forgive just once, forgiveness is a daily practice.

--Sonia Rumzi
quote by Steve Maraboli: Forgiveness is a reflection of loving yourself enough to move on. with background image: silver click pen on white paper
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Forgiveness is a reflection of loving yourself enough to move on.

--Steve Maraboli
quote by Meher Baba: Love and forgiveness is not for the faint-hearted. with background image: photo of author Meher Baba with quote

Love and forgiveness is not for the faint-hearted.

--Meher Baba
quote by John Mellencamp: Grace, Mercy and Forgiveness will help a man walk tall. Walk tall! with background image: photo of author John Mellencamp with quote

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

--John Mellencamp
quote by William Carlos Williams: What power has love but forgiveness? with background image: photo of author William Carlos Williams with quote

What power has love but forgiveness?

--William Carlos Williams
quote by Bryant McGill: The ability to forgive is one of man's greatest achievements. with background image: photo of author Bryant McGill with quote

The ability to forgive is one of man's greatest achievements.

--Bryant McGill
quote by Betty Smith: Forgiveness is a gift of high value. Yet its cost is nothing. with background image: photo of author Betty Smith with quote

Forgiveness is a gift of high value. Yet its cost is nothing.

--Betty Smith
quote by Celia Cruz: Forgiving is not forgetting. Forgiving is remembering without pain. with background image: photo of author Celia Cruz with quote

Forgiving is not forgetting. Forgiving is remembering without pain.

--Celia Cruz
quote by Claudia Black: Forgiving is not forgetting. It is remembering and letting go. with background image: photo of author Claudia Black with quote

Forgiving is not forgetting. It is remembering and letting go.

--Claudia Black
quote by Hannah More: Forgiveness saves the expense of anger. with background image: photo of author Hannah More with quote

Forgiveness saves the expense of anger.

--Hannah More
quote by Joan Lunden: A heart filled with anger has no room for love. with background image: black and white photo of woman looking upward
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A heart filled with anger has no room for love.

--Joan Lunden
quote by Jan Karon: Love is an endless act of forgiveness. with background image: man and woman with dog on woods
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Love is an endless act of forgiveness.

--Jan Karon
quote by Jennifer McMahon: Sometimes what a person needs most is to be forgiven. with background image: feet in stream
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Sometimes what a person needs most is to be forgiven.

--Jennifer McMahon
quote by Joseph Jacobs: Forgiveness is the highest and most difficult of all moral lessons. with background image: photo of author Joseph Jacobs with quote

Forgiveness is the highest and most difficult of all moral lessons.

--Joseph Jacobs
quote by Kathie Lee Gifford: Love in the real world means saying you're sorry 10 times a day. with background image: photo of author Kathie Lee Gifford with quote

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

--Kathie Lee Gifford
quote by Robert Downey, Jr. : The lesson is that you can still make mistakes and be forgiven. with background image: photo of author Robert Downey, Jr.  with quote

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

--Robert Downey, Jr.
quote by Sarah Jessica Parker: Can you really forgive if you can't forget? with background image: photo of author Sarah Jessica Parker with quote

Can you really forgive if you can't forget?

--Sarah Jessica Parker
quote by Darren L. Johnson: Forgiveness leads to love, and love leads to forgiveness. with background image: selective focus photography of sunflower
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Forgiveness leads to love, and love leads to forgiveness.

--Darren L. Johnson
quote by Horace Bushnell: Forgiveness is man's deepest need and highest achievement. with background image: photo of author Horace Bushnell with quote

Forgiveness is man's deepest need and highest achievement.

--Horace Bushnell
quote by Ranal Currie: Forgiveness is, truly, all or nothing. with background image: gray and white bird on red and yellow leaves
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Forgiveness is, truly, all or nothing.

--Ranal Currie
quote by Sherihan Gamal: Forgive yourself the way God forgives: late at night and all day long. with background image: blue wooden door opened
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Forgive yourself the way God forgives: late at night and all day long.

--Sherihan Gamal
quote by Loren Cunningham: Disagreements don't cause disunity, a lack of forgiveness does. with background image: sunset
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Disagreements don't cause disunity, a lack of forgiveness does.

--Loren Cunningham
quote by Purvi Raniga: When you learn to forgive yourself, you are ready to forgive others. with background image: woman wearing black bikini tap swimming on body of water between trees
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When you learn to forgive yourself, you are ready to forgive others.

--Purvi Raniga
quote by Stormie Omartian: Forgiveness doesn't make the other person right, it makes you free. with background image: liquor pouring on clear shot glass
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Forgiveness doesn't make the other person right, it makes you free.

--Stormie Omartian

quote by Wald Wassermann: To Live is to For-Give. Love Yourself. Accept Yourself. Forgive Yourself. with background image: close-up photo of two men shaking hands near beach at sunset
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To Live is to For-Give. Love Yourself. Accept Yourself. Forgive Yourself.

--Wald Wassermann
quote by Damon Dash: I think one of the most important things in evolving is forgiveness. with background image: photo of author Damon Dash with quote

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

--Damon Dash
quote by Thandazo Perfect Khumalo: If you do not forgive, you will not manage to focus on your purpose. with background image: red rose illustration
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If you do not forgive, you will not manage to focus on your purpose.

--Thandazo Perfect Khumalo
quote by Sabina Nore: To forgive is to set oneself free from the echo of a pain. with background image: selective focus photo of brown guitar on white pillow
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To forgive is to set oneself free from the echo of a pain.

--Sabina Nore
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Paul J. Meyer: Forgiveness provides hope, joy, and a bright future that nothing else can. with background image: pink tulips in clear glass vase
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Forgiveness provides hope, joy, and a bright future that nothing else can.

--Paul J. Meyer
quote by Desmond Tutu: Without forgiveness, there is no future. with background image: photo of author Desmond Tutu with quote

Without forgiveness, there is no future.

--Desmond Tutu
quote by Desmond Tutu: Forgiveness is an absolute necessity for continued human existence. with background image: photo of author Desmond Tutu with quote

Forgiveness is an absolute necessity for continued human existence.

--Desmond Tutu
quote by Princess Diana: When you are happy you can forgive a great deal. with background image: photo of author Princess Diana with quote

When you are happy you can forgive a great deal.

--Princess Diana
quote by Mother Teresa: If we really want to love we must learn how to forgive. with background image: photo of author Mother Teresa with quote

If we really want to love we must learn how to forgive.

--Mother Teresa
quote by Martin Luther: Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive them that trespass against us. with background image: photo of author Martin Luther with quote

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

--Martin Luther
quote by William P. Young: Forgiveness in no way requires that you trust the one you forgive. with background image: photo of author William P. Young with quote

Forgiveness in no way requires that you trust the one you forgive.

--William P. Young
quote by Leo Tolstoy: Let us forgive each other -- only then will we live in peace. with background image: photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Let us forgive each other -- only then will we live in peace.

--Leo Tolstoy
quote by Ruth Graham: A happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers. with background image: 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.

--Ruth Graham


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

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

--Michael Caputo
quote by Roberto Assagioli: Without forgiveness life is governed by an endless cycle of resentment and retaliation. with background image: red stain on white wall
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Without forgiveness life is governed by an endless cycle of resentment and retaliation.

--Roberto Assagioli
quote by George Eliot: It is surely better to pardon too much, than to condemn too much. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

It is surely better to pardon too much, than to condemn too much.

--George Eliot
quote by Henry Ward Beecher: God pardons like a mother, who kisses the offense into everlasting forgiveness. with background image: photo of author Henry Ward Beecher with quote

God pardons like a mother, who kisses the offense into everlasting forgiveness.

--Henry Ward Beecher
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