49 Powerful Quotes On Forgiveness

Forgiveness comes into play when someone whom you so much love or whom you least expected to have hurt you did a painful thing to hurt you. Such brings you nothing but pain and anger in your heart. All you want to do is hold on to the pain they might have caused you and sometimes wait for a perfect moment to revenge on the wrong being done.

Such an act or thought does not only bring you heartache, but it also burns you up from inside out. And makes you have sleepless nights or makes you feel so uncomfortable whenever you are around the person who has or may have offended you. The offense most times might have been done unknowingly by the offender, and sometimes it’s done intentionally. But irrespective of if the offender is aware of a wrong being done to you or not. It doesn’t matter! Or If he or she endeavors to apologize for a wrong being done or not, it doesn’t matter.

Your utmost concern should be your forgiving the person wholeheartedly. And moving on from the shackles of hate, bitterness, and anger. And ushering yourself in for a better tomorrow of peace. Forgiving a grievous wrong and moving on from its pain, and the anger is most times, not so easy. But you will be doing yourself much good, if you would just let go of the wrong, forgive the person and move on peacefully.

Therefore, below are 49 Powerful Quotes On Forgiveness from great and wise people of all ages. To help you heal from any bitter feelings that might want to hold you down. And prevent you from moving to your wholeness, peace, and stability.

Powerful quotes on forgiveness

1. “Forgiveness eliminates the wounds of the past from the mind and the heart.” Iyanla Vanzant,

2.  “Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave.” Indira Gandhi

3. “Always forgive your enemies – nothing annoys them so much.” Oscar Wilde

4. F” is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.” Mark Twain

5. “The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget.” Thomas Szasz

6. “Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.” Nelson Mandela

7. “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” Mahatma Gandhi

8. “Forgive because none of us are perfect.” Anonymous

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9. “To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness.” Robert Muller

10. “Tell them you still love them, and they will get the message”. Yoko Ono

11. “I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.” Abraham Lincoln

12. “Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.” Paul Boose

Quotes on Forgiveness that brings inner strength

13. “Forgiveness is a sign that the person who has wronged you means more to you than the wrong they have dealt.” Ben Greenhalgh

14. “Forgiveness is the crown of greatness.” Anonymous

15. It is for God to punish wicked people; we should learn to forgive. Emily Brontë

16. D”cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Martin Luther King Jr

17. “Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself.” Tony Robbins

18. “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.” Catherine Ponder

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19. “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.” Will Smith

20. “Forgiveness is not an occasional act; it is a permanent attitude.” Martin Luther King Jr

21. “It is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned.” Francis of Assisi

22. “Weak people revenge. Strong people forgive. Intelligent people ignore.” Albert Einstein

23. “On the whole, my impression is that mercy bears richer fruits than any other attribute.” Abraham Lincoln

Quotes on Forgiveness means inner freedom

24. “To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.” Confucius

25. “The simple truth is, we all make mistakes, and we all need forgiveness.” Desmond Tutu

26. “As we grow in wisdom, we pardon more freely.” Madame de Stael

27. “Forgiveness is just another name for freedom”. Byron Katie

28. “It is important that we forgive ourselves for making mistakes. We need to learn from our errors and move on.” Steve Maraboli”

29.”Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.” John F. Kennedy

30.”Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace.” Budda

31, “Let the brain go to work, let it meet the heart and you will be able to forgive.” Maya Angelou

32. “Forgiveness is the sweetest revenge.” Isaac Friedmann”

Quotes of Forgiveness makes you wiser

33. “To forgive is wisdom, to forget is genius”. Joyce Cary

34. “Let go, release, give up, stop resisting, forgive”. Maxime Lagacé

35. “If we really want to love, we must learn how to forgive”. Mother Teresa

36. “Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.” Hannah Arendt

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

38. “Everyone says that forgiveness is a lovely idea until they have something to forgive.” C. S. Lewis

39. “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.”  Steve Maraboli

40. True forgiveness is when you can say, “Thank you for that experience”. Oprah Winfrey

41. “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”

42. “Never forget the three powerful resources you always have available to you: love, prayer, and forgiveness. H”. Jackson Brown Jr

43. “Not forgiving is like drinking rat poison and then waiting for the rat to die”. Anne Lamott

44. “When you forgive, you love. And when you love, God’s light shines upon you.” John Krakauer

45. “I can forgive, but I cannot forget, is only another way of saying, I will not forgive. Forgiveness ought to be like a canceled note – torn in two, and burned up so that it never can be shown against one.” Henry Ward Beecher

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

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47. “Sins cannot be undone, only forgiven.” Igor Stravinsky

48. “Humanity is never so beautiful as when praying for forgiveness, or else forgiving another.” Jean-Paul

49. “Forgiveness must be immediate, whether or not a person asks for it. Trust must be rebuilt over time. Trust requires a track record.” Rick Warren


Forgiveness is the only way to your freedom. The more you hold onto a wrong deed being done to you, the more it eats you up gradually and finally consumes you.

Therefore, let go of that wrong today, and live a life free from resentment and grudge. Such is good for your mental health, and well-being.

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