Famous Quotes on Forgiveness and Well-Being: Part 1

By Whitney Hopler, Communications Coordinator

We all make mistakes, so we all need forgiveness. Giving and receiving forgiveness empowers us to learn valuable lessons and develop compassion. Here is part one of some famous quotes on forgiveness and well-being to motivate you to forgive:

“It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody.” – Maya Angelou

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

“Forgiveness is about empowering yourself, rather than empowering your past.” – T. D. Jakes

“Life is an adventure in forgiveness.” – Norman Cousins

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

“Throughout life people will make you mad, disrespect you and treat you bad. Let God deal with the things they do, because hate in your heart will consume you too.” – Will Smith

“There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness.” – Josh Billings

“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. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.” – Bruce Lee

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

“Grudges are for those who insist that they are owed something; forgiveness, however, is for those who are substantial enough to move on.” – Criss Jami

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

“The people who did you wrong or who didn’t quite know how to show up, you forgive them. And forgiving them allows you to forgive yourself too.” – Jane Fonda

“Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.” – Paul Boese

“When you haven’t forgiven those who have hurt you, you turn back against your future. When you do forgive, you start walking forward.’ – Tyler Perry

“Forgiveness is an act of the will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart.” – Corrie ten Boom

“Forgiveness is the cornerstone of healing.”- Sylvia Fraser

“He who cannot forgive breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass.” – George Herbert

“As long as you don’t forgive, who and whatever it is will occupy a rent-free space in your mind.” – Isabelle Holland

“Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you were.” – Cherie Carter-Scott

“The decision to forgive touches you to your very core, to who you are as a human being.” -Robert Enright

“To err is human, to forgive, divine.” – Alexander Pope

“Forgiving what we cannot forget creates a new way to remember. We change the memory of our past into a hope for our future.” – Lewis Smedes

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

“There is a nobility in compassion, a beauty in empathy, a grace in forgiveness.” – John Connolly

“The knowledge of the past stays with us. To let go is to release the images and emotions, the grudges and fears, the clinging and disappointments of the past that bind our spirit.” – Jack Kornfield

“When people mess up, we forgive them. When I mess up, I ask for forgiveness.” – Michele Bachmann

“When I am able to resist the temptation to judge others, I can see them as teachers of forgiveness in my life, reminding me that I can have peace of mind only when I forgive rather than judge.” – Gerald Jampolsky

“Everything is just as it needs to be. And if we would forgive, our minds and hearts would open and we could see another possibility.” – Iyanla Vanzant