Famous Quotes on Forgiveness and Well-Being: Part 2

By Whitney Hopler, Communications Coordinator

Forgiving people who have hurt us and seeking forgiveness from those we have hurt is vital to our well-being. It’s only by practicing forgiveness that we can live with peace day to day. Here is part two of some famous quotes on forgiveness and well-being to challenge you to forgive:

“Forgiveness is the experience of peacefulness in the present moment. Forgiveness does not change the past, but it changes the present.” – Frederic Luskin

“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

“When true forgiveness happens it is one of the most astonishing and liberating of the human experiences.” – Richard Holloway

“We think that forgiveness is weakness, but it’s absolutely not; it takes a very strong person to forgive.” – T. D. Jakes

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

“Many people have trouble with forgiveness because they have been taught it is a singular act to be completed in one sitting. That is not so. Forgiveness has many layers, many seasons.” -Clarissa Pinkola Estes

“The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world.” –  Marianne Williamson

“There is no love without forgiveness, and there is no forgiveness without love.” – Bryant H. McGill

“Forgiveness is the giving, and so the receiving, of life.” – George MacDonald

Never does the human soul appear so strong as when it foregoes revenge and dares to forgive an injury.” – Edwin Hubbel Chapin

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

“We are all on a life long journey and the core of its meaning, the terrible demand of its centrality is forgiving and being forgiven.” – Martha Kilpatrick

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.” – Marianne Williamson

“Forgiveness says you are given another chance to make a new beginning.” – Desmond Tutu

“Forgive yourself for your faults and your mistakes and move on.” – Les Brown

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

“Some people would rather die than forgive. It’s a strange truth, but forgiveness is a painful and difficult process. It’s not something that happens overnight. It’s an evolution of the heart.” – Sue Monk Kidd

“Acceptance and tolerance and forgiveness, those are life-altering lessons.” – Jessica Lange

“Most of us need time to work through pain and loss. We can find all manner of reasons for postponing forgiveness. One of these reasons is waiting for the wrongdoers to repent before we forgive them. Yet such a delay causes us to forfeit the peace and happiness that could be ours.” – James E. Faust

“When a deep injury is done us, we never recover until we forgive.” – Alan Paton

“If you are bitter, you are like a dry leaf that you can just squash, and you can get blown away by the wind. There is much more wisdom in forgiveness.” – Vusi Mahlasela

“I did a lot of things that I regretted and I certainly paid for my mistakes. You have to go and ask for forgiveness and it wasn’t until I really started doing good and doing right, by other people as well as myself, that I really started to feel that guilt go away.” – Mark Wahlberg

“Holding on to anger, resentment and hurt only gives you tense muscles, a headache and a sore jaw from clenching your teeth. Forgiveness gives you back the laughter and the lightness in your life.” – Joan Lunden

“Just knowing you don’t have the answers is a recipe for humility, openness, acceptance, forgiveness, and an eagerness to learn – and those are all good things.” – Dick Van Dyke