Top 275 Forgiveness Quotes

Forgiveness Quotes: Embracing Healing and Compassion

Forgiveness is a transformative act of letting go, releasing resentment, and embracing healing and compassion. It is a profound gift that we can give ourselves and others, allowing us to move forward, find inner peace, and restore relationships. In this article, we delve into the realm of forgiveness and present a collection of insightful quotes that inspire us to embrace forgiveness, cultivate compassion, and experience the liberation it brings.

Forgiveness is not about condoning or forgetting the harm done; rather, it is a conscious choice to free ourselves from the burden of anger, bitterness, and resentment. It is a courageous act of self-care and a pathway to personal growth and liberation. By embracing forgiveness, we open the door to healing, understanding, and the possibility of restoring broken bonds.

Words of Healing: Quotes that Inspire Forgiveness

Throughout history, philosophers, spiritual leaders, and individuals who have experienced the transformative power of forgiveness have shared their wisdom and reflections. Their words remind us of the profound impact that forgiveness can have on our lives and relationships. Below, we present a collection of thought-provoking forgiveness quotes that invite self-reflection, nurture compassion, and inspire us to embrace the liberating journey of forgiveness.

The things that interest me are less to do with perhaps

The things that interest me are less to do with perhaps finding myself and more to do with surviving and mercy and forgiveness.
John Cameron Mitchell
I believe in the forgiveness of sin and the redemption of ignorance.
Adlai Stevenson II
My parents did their best – that earns a lot of forgiveness. But they say children grow up in spite of their parents, and I think I did.
Larry Drake
I love my children. That will never change. I have prayed to them for forgiveness and hope that they will forgive me. I never meant to hurt them!!
Susan Smith
Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself.
Suzanne Somers
Acceptance and tolerance and forgiveness, those are life-altering lessons.
Jessica Lange
No person is perfect. I haven’t, thank God, had any infidelity issues. But you can’t say what you won’t ever do. And you can’t say that you won’t have forgiveness in your heart if there were to be an issue like that.
Tasha Smith
Forgiveness isn’t about condoning what has happened to you or someone else’s actions against you.
Jennifer O’Neill
Forgiveness is important in families, especially when there are so many secrets that need to be healed – for the most part, every family’s got them.
Tyler Perry
There is freedom in forgiveness, and it’s not that hard to do once you get into the habit.
Dana Perino
Sins cannot be undone, only forgiven.
Igor Stravinsky
Humanity is never so beautiful as when praying for forgiveness, or else forgiving another.
Jean Paul
Yes, one can repent of moral transgression. The miracle of forgiveness is real, and true repentance is accepted of the Lord.
Ezra Taft Benson
Life is an adventure in forgiveness.
Norman Cousins
A wonderful quality about America is that we love redemption stories. We’re quick to lash out and assign blame, but we also draw from deep reservoirs of forgiveness.
Judy Smith
Satan tries to counterfeit the work of God, and by doing this, he may deceive many. To make us lose hope, feel miserable like himself, and believe that we are beyond forgiveness, Satan might even misuse words from the scriptures that emphasize the justice of God in order to imply that there is no mercy.
Dieter F. Uchtdorf
When you forgive, you in no way change the past – but you sure do change the future.
Bernard Meltzer
Look at the things you’ve done and ask for forgiveness. After clearing out that wreckage from the past, you can move forward, in a way, to keep your finger on the pulse.
Molly Bloom
As a matter of fact, forgiveness is not something you feel like doing, it’s really a choice.
Jim Bob Duggar
The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget.
Thomas Szasz
Forgive yourself for your faults and your mistakes and move on.
Les Brown
Sin penetrates to the heart, darkens and hardens it until it extinguishes the light of belief. Each sin has a path that leads to unbelief. Unless that sin is swiftly obliterated by seeking God’s forgiveness, it grows from a worm into a snake that gnaws at the heart.
Said Nursi
Asking for forgiveness is just one of the most painful kind of experiences.
Nick Nolte
The only thing I’ve settled in my mind is that I want to forgive, and forgiveness comes with forgetting.
Ingrid Betancourt
Never does the human soul appear so strong as when it foregoes revenge and dares to forgive an injury.
Edwin Hubbel Chapin
There would be no need for love if perfection were possible. Love arises from our imperfection, from our being different and always in need of the forgiveness, encouragement and that missing half of ourselves that we are searching for, as the Greek myth tells us, in order to complete ourselves.
Eugene Kennedy
I’m a minister, I preach forgiveness all the time.
Ted DiBiase Sr.
We win by tenderness. We conquer by forgiveness.
Frederick William Robertson
I think everything worked out the way it was supposed to. Mark’s happier. I’m sober. There are still phone calls to be made, people I need to say something to. But everyone from Creed who I’ve offended or hurt, I ask for their forgiveness.
Scott Stapp
The lesson is that you can still make mistakes and be forgiven.
Robert Downey, Jr.
Forgiveness isn’t just a blessing you deliver to another human being. Forgiveness is also a gift you give yourself.
Robin S. Sharma
When I am able to resist the temptation to judge others

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 only have peace of mind when I forgive rather than judge.
Gerald Jampolsky
Forgiveness is not a one-time thing that happened the day you received Christ. It is an everyday thing, for the rest of your life.
Joyce Meyer
Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart and cools the sting.
William Arthur Ward
If you look at everything I do – even in ‘Boo!’ there’s a message, and it’s always ‘faith, family, forgiveness.’ That’s the greatest gift that I’ve been given. I can get a message to the very people I grew up with, the millions who love what I do.
Tyler Perry
Can you really forgive if you can’t forget?
Sarah Jessica Parker
Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit.
Peter Ustinov
We believe that the farm should be building ‘forgiveness’ into the ecosystem. What does that mean? That a more forgiving ecosystem is one that can better handle drought, flood, disease, pestilence.
Joel Salatin
Forgiveness is not a feeling – it’s a decision we make because we want to do what’s right before God. It’s a quality decision that won’t be easy and it may take time to get through the process, depending on the severity of the offense.
Joyce Meyer
Only the brave know how to forgive… a coward never forgave; it is not in his nature.
Laurence Sterne
God forgives those who invent what they need.
Lillian Hellman
Because forgiveness is like this: a room can be dank because you have closed the windows, you’ve closed the curtains. But the sun is shining outside, and the air is fresh outside. In order to get that fresh air, you have to get up and open the window and draw the curtains apart.
Desmond Tutu
One important theme is the extent to which one can ever correct an error, especially outside any frame of religious forgiveness. All of us have done something we regret – how we manage to remove that from our conscience, or whether that’s even possible, interested me.
Ian Mcewan
I think when you’re happy, emotions are right near the top – mine definitely are. I cry easily, I laugh easily, I lose my temper easily… and I beg for forgiveness easily.
Nell Carter
There are curveballs that are thrown at you, and you just have to get over it and forgive… if you believe you’re perfect, and you don’t believe in forgiveness, you’re not meant to be married.
Kendra Wilkinson
Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.
Mark Twain
Forgiveness is the economy of the heart… forgiveness saves the expense of anger, the cost of hatred, the waste of spirits.
Hannah More
The characteristics of an authentically empowered personality are humbleness, clarity, forgiveness and love.
Gary Zukav
I place an enormous premium on loyalty. If someone betrays me, I can forgive them rationally, but emotionally I have found it impossible to do so.
Richard E. Grant
Without white South Africa realizing what it had done – and on the basis of that realization having the courage to ask for forgiveness – there can really be no significant movement.
Athol Fugard
Forgiveness really is so misunderstood, as well as the power it can release in an individual.
Jennifer O’Neill
Selfishness must always be forgiven you know, because there is no hope of a cure.
Jane Austen
Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.
Bruce Lee
The fact is there is forgiveness for those who seek God. And I believe in the power of redemption.
Rick Perry
God forgive you, but I never can.
Elizabeth I
Forgiveness is the final form of love.
Reinhold Niebuhr
It’s not an easy journey, to get to a place where you forgive people. But it is such a powerful place, because it frees you.
Tyler Perry
When I felt real forgiveness, my heart was set free.
Phan Thi Kim Phuc
Amnesty is the forgiveness of something. Amnesty is anything that says, ‘Do it illegally, it will be cheaper and easier.’
Marco Rubio
We cannot embrace God’s forgiveness if we are so busy clinging to past wounds and nursing old grudges.
T. D. Jakes
I can forgive, but I cannot forget, is only another way of saying, I will not forgive. Forgiveness ought to be like a cancelled note – torn in two, and burned up, so that it never can be shown against one.
Henry Ward Beecher
You can’t legislate into existence an act of forgiveness and a true confession; those are mysteries of the human heart, and they occur between one individual and another individual, not a panel of judges sitting asking questions, trying to test your truth.
Athol Fugard
It is very east to forgive others their mistakes; it ta

It is very east to forgive others their mistakes; it takes more grit and gumption to forgive them for having witnessed your own.
Jessamyn West
What is forgiven is usually well remembered.
Louis Dudek
If I say, ‘I forgive you,’ I have implicitly said you have done something wrong to me. But what forgiveness is at its heart is both saying that justice has been violated and not letting that violation count against the offender.
Miroslav Volf
The mere acknowledgment that ‘God is watching’ can act as a trap, fueling bad behavior, corruption, and guilt, all remedied by God’s forgiveness. No personal responsibility is needed – someone on the outside sees whatever we’re doing and makes it all OK.
Tara Stiles
Life is life. You have to learn how to forgive people and how to gain forgiveness for yourself.
Benjamin Clementine
The Queen has well-informed opinions of many of her bishops and likes those who are straightforward and intelligent. Both she and Prince Philip believe Christianity is as much about forgiveness as morality.
Ingrid Seward
I think the first step is to understand that forgiveness does not exonerate the perpetrator. Forgiveness liberates the victim. It’s a gift you give yourself.
T. D. Jakes