72 quotes to reflect on the importance of forgiveness

It is not always easy to forgive a person , especially if it is a friend, a lover or a loved one. You may feel betrayed and resent the person very much. However, this resentment is not healthy and you may suffer more than this person. It takes time, patience and courage to admit there is a problem and to implement a solution. It’s hard to forgive, but it’s important that you learn to forgive even if you keep your distance from that person for your own good.

The weak cannot forgive. Forgiveness belongs to the strong.


Sometimes it’s ourselves we have to forgive for mistakes we’ve made. When you need to forgive yourself for what you’ve done, the process can be even more difficult. The path to forgiveness is not an easy path. By practicing self-awareness and understanding that you have to take your time in life, you can also learn to forgive yourself.

Here are the best quotes on forgiveness to learn how to forgive better:

What is tolerance? It is the prerogative of humanity. We are all steeped in weaknesses and errors; let us forgive each other our follies, it is the first law of nature.


You have to put yourself in everyone’s shoes. To understand everything is to forgive everything.

– Leo Tolstoy

Men forgive great wrongs more easily than the offense done to their self-esteem.

– Jean-Benjamin de Laborde

Forgiving everything to others and nothing to yourself is the best way to not need anyone’s forgiveness.

– Félix Bogaerts (The maxims, thoughts and reflections, 1837)

True indulgence consists in understanding and forgiving the faults that one would not be able to commit.

–Victor Hugo

Forgiveness frees the soul, it makes fear disappear. This is why forgiveness is such a powerful weapon.

– Nelson Mandela

Those who cannot forgive others cut themselves off from the bridges they will have to cross, because everyone feels the need to be forgiven.

–Thomas Fuller

It is very difficult to forgive, because forgiveness must come from the heart and not from the head.

– André Boutin

We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is deprived of it is deprived of the capacity to love.

– Martin Luther King

To accept and forgive is to reconcile with oneself, to give oneself love in order to be at peace, and to rediscover the joy of living, the present moment.

– Lao Tzu

As long as you do not forgive, this person or this event will occupy a precious dwelling of your mind for free.

–Isabelle Holland

If we have given rise to the hatred that people have for us, let us hasten to forgive, to repair our fault. If we are not wrong, let us forgive even more willingly.

– Jean Baptiste Blanchard (The maxims of the honest man, 1772)

If you happen to offend someone, have the noble humility to ask forgiveness.

– Silvio Pellico (Of the Duties of Men, 1834)

Love is an endless act of forgiveness, a tender gaze that becomes a habit.

–Peter Ustinov

My best friend is the only one who knows how to forgive me my faults without loving me less.

– Henri-Frédéric Amiel (Diary, 1867)

It is much more generous to forgive by remembering than to forgive by forgetting.

– Maria Edgeworth (Moral Reflections and Maxims, 1849)

It is from love that the feeling of forgiveness flows. Only love forgives.

–Peter Deunov

To forgive does not mean to forget, but to give ourselves the right to keep our hearts open and receive love, instead of succumbing to the destructive fires of anger and hatred.

– Buddhist principle

Without forgiveness, life is ruled by an endless cycle of resentment and resentment .

–Roberto Assagioli

Memory sometimes makes the heart implacable, we find it hard to forgive what we don’t forget.

– Philippe-Auguste de Sainte-Foy (My hobbies, or various thoughts, 1755)

Friendships, like marriages, depend on forgiving the unforgivable.

– John McDonald

Forgiveness is: self-respect, freeing oneself from an ankylosing past, accepting oneself, appreciating oneself.

– Mofaddel Abderrahim

Courageous people do not fear forgiveness, in the name of peace.

–Nelson Mandela

The good we have received from someone wants us to respect the harm he does to us.

– François de La Rochefoucauld (Sentences and Moral Maxims)

To forgive without compensation for the slightest gratitude , that is purely religious forgiveness.

– Henri-Frédéric Amiel (Diary, 1875)

You have to forgive yourself a lot to get used to forgiving others a lot.

– Anatole France

We only preserve ourselves from hatred by forgiveness, which is an overabundance of love.

– Henri-Frédéric Amiel (Diary, 1875)

You can’t go far in friendship if you’re not willing to forgive yourself for your little flaws.

– Jean de La Bruyère (Characters, 1688)

We can forgive the injustice we have suffered, but we rarely forgive the one we have done.

– Goswin de Stassart (Thoughts and Maxims, 1854)

Forgiveness is not the forgetting of the insult, but the resolution not to show any more resentment.

– Eugène Marbeau (Remarks and Thoughts, 1901)

Forgiveness is an option of the heart that goes against the spontaneous instinct to return evil for evil.

– John Paul II

If you haven’t forgiven yourself for something, how can you forgive others?

– Dolores Huerta

When our behaviors are filled with love and compassion, they have a big impact. Forgiveness is essential, otherwise we remain separated from others, we feel isolated. It is very painful to feel alone. When we reject someone, we are the first to suffer. When we suffer, we are not available enough to see the suffering of others. We ourselves create a barrier, a separation and isolate ourselves. We can only feel loneliness, sadness, boredom and fear. Forgiveness is the only solution for our well-being, to relieve us of the heavy and painful burden of the past.

– Vipassanasangha

The ego lives by taking and forgetting. Love lives by giving and forgiving.

– Baba

Forgiveness is not an occasional act, but a permanent attitude.

– Martin Luther King

Your true friend is the one who does not pass you anything and who forgives you everything.

– Diane de Beausacq (The Maxims of Life, 1883)

Always forgive your enemies. There is nothing that can upset them so much.

–Oscar Wilde

After a good dinner, anyone can be forgiven.

– Oscar Wilde (Finguall O’Flaherty Wills)

To forgive. it’s freeing a prisoner and discovering that the prisoner was you.

–Oscar Wilde

The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive.

–John Green

The man who forgives or asks for forgiveness understands that there is a truth greater than himself.

– John Paul II

If we really want to love, we know that we must learn to forgive.

– Mother Teresa

Forgive others, not because they deserve your forgiveness, but because you deserve peace.

–Wild Woman Sisterhood

It is honorable to know how to forgive, but depending on the seriousness of the fault, it is right never to forget it.

– Publilius Syrus (The sayings and adages – 1st century BC)

The fool does not forget and does not forgive. The naive forgives and forgets. The wise forgive and do not forget.

–Thomas Szasz

The love which manifests itself in the form of tolerance and forgiveness is that which heals the wounds of the heart.

– Ineat Khan

Inner peace is at the end of forgiveness.

–Bertrand Reynaud

Forgiveness is the final form of love.

– Reinhold Niebuhr

The noblest revenge is to forgive.

–Thomas Fuller

Sincere forgiveness does not expect excuses.

–Sara Paddison

If the pleasure of revenge seems sweet, it is sometimes very expensive; and one would gain more by overcoming one’s resentment by generous forgiveness than by maintaining it by desires of revenge.

– Jean-Baptiste Blanchard (The maxims of the honest man, 1772)

He who, by some alchemy knows how to extract from his heart, to recast them together, compassion, respect, need, patience, regret, surprise and forgiveness creates this atom which we call love.

– Khalil Gibran

We are a man when we know how to understand and forgive, when we are ready to return good for evil.

– OA Battista

We cannot ask the other to forgive us if we do not work to repair the fault or if we repeat it.

– Michel Lemieux

To forgive is to tear up the page on which one wrote with malice or rage the debtor account of one’s neighbour.

– Father Caffarel

If we want to forgive each other, let’s first start by understanding each other.

–Emma Goldman

Kindness and mercy are man’s true justice, because he himself constantly needs indulgence and forgiveness.

– Auguste Guyard (Quintessences, 1847)

It is showing maturity. It is taking over our ego which refuses to forgive until justice has been done, according to him.

– Diane Gagnon

Forgiveness changes your future certainly, your present certainly, but also your past which becomes light, teacher, experience and inspiration.

– Elisabeth Rouzier

Forgiveness is a choice you make, a gift you give to someone, even if they don’t deserve it. It costs nothing, but you feel rich once you give it away.

– Lurlene Mc Daniel

To forgive is not only to refuse to live in my past, but to structure it in such a way that it establishes the richness of my present and opens it up to my future.

–Gerald Jampolsky

If hate responds to hate, how will hate do? It is forgiveness that must put an end to it.

– Shinto proverb

To forgive is the most powerful act that men can perform. The event that could have made the brutality in the world grow serves for the growth of love.

– Gerard Bessiere

To forgive those who ask for forgiveness is easy, but to forgive those who do not ask, those who are obstinate in their malice, those who will abuse your gentleness and turn it against you, that is the difficult part.

– Henri-Frédéric Amiel (Diary, 1875)

There is more glory in forgiving than there is pleasure in revenge. Forgiveness is the mark of a big heart and a good mind. Vengeance is the mark of a hateful heart and a violent mind.

– Etienne François de Vernage (The maxims and reflections, 1690)

Whatever our difficulties and however insurmountable they seem, we must persevere with courage and patience to open our hearts, forgive and come into contact with our immense capacity to love.

– Buddhist principle

It is good that someone who has done wrong recognizes his fault and regrets it, but that is not enough. Even if remorse and the tears that sometimes accompany them are a kind of purification, to be forgiven you have to make amends.

– Omraam Michaël Aïvanhov

Love everyone and forgive everyone, laugh yourself. Forgive your anger. Forgive your guilt, your shame, your sadness. Embrace and open your love, your joy, your truth and above all your heart.

–Jim Henson

We’re told that people stay in love because of chemistry, or because they stay intrigued with each other, because of lots of cuteness, because of luck. But part of that has to be forgiveness and gratitude.

– Ellen Goodman

You are what you create. Do you want to know happiness? So forget the roots of the past, forget those who hurt you. And send them thoughts of love, of forgiveness. Don’t let the boat of your soul drift on the ocean of hate and storms. Seek peace in your heart and let it be your anchor.

– Babacar Khane

Nothing obtains forgiveness more quickly than repentance.

– Eastern proverb