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Quotes About Forgiveness That Will Inspire You to Let Go

Want more space in your life and your mind? All you need to do is one magic thing: forgive. Read these wise words, and then let go.

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Powerful Forgiveness Quotes

On forgiveness and its impact

“Forgiveness does not change the past but it does enlarge the future.” —Paul Lewis Boese, business executive

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On forgiveness and forgetting

“Good to forgive; best to forget.” —Robert Browning, poet

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On forgiveness and our enemies

“Always forgive your enemies—nothing annoys them so much.” —Oscar Wilde, playwright and wit

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On forgiveness and family

“But they’re family, and you forgive them, even if they are human equivalent of hyenas. Because that’s what you do…forgive.” —Kristan Higgins, novelist

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On forgiveness and love

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

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On forgiveness and men

“Once a woman has forgiven her man, she must not reheat his sins for breakfast.” —Marlene Dietrich, actress

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On forgiveness and resentment

“Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.” —Nelson Mandela, anti-apartheid activist and politician

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On forgiveness and freedom

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

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On forgiveness and Hollywood

“It’s said in Hollywood that you should always forgive your enemies—because you never know when you’ll have to work with them.” —Lana Turner, actress

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On forgiveness and the self

“It is very easy to forgive others for their mistakes; it takes more grit and gumption to forgive them for having witnessed your own.” —Jessamyn West, writer

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On forgiveness and its frequency

“Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.” —Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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On forgiveness and ghosts

“Men and women who can’t get over the past…that’s what ghosts are.” —Stephen King, novelist

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On forgiveness and godliness

“To err is human; to forgive, divine.” —Alexander Pope, poet

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On forgiveness and the mind

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

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On forgiveness and leadership

“It is better for a leader to make a mistake in forgiving than to make a mistake in punishing.” —Muhammad, prophet

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On forgiveness and injury

“Reject your sense of injury, and the injury itself disappears.” —Marcus Aurelius, Roman emperor

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On forgiveness and marriage

“In marriage, every day you love, and every day you forgive. It is an ongoing sacrament, love and forgiveness.” —Bill Moyers, political commentator and journalist

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On forgiveness and character

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” —Mahatma Gandhi, Indian leader and activist

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