Forgiveness Quotes

What some great minds have said about forgiveness.


Jesus gave us The Lord’s Prayer.
“Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those that trespass against us” This represents about 27% of the words in the full prayer—it’s a massive amount – it must have great significance.


Jesus asks God to forgive those that crucified him. (Luke 23)
“Forgive them Father for they know not what they do”
This represents about 34% of his recorded words on the cross. It has to be very significant.


What power has love but forgiveness?
In other words, by its intervention, what has been done can be undone.
What good is it otherwise?
William Carlos Williams.


Forgiveness is the key that can unshackle us from the past that will not rest in the grave of things over and done with. As long as our minds are captive to the memory of having been wronged, they are not free to wish for reconciliation with the one who wronged us.
Josh Billings


Forgiveness is the answer to the child’s dream of a miracle by what is broken is made whole again, what is soiled is made clean again.
Dag Mammarskjöld

The ineffable joy of forgiving and being forgiven forms an ecstasy that might well arouse the envy of the gods.
Elbert Hubbard


To err is human; to forgive, divine.
Alexander Pope

It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.
William Blake.


Reason to rule but mercy to forgive: The first is law, the last prerogative.
John Dryden.

It is in forgiving that one is forgiven.
Mother Teresa of Calcutta.


Forgiveness literally means ‘to give as before’
John Bradshaw


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