51 Forgiveness quotes to help you let go

Forgive. Let Go. Heal. Be happy.

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Forgiveness – a very highly misunderstood term. As important as it is to understand what forgiveness is, we’d say more important to understand what it isn’t. Forgiveness doesn’t mean forgetting. It a conscious choice of freeing yourself of resentment. It’s a healing for self.

Forgiveness is needed now more than ever. Let’s learn how to forgive others, but most importantly ourselves. Our ultimate forgiveness quotes collection is a beautiful set of affirmations to nudge you in that direction. Let’s heal and be happy!


We are human

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 “To err is human; to forgive is divine.”

Randomly call a person with whom you are not on good terms and say sorry to him for the mistakes you made.

Alexander pope was an English pope and a satirist of the English Augustan period.

Forgive 'em

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 “Always forgive your enemies – nothing annoys them so much.”

Next time you run into an enemy, look to him with kindness and not revenge.

Oscar Wilde, an Irish poet, playwright and dramatist was the spokesperson of the Aesthetic movement of England and advocated “Arts for art’s sake”.

Be the light

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“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

Be so busy in loving that you do not have time to hate.

Luther King was a scholar, a  minister and a civil rights activist who had a seismic impact on the race relations of the United States.


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“If there is something to pardon in everything, there is also something to condemn.”

If you have a fight with someone, look to their positive qualities and forgive them.

Nietzsche was a german philosopher and a cultural critic, famous for his uncompromising criticisms of European morality and religion.

Tougher in love

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 It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.”

If you get hurt by someone’s action then express to them the way you feel, punish them but eventually, forgive them.

Blake was a poet, painter and a visionary who worked to bring change both in the social order and in the minds of men.

Super 3

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

Make saying sorry a habit.

Jackson Brown, jr. is an American author renowned for the New York Times bestseller, Life’s Little Instruction Book.

Virtue of the brave

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“Forgiveness is the virtue of the brave.”

Feel the satisfaction after forgiving someone.

She was educated in Swiss schools and at Somerville college, Oxford.

Crushed fragrance

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“Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heels that has crushed it.”

Let your aura be filled with the fragrance of kindness! Don’t forget to be kind.

Mark Twain was originally named Samuel Clemens!

Love thyself

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“It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive.”

Free yourself from the guilt of doing wrong. It’s okay.

Angelou was an American author, poet and a civil rights activist, best known for her 1969 memoir, I Know Why the Caged Birds Sing.

Sweet mercy

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 “Sweet mercy is nobility’s true badge.”

Place others before you.

Shakespeare, the greatest playwright of his times, was the favourite of King James I!

Of the strong

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 “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”

Stop overthinking, and just forgive!

He was the 1930 Time Magazine Man of the Year.


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“Forgive me my nonsense, as I also forgive the nonsense of those that think they talk sense.”

Pardon yourself for your past mistakes and make sure you don’t repeat them in the future.

Frost was an American poet famous for his realistic depiction of rural life and his command of American colloquial speech!

New beginnings

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

Don’t think of what has happened rather live in the present moment.

Tutu’s objective is a Democratic and just society without racial discrimination.

Bit of courage

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“Mistakes are always forgivable if one has the courage to admit them.”

If you do something wrong, confess it in front of anyone you think worthy of. You will be forgiven.

Bruce Lee was originally named as Lee Jun-Fan!

In pardoning

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“It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.”

Be gracious enough to forgive because we get what we are grateful for.

Francis of Assisi, an Italian friar was the leader of the movement of evangelistic poverty.

Hurt no more

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“Forgive those who have hurt you.”

Instead of cutting people off, give them an explanation.

Brown was a member of Ohio House of Representatives 1976 to 1981.

Two needs

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“Man has two great spiritual needs. One is for forgiveness. The other is for goodness.”

Take responsibility to mend the wrong you did and forgive yourself.

Graham was an American evangelist who was placed ‘among the most influential Christian leader’ by one of his biographers.

Happier future

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“Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.”

Don’t let your ego ruin your relationship. Apologise to someone you hurt, it will set you free.

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Hot & cold

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“Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart and cools the sting.”

Okay! if you can’t say in words, then express it in gestures. Give a chocolate to the one you forgive.

Arthur Ward, a graduate of McMurry College, was an often-quoted writer of inspirational maxims.

A good deal

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 “When you are happy you can forgive a great deal.”

Acknowledge the smallest blessings in your life, they will make you happy.

Princess Diana was the most adored member of the British royal family who died in a car crash in 1997.

Cross the bridge

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“He that cannot forgive others break the bridge over which he must pass himself; for every man has a need to be forgiven.”

Cook food as an apology to your mom. 😉

Fuller educated at Queen’s College, Cambridge was a scholar, a preacher and one of the most prolific writers of the 17th century.

Be forgiven

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“The lesson is that you can still make mistakes and be forgiven.”

Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. 

He was named among the ‘ 100 most influential people in the world ‘ by Time magazine in 2008.


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 “When you forgive, you in no way change the past – but you sure do change the future.”

Play an apology song for the person you want forgiveness from. 😉

Meltzer was a United States radio host whose advice call-in show, “What’s your problem?” aired from 1967 up till the mid-1990s!

Be a man

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“Forgive, son; men are men; they needs must err.”

Write a letter to a person with whom you lost contact over a silly fight.

Euripides is the author of the only satyr play to survive intact into the modern age.

Inspire forgiveness

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“Nothing inspires forgiveness quite like revenge.”

Let people be jealous of your generosity. Don’t stop being who you are!

Adams is the creator of the Dilbert Comic Strip and the author of several non-fiction works of satire, commentary and business.

Act of will

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“Forgiveness is the act of will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart.”

Don’t stress yourself over a fight, just go and hug the person.

Ten Boom along with her family helped Jews escape the Nazi Holocaust during world war II.

Unsaid. Undone

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“The bitterest tears shed over the graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.”

Make sure you express your feelings enough because life is too short for regret.

Beecher Stowe, a member of the famous religious Beecher family was a white American abolitionist and author.

Forgive self

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“How unhappy is he who cannot forgive himself.”

Be kind to yourself and let your heart make decisions even they turn out to be mistakes. Just be!

Syrus, Latin writer, best known for his sentential was a Syrian who was brought as a slave to Roman Italy!

Sleep tight

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“One of the secrets of a long and fruitful life is to forgive everybody everything every night before you go to bed.”

Before going to bed, sort out the good and bad that happened during the day, forget the bad and sleep with the good.

Baruch, an American financier was appointed by the president Woodrow Wilson to the Advisory Commission of the Council of National Defense in 1916.

Highest degree

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“One forgives to the degree that one loves.”

Don’t be afraid to fall into the depths of love, even with yourself! 😉

Rochelfouchauld, french author of maxims and memoirs was a part of the literary movement of classicism.

Heal thy world

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

Spread love and happiness in the world by forgiving.

Williamson is an American spiritual leader, activist and the author of 13 books including four New York Times number one bestsellers!

It's the key

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“Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.”

Don’t let others’ mistakes affect your mental health.

Arendt was an American philosopher and a political theorist who had written articles and books on topics ranging from totalitarianism to epistemology!

An adventure

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 “Life is an adventure in forgiveness.”

Forgive and experience the most beautiful mix of feelings!

Norman was an American political journalist and a world peace advocate.

Peace out

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“Let us forgive each other – only then will we live in peace.”

Be a well-wisher! What goes around comes around. 🙂

He was a self-improvement junkie!

Set free

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

Feel the freedom your brain experiences when you forgive someone.

Smedes was a professor of theology and the author of about 15 books including Forgive and Forget: Healing the Hurts We Don’t Deserve.


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

Return to childhood. Forgive your friends over sweets and hugs.

Hammarskjold was a Swedish economist and diplomat who served as the second Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Final form

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“Forgiveness is the final form of love.”

Love others that will help you to forgive them.

He received the Presidential award of Freedom in 1964.

Give. Take

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

If you want to receive blessings and be at peace then you need to forgive and move on. Heal yourself by forgiving others.

MacDonald was a Scottish author who was a pioneering figure in the field of modern fantasy literature and the mentor of fellow writer Lewis Carroll.

Keep faith

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“Forgiveness is like faith you have to keep reviving it.”

Smile at your enemies. Forgive them. Rise above

Cooley is an American aphorist know for his witty aphorism.

Bury the past

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“We cannot embrace god’s forgiveness if we are so busy clinging to past wounds and nursing old grudges.”

Makes “No Grudges” an agenda of your life.

Jakes is a bishop, author and a filmmaker who was ranked among the ‘Top 10 religious leaders’ by Ethics Newsweekly.

Thank you

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“True forgiveness is when you can say, ‘Thank you for that experience.’” 

Reach out to help people even if they haven’t helped you. It’s the truest form of forgiveness.

She is the first black woman to become a billionaire!

It frees you

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“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.”

Forgive others, it will make you stronger. Even if you don’t feel like it at the moment, just forgive.

Perry is an American writer, actor and a producer who has been listed by Forbes as the highest-paid man in entertainment.

So beautiful

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“Humanity is never so beautiful as when praying for forgiveness, or else forgiving another.”

Speak to an old friend you haven’t spoken to in a long time. It will lift your spirits!

Paul was a German romantic writer who was best known for his humorous novels and short stories.

Heal the broken

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“The remedy for life’s broken pieces is not classes, workshops or books. Don’t try to heal the broken pieces. Just forgive.”

Vibe up your aura with positivity. Forgive now!

Vanzant, an American inspirational speaker is best known for her books, her eponymous talk show and her appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show!

Sorry x 10

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“Love in the real world means saying you are sorry 10 times a day.”

Consider the circumstances that others go through. Forgive them for their shortcomings that have hurt you.

Gifford is an American television presenter, best known for her 15 years run On The Talk Show Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee.

Create 'em

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“God forgives those who invent what they need.”

Do something new. Fail. Learn. Forgive. 

Hellman was an American dramatist screenwriter known for her success as a playwright on Broadway.

Road to recovery

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

Don’t hold onto grudges. Speak it out and forgive!

Paton was a South African author and an anti-apartheid activist.

Let go

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“Forgiveness is letting go of the past.”

Wake up to a grudge free day.

Jampolsky, the author of forgiveness is an internationally recognized writer in the fields of psychiatry, health and business.

Choose to forget

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““To be wronged is nothing, unless you continue to remember it.”

Stop talking behind people’s back. Go tell the person directly how you feel. Solve the problem.

He was schooled in six arts.

Be tender

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“We win by tenderness. We conquer by forgiveness.”

Let your kindness win people’s heart.

Frederick known as the Robertson of Brighton, was an English divine.

Mend the mess

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“Forgiveness is the needle that knows how to mend.”

Celebrate honesty day with your family every year! Nothing that can’t be solved by just talking!

Jewel is an American singer and a songwriter who has received four Grammy award nominations.

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