The weak can never
attribute of the strong.
feel betrayed by someone,
of sulking, clinging to
and playing the
role of victim, I am
strengthen my soul through
By forgiving the person who
my soul. . . . each
we are called upon
to forgive, we
nourish our souls and learn more about
who we are and what we have to
in this world. This is also an
example of unconditional love.
It is very easy to
forgive others their mistakes;
it takes more grit
gumption to forgive them
for having witnessed your own.
If we can forgive everyone, regardless of
what he or she may have done,
we nourish the soul and
allow our whole being to feel good.
To hold a
grudge against anyone is like carrying the devil on your
It is our willingness to forgive and
forget that casts away such a burden
and brings light
into our hearts, freeing us from many ill feelings
against our fellow human beings.
the number one offender. It destroys more
than anything else. From it stem all
forms of spiritual disease, for
we have been not
only mentally and physically ill,
we have been
spiritually sick. -Alcoholics
Holding on to anger is like
grasping a hot coal
with the intent of
throwing it at
someone else; you are the one who gets burned.
score of old scores and scars, getting even
and one-upping, always make you less than you
are. -Malcolm Forbes
more than words. Words are meaningless unless they are
consistent with life actions. You may say you have
forgiven someone, but if
you avoid them, grow angry when
you are with them, or allow chaos to be part of your
relationship, forgiveness is not in your heart. People
in attitudes and responses. Through your
actions, you can tell others you have accepted God's love
and forgiven the hurts of your
-Elizabeth B. Brown
importance of forgiveness may not be obvious at first sight, but
you may be sure
that it is not by chance that every great spiritual
teacher from Jesus Christ downward
has insisted so strongly upon it.
You must forgive injuries, not just in words, or as a matter
but in your heart -- and that is the long and the short of it.
You do this, not for
the other person's sake, but for your own sake.
Resentment, condemnation, anger, desire
to see someone punished are
things that rot your soul. Such things fasten your troubles
you with rivets. They fetter you to many other problems
that actually have nothing
to do with the original grievances
Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart
and cools the sting. -William Arthur Ward
toward him. "Edward," she said softly. It was
the first time she had called him by name. "Learn this from me.
Holding anger is a poison. It eats you from inside. We think
hating is a weapon that attacks the person who harmed us.
But hatred is a curved blade. And the harm we do, we do to
"Forgive, Edward. Forgive. Do
you remember the lightness
you felt when you first arrived in heaven?"
Eddie did. Where is my pain?
"That's because no one is born with anger.
And when we die,
the soul is freed of it. But now, here, in order to move on, you must
understand why you felt what you did, and why you no longer need to feel
She touched his hand.
"You need to forgive your father."
self is where all forgiveness starts. If I am unable to forgive
myself, it is impossible for me to truly forgive others. And
I must forgive others. What I give out is what I
receive. If I want forgiveness, I have to give
forgiveness will become easier when we learn to empathize and
apologize; when we admit we are human too, capable of wrongdoing;
when we make allowances for circumstances we may not understand;
when we have faith in the basic good of personkind, when we are
willing to start again with compassion and without grudges.
The Hebrew word for compassion is derived from rechem,
meaning womb. The inference is a new birth,
suggesting a fresh start. This fresh start brings with it a
deeper understanding of the futility of grudges, expectations, and
unresolved hate and anger and renews our hope in the power of
Buscaglia, Loving Each Other
is a strange thing. It can sometimes be easier to forgive
our enemies than our friends. It can be hardest of all to
forgive people we love. -Fred Rogers
To be able to
forgive, we must come down from the citadel of pride, from the
stronghold of hate and anger, from the high place where all
emotions that issue from one's sense of being wronged shout only
for vengeance and retaliation. -John Hess
means to love that which is unlovable, or it is no virtue at all;
forgiving means to pardon that which is unpardonable, or it is no
virtue at all. -G.K. Chesterton
Forgiveness of others'
injuries stamps our spirituality as genuine and authentic.
Not to be forgiving reduces our spirituality to a merely human
imitation of the real thing. -Joseph
F. Girzone, Never Alone
we are harder on ourselves than others are. If we cannot
forgive ourselves, how can we forgive other people? Everyone's
to forgive ourselves for our mistakes, even those things we feel ashamed
about, and learn to accept ourselves for who we are, knowing that
we can always gently work on making improvements. For me,
the true experience of inner peace began only once I was able
to forgive those around me, my parents, and
Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them
so much. -Oscar Wilde
an individual can accept and forgive him or herself, even a
is the moment in which he or she becomes to some degree
lovable. -Eugene Kennedy
is an act of love. As I forgive, I release negative energy that
may manifest as resentment or anger. I open the way for something
to happen. If I feel wronged or annoyed, I release the impulse to
lines of communication remain open, and understanding flows
with family, friends and colleagues flourish when I act with compassion
easily forgive. I relate to others in harmonious ways. I
exercise the same
forgiving attitude toward myself. If I have erred, I learn from it
and move on.
I draw from the reservoir of God's love within me to give and receive
(the Daily Word)
that cannot forgive
others break the bridge
over which they must pass themselves;
for every person has need to be forgiven.
There's no point in
burying a hatchet
if you're going to put up a marker on
the site. -Sydney Harris
that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime; therefore we must
be saved by hope.Nothing which is true or beautiful or good makes complete
sense in any immediate context of history; therefore we must be saved
by faith. Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone; therefore
saved by love.No virtuous act is quite as virtuous from the standpoint of our
or foe as it is from our standpoint.Therefore we must be saved by
the final form of love which is forgiveness.
are they who cannot
forgive themselves. -Publilius Syrus
Forgiveness is at the
heart of a healthy and happy life. Forgiveness protects
relationships. It also protects the person who does the
forgiving. Remember the story that psychiatrist and
author Robert Coles tells
about Ruby, the little girl who
integrated a Southern elementary school. Every day the
federal marshals had to escort Ruby through a mob
adults who spat at her and called her hateful names. Remarkably,
the five-year-old girl did not seem to be
emotionally damaged by the ordeal, a fact that puzzled
Cole until he discovered that Ruby prayed
asking God to forgive her persecutors . . . . Forgiveness
is a method for giving love. It is a way of saying,
"I am going to let go
of the wrong you did; I am not
going to be bitter and I am going
to go on loving you
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