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Quotations: Forgiveness Increases Compassion

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Forgiveness Increases Forgiveness

  • Ego will help you to recognize, remove, and replace your ego: a.k.a. self-esteem.

“Tout comprendre rend tres indulgent.” —Latin saying & English translation: “To understand everything is to forgive everything.”


Quotations from Various Sources

Organized Alphabetically

“A common danger unites even the bitterest enemies.” —Aristotle

“Acceptance and tolerance and forgiveness, those are life-altering lessons.” —Jessica Lange

“Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.” —Oscar Wilde

“Always give without remembering and always receive without forgetting.” —Brian Tracy

“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” —Ephesians 4:32

“And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.” —Matthew 6:12

“And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.” —Luke 11:4

“And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, until he should pay all that due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.” —Matthew 18:34-35

“And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.” —Mark 11:25-26

“At any moment each person is always doing the VERY BEST he can, based on his total conscious and nonconscious prevailing awareness and which is within his capabilities, energy, time, and developed talents and abilities. If people are always doing the very best they can, it is illogical and irrational to expect them to do better. What is the reason this concept is so important to understand? If it is true, then it is counterproductive to criticize someone for not meeting or conforming to an expectation or standard until they have the awareness of the benefits they will receive by conforming. What needs to exist is for people to be made aware of how they will get better results, by pointing out the consequences of their behavior and giving them the choice and opportunity to make adjustments.” —Sidney Madwed

“But mankind forgets not that which is to be forgotten, forgetting that which is not to be forgotten. This is forgetfulness indeed.” —Chung Tzu

“Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful.” —Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, 1844-1900

“Does it really matter whether someone else is innocent or guilty? Only worry about yourself and your own actions.” —Amagandha Sutta

“Doing an injury puts you below your enemy; revenge one makes you but even with him; forgiving it sets you above him.” —Benjamin Franklin

“Don’t forget to love yourself.” —Søren Kierkegaard

“E’re you remark another’s sin, bid your own conscience look within.” —Benjamin Franklin

“For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.” —II Corinthians 7:10

“For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.” —I John 3:20

“For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” —Matthew 6:14-15

“For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.” —Psalms 86:5

“For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.” —I Peter 2:20

“For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.” —Matthew 7:2

“Forget injuries, never forget kindness.” —Confucius

“Forgive all who have offended you, not for them, but for yourself.” —Harriet Nelson

“Forgive and forget means forgive and stop dwelling on it.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Forgive yourself for your faults and your mistakes and move on.” —Les Brown

“Forgiveness does not make them right, it makes you free.” —Unknown

“Forgiveness does not mean either that you must let the forgiven back in your life or that you must become their victim again.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart and cools the sting.” —William Arthur Ward

“Forgiveness is as valuable to the one who forgives as to the one forgiven.” —Mary Whitcher, Shaker member

“Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.” —Hannah Arendt

“Forgiveness is the sweetest revenge.” —Anonymous

“Forgiveness means giving up all hope for a better past.” —Lily Tomlin

“God will not be mocked. You must forgive to be forgiven.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Goodness is to do good to the deserving and love the good and hate the wicked, and not to be eager to inflict punishment or take vengeance, but to be gracious and kindly and forgiving.” —Aristotle, Virtues and Vices

“Hatred is one long wait.” —Ren’ Maran

“He that cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which he must pass himself; for every man has need to be forgiven.” —Thomas Fuller, 1608-1661

“Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.” —Acts 5:31

“I believe we’re responsible for everything that happens to us.” —Yanni

“I can forgive, but I cannot forget, is only another way of saying, I will not forgive. Forgiveness ought to be like a canceled note–torn in two, and burned up, so that it never can be shown against one.” —Henry Ward Beecher

“I have made a ceaseless effort not to ridicule, not to bewail, not to scorn human actions, but to understand them.” —Baruch Spinoza

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” —I John 1:9

“If we really want to love we must learn to forgive.” —Mother Theresa

“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” —Mother Teresa

“In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:” —Colossians 1:14

“In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;” —Ephesians 1:7

“It doesn’t matter where you are coming from. All that matters is where you are going.” —Brian Tracy

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

“It is thy duty to leave another man’s wrongful act where it is.” —Marcus Aurelius

“It never hurts to think too highly of a person; often they become ennobled and act better because of it.” —Nelson Mandela

“Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:” —Luke 6:37

“Lack of forgiveness is holding on to a burning coal despite the hurt in the hopes that it is burning and hurting someone else.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Lack of forgiveness of others breeds lack of self-forgiveness.” —Albert Ellis and Robert A. Harper, A Guide to Rational Living, Third Edition, p. 130

“Let us forget and forgive injuries.” —Miguel de Cervantes, 1547-1616

“Life is an adventure in forgiveness.” —Norman Cousins

“Never does the human soul appear so strong as when it forgoes revenge, and dares to forgive an injury.” —E. H. Chapin, 1814-1880

“Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.” —Henry David Thoreau

“One of the most lasting pleasures you can experience is the feeling that comes over you when you genuinely forgive an enemy–whether he knows it or not.” —A. Battista

“Only the brave know how to forgive. A coward never forgave; it is not in his nature.” —Laurence Sterne, 1713-1768

“People will choose to live in your bad past; however, you can choose to live in your good present without them.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Pray you now, forget and forgive.” —William Shakespeare, King Lear

“Reason to rule, but mercy to forgive: The first is law, the last prerogative.” —John Dryden, 1631-1700

“Search others for their virtues, thyself for thy vices.” —Benjamin Franklin

“The best revenge is to be unlike him who performed the injury.” —Marcus Aurelius

“The evil of self or others that you resist letting go–persists in your mind. Is your mind a temple for evil or good?” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“The first step in forgiveness is the willingness to forgive.” —Marianne Williamson

“The first to apologize is the bravest. The first to forgive is the strongest. The first to forget is the happiest.” —Zig Ziglar

“The hypocrite wants forgiveness but withholds forgiveness–so receives none.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“The more we know, the better we forgive ; Whoe’er feels deeply, feels for all who live.” —Madame de Stael

“The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget.” —Thomas Szasz, 1920-

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

“The willingness to forgive is a sign of spiritual and emotional maturity. It is one of the greater virtues which we should all aspire to develop.” —Gordon B. Hinckley

“Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? until seven times?” Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.” —Matthew 18:21-22

“To be angry is to let others’ mistakes punish yourself. To forgive others is to be good to yourself.” —Master Cheng Yen

“To be social is to be forgiving.” —Robert Frost

“To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.” —Confucius, c. 551-479 B.C.

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

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

“To err is human; to forgive people and yourself for poor behavior is to be sensible and realistic.” —Albert Ellis and Robert A. Harper, A Guide to Rational Living, Third Edition, p. 137

“To suffer woes which Hope thinks infinite; To forgive wrongs darker than death or night; . . . This alone is Life, Joy, Empire, Victory.” —Percy Bysshe Shelley, 1792-1822

“To understand is to forgive, even oneself.” —Alexander Chase

“To understand everything is to forgive everything.” —falsely attributed to Buddha, one possible source is Madame de Stael

“Tout comprendre rend tres indulgent.” —Latin saying & English translation: “To understand everything is to forgive everything.”

“Unforgiveness is when you eat poison in the vain attempt to poison someone else.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Virtue isn’t not wronging others but not wishing to wrong others.” —Democritus, fragment

“We can forgive the Arabs for killing our children. We cannot forgive them for forcing us to kill their children. We will only have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us.” —Golda Meir

“When a deep injury is done to us, we never heal until we forgive.” —Nelson Mandela

“When the rain falls it cannot be put back into the clouds.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“When you do not forgive it is because you want the other person to be damned. And you foolishly reason that your damning your internal images of them as some voodoo doll will keep them damned. In fact, it will only keep you damned for serving and hosting damning.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Without forgiveness life is governed by an endless cycle of resentment and retaliation.” —Roberto Assagioli

“Without forgiveness life is governed by an endless cycle of resentment and retaliation.” —Roberto Assagioli

“You bring into your life what you dwell on. Dwell on evil, whether of self or others, and you bring evil into your life.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“You have enough baggage to carry without carrying the sins of others.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“You will forgive people more easily when you end your need to make them wrong.” —Brian Koslow

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