Forgiveness Quotes

Last week I brought a collection of quotes on forgiveness to our small group where we were discussing the topic. Here are a few...

1. "Forgiveness is God's invention for coming to terms with a world in which, despite their best intentions, people are unfair to each other and hurt each other deeply. He began by forgiving us. And he invites us all to forgive each other." - Lewis B. Smedes

2. "You will know that forgiveness has begun when you recall those who hurt you and feel the power to wish them well." - Lewis B. Smedes

3. "With a little time, and a little more insight, we begin to see both ourselves and our enemies in humbler profiles. We are not really as innocent as we felt when we were first hurt. And we do not usually have a gigantic monster to forgive; we have a weak, needy, and somewhat stupid human being. When you see your enemy and yourself in the weakness and silliness of the humanity you share, you will make the miracle of forgiving a little easier." - Lewis B. Smedes

4. “To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.” – Lewis B. Smede

5. We are all full of weakness and errors; let us mutually pardon each other our follies --Voltaire

6. He that cannot forgive others, breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass if he would reach heaven: for every one has need to be forgiven. -- Thomas Fuller

7. Forgiveness is man's deepest need and highest achievement. -- Horace Bushnell

8. Never does the human soul appear so strong and noble as when it forgoes revenge and dares to forgive an injury. Edwin Hubbel Chapin 1814-1880, American Author, Clergyman

9. A happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers. - Robert Quillen

10. Forgiveness brings freedom - freedom from being controlled by the past, freedom from the emotional ties to the offender, freedom from the continual inner conflicts of bitterness and hate, freedom to become whole and enjoy the fullness of life. - Jeanette Vought

11. To excuse what can really produce good excuses is not Christian charity; it is only fairness. To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable, because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you. - C. S. Lewis

12. A rattlesnake, if cornered, will sometimes become so angry it will bite itself. That is exactly what the harboring of hate and resentment against others is - a biting of oneself. We think that we are harming others in holding these spites and hates, but the deeper harm is to ourselves. - Eli E. Stanley

13. I firmly believe a great many prayers are not answered because we are not willing to forgive someone. - Dwight L. Moody

14. But forgiveness is not an emotion... Forgiveness is an act of will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart. - Corrie Ten Boom

15. Little, vicious minds abound with anger and revenge, and are incapable of feeling the pleasure of forgiving their enemies. - Lord Chesterfield

16. It is in pardoning that we are pardoned. - St. Francis of Assisi

A few of my favorites are #3, #7, #9, and #15. How about you?