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18 Quotes About Forgiveness That Will Make You Put Down Your Grudges

Want more space in your life and your mind? All you need to do is one magic thing: forgive. Read these wise words, and then let go.

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On forgiveness and its impact

“Forgiveness does not change the past but it does enlarge the future.” —Paul Lewis Boese, business executive


On forgiveness and forgetting

“Good to forgive; best to forget.” —Robert Browning, poet


On forgiveness and our enemies

“Always forgive your enemies—nothing annoys them so much.” —Oscar Wilde, playwright and wit


On forgiveness and family

“But they’re family, and you forgive them, even if they are human equivalent of hyenas. Because that’s what you do…forgive.” —Kristan Higgins, novelist

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On forgiveness and love

“If we really want to love, we must learn how to forgive.” —Mother Teresa, humanitarian


On forgiveness and men

“Once a woman has forgiven her man, she must not reheat his sins for breakfast.” —Marlene Dietrich, actress


On forgiveness and resentment

“Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.” —Nelson Mandela, anti-apartheid activist and politician


On forgiveness and freedom

“To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.” —Lewis B. Smedes, ethicist and theologian

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On forgiveness and Hollywood

“It’s said in Hollywood that you should always forgive your enemies—because you never know when you’ll have to work with them.” —Lana Turner, actress


On forgiveness and the self

“It is very easy to forgive others for their mistakes; it takes more grit and gumption to forgive them for having witnessed your own.” —Jessamyn West, writer


On forgiveness and its frequency

“Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.” —Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.


On forgiveness and ghosts

“Men and woman who can’t get over the past…that’s what ghosts are.” —Stephen King, novelist


On forgiveness and godliness

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

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On forgiveness and the mind

“As long as you don’t forgive, who and whatever it is will occupy a rent-free space in your mind.” —Isabelle Holland, novelist


On forgiveness and leadership

“It is better for a leader to make a mistake in forgiving than to make a mistake in punishing.” —Muhammad, prophet


On forgiveness and injury

“Reject your sense of injury, and the injury itself disappears.” —Marcus Aurelius, Roman emperor


On forgiveness and marriage

“In marriage, every day you love, and every day you forgive. It is an ongoing sacrament, love and forgiveness.” —Bill Moyers, political commentator and journalist


On forgiveness and character

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” —Mahatma Gandhi, Indian leader and activist

Originally Published in Reader's Digest