Humanity 101 - forgiveness

Forgiveness in their own words...

On a level of simple personal survival, understanding and forgiveness are crucial... whether in an intimate personal relationship or on a global level.

Edward Albert


Forgiving is not forgetting. It's letting go of the hurt.

Mary McLeod Bethune


I invite everyone to choose forgiveness rather than division, teamwork over personal ambition.

Jean-Francois Cope


Before we can forgive one another, we have to understand one another.

Emma Goldman


The willingness to forgive is a sign of spiritual and emotional maturity. It is one of the great virtues to which we all should aspire. Imagine a world filled with individuals willing both to apologize and to accept an apology. Is there any problem that could not be solved among people who possessed the humility and largeness of spirit and soul to do either -- or both -- when needed?

Gordon B. Hinckley, Standing for Something: 10 Neglected Virtues That Will Heal Our Hearts and Homes


For me, forgiveness and compassion are always linked: how do we hold people accountable for wrongdoing and yet at the same time remain in touch with their humanity enough to believe in their capacity to be transformed?

bell hooks


I wondered if that was how forgiveness budded; not with the fanfare of epiphany, but with pain gathering its things, packing up, and slipping away unannounced in the middle of the night.

Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner


Forgiveness is about empowering yourself, rather than empowering your past.

T. D. Jakes


Forgiveness is letting go of the past, and is therefore the means for correcting our misperceptions.

Gerald Jampolsky


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

Martin Luther King, Jr.


Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.

Martin Luther King Jr.


Acceptance and tolerance and forgiveness, those are life-altering lessons.

Jessica Lange


As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn't leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I'd still be in prison.

Nelson Mandela


The ability to forgive is one of man's greatest achievements.

Bryant H. McGill


Genuine forgiveness does not deny anger but faces it head-on.

Alice Duer Miller


Forgiveness is the economy of the heart... forgiveness saves the expense of anger, the cost of hatred, the waste of spirits.

Hannah More


Forgiveness really is so misunderstood, as well as the power it can release in an individual.

Jennifer O'Neill


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


Forgiveness is the key that unlocks the door of resentment and the handcuffs of hatred. It is a power that breaks the chains of bitterness and the shackles of selfishness.

Corrie ten Boom, Clippings from My Notebook


I think we learn the most from imperfect relationships - things like forgiveness and compassion.

Andrea Thompson


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

Desmond Tutu


Without forgiveness, there's no future.

Desmond Tutu


It takes a strong person to say sorry, and an ever stronger person to forgive.



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

Marianne Williamson