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.

Unknown

 

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

Marianne Williamson