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Forgiveness Quotes

It’s not always easy to forgive when you’ve been hurt or wronged. But if you want to love, you must be able to forgive. The forgiveness quotes here demonstrate that the act of forgiveness brings healing and rich rewards, not just for others but for you as well. Our forgiveness quotations, from diverse sources such as actor and producer, Tyler Perry, and South African activist and former archbishop, Desmond Tutu, will support and inspire you to practice forgiveness in your own life.

 

 Forgiveness doesn't excuse their actions. Forgiveness stops their actions from destroying your heart. 
- Karen Salmansohn, author and motivational speaker
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 Never forget the three powerful resources you have always available to you: love, prayer and forgiveness. 
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr., author
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 Forgiving one's enemies does not mean to be fainthearted, but to have a strong soul. 
- Italian proverb
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 Forgiveness does not mean condoning what has been done. Forgiving means abandoning your right to pay back the perpetrator in his own coin. 
- Desmond Tutu, clergyman, social activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner
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 Emphasize reconciliation, not resolution. It is unrealistic to expect everyone to agree about everything. Reconciliation focuses on the relationship, while resolution focuses on the problem. When we focus on reconciliation, the problem loses significance and often becomes irrelevant. 
- Rick Warren, pastor
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 TGIF: Thank God I’m Forgiven! 
- submitted by Vicki Shore of Hamptonville, North Carolina
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 Forgiveness is the greatest expression of love. 
- submitted by Guideposts reader Patti Stull, Dover, Ohio
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 Among my most prized possessions are words I have not spoken in anger. 
- Guideposts reader Karen Thornton of Eureka, California
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 God's alternative to revenge is not truce or standoff or cold war or isolationism. It's forgiveness. 
- author Adele Ahlberg Calhoun
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 Forgiveness isn’t so much an action as a process, one that demands vigilance and commitment. 
- Edward Grinnan, Author, The Promise of Hope
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 Personal change begins with self-forgiveness, and self-forgiveness depends on our capacity to love ourselves. 
- Edward Grinnan, Author, The Promise of Hope
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 Forgiveness creates instant growth and change, because it clears out the negative drag of the past. 
- Edward Grinnan, Author, The Promise of Hope
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 When we forgive, we release both ourselves and the person we forgive from resentment and anger. It’s the ultimate act of letting go and moving on. 
- Edward Grinnan, Author, The Promise of Hope
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 If you want to live a long and happy life, then you must be willing to forgive the unforgivable. It is truly the kindest thing you can do for yourself. Your enemy may not deserve to be forgiven for all the pain and suffering purposefully inflicted on your life, but you deserve to be freed from this burden! 
- Dorothy Murfin
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