Forgiveness and Letting Go Quotations

Forgiveness will not be possible until compassion is born in your heart. 
- Thich Nhat Hanh

Forgiveness is the sweetest revenge. 
- Isaac Friedmann

Forgive all who have offended you, not for them, but for yourself. 
- Harriet Nelson

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. 
- Mahatma Gandhi

Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much.
- Oscar Wilde

Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it. 
- Mark Twain

Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart and cools the sting. 
- William Arthur Ward

When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.
- Alexander Graham Bell

Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.
- Paul Boese

All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.
- Havelock Ellis

Without forgiveness life is governed by... an endless cycle of resentment and retaliation. 
- Roberto Assagioli

Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.
- John F. Kennedy

Forgiveness is the final form of love.
- Reinhold Niebuhr

To err is human; to forgive, divine.
- Alexander Pope

Never forget the three powerful resources you always have available to you: love, prayer, and forgiveness.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

To understand is to forgive, even oneself.
- Alexander Chase

In the end these things matter most: How well did you love? How fully did you love? How deeply did you learn to let go?
- Buddha

Knowledge is learning something every day. Wisdom is letting go of something every day.
- Zen Proverb

The more you know yourself, the more you forgive yourself.
- Confucius

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

Do as the heavens have done, forget your evil;
With them forgive yourself.
- William Shakespeare

The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget.
- Thomas Szasz

Forgive many things in others; nothing in yourself.
- Ausonius

Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you were.
- Cherie Carter-Scott, "If Love Is a Game, These Are the Rules"

To err is human; to forgive, infrequent.
- Franklin P. Adams

'Tis the most tender part of love, each other to forgive.
- John Sheffield

If you haven't forgiven yourself something, how can you forgive others? 
- Dolores Huerta

There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness.
- Josh Billings

Forgiveness is almost a selfish act because of its immense benefits to the one who forgives.
- Lawana Blackwell, The Dowry of Miss Lydia Clark

The hatred you're carrying is a live coal in your heart - far more damaging to yourself than to them.
- Lawana Blackwell, The Dowry of Miss Lydia Clark

Life is an adventure in forgiveness.
- Norman Cousins

It is easier to get forgiveness than permission.
- Stuart's Law of Retroaction

The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget.
- Thomas Szasz, The Second Sin, "Personal Conduct"

A woman can forgive a man for the harm he does her...but she can never forgive him for the sacrifices he makes on her account.
- W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence

It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend. 
- William Blake

Pray you now, forget and forgive. 
- William Shakespeare, King Lear, Act 4 scene 7

Adapted from materials retrieved from and elsewhere.