Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.
Forgiving someone is hard. Whether it’s trying to forgive someone who personally hurt you or trying to forgive yourself for something you’ve done, forgiveness is one of the hardest things to learn in life. It can seem impossible at times.
And yet, forgiveness is vital to a healthy life and healthy relationships. You simply cannot hold onto too much anger for too long. It never ends well.
Forgiving someone doesn’t always mean forgetting — it simply is the process of letting go of all of the negative emotions surrounding the event and not holding it against the person anymore (whether it’s yourself or someone else).
Forgiveness doesn’t necessarily even mean that you have to tolerate the person anymore. I mean, let’s be real, while you should forgive everyone, there is still a level of toxicity around that relationship that no one should have to tolerate.
Some situations get so bad that you can no longer allow certain people into your life anymore. While, in some cases, this is absolutely acceptable and even a good idea. That doesn’t mean you don’t still need to forgive them.
For example, for most, cheating in a romantic relationship is a deal breaker. Automatic time to break up. That doesn’t mean you don’t need to forgive them. Dump them, forgive them, move on.
You can forgive someone and still take a healthy approach and not allow them to be a part of your life anymore. Frankly, this is an important part of the growing up process.
But still, everyone needs forgiveness and understanding at some point or another, despite how difficult this can be. So, we’re here to help you out. Here are our picks of the 50 best forgiveness quotes to help you heal and move forward with your own life.
I hope that they help you find the strength to let go of the past, the hurt and any heart ache that may be holding you back. Be your best you, boo!
1. Forgiveness makes you stronger.
“You’ll never know how strong your heart is until you learn to forgive who broke it.”- Anonymous
2. Forgiveness takes courage.
“One of the most courageous decisions you’ll ever make is to finally let go of what is hurting your heart and soul.”-Anonymous
3. Forgiveness is a gift.
“Forgiving you is my gift to you. Moving on is my gift to myself.”-Anonymous
4. Forgiveness is freeing.
“Forgiveness is just another name for freedom.” –Byron Katie
5. Forgiveness helps let go of hate.
“Let no man pull you low enough to hate him.” –Martin Luther King, Jr.
6. Forgive for a better future.
“Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does change the future.”-Anonymous
7. Let it teach you and then let it go.
“Let it hurt. Let it heal. Let it go.”-Anonymous
8. Be the bigger person.
“Forgiveness is the best form of love. It takes a strong person to say sorry and an even stronger person to forgive.”-Anonymous
9. Forgiving someone doesn’t change them, but it might change you.
“Forgiving you means I no longer dwell on what an a**hole you are. It doesn’t mean you are no longer an a**hole.”-Anonymous
10. Forgiveness brings good karma.
“How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.” –Wayne Dyer
11. This is just good advice.
“Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.” –C.S. Lewis
12. Always live in the present.
“Forgiveness is making a conscious decision to live in the present … even if the past still hurts.”-Anonymous
13. Forgiveness according to Christianity.
“In the shadow of my hurt, forgiveness feels like a decision to reward my enemy. But in the shadow of the cross, forgiveness is merely a gift from one undeserving soul to the next.” –Andy Stanley
14. Forgiveness is a choice.
“You either get bitter or you get better.It’s that simple. You either take what has been dealt to you and allow it to make you a better person, or you allow it to tear you down. The choice does not belong to fate, it belongs to you.” –Josh Shipp
15. Because sometimes forgiveness is fair.
“None of us should be defined by the worst thing we’ve ever done.” –Kevin R. Duncan
16. Forgive because pent up anger can crush you.
“Forgiveness doesn’t excuse their behavior. Forgiveness prevents their behavior from destroying your heart.”-Anonymous
17. Forgive for you, not for them.
“Holding a grudge doesn’t make you strong; it makes you bitter. Forgiving doesn’t make you weak; it sets you free.”-Anonymous
18. Because once you cool off, you might understand.
“The true mark of maturity is when somebody hurts you and you try to understand their situation instead of trying to hurt them back.”-Anonymous
19. Keep it classy.
“There is nothing more classy or powerful than showing forgiveness and grace to someone who does not deserve it.”-Anonymous
20. Be sure to look at the big picture.
“When someone does something wrong, don’t forget all the things they did right.”-Anonymous
21. Forgive because the world needs love.
“There is no love without forgiveness, and there is no forgiveness without love.” –Bryant H. Mcgill
22. Let yourself grow.
“Remember, when you forgive, you heal. And when you let go, you grow.”-Anonymous
23. Forgive so you can move forward.
“The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward.” –Dr. Steve Maraboli
24. Forgive to prove how strong you are.
“Compassion and forgiveness are signs of strength.”-Anonymous
25. Because sometimes people are worth it.
“Sometimes you forgive people simply because you still want them in your life.”-Anonymous
26. Don’t be discouraged, forgiveness takes time.
“Reminder: Forgiveness is a process. A choice you make over and over, every day, until you’re free of hurt.”-Anonymous
27. Sweet, sweet forgiveness.
“Forgiveness is the best revenge.”- Imam Ali
28. Because giving into anger is too easy.
“The man who forgives is far stronger than the man who fights.” –Nathan Craoll
29. Don’t let an argument go on longer than it has to.
“Arguments drag out because one is too stubborn to forgive and the other is too proud to apologize.”-Anonymous
30. Because even if it wasn’t your fault, how you react is your responsibility.
“Your wound is probably not your fault. But your healing is your responsibility.”-Anonymous
31. Because you need to be OK without the other person.
“Forgiveness keeps you from being bound by something the other person might never set right.”-Tony Evans
32. Because life is about choices.
“If you can’t forgive and forget, pick one.”-Robert Brault
33. Forgive because you don’t need the distraction.
”Hating someone makes them important. Forgiving hem makes them obsolete.”-Anonymous
34. Only you can change your life.
“I am not what happened to me. I am what I choose to become.”-Anonymous
35. Forgive because you deserve to heal.
“Blame keeps wounds open. Only forgiveness heals.” –Thomas S. Monson
36. Not forgiving wont fix anything.
“Hate has caused a lot of problems in this world, but it has not solved one yet.” –Maya Angelou
37. Forgive because it’s better than regret.
“Forgive and forget. Not revenge and regret.”-Anonymous
38. A friendly reminder.
“Your mistakes do not define you.”-Anonymous
39. Because the process of forgiving can bring us closer.
“Until we have seen someone’s darkness, we don’t really know who they are. Until we have forgiven someone’s darkness , we don’t really know what love is.” –Marianne Williamson
40. Well, sometimes.
“Sometimes the first step to forgiveness is understanding the other person is a complete idiot.”-Anonymous
41. It’s never easy, especially when you’re close.
“It is easier to forgive an enemy than a friend.” –William Blake
42. Forgive because sometimes, it’s fair.
“We are all in need of mercy.”-Anonymous
43. Forgive even the ones you can’t stay with.
“I don’t think people understand that you can forgive a person and not allow them back into your life. That is possible, very possible.” –Alex Elle
44. Throwing truth bombs at you now.
“Relationships don’t thrive because the guilty are punished, but because the wounded are merciful.” –Max Lucado
45. Forgive for both of you.
“When one forgives, two souls are set free.”-Anonymous
46. Because you’ll feel better once you do it.
“Forgiveness is unlocking the door to set someone free … and realizing you were the prisoner.” –Max Lucado
47. Because you never know when it could be too late.
“In the blink of an eye, everything can change. So forgive often and love with all your heart. You may never have that chance again.”-Anonymous
48. Because forgiving isn’t even the hard part.
“Forgiving them isn’t the hard part, it’s trying to trust them again.”-Anonymous
49. Let go, even if they’re not sorry.
“I wish for you the wisdom to realize that forgiveness has nothing to do with an apology.” –Steve Maraboli
50. Forgive because someday you’re going to make a mistake too.
“Everybody makes mistakes. If you can’t forgive others, don’t expect others to forgive you.”-Anonymous
Nicole Bradley-Bernard is a writer who needs coffee more than she needs anyone’s approval. She enjoys putting bright colors in her curly brown hair, spending time outside on cool days and being with her partner in life, Eric, who she considers a continuing source of inspiration.
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