Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.
John F. Kennedy
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.
Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much.
Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.
When you forgive, you in no way change the past - but you sure do change the future.
He that cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which he must pass himself; for every man has need to be forgiven.
Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave.
Forgiveness is the economy of the heart... forgiveness saves the expense of anger, the cost of hatred, the waste of spirits.
Forgiveness is the final form of love.
When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bicycle. Then I realised that the Lord doesn't work that way so I stole one and asked Him to forgive me.
A mistake is always forgivable, rarely excusable and always unacceptable.
Never forget the three powerful resources you always have available to you: love, prayer, and forgiveness.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Forgotten is forgiven.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
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
I can forgive, but I cannot forget, is only another way of saying, I will not forgive. Forgiveness ought to be like a cancelled note - torn in two, and burned up, so that it never can be shown against one.
Henry Ward Beecher
To err is human; to forgive, divine.
People can be more forgiving than you can imagine. But you have to forgive yourself. Let go of what's bitter and move on.
Forgiveness means letting go of the past.
How does one know if she has forgiven? You tend to feel sorrow over the circumstance instead of rage, you tend to feel sorry for the person rather than angry with him. You tend to have nothing left to say about it all.
Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Forgiveness is the answer to the child's dream of a miracle by which what is broken is made whole again, what is soiled is made clean again.
Forgiveness is the remission of sins. For it is by this that what has been lost, and was found, is saved from being lost again.
Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself.
Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart and cools the sting.
William Arthur Ward
To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.
Lewis B. Smedes
Once a woman has forgiven her man, she must not reheat his sins for breakfast.
One forgives to the degree that one loves.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.
Genuine forgiveness does not deny anger but faces it head-on.
Alice Duer Miller
Man has two great spiritual needs. One is for forgiveness. The other is for goodness.
There is no love without forgiveness, and there is no forgiveness without love.
Bryant H. McGill
It takes one person to forgive, it takes two people to be reunited.
Lewis B. Smedes
Forgiveness is like faith. You have to keep reviving it.
Forgive yourself for your faults and your mistakes and move on.
When women love us, they forgive us everything, even our crimes; when they do not love us, they give us credit for nothing, not even our virtues.
Honore de Balzac
The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world.
Selfishness must always be forgiven you know, because there is no hope of a cure.
Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.
Without forgiveness, there's no future.
There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness.
Forgive many things in others; nothing in yourself.
Humanity is never so beautiful as when praying for forgiveness, or else forgiving another.
The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.
How unhappy is he who cannot forgive himself.
If there is something to pardon in everything, there is also something to condemn.
Life is an adventure in forgiveness.
It is very east to forgive others their mistakes; it takes more grit and gumption to forgive them for having witnessed your own.
Forgive, son; men are men; they needs must err.
I do not bring forgiveness with me, nor forgetfulness. The only ones who can forgive are dead; the living have no right to forget.
The ability to forgive is one of man's greatest achievements.
Bryant H. McGill
My desire is to be a forgiving, non-judgmental person.
Forgiveness is the giving, and so the receiving, of life.
The ineffable joy of forgiving and being forgiven forms an ecstasy that might well arouse the envy of the gods.
To be social is to be forgiving.
To understand is to forgive, even oneself.
It is often easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission.
It's said in Hollywood that you should always forgive your enemies - because you never know when you'll have to work with them.
It's far easier to forgive an enemy after you've got even with him.
I shall be an autocrat, that's my trade; and the good Lord will forgive me, that's his.
Catherine the Great
All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives.
Holding on to anger, resentment and hurt only gives you tense muscles, a headache and a sore jaw from clenching your teeth. Forgiveness gives you back the laughter and the lightness in your life.
Forgiveness is not always easy. At times, it feels more painful than the wound we suffered, to forgive the one that inflicted it. And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness.
Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit.
If there are dreams about a beautiful South Africa, there are also roads that lead to their goal. Two of these roads could be named Goodness and Forgiveness.
When I am able to resist the temptation to judge others, I can see them as teachers of forgiveness in my life, reminding me that I can only have peace of mind when I forgive rather than judge.
Acceptance and tolerance and forgiveness, those are life-altering lessons.
Anger ventilated often hurries towards forgiveness; anger concealed often hardens into revenge.
Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
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?
Nothing inspires forgiveness quite like revenge.
Forgiveness is an act of the will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart.
Corrie Ten Boom
Inner peace can be reached only when we practice forgiveness. Forgiveness is letting go of the past, and is therefore the means for correcting our misperceptions.
I have to ask Allah's forgiveness and not get angry, because they come to me out of love, and it's not fitting that I should turn to them in hatred.
Abdul Qadeer Khan
One important theme is the extent to which one can ever correct an error, especially outside any frame of religious forgiveness. All of us have done something we regret - how we manage to remove that from our conscience, or whether that's even possible, interested me.
'Caught' is a novel of forgiveness, and the past and the present - who should be and who shouldn't be forgiven. None of my books are ever just about thrills, or it won't work.
I realized that it's all really one, that John Lennon was correct. We utilize the music to bring down the walls of Berlin, to bring up the force of compassion and forgiveness and kindness between Palestines, Hebrews. Bring down the walls here in San Diego, Tijuana, Cuba.
The schools would fail through their silence, the Church through its forgiveness, and the home through the denial and silence of the parents. The new generation has to hear what the older generation refuses to tell it.
Forgiveness is the needle that knows how to mend.
The first step in forgiveness is the willingness to forgive.
Soon I realized that if beauty equalled forgiveness, I was never going to be forgiven.
I did a lot of things that I regretted and I certainly paid for my mistakes. You have to go and ask for forgiveness and it wasn't until I really started doing good and doing right, by other people as well as myself, that I really started to feel that guilt go away. So I don't have a problem going to sleep at night.
Sometimes I see myself fine, sometimes I need a witness. And I like the whole truth, but there are nights I only need forgiveness.
As we know, forgiveness of oneself is the hardest of all the forgivenesses.
Forgiveness really is so misunderstood, as well as the power it can release in an individual.
I ask the people of Connecticut for their forgiveness, I should have paid more attention to people around me and people that I trusted but I am sorry for my actions and take full responsibility.
My desire is to stand up and brush myself off when I make mistakes and ask for forgiveness.
I think it's important to remember that Christianity was based in love and tolerance and forgiveness and acceptance.
Forgiveness is indifference. Forgiveness is impossible while love lasts.
On a level of simple personal survival, understanding and forgiveness are crucial... whether in an intimate personal relationship or on a global level.
China's idea of fair trade is government subsidies of its textile and apparel exports to the United States, currency manipulation, and forgiveness of loans by its government banks.
I'm currently in an interesting correspondence with a nun about forgiveness.
I would say the hierarchy has made terrible errors in judgment and it has to seek forgiveness by its members.
William P. Leahy
I am making amends and seeking forgiveness. My only hope is that some good can come out of my situation.
Without forgiveness life is governed by... an endless cycle of resentment and retaliation.
I think everything worked out the way it was supposed to. Mark's happier. I'm sober. There are still phone calls to be made, people I need to say something to. But everyone from Creed who I've offended or hurt, I ask for their forgiveness.
These subsidies from four European governments, which include aircraft launch assistance, capital injections, debt forgiveness, have enabled Airbus to develop and range market airliners well below cost.
I would say that playing this character has caused me to think about a lot of things. He's always questioning himself and trying to get back to something he lost touch with and trying to find forgiveness. Everybody struggles with these things to some extent in their life.
Forgiveness isn't about condoning what has happened to you or someone else's actions against you.
I discipline churchgoers with godly lessons and sharp words if they do not change their ways. My goal is to open their hearts so that they seek forgiveness.
And as I ask for your forgiveness, I also ask for your support to keep all things in perspective and keep all things in proportion. The good of nine years versus the bad.
There is no forgiveness in nature.
One can't relive one's life. Forgiveness is not what's difficult; one's always too ready to forgive. And it does no good, that's obvious.
I invite everyone to chose forgiveness rather than division, teamwork over personal ambition.
The principle that certain sins should not receive the Church's testimony of forgiveness was probably no novelty at all, but had been applied in various churches; perhaps, however, with no strict consistency.
I think we learn the most from imperfect relationships - things like forgiveness and compassion.
When there's that forgiveness present and compassion, it just helps you live so much easier.
Craig T. Nelson
I love my children. That will never change. I have prayed to them for forgiveness and hope that they will forgive me. I never meant to hurt them!!