Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.
—Paul Boese (1668–1738)
Without forgiveness life is governed by an endless cycle of resentment and retaliation.
—Roberto Assagioli (1888–1974)
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
—Mahatma Gandhi (1869–1948)
Love’s power does not make fussy historians. Love prefers to tuck the loose ends of past rights and wrongs in the bosom of forgiveness—and pushes us into a new start.
—Lewis B. Smedes (1921–2002)
My idea of forgiveness is letting go of resentment, ... ridding yourself of negative thoughts. All they do is make you miserable. Believe me, you can fret and fume all you want, but whoever it was that wronged you is not suffering from your anguish whatsoever.
—Della Reese (b.1931)
Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you were.
—Cherie Carter-Scott (b.1949)
Forgiveness is almost a selfish act because of its immense benefits to the one who forgives.
—Lawana Blackwell (b. 1952)
The one attitude which gives rise to hope amidst misunderstanding and ill-will is a forgiving spirit. Where forgiveness becomes the atmosphere, there hope and healing are possible.
—C. Neil Strait (1934–2003)