12 Powerful Quotes on the Importance of Forgiveness

Forgiveness is such a powerful thing.  When we hold on to grudges and anger we hold ourself away from our power.  Here are 12 powerful quotes on the importance of forgiveness!

1. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” –Martin Luther King, Jr.

2. “Forgive, forget. Bear with the faults of others as you would have them bear with yours.” –Phillips Brooks

3. “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” –Mahatma Gandhi

4. “Forgiveness is the final form of love.” –Reinhold Niebuhr

5. “Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave.” –Indira Gandhi

6. “It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody.” –Maya Angelou

7. “It’s not an easy journey, to get to a place where you forgive people. But it is such a powerful place, because it frees you.” –Tyler Perry

8. “Forgiveness says you are given another chance to make a new beginning.” –Desmond Tutu

9. “When you forgive, you in no way change the past – but you sure do change the future.” –Bernard Meltzer

10. “To err is human; to forgive, divine.” –Alexander Pope

11. “To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.” –Lewis B. Smedes

12. “One of the secrets of a long and fruitful life is to forgive everybody everything every night before you go to bed.” –Bernard Baruch

I hope you enjoyed these quotes on the power of forgiveness.  Which one is your favorite?  Comment below and let me know!

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  • Babs
    Posted July 12, 2015 6:52 am 0Likes

    My fave: forgiveness is the attribute of the strong
    My wording: forgiveness is strength enough to be vulnerable, knowing you overcome hurt with compassion and love.
    Life loves us!! Love Life back!!

  • Andrea Schulman
    Posted July 12, 2015 1:14 pm 0Likes

    I like your interpretation, Babs! Well said -Andrea

  • priya sanadhya
    Posted April 28, 2018 3:49 am 0Likes

    no one

  • Tracey Rosencrance
    Posted May 20, 2020 9:29 am 0Likes

    Thank u I needed that in so many ways I been Struggling with forgiveness and they helped a lot your quotes

  • Andrea Schulman
    Posted May 20, 2020 9:57 am 0Likes

    You are most welcome Tracey 🙂

  • MIRRIAM Molapisi
    Posted September 3, 2020 3:25 am 0Likes

    Forgiveness is to set a prisoner free but only discover that the prisoner was you. I love this quote.

  • Andrea Schulman
    Posted September 3, 2020 10:32 am 0Likes

    That’s a good one Mirriam!

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