This is certain, that man that studieth revenge keeps his own wounds green, which otherwise would heal and do well.
~ Francis Bacon
Life is an adventure in forgiveness.
~ Norman Cousins
Doing an injury puts you below your enemy; revenging one makes you even with him; forgiving sets you above him.
~ Benjamin Franklin
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
~ Mahatma Gandhi
He who cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which he must pass himself.
~ George Herbert
It may be infinitely less evil to murder a man than to refuse to forgive him. The former may be a moment of passion: the latter is the heart’s choice. It is spiritual murder, the worst, to hate, to brood over the feeling that excludes, that, in our microcosm, kills the image, the idea of the hated.
~ George MacDonald
Receiving forgiveness requires a total willingness to let God be God and do all the healing, restoring, and renewing.
~ Henri J. M. Nouwen, in The Return of the Prodigal Son
Without forgiveness, there’s no future.
~ Desmond Tutu
To carry a grudge is like being stung to death by one bee.
~ William H. Walton
Resentment is like a glass of poison that a man drinks; then he sits down and waits for his enemy to die.
You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemies.’ But I say to you, love your enemies. Pray for those who hurt you. If you do this, you will be true children of your Father in heaven. He causes the sun to rise on good people and on evil people, and he sends rain to those who do right and to those who do wrong. If you love only the people who love you, you will get no reward. Even the tax collectors do that. And if you are nice only to your friends, you are no better than other people. Even those who don’t know God are nice to their friends. So you must be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.
~ Jesus, in The Gospel According to Matthew 5:43-48