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18 Forgiveness Quotes That Will Help You Finally Let Go

Want more space in your life and your mind? All you need is to do one magic thing: Forgive. Read these wise words, and then let go.

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On forgiveness and its impact

"Forgiveness does not change the past but it does enlarge the future." —Paul Lewis Boese, business executive. Forgiveness quotes often focus on balancing the next steps in a relationship without ignoring the past. Here are 29 positive quotes that will help you see the glass half full.

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On forgiveness and forgetting

"Good to forgive; best to forget." —Robert Browning, poet

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On forgiveness and our enemies

"Always forgive your enemies—nothing annoys them so much." —Oscar Wilde, playwright and wit

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On forgiveness and family

"But they're family, and you forgive them, even if they are human equivalent of hyenas. Because that's what you do ... Forgive." —Kristan Higgins, novelist

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On forgiveness and love

"If we really want to love, we must learn how to forgive." —Mother Teresa, humanitarian. There are almost too many Mother Teresa forgiveness quotes to count. Here are 12 more powerful Mother Teresa quotes that will stay with you.

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On forgiveness and men

"Once a woman has forgiven her man, she must not reheat his sins for breakfast." —Marlene Dietrich, actress. Couples, take note—Dietrich has the right idea with this forgiveness quote.

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On forgiveness and resentment

"Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies." —Nelson Mandela, anti-apartheid activist and politician

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On forgiveness and freedom

"To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you." —Lewis B. Smedes, ethicist and theologian 

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On forgiveness and stardom

"It's said in Hollywood that you should always forgive your enemies—because you never know when you'll have to work with them." —Lana Turner, actress. Sometimes forgiveness quotes like these bring up thoughts of specific friends. Here are 63 best friend quotes you'll want to text your BFF right now

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On forgiveness and the self

"It is very easy to forgive others their mistakes; it takes more grit and gumption to forgive them for having witnessed your own." —Jessamyn West, writer

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