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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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On forgiveness and its frequency

“Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.” —Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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On forgiveness and ghosts

“Men and women who can’t get over the past… That’s what ghosts are.” —Stephen King, novelist

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On forgiveness and godliness

“To err is human; to forgive, divine.” —Alexander Pope, poet. Princess Diana was one of the most celebrated royals in history thanks to her grace and compassion. She even has her own celebrated forgiveness quotes that promote both happiness and forgiveness. Here are the 14 most inspiring quotes from Princess Diana.

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On forgiveness and the mind

“As long as you don’t forgive, who and whatever it is will occupy a rent-free space in your mind.” —Isabelle Holland, novelist

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On forgiveness and leadership

“It is better for a leader to make a mistake in forgiving then to make a mistake in punishing.” —Muhammad, prophet. For more inspiration, read these incredible true stories about extreme forgiveness.

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On forgiveness and injury

“Reject your sense of injury, and the injury itself disappears.” —Marcus Aurelius, Roman emperor 

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On forgiveness and marriage

“In marriage, every day you love, and every day you forgive. It is an ongoing sacrament, love and forgiveness.” —Bill Moyers, political commentator and journalist 

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On forgiveness and character

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” —Mahatma Gandhi, Indian leader and activist. Next, check out these 16 powerful quotes that will remind you to be grateful every single day.

Originally Published in Reader's Digest