Forgiving Part II

Quotes on Forgiveness:

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

When we harbor negative emotions toward others or toward ourselves, or when we intentionally create pain for others, we poison our own physical and spiritual systems. By far the strongest poison to the human spirit is the inability to forgive oneself or another person. It disables a person’s emotional resources. The challenge is to refine our capacity to love others as well as ourselves and to develop the power of forgiveness. —  Caroline Myss

Forgiveness is no longer an option but a necessity for healing.– Carolyn Myss

We are all full of weakness and errors; let us mutually pardon each other our follies –Voltaire

To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover the prisoner was you.—Unknown

Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you were. –Cherie Carter-Scott

He who cannot forgive breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass.–George Herbert

Forgiveness is almost a selfish act because of its immense benefits to the one who forgives.—Lawana Blackwell

The hatred you’re carrying is a live coal in your heart – far more damaging to yourself than to them.—- Lawana Blackwell

Forgiveness does not always lead to a healed relationship. Some people are not capable of love, and it might be wise to let them go along with your anger. Wish them well, and let them go their way.—Real Live Preacher

Resentment is like a glass of poison that a man drinks; then he sits down and waits for his enemy to die.—Unknown

Many people are afraid to forgive because they feel they must remember the wrong or they will not learn from it. The opposite is true. Through forgiveness, the wrong is released from its emotional stranglehold on us so that we can learn from it. Through the power and intelligence of the heart, the release of forgiveness brings expanded intelligence to work with the situation more effectively. — David McArthur & Bruce McArthur

Sincere forgiveness isn’t colored with expectations that the other person apologize or change. Don’t worry whether or not they finally understand you. Love them and release them. Life feeds back truth to people in its own way and time—just like it does for you and me. –Sara Paddison

Forgiveness is giving up the possibility of a better past. –Unknown

Not the power to remember, but its very opposite, the power to forget, is a necessary condition for our existence. -Sholem Asch

Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart and cools the sting. –William A. Ward

You will know that forgiveness has begun when you recall those who hurt you and feel the power to wish them well. –Lewis B. Smedes

What we forgive too freely doesn’t stay forgiven. –Mignon McLaughlin

It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend. –William Blake:

We frequently forgive those who bore us, but cannot forgive those whom we bore. –Francois, Duc de La Rochefoucauld

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

Without deep humility, true forgiveness is impossible…and will never happen. –Martha Kilpatrick

Forgiveness is me giving up my right to hurt you for hurting me. –Anonymous

Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heal that has crushed it.
–Mark Twain

Never does the human soul appear so strong as when it foregoes revenge, and dares forgive an injury. –E. H. Chapin

Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?– Abraham Lincoln

There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness.– Josh Billings

Always forgive your enemies–nothing annoys them so much.– Oscar Wilde

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

Humanity is never so beautiful as when praying for forgiveness, or else forgiving another. –Jean Paul Richter

Yes, this is what good is: to forgive evil. There is no other good. –Antonio Porchia

Forgiveness is the answer to the child’s dream of a miracle by which what is broken is made whole again, what is soiled is made clean again. –Dag Hammarskjold

Forgiveness is choosing to love. It is the first skill of self-giving love. –Mahatma Gandhi

We are told that people stay in love because of chemistry, or because they remain intrigued with each other, because of many kindnesses, because of luck . . . But part of it has got to be forgiveness and gratefulness. –Ellen Goodman

A happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers. –Robert Quillen

Forgiveness is the final form of love. –Reinhold Niebuhr

One forgives to the degree that one loves. –Francois de La Rochefoucauld

‘Tis the most tender part of love, each other to forgive. –John Sheffield

Never forget the three powerful resources you always have available to you: love, prayer, and forgiveness. –H. Jackson Brown

We are all on a life long journey and the core of its meaning, the terrible demand of its centrality is forgiving and being forgiven. –Martha Kilpatrick

Forgiveness is the giving, and so the receiving, of life. –George MacDonald

“Not to forgive is to be imprisoned by the past, by old grievances that do not permit life to proceed with new business. Not to forgive is to yield oneself to another’s control… to be locked into a sequence of act and response, of outrage and revenge, tit for tat, escalating always. The present is endlessly overwhelmed and devoured by the past. Forgiveness frees the forgiver. It extracts the forgiver from someone else’s nightmare.” – Lance Morrow

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  1. This is so difficult for me to do (forgive) when I am a raw nerve in w/d, but I’m trying to make it a lifestyle, instead of being at the mercy of other human beings.

    Amen girl…I couldn’t have said it better myself…yup! I’m a raw nerve too…one of my favorite saying right now, truly…I use it all the time!!

    and it is hard right now.

  2. I just know we’ve got to have our forgiveness filter on in order to heal. I’m convinced of that. Every time someone hurts us or the past is brought up in our thoughts, we have to chose to forgive and release ourselves from that stronghold. I’m really struggling with this myself right now. It’s good for our brains to hear us forgive, so say it outloud. Unforgiveness shows up as a literal dark spot in the memory trees according to Dr. Caroline Leaf. A lesioned brain has a corresponding lesion in the body. It is truly a root of bitterness that can destroy us in every way. Forgiveness doesn’t take away the memory, just the pain associated with the memory. The body breathes a huge sigh of relief when forgiveness is applied…and cell membranes relax and everything flows through the body as it should. This is so difficult for me to do when I am a raw nerve in w/d, but I’m trying to make it a lifestyle, instead of being at the mercy of other human beings.

  3. also, Mark, if people want to harbor anger and rage, I’m not going to stop them….god knows I can’t and I’ve had a lot of if directed at me.

    what I know is that if I harbor anger and rage I feel sicker…so like I said…this is for me…I don’t want poison in my soul. I want to heal.

    and I find the practice of forgiveness to be part of my healing process. I pray and/or meditate for those who have hurt me and I send them love. Really. I feel their deep humanity, humanity just like mine, just like Jesus’ and just like Buddha…we all have spirit in us and we all have potential hell and evil.

    And I find that some of us who have been hurt hate me in turn for having such an attitude…can’t win on this one…but I DO CHOOSE to love whenever I can

    also love does not destroy anger…anger is healthy and normal….it’s when it festers that it’s not—when it becomes hatred for example.

  4. The time to forgive, is at the end of a war, not during it.
    Acceptance for the way (insane) things are going now , is an appropriate way to cope

    forgiveness and acceptance has nothing to do with ceasing to be an activist and changing things…it has everything to do with healing ourselves so that we can be more effective. It is at bottom a selfish thing to do…

    also as one of the quotes says….none of us are without fault…we can hate those who harm us all we want….it won’t help us…it will help them.

    Thanks for the Serenity Prayer, it’s a beautiful and wonderful prayer.

  5. Thousands or more of innocent children are being brain chemically altered every day to change their behaviour. neurotransmitter damaged maybe, addicted maybe, turned into criminals maybe.
    This is being done by lying professional doctors and researchers for multimillion dollar profit and status for having the “right” answers. Legal drug pushers.

    Children (remember) are forced to go to school, forced education is going to have problems.

    Magical chemicals-drugs-meds. Is this drugging good or bad?
    The time to forgive, is at the end of a war, not during it.
    Acceptance for the way (insane) things are going now , is an appropriate way to cope .

    ” to accept the things I cannot change;
    the courage to change the things I can;”

    Serenity Prayer

    God grant me the serenity
    to accept the things I cannot change;
    the courage to change the things I can;
    and the wisdom to know the difference.

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