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FORGIVENESS
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[ Also see Absolution Charity Clemency Grace Kindness Magnanimity Mercy Pardon Reconciliation Redemption Resentment Revenge Understanding ]

He who has not forgiven an enemy has never yet tasted one of the most sublime enjoyments of life.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

He, who cannot forgive a trespass of malice to his enemy, has never yet tasted the most sublime enjoyment of love.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

Receive no satisfaction for premeditated impertinence; forget it, forgive it, but keep him inexorably at a distance who offered it.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

There is a manner of forgiveness so divine that you are ready to embrace the offender for having called it forth.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

God's way of forgiving is thorough and hearty,--both to forgive and to forget; and if thine be not so, thou hast no portion of His.
      - Archbishop Robert Leighton

'Tis sweet to stammer one letter of the Eternal's language; on earth it is called forgiveness.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

For 'tis sweet to stammer one letter
  Of the Eternal's language;--on earth it is called Forgiveness!
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        The Children of the Lord's Supper
         (l. 214)

Life, that ever need's forgiveness, has, for its, first duty, to forgive.
      - Lord Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton ("Owen Meredith")

In what a delightful communion with God does that man live who habitually seeketh love! With the same mantle thrown over him from the cross--with the same act of amnesty, by which we hope to be saved--injuries the most provoked, and transgressions the most aggravated, are covered in eternal forgetfulness.
      - Elias L. Magoon

It is right that man should love those who have offended him. He will do so when he remembers that all men are his relations, and that it is through ignorance and involuntarily that they sin,--and then we all die so soon.
      - Marcus Aurelius (Marcus Aurelius Antoninus)

These evils I deserve, and more
  . . . .
    Justly, yet despair not of his final pardon,
      Whose ear is ever open, and his eye
        Gracious to re-admit the suppliant.
      - John Milton, Samson Agonistes (l. 1,170)

My pet, the world can forgive practically anything except people who mind their own business.
      - Margaret Mitchell

Women do not often have it in their power to give like men, but they forgive like Heaven.
      - Madame Suzanne Curchod Necker

Bear and forbear.
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso),
        also attributed to Epictetus

When a deep injury is done us, we never recover until we forgive.
      - Alan Paton

Forgiveness is better than revenge.
      - Pittacus of Mitylene, quoted by Heraclitus

To love is human, it is also human to forgive.
  [Lat., Humanum amare est, humanum autem ignoscere est.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus), Mercator
         (II, 2, 46)

A brave man thinks no one his superior who does him an injury; for he has it then in his power to make himself his superior to the other by forgiving it.
      - Alexander Pope

To err is human, to forgive, divine.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Criticism

Good-nature and good-sense must ever join;
  To err is human, to forgive, divine.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Criticism
         (l. 522)

The offender never forgives.
      - Proverb, (Russian)

Hath any wronged thee? be bravely revenged; slight it, and the work is begun; forgive it, and it is finished; he is below himself that is not above an injury.
      - Francis Quarles

Behold affronts and indignities, which the world thinks it right never to pardon, which the Son of God endures with a divine meekness! Let us cast at the feet of Jesus that false honor, that quick sense of affronts, which exaggerates everything, and pardons nothing, and, above all, that devilish determination in resenting injuries.
      - Pasquier Quesnel

The mind that too frequently forgives bad actions will at last forget good ones.
      - Frederic Reynolds, The Dramatist
         (act II, sc. 1)

Men are less forgiving than women.
      - Samuel Richardson


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