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

Humanity is never so beautiful as when praying for forgiveness, or else forgiving another.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

When thou forgivest,--the man who has pierced thy heart stands to thee in the relation of the sea-worm that perforates the shell of the mussel which straightway closes the wound with a pearl.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

Forgiveness is the fragrance of the violet which still clings fast to the heel that crushed it.
      - George Roemisch

The narrow soul knows not the godlike glory of forgiving.
      - Nicholas Rowe

Forgiveness is commendable, but apply not ointment to the wound of an oppressor.
      - Moslih Eddin (Muslih-un-Din) Saadi (Sadi)

To forgive a fault in another is more sublime than to be faultless one's self.
      - George Sand (pseudonym of Mme. Armandine Lucile Dupon Dudevant)

As you from crimes would pardon'd be,
  Let your indulgence set me free.
      - William Shakespeare

His great offence is dead,
  And deeper than oblivion do we bury
    The incensing relics of it.
      - William Shakespeare

The rarer action is in virtue than in vengeance.
      - William Shakespeare

What if this cursed hand
  Where thicker than itself with brother's blood,
    Is there not rain enough in the sweet heavens
      To wash it white as snow?
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (King at III, iii)

I pardon him as God shall pardon me.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Second
         (King Henry at V, iii)

Youth, which is forgiven everything, forgives itself nothing: age, which forgives itself everything, is forgiven nothing.
      - George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

Beware of the man who does not return your blow: he neither forgives you nor allows you to forgive yourself.
      - George Bernard Shaw,
        Man and Superman--Maxims for Revolutionists

There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness.
      - Henry Wheeler Shaw (used pseudonyms Josh Billings and Uncle Esek)

The truly great man is as apt to forgive as his power is able to revenge.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)

The more we know, the better we forgive;
  Whoe'er feels deeply, feels for all who live.
      - Madame de Stael (Baronne Anne Louise Germaine de Stael-Holstein)

To understand makes one very indulgent.
  [Fr., Tout coprendre rend tres-indulgent.]
      - Madame de Stael (Baronne Anne Louise Germaine de Stael-Holstein),
        Corinne (bk. XVIII, ch. V)

A coward never forgives.
      - Laurence Sterne

The brave only know how to forgive.
      - Laurence Sterne

Forgive and forget!--why, the world would be lonely,
  The garden a wilderness left to deform,
    If the flowers but remember'd the chilling winds only,
      And the fields gave no verdure for fear of the storm.
      - Charles Swain

We forgive too little, forget too much.
      - Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine (Soimonoff)

Forgive others often, yourself never.
  [Lat., Ignoscito sepe alter, nunquam tibi.]
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus), Maxims

The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget.
      - Thomas Szasz,
        The Second Sin--Personal Conduct

Pardon, not wrath, is God's best attribute.
      - Bayard Taylor,
        Poems of the Orient--Temptation of Hassan Ben Khaled
         (st. 11, l. 31)

The sin
  That neither God nor man can well forgive.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, Sea Dreams

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