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[ Also see Clemency Compassion Forgiveness Grace Knowledge Law Mercy Punishment Understanding ]

You cannot play the hypocrite before God; and to obtain pardon you must cease to sin, as well as to be exercised by a spirit of repentance.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.
      - Bible, Luke (ch. XXIII, v. 34)

Who is a God like unto Thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.
      - Bible, Micah (ch. VII, v. 18)

And refused to obey, neither were mindful of thy wonders that thou didst among them; but hardened their necks, and in their rebellion appointed a captain to return to their bondage: but thou art a God ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and forsookest them not.
      - Bible, Nehemiah (ch. IX, v. 17)

Pardon, I beseech thee, the iniquity of this people according unto the greatness of thy mercy, and as how thou hast forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now.
  And the Lord said, I have pardoned according to thy word.
    But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord.
      - Bible, Numbers (ch. XIV, v. 19-21)

Love is on the verge of hate each time it stoops for pardon.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Nothing in this low and ruined world bears the meek impress of the Son of God so surely as forgiveness.
      - Alice Cary

It is not enjoined upon us to forget, but we are told to forgive, our enemies.
      - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

The man who pardons easily courts injury.
      - Pierre Corneille

Who pardons easily invites offense.
      - Pierre Corneille

When by a pardoned murderer blood is spilt, the judge that pardoned hath the greatest guilt.
      - Sir John Denham

If I were Jesus Christ, I would save Judas.
      - Victor Hugo

Pardon is the virtue of victory.
      - Giuseppe Mazzini

But infinite in pardon is my Judge.
      - John Milton

What better can we do than prostrate fall before Him reverent, and there confess humbly our faults, and pardon beg with tears watering the ground?
      - John Milton

He is below himself that is not above an injury.
      - Francis Quarles

Virtue pardons the wicked, as the sandal-tree perfumes the axe which strikes it.
      - Moslih Eddin (Muslih-un-Din) Saadi (Sadi)

Cowards have done good and kind actions, but a coward never pardoned.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

God pardon them that are the cause thereof! A virtuous and a Christian-like conclusion, to pray for them that have done scath to us.
      - William Shakespeare

The word is short, but not so short as sweet.
      - William Shakespeare

Though with their high wrongs I am struck to the quick, yet, with my nobler reason, against my fury do I take part; the rarer action is in virtue than in vengeance.
      - William Shakespeare

Pardon ever follows sincere repentence.
      - Charles Haddon Spurgeon

As we grow in wisdom, we pardon more freely.
      - Madame de Stael (Baronne Anne Louise Germaine de Stael-Holstein)

Pardon is voluntary forgetfulness, while forgetfulness is involuntary pardon.
      - P.J. Stahl (pseudonym of Pierre Jules Hetzel)

God forgives; forgives not capriciously, but with wise, definite, Divine prearrangement; forgives universally, on the ground of an atonement, and on the condition of repentance and faith.
      - Richard Salter Storrs

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