For many, forgiveness is hard. It takes strength to let go of anger, release resentment, and truly forgive someone who has wronged us. Yet, it’s something we’re often called to do, not for others, but for ourselves.
You see, when you harbor negative feelings, it doesn’t hurt the other person—It hurts you. It impacts your health, relationships and taints your overall lens on life.
Below are twelve of our best quotes to help you relinquish anger and start on the path to forgiveness.
Quote 1: You cannot see your reflection in boiling water. Similarly, you cannot see truth in a state of anger. – Unknown
Quote 2: Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned. – Buddha
Quote 3: Forgive people in your life, even those who are not sorry for their actions. Holding on to anger hurts you, not them. – Unknown
Quote 4: Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves. – Confucius
Quote 5: Holding a grudge doesn’t make you strong; it makes you bitter. Forgiving doesn’t make you weak; it sets you free. – Realistic Buddhism
Quote 6: To forgive is not to excuse what the other person did. It’s to prevent their behavior from destroying your heart. – Unknown
Quote 7: Forgiveness is not about letting someone off the hook for their actions but freeing ourselves of negative energies that bind us to them. – Satsuki Shibuya
Quote 8: Everyone makes mistakes in life, but that doesn’t mean they have to pay for them the rest of their life. Sometimes good people make bad choices. It doesn’t mean they’re bad. It means they are human. – Unknown
Quote 9: Forgiveness is the best form of love. It takes a strong person to say sorry and an even stronger person to forgive. – Unknown
Quote 10: Forgiveness is a strange thing. It can be easier to forgive our enemies than our friends. It can be hardest of all to forgive the people we love. Like all of life’s important coping skills, the ability to forgive and capacity to let go of resentments most likely take root very early in our lives. – Fred Rogers
Quote 11: Sincere forgiveness is not colored with expectations that the other person apologizes or changes. 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. – Sara Paddison
Quote 12: To understand everything is to forgive everything. – Buddha
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