An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Dream of your brother's kindnesses instead of dwelling in your dreams on his mistakes. Select his thoughtfulness to dream about instead of counting up the hurts he gave.


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Forgetting is the cost of living cheerfully.


Zoe Akins


Keep your sense of humor. There's enough stress in the rest of your life to let bad shots ruin a game you're supposed to enjoy.


Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888, American author)


Whoever approaches me walking, I will come to him running; and he who meets Me with sins equivalent to the whole world, I will greet him with forgiveness equal to it.


Mishkat Al-massabaih


The cut worm forgives the plow.


William Blake (1757-1827, British poet, painter)


Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.


Hannah Arendt (1906-1975, German-born American political philosopher)


In contrast to revenge, which is the natural, automatic reaction to transgression and which, because of the irreversibility of the action process can be expected and even calculated, the act of forgiving can never be predicted; it is the only reaction that acts in an unexpected way and thus retains, though being a reaction, something of the original character of action.


Hannah Arendt (1906-1975, German-born American political philosopher)


Forgive many things in others; nothing in yourself.


Decimus Magnus Ausonius (310-395, Latin poet, man of letters)


This is certain, that a man that studieth revenge keeps his wounds green, which otherwise would heal and do well.


Francis Bacon (1561-1626, British philosopher, essayist, statesman)


They who forgive most shall be most forgiven.


Josiah Bailey (1873-1946, American senator)


Forgiveness is the act of admitting we are like other people.


Christina Baldwin


I never forgive, but I always forget.


Arthur James Balfour (1848-1930, British Prime Minister)


The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.


Honore De Balzac (1799-1850, French novelist)


God pardons like a mother, who kisses the offense into everlasting forgiveness.


Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, American preacher, orator, writer)


I can forgive, but I cannot forget, is only another way of saying, "I cannot forgive."


Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, American preacher, orator, writer)


If you want to see the brave, look at those who can forgive.


Bhagavad Gita (c. BC 400-, Sanskrit poem incorporated into the Mahabharata)


To apologize is to lay the foundation for a future offense.


Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914, American author, editor, journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary")


There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness.


Josh Billings (1815-1885, American humorist, lecturer)


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


Lawana Blackwell


Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.


Paul Boese


Forgiveness is the noblest vengeance.


H.G. Bohn


Forgiveness is an act of the will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart.


Corrie Ten Boom (1892-1983, Dutch evangelist)


Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrong.


Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855, British novelist)


Anger repressed can poison a relationship as surely as the cruelest words.


Dr. Joyce Brothers (1927-, American psychologist, television and radio personality)


Forgive those who have hurt you.


Les Brown (1945-, American speaker, author, trainer, motivator,)


Forgive yourself for your faults and your mistakes and move on.


Les Brown (1945-, American speaker, author, trainer, motivator,)


The man who foolishly does me wrong, I will return to him the protection of my most ungrudging love; and the more evil comes from him, the more good shall go from me.


Buddha (568-488 BC, Indian born, founder of Buddhism)


Forgiveness is man's deepest need and highest achievement.


Horace Bushnell (1802-1876, American congregational minister, theologian)


We all like to forgive, and love best not those who offend us least, nor who have done most for us, but those who make it most easy for us to forgive them.


Samuel Butler (1612-1680, British poet, satirist)


Absolute virtue is impossible and the republic of forgiveness leads, with implacable logic, to the republic of the guillotine.


Albert Camus (1913-1960, French existential writer)


To what extent is any given man morally responsible for any given act? We do not know.


Dr. Alexis Carrel (1873-1944, French biologist)


Let us forget and forgive injuries.


Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616, Spanish novelist, dramatist, poet)


Wrongs are often forgiven, but contempt never is. Our pride remembers it forever. It implies a discovery of weakness, which we are more careful to conceal than a crime. Many a man will confess his crimes to a friend; but I never knew a man that would tell his silly weaknesses to his most intimate one.


Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield (1694-1773, British statesman, author)


I can pardon everybody's mistakes except my own.


Cato The Elder (BC 234-149, Roman statesman, orator)


I can pardon everybody's mistakes except my own.


Cato The Elder (BC 234-149, Roman statesman, orator)


One can't relive one's life. Forgiveness is not what's difficult; one's always too ready to forgive. And it does no good, that's obvious.


Louis-Ferdinand Celine (1894-1961, French author)


To understand is to forgive, even oneself.


Alexander Chase


Little, vicious minds abound with anger and revenge, and are incapable of feeling the pleasure of forgiving their enemies.


Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield (1694-1773, British statesman, author)


When you pray for anyone you tend to modify your personal attitude toward him. Forgiving means to pardon the unpardonable, faith means believing the unbelievable, and hoping means to hope when things are hopeless.


Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936, British author)


Love thy neighbor as thyself: Do not to others what thou wouldest not wish be done to thyself: Forgive injuries. Forgive thy enemy, be reconciled to him, give him assistance, invoke God in his behalf.


Confucius (BC 551-479, Chinese ethical teacher, philosopher)


Who would care to question the ground of forgiveness or compassion?


Joseph Conrad (1857-1924, Polish-born British novelist)


Stretch out your hand! Let no human soul wait for a benediction.


Marie Corelli


Those who easily forgive invite offenses.


Pierre Corneille (1606-1684, French dramatist)


Life is an adventure in forgiveness.


Norman Cousins (1915-1990, American editor, humanitarian, author)


May I forget what ought to be forgotten; and recall, unfailing, all that ought to be recalled, each kindly thing, forgetting what might sting.


Maty Caroline Davies


It is easier to forgive an enemy than a friend.


Madame Dorothe Deluzy (1747-1830, French actress)


I forgive myself for having believed for so long that... I was never good enough to have, get, be what I wanted.


Ceanne DeRohan


Once a woman has forgiven her man, she must not reheat his sins for breakfast.


Marlene Dietrich (1904-1992, German-born American film actor)


What is forgiven is usually well remembered.


Louis Dudek


Right actions in the future are the best apologies for bad actions in the past.


Tryon Edwards (1809-1894, American theologian)


Would not love see returning penitence afar off, and fall on its neck and kiss it?


George Eliot (1819-1880, British novelist)


Forgive, son; men are men; they needs must err.


Euripides (BC 480-406, Greek tragic poet)


Every man treats himself as society treats the criminal.


Harvey Fergusson


A man must learn to forgive himself.


Arthur Davison Ficke


Forgotten is forgiven.


F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940, American writer)

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Keeping score of old scores and scars, getting even and one upping, always make you less than you are.


Malcolm S. Forbes (1919-1990, American publisher, businessman)


Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave.


Indira Gandhi (1917-1984, Indian Prime Minster)


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


Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948, Indian political, spiritual leader)


If the other person injures you, you may forget the injury; but if you injure him you will always remember.


Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931, Lebanese poet, novelist)


If a good person does you wrong, act as though you had not noticed it. They will make note of this and not remain in your debt long.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


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 again made clean.


Dag Hammarskjold (1905-1961, Swedish statesman, Secretary-General of the UN)


To forgive oneself? No, that doesn't work: we have to be forgiven. But we can only believe this is possible if we ourselves can forgive.


Dag Hammarskjold (1905-1961, Swedish statesman, Secretary-General of the UN)


A winner rebukes and forgives; a loser is too timid to rebuke and too petty to forgive


Sidney J. Harris (1917-, American journalist)


There's no point in burying a hatchet if you're going to put up a marker on the site.


Sidney J. Harris (1917-, American journalist)


God will forgive me the foolish remarks I have made about Him just as I will forgive my opponents the foolish things they have written about me, even though they are spiritually as inferior to me as I to thee, O God!


Heinrich Heine (1797-1856, German poet, journalist)


God will forgive me, that is His business.


Heinrich Heine (1797-1856, German poet, journalist)


Of course God will forgive me; that's His job.


Heinrich Heine (1797-1856, German poet, journalist)


He that cannot forgive others, breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass if he would ever reach heaven; for everyone has need to be forgiven.


George Herbert (1593-1632, British metaphysical poet)


Forgive you? Oh, of course, dear, a dozen times a week! We women were created forgiveness but to speak.


Ella Higginson (1862-1940, American writer, journalist)


As long as you don't forgive, who and whatever it is will occupy a rent-free space in your mind.


Isabelle Holland


A woman who can't forgive should never have more than a nodding acquaintance with a man.


Edgar Watson Howe (1853-1937, American journalist, author)


We never ask God to forgive anybody except when we haven't.


Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915, American author, publisher)


Nobody ever forgets where he buried the hatchet.


Kin Hubbard (1868-1930, American humorist, journalist)


If you haven't forgiven yourself something, how can you forgive others?


Dolores Huerta


The condition of being forgiven is self-abandonment. The proud man prefers self-reproach, however painful -- because the reproached self isn't abandoned; it remains intact.


Aldous Huxley (1894-1963, British author)


If I owe Smith ten dollars and God forgives me, that doesn't pay Smith.


Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899, American orator, lawyer)


Forgiveness is the highest and most difficult of all moral lessons.


Joseph Jacobs


Forgiveness is the way to true health and happiness.


Gerald G. Jampolsky (1925-, American psychiatrist, lecturer, author)


Forgiveness means letting go of the past.


Gerald G. Jampolsky (1925-, American psychiatrist, lecturer, author)


I can have peace of mind only when I forgive rather than judge.


Gerald G. Jampolsky (1925-, American psychiatrist, lecturer, author)


Inner peace can be reached only when we practice forgiveness. Forgiveness is letting go of the past, and is therefore the means for correcting our misperceptions.


Gerald G. Jampolsky (1925-, American psychiatrist, lecturer, author)


The moment an individual can accept and forgive himself, even a little, is the moment in which he becomes to some degree lovable.


Eugene Kennedy


And if your friend does evil to you, say to him, "I forgive you for what you did to me, but how can I forgive you for what you did to yourself?"


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


One forgives to the degree that one loves.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


We pardon to the extent that we love.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


A man can lose sight of everything else when he's bent on revenge, and it ain't worth it.


Louis L'Amour (1908-1988, American Western author)


One of the secrets of a long and fruitful life is to forgive everybody every night you go to bed.


Ann Landers (1918-, American advice columnist)


Abandon your animosities and make your sons Americans!


Robert E. Lee (1807-1870, American confederate army commander)


Forgive thyself little, and others much.


Robert Leighton (1611-1684, British clergyman)


If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we would find in each person's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1819-1892, American poet)


Forgiveness is God's command.


Martin Luther (1483-1546, German leader of the protestant reformation)


The human heart in its perversity finds it hard to escape hatred and revenge.


Moses Luzzatto


Forgiveness is the giving, and so the receiving, of life.


George MacDonald (1824-1905, Scottish novelist)


Courage and clemency are equal virtues.


Mary de la Riviere Manley


One is as one is, and the love that can't encompass both is a poor sort of love.


Marya Mannes (1904-1990, American writer)


Forgiveness is the oil of relationships.


Josh McDowell


The world can forgive practically anything except people who mind their own business.


Margaret Mitchell (1900-1949, American novelist)


To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness.


Robert Muller


Forgive all who have offended you, not for them, but for yourself.


Harriet Nelson


Forgiveness is the final form of love.


Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971, American theologian, historian)


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