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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.
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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.
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Thou must be emptied of that wherewith thou art full, that thou mayest be filled with that whereof thou art empty.
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Forgiveness is the remission of sins. For it is by this that what has been lost, and was found, is saved from being lost again.
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You should pardon many things in others, nothing in yourself.
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Forgive many things in others; nothing in yourself.
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This is certain, that a man that studieth revenge keeps his wounds green, which otherwise would heal and do well.
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They who forgive most shall be most forgiven.
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The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all men, charity.
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I never forgive, but I always forget.
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The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.
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Every man should keep a fair-sized cemetery in which to bury the faults of his friends.
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Giving The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all men.
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God pardons like a mother, who kisses the offense into everlasting forgiveness.
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I can forgive, but I cannot forget, is only another way of saying, I will not forgive. Forgiveness ought to be like a canceled note -- torn in two, and burned up, so that it never can be shown against one.
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I can forgive, but I cannot forget, is only another way of saying, I cannot forgive.
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My transgression is sealed up in a bag, and thou sewest up mine iniquity. [Job 14:17]
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In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace. [Ephesians 1:7]
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And be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. [Ephesians 4:32]
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To apologize is to lay the foundation for a future offense.
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There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness.
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Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.
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Forgive those who have hurt you.
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Forgive yourself for your faults and your mistakes and move on.
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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.
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Absolute virtue is impossible and the republic of forgiveness leads, with implacable logic, to the republic of the guillotine.
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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.
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Never does the human soul appear so strong and noble as when it forgoes revenge and dares to forgive an injury.
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Little, vicious minds abound with anger and revenge, and are incapable of feeling the pleasure of forgiving their enemies.
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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.
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Love thy neighbor as thyself: Do not to others what thou wouldn't not wish be done to thyself: Forgive injuries. Forgive thy enemy, be reconciled to him, give him assistance, invoke God in his behalf.
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Those who easily forgive invite offenses.
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It is easier to forgive an enemy than a friend.
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When you are happy you can forgive a great deal.
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Once a woman has forgiven her man, she must not reheat his sins for breakfast.
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What is forgiven is usually well remembered.
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Right actions in the future are the best apologies for bad actions in the past.
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Would not love see returning penitence afar off, and fall on its neck and kiss it?
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Forgive, son; men are men; they needs must err.
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A man must learn to forgive himself.
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It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.
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Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave.
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The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
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If the other person injures you, you may forget the injury; but if you injure him you will always remember.
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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.
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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.
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A winner rebukes and forgives; a loser is too timid to rebuke and too petty to forgive
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Of course God will forgive me; that's His job.
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God will forgive me, that's his business.
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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.
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Forgive you? -- Oh, of course, dear, a dozen times a week! We women were created forgiveness but to speak.
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A woman who can't forgive should never have more than a nodding acquaintance with a man.
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Nobody ever forgets where he buried the hatchet.
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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.
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If I owe Smith ten dollars and God forgives me, that doesn't pay Smith.
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I can have peace of mind only when I forgive rather than judge.
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We easily pardon an offense we had part in.
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We pardon to the extent that we love.
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He who has not forgiven an enemy has never yet tasted one of the most sublime enjoyments of life.
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Forgive thyself little, and others much.
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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.
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Forgiveness is God's command.
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The best thing about giving of ourselves is that what we get is always better than what we give. The reaction is greater than the action.
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Forgiveness is the oil of relationships.
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The world can forgive practically anything except people who mind their own business.
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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?
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We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.
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To err is human, to forgive is divine.
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How shall I lose the sin, yet keep the sense, and love the offender, yet detest the offence?
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Forgive and forget.
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Never repeat old grievances.
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A reconciled friend is a double enemy.
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Those that do you a very ill deed will never forgive you.
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If I die, I forgive you. If I live we shall see.
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A wise man will make haste to forgive, because he knows the full value of time and will not suffer it to pass away in unnecessary pain.
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Humanity is never so beautiful as when praying for forgiveness, or else forgiving another.
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The secret of forgiving everything is to understand nothing.
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Forgive him, for he believes that the customs of his tribe are the laws of nature!
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It is a very delicate job to forgive a man, without lowering him in his own estimation, and yours too.
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Their errors have been weighed and found to have been dust in the balance; if their sins were as scarlet, they are now white as snow: they have been washed in the blood of the mediator and the redeemer, Time.
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There is no sense in crying over spilt milk. Why bewail what is done and cannot be recalled?
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Only the brave know how to forgive; it is the most refined and generous pitch of virtue human nature can arrive at.
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He who forgiveth, and is reconciled unto his enemy, shall receive his reward from God; for he loveth not the unjust doers.
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The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naïve forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget.
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Forgive! How many will say, forgive, and find a sort of absolution in the sound to hate a little longer!
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To be able to bear provocation is an argument of great reason, and to forgive it of a great mind.
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Forget and forgive. This is not difficult when properly understood. It means forget inconvenient duties, then forgive yourself for forgetting. By rigid practice and stern determination, it comes easy.
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Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.
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Forgotten is forgiven.
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He who forgives ends the quarrel
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It is easier to ask forgiveness than permission.
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Forgiveness is the key to happiness.
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Forgiveness is the scent that the rose leaves on the heel that crushes it
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Always forgive your enemies -- nothing annoys them so much.
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God has a big eraser.
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Many have been ruined by their fortunes, and many have escaped ruin by the want of fortune. To obtain it the great have become little, and the little great.
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