By Georgina El Morshdy
We’ll all be wronged by someone in our lives - and chances are, people will wrong us too.
When we’re hurt (intentionally or accidentally) by other people, it can create emotions such as resentment and anger. We can feel stuck in the pain of the betrayal.
But there comes the point where we can choose to let go - and forgive.
Forgiveness another doesn’t mean you’re letting someone off the hook.
It doesn’t mean they were right.
It doesn’t make you weak.
Instead, forgiveness is about releasing the grip that another person or situation has over you.
What’s more, forgiveness offers a wealth of benefits too. For example, it can lead to healthier relationships, improved mental and emotional health, elevated self-esteem, and a greater satisfaction for life.
In this way, forgiveness is a decision, an art, and a practice.
And most importantly, it’s an act that paves the way for your best self to thrive.
Glance through this powerful selection of forgiveness quotes from some of the world’s greatest thinkers and leaders.
May they inspire you on your own forgiveness journey - when it’s time.
“Forgiveness says you are given another chance to make a new beginning.” — Desmond Tutu
“The act of forgiveness takes place in our own mind. It really has nothing to do with the other person.” - Louise Hay
"Forgiveness is the greatest gift you can give yourself. It's not for the other person." — Maya Angelou
“The remedy for life’s broken pieces is not classes, workshops or books. Don’t try to heal the broken pieces. Just forgive.” — Iyanla Vanzant
"True forgiveness is when you can say ‘Thank you for that experience.” — Oprah Winfrey
"The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong." — Mahatma Gandhi
“Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.” - Paul Boose
“A happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers.” - Robert Quillen
“Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself.” - Tony Robbins
“The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world.” - Marianne Williamson
Forgive others, not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace. - Mel Robbins
Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace. - Buddha
If we really want to love, we must learn how to forgive. - Mother Teresa
We should learn to accommodate ourselves to “wrongness”, striving always to adopt a more forgiving, humorous and kindly perspective on its multiple examples in ourselves and in our partners. - Alain de Botton
Forgiveness is just another name for freedom. - Byron Katie