10 Inspirational Quotes About Forgiveness

When you’re stuck in anger or resentment, forgiveness can be the hardest thing to do. But forgiveness is often essential for growth.

Today, I share 10 inspirational quotes about forgiveness.

“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 is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.” — Martin Luther King Jr.

“I think that if God forgives us we must forgive ourselves. Otherwise, it is almost like setting up ourselves as a higher tribunal than Him.” — C.S. Lewis

“Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.” — Mark Twain

“To err is human, to forgive, divine.” — Alexander Pope

“Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.” — Oscar Wilde

“It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.” – William Blake

“If we really want to love, we must learn how to forgive,” — Mother Teresa

“To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.” Lewis B. Smedes

If you’re a fan of inspirational quotes, be sure to check out previous posts here and here.

Which of these forgiveness quotes is your favorite? Have another quote you’d like to share? Scroll down and leave it in the comments and maybe I’ll add it to the My Instruction Manual Quotes page.


  1. Here’s a good one: “Forgiveness is letting a prisoner out of his cage, only to realize the prisoner was yourself.”

  2. Oscar Wilde has the right idea 😉 Although I do try to practice having no emotion for someone that wronged me, then I give them none of my energy, sometimes it’s the best option in a tricky situation.

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