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Yes, this is what good is: to forgive evil. There is no other good. ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin

Some forgive and forget, more forgive and remember, most forgive and remind. ~Robert Brault,

The man who forgives is far stronger than the man who fights. ~Nathan Croall

Life is an adventure in forgiveness. ~Norman Cousins




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Life becomes easier when you learn to accept an apology you never got. ~Robert Brault,

What we forgive too freely doesn’t stay forgiven. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960

It’s far easier to forgive an enemy after you’ve got even with him. ~Olin Miller

Forgiving is love’s toughest work, and love’s biggest risk. If you twist it into something it was never meant to be, it can make you a doormat or an insufferable manipulator. Forgiving seems almost unnatural. Our sense of fairness tells us people should pay for the wrong they do. But forgiving is love’s power to break nature’s rule. ~Lewis B. Smedes

To truly forgive is to allow the other person to forget. ~Robert Brault,

Our divine religion, the truth of which (if any history be true) is abundantly proved by historical evidence, has no need of such aids, as many are willing to give it, by asserting, that the wisest men of this world were ignorant of the two great maxims that we must act in respect of others, as we should with them to act in respect of ourselves, and that, instead of returning evil for evil, we should confer benefits even on those who injure us…. Pandits… would cite the beautiful Aryá couplet, which was written at least three centuries before our era, and which pronounces the duty of a good man, even in the moment of his destruction, to consist not only in forgiving, but even in a desire of benefiting, his destroyer, as the Sandal-tree, in the instant of its overthrow, sheds perfume on the axe, which fells it…. ~Sir William Jones, “On the Philosophy of the Asiaticks” (eleventh anniversary discourse, delivered 1794 February 20th)
[See also] The Bard, triumphant o’er the frowns of fate,
Want, Envy, Calumny, the Tyrant’s hate,
Can conquer all things—save that inward foe,
’Tis Man’s to fight—but God’s to overthrow;
All that Revenge or Malice can contrive,
He can endure, and what is more—forgive!…
The falling Sandal-Tree sheds fragrance round,
Perfumes the axe that fells it to the ground; *
Some through their tortured trunks a balm supply,
And to give life to their destroyer—die;
And Earth’s torn, mangled breast, but yields the more,
And pours from deepest wounds her richest store.
~Charles Caleb Colton, Hypocrisy, 1812 (*citing Jones)
[See also] Forgiveness is the perfume which flowers give when trampled upon. ~Quoted in The Sacred Circle, Volume I, edited by Judge Edmonds, Dr. Dexter, and O.G. Warren, 1855
[See also] If, as a blind Indiana child once wrote, “forgiveness is the perfume of the violet on the heel that crushed it,” gratitude may safely be characterized as the perfume of the rose on the hand that caressed it. ~Quoted in The Judge, 1916 January 8th
There is no substantive evidence that Mark Twain crafted this metaphor. Poems with this symbolism are following a well-trodden flower-filled path. Please be careful. ~Garson O’Toole (The Quote Investigator), Forgiveness Is the Fragrance the Violet Sheds on the Heel That Has Crushed It

There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness. ~Josh Billings

Without forgiveness life is governed by… an endless cycle of resentment and retaliation. ~Roberto Assagioli

One thing you will probably remember well is any time you forgive and forget. ~Franklin P. Jones

Forgive. It doesn’t erase their crime but why should you do the time. Let go of resentment. ~Dodinsky,

Never does the human soul appear so strong as when it forgoes revenge, and dares forgive an injury. ~E.H. Chapin

Always forgive your enemies — nothing annoys them so much. ~Oscar Wilde
















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