„Forgiveness is better than revenge.“

—  Pittakos

As quoted by Diogenes Laërtius in Life of Pittacus, i. 76, citing Heraclitus as his source.
Pittacus made this remark to justify his release of his captured enemy Alcaeus.
According to William Shepard Walsh, in Handy-book of Literary Curiosities (1892), p. 392, Epictetus, quoting from the same source, gives the phrase thus: "Forgiveness is better than punishment; for the one is proof of a gentle, the other of a savage, nature."

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„Heraclitus says that Pittacus, when he had got Alcæus into his power, released him, saying, "Forgiveness is better than revenge."“

—  Diogenes Laërtius biographer of ancient Greek philosophers 180 - 240

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„There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness.“

—  Josh Billings American humorist 1818 - 1885

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„When a man steals your wife there is no better revenge than to let him keep her.“

—  Sacha Guitry French dramatist and playwright 1885 - 1957

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„It is better for a leader to make a mistake in forgiving than to make a mistake in punishing.“

—  Muhammad Arabian religious leader and the founder of Islam 570 - 632

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„If you betray me, can I take a better revenge
Than to love the person you hate?“

—  Pierre Corneille, Tite et Bérénice

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„Never does the human soul appear so strong as when it foregoes revenge, and dares to forgive an injury.“

—  Edwin Hubbell Chapin American priest 1814 - 1880

Źródło: Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers, P. 251.

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„Forgiveness is the highest nobleminded revenge. Tha thứ là sự trả thù cao thượng nhất.“

—  Linh Nga American-Vietnamese film director, film producer, actress, screenwriter, and news anchor 1982

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„I suspect this picture is pretty close to what fans were hoping for, and for their sake, I'm glad it's markedly better than the two that preceded it. But Revenge of the Sith is still crap.“

—  Stephanie Zacharek American film critic 1963

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„It is easier to forgive an Enemy than to forgive a Friend.“

—  William Blake English Romantic poet and artist 1757 - 1827

Źródło: 1800s, Jerusalem The Emanation of The Giant Albion (c. 1803–1820), Ch. 4, plate 91, line 1

„Forgiveness is the release of all hope for a better past.“

—  Buddy Wakefield American poet 1974

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„Revenge! No — what good would that do? — it would make him no better, and me no happier.“

—  Anne Brontë, książka Lokatorka Wildfell Hall

Źródło: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848), Ch. XXXVII : The Neighbour Again; Helen to Walter

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„Forgiving men is so much easier than forgiving women.“

—  Margaret Atwood Canadian writer 1939

Źródło: CAT'S EYE.

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„Surely it is much more generous to forgive and remember, than to forgive and forget.“

—  Maria Edgeworth Irish writer 1768 - 1849

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