Quotes for forgiveness

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„The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naïve forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget.“

—  Thomas Szasz Hungarian psychiatrist 1920 - 2012

"Personal Conduct" http://books.google.com/books?id=IYOcAQAAQBAJ&q=%22The+stupid+neither+forgive+nor+forget+the+na%C3%AFve+forgive+and+forget+the+wise+forgive+but+do+not+forget%22&pg=PA177#v=onepage, p. 51. http://openlibrary.org/works/OL15151528W/The_Second_Sin
The Second Sin (1973)

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„Life had taught her to be brave, to be patient, to love, to forgive.“

—  Lucy Maud Montgomery Canadian fiction writer 1874 - 1942

Source: Rainbow Valley (1919), Ch. 13

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„Forgive me, Marie. I was suffering too much. I wanted to be done with it.“

—  Paul Bourget French writer 1852 - 1935

Source: Andre Cornelis (1886), Ch. 13
Context: I seized the sheet of paper; the lines were written upon it in characters rather larger than usual. How it shook in my hand while I read these words: "Forgive me, Marie. I was suffering too much. I wanted to be done with it." And he had had the strength to affix his signature!
So then, his last thought had been for her. In the brief moments that had elapsed between my blow with the knife, and his death, he had perceived the dreadful truth, that I should be arrested, that I would speak to explain my deed, that my mother would then learn his crime — and he had saved me by compelling me to silence.

„Do not feel ashamed to forgive and forget.“

—  Ali, book Nahj al-Balagha

Nahj al-Balagha, Letter 53: An order to Malik Al-Ashtar
Variant: The best deed of a great man is to forgive and forget.

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„What was seen can never be unseen, and I will never forget it, nor will I forgive it.“

—  Elliot Rodger American spree killer 1991 - 2014

My Twisted World (2014), Thoughts at 18, Forgiveness

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„One can forgive but one should never forget.“

—  Marjane Satrapi Artist 1969

Source: Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood

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„Forgiveness is better than revenge.“

—  Pittacus of Mytilene Greek sage

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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„I pray for the forgiveness of everyone at the end of every prayer. If you keep your faith in Allah and His Messenger (peace be upon him), you will receive my prayers in your graves.“

—  Uwais al-Qarani Muslim saint 594 - 657

Quoted in Owais Qarni and his love for Prophet, https://www.arabnews.com/node/930256/islam-perspective by Abu Tariq Hijazi, Arab News, (28 May 2016)

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„Life does not forgive weakness.“

—  Adolf Hitler, book Hitler's Letters and Notes

17 February 1945.
Disputed, The Testament of Adolf Hitler (1945)
Variant: Life does not forgive weakness.
Source: Hitler's Letters and Notes

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„To understand is to forgive.“

—  Blaise Pascal French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer, and Christian philosopher 1623 - 1662

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