„I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine.“

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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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„That was very wrong… I have had God's forgiveness for it.“

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„Is there in the whole world a being who would have the right to forgive and could forgive?“

—  Fyodor Dostoyevsky Russian author 1821 - 1881
The Brothers Karamazov (1879–1880), Context: Is there in the whole world a being who would have the right to forgive and could forgive? I don't want harmony. From love for humanity I don't want it. I would rather be left with the unavenged suffering. I would rather remain with my unavenged suffering and unsatisfied indignation, even if I were wrong. Besides, too high a price is asked for harmony; it's beyond our means to pay so much to enter on it. And so I hasten to give back my entrance ticket, and if I am an honest man I am bound to give it back as soon as possible. And that I am doing. It's not God that I don't accept, Alyosha, only I most respectfully return him the ticket.

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„Forgive him, for he believes that the customs of his tribe are the laws of nature!“

—  George Bernard Shaw Irish playwright 1856 - 1950
1890s, Caesar and Cleopatra (1898), Context: THEODOTUS: Caesar: you are a stranger here, and not conversant with our laws. The kings and queens of Egypt may not marry except with their own royal blood. Ptolemy and Cleopatra are born king and consort just as they are born brother and sister. BRITANNUS (shocked): Caesar: this is not proper. THEODOTUS (outraged): How! CAESAR (recovering his self-possession): Pardon him, Theodotus: he is a barbarian, and thinks that the customs of his tribe and island are the laws of nature. Act II; sometimes paraphrased as: The customs of your tribe are not laws of nature.

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