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

Source: Pride and Prejudice

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„Since I love him so much, I can easily forgive him for loving himself.“

—  Anne Brontë, book The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

Source: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848), Ch. XXIII : First weeks of Matrimony; Helen to Arthur

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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.“

—  John Bodkin Adams general practitionar, fraudster and suspected serial killer 1899 - 1983

To police on being confronted about a forged prescription.
Source: Patrick Devlin, Easing the passing: The trial of Doctor John Bodkin Adams, London, The Bodley Head, 1985

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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

Act II; sometimes paraphrased as: The customs of your tribe are not laws of nature.
1890s, Caesar and Cleopatra (1898)
Variant: Pardon him, Theodotus: he is a barbarian, and thinks that the customs of his tribe and island are the laws of nature.
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.

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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

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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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„We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.“

—  Platón Classical Greek philosopher -427 - -347 BC

This quotation, often attributed on the Internet to Plato, cannot be found in any of Plato's writings, nor can it be found in any published work anywhere until recent years. If it really were a quotation by Plato, then some author in the recorded literature of the last several centuries would have mentioned that quote, but they did not. The sentiment isn't new, however. The ancient Roman Seneca, in his work on "Morals," quoted an earlier Roman writer, Lucretius (who wrote about the year 50 B.C.), as saying "we are as much afraid in the light as children in the dark." (Seneca was paraphrasing a longer passage by Lucretius from De Rerum Natura (On the Nature of Things), Book II, lines 56 et seq.)

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„Whatever else he was during his life, he was never dull, and the world forgives almost anything but stupidity.“

—  Clarence Darrow American lawyer and leading member of the American Civil Liberties Union 1857 - 1938

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„We can forgive, but we cannot forget. That quote is mine. Those that forget their past are sentenced not to have a future.“

—  Jair Bolsonaro Brazilian president elect 1955

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