“A religious man is a person who holds God and man in one thought at one time, at all times, who suffers harm done to others, whose greatest passion is compassion, whose greatest strength is love and defiance of despair.”

Abraham J. Heschel

“Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.”

~ Gautama Buddha

“Few suffer more than those who refuse to forgive themselves.” 

Mike Norton, Fighting For Redemption: Hangambiiki

“Compassion crowns the soul with its truest victory.”

~ Aberjhani

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“Don’t wait to forgive until you feel like forgiving; you will never get there. Feelings take time to heal after the choice to forgive is made.” 

Neil T. Anderson

“An eye for an eye, and the whole world would be blind.” 

Kahlil Gibran

“As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.” 

Nelson Mandela

“I knew that my heart and mind would always be tempted to feel anger–to find blame and hate. But I resolved that when the negative feelings came upon me, I wouldn’t wait for them to grow or fester. I would always turn immediately to the Source of all true power: I would turn to God and let His love and forgiveness protect and save me.”

~ Immaculee Ilibagiza,
Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust

“But understand that the reason it is so difficult to extend forgiveness to those who have failed us is because we are unable to receive forgiveness for our own failures.”

~ Emily P. Freeman,
Grace for the Good Girl: Letting Go of the Try-Hard Life

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.  If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”

~ Dalai Lama

“An eye for an eye, and the whole world would be blind.” 

Kahlil Gibran

“If I have harmed anyone in any way either knowingly or unknowingly or through my own confusions I ask their forgiveness.

If anyone has harmed me in anyway either knowingly or unknowingly or through their own confusions I forgive them.

And if there is a situation I am not yet ready to forgive I forgive myself for that.
For all the ways that I harm myself, negate, doubt, belittle myself, judge or be unkind to myself through my own confusions I forgive myself.”

~ Buddhist Prayer of Forgiveness