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A soft refusal is not always taken, but a rude one is immediately believed.
- Alexander Chase
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Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much.
- Oscar Wilde
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As I rejected amnesty, so I reject revenge. I ask all Americans who ever asked for goodness and mercy in their lives, who ever sought forgiveness for their trespasses, to join in rehabilitating all the casualties of the tragic conflict of the past.
- Gerald R. Ford
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As long as you don't forgive, who and whatever it is will occupy rent-free space in your mind.
- Isabelle Holland
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For my part I believe in the forgiveness of sin and the redemption of ignorance.
- Adlai Stevenson
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Forgive him, for he believes that the customs of his tribe are the laws of nature!
- George Bernard Shaw
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Forgive many things in others; nothing in yourself.
- Ausonius
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Forgive, son; men are men; they needs must err.
- Euripides
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Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart and cools the sting.
- William A. Ward
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Forgiveness is the answer to the child's dream of a miracle by which what is broken is made whole again, what is soiled is made clean again.
- Dag Hammarskjold
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Forgiveness is the economy of the heart . . . Forgiveness saves expense of anger, the cost of hatred, the waste of spirits.
- Hannah More
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Forgiveness is the final form of love.
- Reinhold Niebuhr
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Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heal that has crushed it.
- Mark Twain
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Forgiveness is the giving, and so the receiving, of life.
- George MacDonald
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Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.
- Hannah Arendt
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Forgiveness means letting go of the past.
- Gerald Jampolsky
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God will forgive me. It's his job.
- Heinrich Heine
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He that cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which he must pass himself; for every man has need to be forgiven.
- Thomas Fuller
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I can forgive, but I cannot forget, is only another way of saying, I will not forgive. Forgiveness ought to be like a cancelled note - torn in two, and burned up, so that it never can be shown against one.
- Henry Ward Beecher
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I do not bring forgiveness with me, nor forgetfulness. The only ones who can forgive are dead; the living have no right to forget.
- Chaim Herzog
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I have to forgive because I'm going to be a bitter bitch if I don't.
- LeAnn Rimes
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If there is something to pardon in everything, there is also something to condemn.
- Friedrich Nietzsche
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It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.
- William Blake
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It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.
- John Dryden
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It is easier to get forgiveness than permission.
- Anonymous
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It is very easy to forgive others their mistakes; it takes more grit and gumption to forgive them for having witnessed your own.
- Jessamyn West
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It takes one person to forgive, it takes two people to be reunited.
- Lewis B. Smedes
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It's far easier to forgive an enemy after you've got even with him.
- Olin Miller
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It's said in Hollywood that you should always forgive your enemies - because you never know when you'll have to work with them.
- Lana Turner
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Life is an adventure in forgiveness.
- Norman Cousins
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Men are apt to offend ('tis true) where they find most goodness to forgive.
- William Congreve
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More and more people care about religious tolerance as fewer and fewer care about religion.
- Alexander Chase
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Never forget the three powerful resources you always have available to you: love, prayer, and forgiveness.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
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Nobody ever forgets where he buried the hatchet.
- Kin Hubbard
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Once a woman has forgiven her man, she must not reheat his sins for breakfast.
- Marlene Dietrich
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One forgives to the degree that one loves.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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Surely it is much more generous to forgive and remember, than to forgive and forget.
- Maria Edgeworth
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Thank you, God, for this good life and forgive us if we do not love it enough.
- Garrison Keillor
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The glory of Christianity is to conquer by forgiveness.
- William Blake
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The ineffable joy of forgiving and being forgiven forms an ecstasy that might well arouse the envy of the gods.
- Elbert Hubbard
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The most imaginative people are the most credulous, for them everything is possible.
- Alexander Chase
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The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
- Mahatma Gandhi
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There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness.
- Josh Billings
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To err is human; to forgive, divine.
- Alexander Pope
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To know all is not to forgive all. It is to despise everybody.
- Quentin Crisp
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To understand is to forgive, even oneself.
- Alexander Chase
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When a machine begins to run without human aid, it is time to scrap it - whether it be a factory or a government.
- Alexander Chase
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When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bicycle. Then I realised that the Lord doesn't work that way so I stole one and asked Him to forgive me.
- Emo Philips
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When we forgive evil we do not excuse it, we do not tolerate it, we do not smother it. We look the evil full in the face, call it what it is, let its horror shock and stun and enrage us, and only then do we forgive it.
- Lewis B. Smedes
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When you forgive, you in no way change the past - but you sure do change the future.
- Bernard Meltzer
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You will know that forgiveness has begun when you recall those who hurt you and feel the power to wish them well.
- Lewis B. Smedes
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