41 Quotes About Forgiving a Friend


A part of healing requires some form of forgiveness. When a friend commits betrayal or wrongdoing, these quotes about forgiving a friend will benefit you in gaining some new perspective.

“A happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers.”

“A life lived without forgiveness is a life lived in the past.”

“Always forgive your enemies—nothing annoys them so much.”

“Being forgiven is like having all the worst bits of yourself stuffed into a balloon and then having that balloon set free.”

“Broken people lead to broken hearts. That’s why it’s so important to heal from one relationship before starting another.”

“For there to be betrayal, there would have to have been trust first.”

“Forgive, not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace.”

“Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.”

“Forgiveness in no way requires that you trust the one you forgive.”

“Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart and cools the sting.”

“Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave.”

“Forgiveness is the sweetest revenge.”

“Forgiving is rediscovering the shining path of peace that at first you thought others took away when they betrayed you.”

“Grudges are for those who insist that they are owed something; forgiveness, however, is for those who are substantial enough to move on.”

“If you can’t forgive and forget, pick one.”

“I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you.”

“It is better to suffer wrong than to do it, and happier to be sometimes cheated than not to trust.”

“It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.”

“It’s easier to ask forgiveness than it is to get permission.”

“Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.”

“Not everyone can be trusted. I think we all have to be very selective about the people we trust.”

“Once a woman has forgiven her man, she must not reheat his sins for breakfast.”

“Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.”

“Sometimes trusting a friend is the hardest thing to do, even the closest friends can become enemies.”

“The ability to forgive is one of man’s greatest achievements.”

“The chief lesson I have learned in a long life is that the only way you can make a man trustworthy is to trust him; and the surest way to make him untrustworthy is to distrust him. ”

“The man who forgives is far stronger than the man who fights.”

“The trust has broken down. It will take some time to change attitudes and attitudes are going to be needed to develop trust.”

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”

“To be wronged is nothing, unless you continue to remember it.”

“To forgive someone who hurt you is easy but to trust them again is next to impossible.”

“Trust is like a vase. Once it is broken, though you can fix it, the vase will never be the same again.”

“Trust is the highest form of human motivation. It brings out the very best in people. But it takes time and patience.”

“Trust, once you get it. It’s priceless. But once you lose it, you are useless.”

“We cannot embrace God’s forgiveness if we are so busy clinging to past wounds and nursing old grudges.”

“We don’t forgive people because they deserve it. We forgive them because they need it—because we need it.”

“We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.”

“We’re never so vulnerable than when we trust someone – but paradoxically, if we cannot trust, neither can we find love or joy.”

“When someone breaks your trust don’t feel stupid for trusting them. You didn’t do anything wrong. They’re just an untrustworthy person.”

“When trust is broken, it does not need to be the end of a relationship. Much can be learned from staying in a relationship and learning from the conflict situation.”

“Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.”

Forgiving your friend is not easy. Finding a path of peace and healing will encourage you to start anew.

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