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" And the only thing to do with a sin is to confess, do penance and then, after some kind of decent interval, ask for forgiveness. "
Joseph J. Ellis
" Forgotten is forgiven. "
F. Scott Fitzgerald
" God's forgiveness is the only thing. And, well, I take full responsibility for the adultery. It was my fault and, you know, no matter what went on, the man has to take responsibility; and I do. "
" The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. "
" It is in pardoning that we are pardoned. "
Francis of Assisi
" Certainly people make mistakes in their life. I'm no different, I've made mistakes. When people mess up, we forgive them. When I mess up, I ask for forgiveness. "
" We need Grace and forgiveness. "
Pope Benedict XVI
" Do you ever achieve total forgiveness after screwing up? "
" For me, forgiveness and compassion are always linked: how do we hold people accountable for wrongdoing and yet at the same time remain in touch with their humanity enough to believe in their capacity to be transformed? "
" It's only through Christ that we can take full advantage of God's mercy and forgiveness through repentance in Jesus' name. "
" I would say the hierarchy has made terrible errors in judgment and it has to seek forgiveness by its members. "
William P. Leahy
" The fact is there is forgiveness for those who seek God. And I believe in the power of redemption. "
" One can't relive one's life. Forgiveness is not what's difficult; one's always too ready to forgive. And it does no good, that's obvious. "
" 'Caught' is a novel of forgiveness, and the past and the present - who should be and who shouldn't be forgiven. None of my books are ever just about thrills, or it won't work. "
" Never does the human soul appear so strong as when it foregoes revenge and dares to forgive an injury. "
Edwin Hubbel Chapin
" Forgiveness is the remission of sins. For it is by this that what has been lost, and was found, is saved from being lost again. "
" If you look at everything I do - even in 'Boo!' there's a message, and it's always 'faith, family, forgiveness.' That's the greatest gift that I've been given. I can get a message to the very people I grew up with, the millions who love what I do. "
" It is as if Clinton had called one of the most respected character witnesses in all of U.S. history to testify that the primal urge has a most distinguished presidential pedigree. "
Joseph J. Ellis
" If there is something to pardon in everything, there is also something to condemn. "
" God pardons like a mother, who kisses the offense into everlasting forgiveness. "
Henry Ward Beecher
" One important theme is the extent to which one can ever correct an error, especially outside any frame of religious forgiveness. All of us have done something we regret - how we manage to remove that from our conscience, or whether that's even possible, interested me. "
" Our history is an inevitable component of our being. One thing only can release us from the grip of our history. That one thing is forgiveness. "
Lewis B. Smedes
" Forgiveness is the needle that knows how to mend. "
" Even in the best of lives, mistakes are made. "
Joseph J. Ellis
" Asking for forgiveness is just one of the most painful kind of experiences. "
" To understand somebody else as a human being, I think, is about as close to real forgiveness as one can get. "
" 'Ida' is about humanity, about guilt and forgiveness. It's not a film that deals with an issue as such. It's more universal. "
" Many people have trouble with forgiveness because they have been taught it is a singular act to be completed in one sitting. That is not so. Forgiveness has many layers, many seasons. "
Clarissa Pinkola Estes
" Forgiveness is not to give the other person peace. Forgiveness is for you. Take that opportunity. "
" If Jesus Christ was who He claimed to be, and He did die on a cross at a point of time in history, then, for all history past and all history future it is relevant because that is the very focal point for forgiveness and redemption. "
" The schools would fail through their silence, the Church through its forgiveness, and the home through the denial and silence of the parents. The new generation has to hear what the older generation refuses to tell it. "