C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


To err is human; to forgive, divine!


Pardon is the virtue of victory.


Pardon ever follows sincere repentance.


Pardon others often, thyself never.

Publius Syrus.

But infinite in pardon is my Judge.


The heart has always the pardoning power.

Mme. Swetchine.

If I were Jesus Christ, I would save Judas.

Victor Hugo.

As we grow in wisdom, we pardon more freely.

Mme. de Staël.

The word is short, but not so short as sweet.


Pardon, not wrath, is God’s best attribute.

Bayard Taylor.

The man who pardons easily courts injury.


God pardons like a mother who kisses away the repentant tears of her child.


Love is on the verge of hate each time it stoops for pardon.


He is below himself who is not above an injury.


Virtue pardons the wicked, as the sandal-tree perfumes the axe which strikes it.


Pardon is voluntary forgetfulness, while forgetfulness is involuntary pardon.


Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.


Amnesty, that noble word, the genuine dictate of wisdom.


It is not enjoined upon us to forget, but we are told to forgive, our enemies.


Cowards have done good and kind actions, but a coward never pardoned.


They who forgive most shall be most forgiven.


When by a pardoned murderer blood is spilt, the judge that pardoned hath the greatest guilt.

Sir J. Denham.

If we can still love those who have made us suffer, we love them all the more.

Mrs. Jameson.

Though with their high wrongs I am struck to the quick, yet, with my nobler reason, against my fury do I take part; the rarer action is in virtue than in vengeance.


Who is a God like unto Thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by transgression?


Thou art a God ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness.


These evils I deserve, yet despair not of His final pardon whose ear is ever open and his eye gracious to readmit the supplicant.


Nothing in this low and ruined world bears the meek impress of the Son of God so surely as forgiveness.

Alice Cary.

God pardon them that are the cause thereof! A virtuous and a Christian-like conclusion, to pray of them that have done scath to us.


What better can we do than prostrate fall before Him reverent, and there confess humbly our faults, and pardon beg with tears watering the ground?


You cannot play the hypocrite before God; and to obtain pardon you must cease to sin, as well as to be exercised by a spirit of repentance.


Pardon, I beseech Thee, the iniquity of this people, according unto the greatness of Thy mercy! And the Lord said I have pardoned, according to thy word.


To pardon those absurdities in ourselves which we cannot suffer in others, is neither better nor worse than to be more willing to be fools ourselves than to have others so.


God forgives; forgives not capriciously, but with wise, definite, Divine prearrangement; forgives universally, on the ground of an atonement, and on the condition of repentance and faith.

R. S. Storrs.