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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
 
Forgiveness
 
Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us.
        The Lord’s Prayer.
  1
As you from crimes would pardon’d be,
Let your indulgence set me free.
        Shakespeare.—The Tempest, Epilogue.
  2
To bear no malice or hatred in my heart.
        Church Catechism.
  3
Forgiveness to the injured does belong,
But they ne’er pardon who have done the wrong.
        Dryden.—The Conquest of Granada, Part II. Act I. Scene 2.
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  [This idea seems to have been taken from Tacitus: Proprium humani ingenii est odisse quem læseris. “It is the nature of the human disposition to hate him whom you have injured.” This arises from a consciousness that he has reason to dislike you, and that his forgiveness may not be sincere. Riley’s Class. Dict. 348.]  5
The mind that too frequently forgives bad actions, will at last forget good ones.
        Reynolds.—The Dramatist, Act II. Scene 1.
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  1.  Can’st thou forgive me?
  2.  Not while you ask forgiveness; that’s a fault
I can never pardon.
        Colley Cibber.—Woman’s Wit, Act V.
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