|Good, to forgive;|
Best to forget.
Robert BrowningLa Saisiaz. Prologue.
|The fairest action of our human life|
Is scorning to revenge an injury;
For who forgives without a further strife,
His adversarys heart to him doth tie:
And tis a firmer conquest, truly said,
To win the heart than overthrow the head.
Lady Elizabeth CarewChorus from Maxiam.
|Qui pardonne aisément invite à loffenser.|
He who forgives readily only invites offense.
CorneilleCinna. IV. 4.
| We read that we ought to forgive our enemies; but we do not read that we ought to forgive our friends.|
Attributed to Cosmus, Duke of Florence, by Bacon. Apothegms. No. 206.
|Thou whom avenging powrs obey,|
Cancel my debt (too great to pay)
Before the sad accounting day.
Wentworth DillonOn the Day of Judgment. St. 11.
|Forgiveness to the injured does belong,|
But they neer pardon who have done the wrong.
DrydenConquest of Granada. Pt. II. Act I. Sc. 2.
|She hugged the offender, and forgave the offense,|
Sex to the last.
DrydenCymon and Iphigenia. L. 367.
| His heart was as great as the world, but there was no room in it to hold the memory of a wrong.|
EmersonLetters and Social Aims. Greatness.
|Bear and forbear.|
Epictetus. See Gellius. Bk. XVII. 6.
|The offender never pardons.|
HerbertJacula Prudentum. No. 563.
| Æquum est|
Peccatis veniam poscentem reddere rursus.
It is right for him who asks forgiveness for his offenses to grant it to others.
HoraceSatires. I. 3. 74.
| Ex humili magna ad fastigia rerum|
Extollit, quoties voluit fortuna jocari.
Whenever fortune wishes to joke, she lifts people from what is humble to the highest extremity of affairs.
JuvenalSatires. III. 39.
|Know all and you will pardon all.|
Thomas à KempisImitation of Christ.
| For tis sweet to stammer one letter|
Of the Eternals language;on earth it is called Forgiveness!
LongfellowThe Children of the Lords Supper. L. 214.
| These evils I deserve, and more|
* * * * * *
Justly, yet despair not of his final pardon,
Whose ear is ever open, and his eye
Gracious to re-admit the suppliant.
MiltonSamson Agonistes. L. 1,170.
|Oh Thou, who Man of baser Earth didst make,|
And evn with Paradise devise the snake;
For all the Sin wherewith the Face of Man
Is blackenedMans forgiveness give and take!
Omar KhayyamRubaiyat. St. 81. (later ed.) Stanza an interpolation of FitzGeralds own.
|Forgiveness is better than revenge.|
PittacusQuoted by Heraclitus.
| Humanum amare est, humanum autem ignoscere est.|
To love is human, it is also human to forgive.
PlautusMercator. II. 2. 46.
|Good-nature and good-sense must ever join;|
To err is human, to forgive, divine.
PopeEssay on Criticism. L. 522.
| What if this cursed hand|
Were thicker than itself with brothers blood
Is there not rain enough in the sweet heaves
To wash it white as snow?
Hamlet. Act III. Sc. 3. L. 43.
|I pardon him, as God shall pardon me.|
Richard II. Act V. Sc. 3. L. 131.
|Tout comprendre rend tres-indulgent.|
To understand makes one very indulgent.
Madame de StaëlCorinne.Bk. XVIII. Ch. V.
|Pardon, not wrath, is Gods best attribute.|
Bayard TaylorPoems of the Orient. Temptation of Hassan Ben Khaled. St. 11. L. 31.
| The sin|
That neither God nor man can well forgive.
|Ignoscito sæpe alter, nunquam tibi.|
Forgive others often, yourself never.
|Menschlich ist es bloss zu strafen|
Aber göttlich zu verzeihn.
It is manlike to punish but godlike to forgive.
P. von Winter.