I can forgive, but I cannot forget, is only another way of saying, I will not forgive. Forgiveness ought to be like a cancelled note – torn in two, and burned up, so that it never can be shown against one.
~Henry Ward Beecher~
Forgiving is love’s toughest work, and love’s biggest risk. If you twist it into something it was never meant to be, it can make you a doormat or an insufferable manipulator. Forgiving seems almost unnatural. Our sense of fairness tells us people should pay for the wrong they do. But forgiving is love’s power to break nature’s rule.
~Lewis B. Smedes~
To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.
~Lewis B. Smedes, “Forgiveness – The Power to Change the Past,” ~
You can make up a quarrel, but it will always show where it was patched.
~Edgar Watson Howe, Country Town Sayings, 1911~
Yes, this is what good is: to forgive evil. There is no other good.
~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin~
well how about you my friend?
If you can’t forgive and forget, pick one….!!!!