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30 powerful quotes on forgiveness

30 powerful quotes on forgiveness

In this world, we are offended almost daily. As we continue to live our life chasing our dreams with passion, many of us fail to understand the importance of forgiveness. We end up having an entire vault full of anger and resentment. This results in emotionally stress, tiredness and can also lead to physical illness. We have to forgive others and carry on with our life, for there is no point in being hung up over that incident. Forgiveness is also a growing process, it indicates how you have matured. By forgiving, it shows that you have learned from whatever happened and managed to bury the hatchet. Here are 30 quotes that can help you understand the importance of forgiveness.

  1. “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” ― Mahamata Ghandi
  2. “To err is human, to forgive, divine.”  ― Alexander Pope
  3. “True forgiveness is when you can say, “Thank you for that experience.” ” ― Oprah Winfrey
  4. “To be wronged is nothing, unless you continue to remember it.” ― Confucius
  5. “Forgiveness says you are given another chance to make a new beginning.” ― Desmond Tutu
  6. “We think that forgiveness is weakness, but it’s absolutely not; it takes a very strong person to forgive.” ― T.D. Jakes
  7. “When you forgive, you in no way change the past – but you sure do change the future.” ―  Bernard Meltzer
  8. “Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave.” ― Indira Gandhi

  9. “One of the secrets of a long and fruitful life is to forgive everybody everything every night before you go to bed.” – Bernard Baruch
  10. “It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.” ― William Blake
  11. “There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness.”  ― Josh Billings
  12. “Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart and cools the sting.” ― William Arthur Ward
  13. “But we can’t go back. We can only go forward.” ― Libba Bray
  14. “I find forgiveness to be really healthy.” ― Ben Affleck
  15. “It’s not an easy journey, to get to a place where you forgive people. But it is such a powerful place, because it frees you.” – Tyler Perry
  16. “A strong gives forgiveness but weak gives permission.” ― Santosh Kalwar
  17. “Nothing releases like forgive. Nothing renews like forget.” ― Ray A. Davis
  18. “Forgiveness is empowering for the forgiver. Years of resentment, frustration, and pain are set free”  ― Dana Arcuri
  19. “Forgiveness is almost a selfish act because of its immense benefits to the one who forgives.” ― Lawana Blackwell
  20. “Forgiveness says you are given another chance to make a new beginning.” – Desmond Tutu
  21. “I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.”  ― Abraham Lincoln
  22. “An eye for an eye, and the whole world would be blind.”  ―  Kahlil Gibran
  23. “Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.”  ―  Gautama Buddha
  24. “Forgiveness means it finally becomes unimportant that you hit back.” ―  Anne Lamott
  25. “A life lived without forgiveness is a prison.”  ―  William Arthur Ward
  26. “One of the secrets of a long and fruitful life is to forgive everybody everything every night before you go to bed.” – Bernard Baruch
  27. “Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you are.”  ―  Cherie Carter-Scott
  28. “Forgiveness is giving up the hope that the past could have been any different.”  ―  Oprah Winfrey
  29. “A heart filled with anger has no room for love.”  ― Joan Lunden
  30. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Last Updated on January 18, 2019

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

Some people will have a rain cloud hanging over them, no matter what the weather is outside. Their negative attitude is toxic to your own moods, and you probably feel like there is little you can do about it.

But that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

If you want to effectively deal with negative people and be a champion of positivity, then your best route is to take definite action through some of the steps below.

1. Limit the time you spend with them.

First, let’s get this out of the way. You can be more positive than a cartoon sponge, but even your enthusiasm has a chance of being afflicted by the constant negativity of a friend.

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In fact, negativity has been proven to damage your health physically, making you vulnerable to high levels of stress and even cardiac disease. There’s no reason to get hurt because of someone else’s bad mood.

Though this may be a little tricky depending on your situation, working to spend slightly less time around negative people will keep your own spirits from slipping as well.

2. Speak up for yourself.

Don’t just absorb the comments that you are being bombarded with, especially if they are about you. It’s wise to be quick to listen and slow to speak, but being too quiet can give the person the impression that you are accepting what’s being said.

3. Don’t pretend that their behavior is “OK.”

This is an easy trap to fall into. Point out to the person that their constant negativity isn’t a good thing. We don’t want to do this because it’s far easier to let someone sit in their woes, and we’d rather just stay out of it.

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But if you want the best for this person, avoid giving the false impression that their negativity is normal.

4. Don’t make their problems your problems.

Though I consider empathy a gift, it can be a dangerous thing. When we hear the complaints of a friend or family member, we typically start to take on their burdens with them.

This is a bad habit to get into, especially if this is a person who is almost exclusively negative. These types of people are prone to embellishing and altering a story in order to gain sympathy.

Why else would they be sharing this with you?

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5. Change the subject.

When you suspect that a conversation is starting to take a turn for the negative, be a champion of positivity by changing the subject. Of course, you have to do this without ignoring what the other person said.

Acknowledge their comment, but move the conversation forward before the euphoric pleasure gained from complaining takes hold of either of you.

6. Talk about solutions, not problems.

Sometimes, changing the subject isn’t an option if you want to deal with negative people, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be positive.

I know that when someone begins dumping complaints on me, I have a hard time knowing exactly what to say. The key is to measure your responses as solution-based.

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You can do this by asking questions like, “Well, how could this be resolved?” or, “How do you think they feel about it?”

Use discernment to find an appropriate response that will help your friend manage their perspectives.

7. Leave them behind.

Sadly, there are times when we have to move on without these friends, especially if you have exhausted your best efforts toward building a positive relationship.

If this person is a family member, you can still have a functioning relationship with them, of course, but you may still have to limit the influence they have over your wellbeing.

That being said, what are some steps you’ve taken to deal with negative people? Let us know in the comments.

You may also want to read: How to Stop the Negative Spin of Thoughts, Emotions and Actions.

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