42 Forgiving Yourself Quotes


  • The first step in forgiveness is the willingness to forgive. – Marianne Williamson


  • Forgive yourself and welcome love back into your life. – Wayne Dyer


  • Do as the heavens have done, forget your evil; With them forgive yourself. – William Shakespeare


  • The best way to calm the anxious mind is to forgive yourself and others. – Debasish Mridha


  • I’ve learned to take things a little more easily, to be a little more forgiving of myself. – Queen Rania


  • We all make mistakes, don’t we? But if you can’t forgive yourself, you’ll always be an exile in your own life. – Curtis Sittenfeld


The more you know yourself, the more you forgive yourself. – Confucius


  • Be courageous enough to forgive yourself; never forget to be compassionate to yourself. – Debasish Mridha


  • You forgive yourself for every failure because you are trying to do the right thing. God knows that and you know it. Nobody else may know it. – Maya Angelou


  • Forgive yourself for not knowing what you didn’t know before you learned it. – Maya Angelou


  • Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself. – Suzanne Somers


  • Forgiving is love’s toughest work, and love’s biggest risk. -Lewis B. Smedes


  • To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you. – Lewis B. Smedes


  • There is no love without forgiveness, and there is no forgiveness without love. – Bryant H. McGill


  • Forgive yourself for your faults and your mistakes and move on. – Les Brown


  • People can be more forgiving than you can imagine. But you have to forgive yourself. Let go of what’s bitter and move on. – Bill Cosby


  • Once you forgive yourself, the self-rejection in your mind is over. Self-acceptance begins, and the self-love will grow so strong that you will finally accept yourself just the way you are. That’s the beginning of the free human. Forgiveness is the key. – Don Miguel Ruiz


  • When we give ourselves self-compassion, we are opening our hearts in a way that can transform our lives. – Kristin Neff


  • When you forgive, you in no way change the past – but you sure do change the future. – Bernard Meltzer


  • Forgiving is rediscovering the shining path of peace that at first you thought others took away when they betrayed you. – Dodinsky


  • To understand is to forgive, even oneself. – Alexander Chase


  • Forgiveness is choosing to love. It is the first skill of self-giving love. – Mahatma Gandhi


  • Forgiving presupposes remembering. – Paul Tillich


  • Remember that when you forgive, you empty yourself so that you may receive. – Debasish Mridha


  • It’s toughest to forgive ourselves. So it’s probably best to start with other people. It’s almost like peeling an onion. Layer by layer, forgiving others, you really do get to the point where you can forgive yourself. – Patty Duke


  • You’ve been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens. – Louise L. Hay


  • Forgive yourself for believing that you’re anything less than beautiful. – Iyanla Vanzant


  • It is important that we forgive ourselves for making mistakes. We need to learn from our errors and move on. – Steve Maraboli


  • The secret of forgiving everything is to understand nothing. – George Bernard Shaw


  • Forgiving is not an easy thing to do. – Amanda Lindhout


  • You cannot travel back in time to fix your mistakes, but you can learn from them and forgive yourself for not knowing better. – Leon Brown


Never forget to forgive yourself; always remember to love yourself. – Debasish Mridha


  • Forgiveness is for yourself because it frees you. It lets you out of that prison you put yourself in. – Louise L. Hay


  • Forgive yourself for what you think you’ve done or not done. At every moment, you had your reasons for all of your actions and decisions. You’ve always done the best that you could do. Forgive yourself. – Doreen Virtue


  • Embrace and love all of yourself – past, present, and future. Forgive yourself quickly and as often as necessary. Encourage yourself. Tell yourself good things about yourself. – Melody Beattie


  • Forgiving does not erase the bitter past. A healed memory is not a deleted memory. Instead, forgiving what we cannot forget creates a new way to remember. We change the memory of our past into a hope for our future. – Lewis B. Smedes


  • We all must learn to dig down deep inside, trust that inner voice, and not be afraid to face and forgive ourselves. – Darren L. Johnson


  • To forgive is indeed the best form of self-interest since anger, resentment, and revenge are corrosive of that ‘summum bonum,’ the greatest good. – Bishop Desmond Tutu


  • Although you should not erase your responsibility for the past, when you make the past your jailer, you destroy your future. It is such a great moment of liberation when you learn to forgive yourself, let the burden go, and walk out into a new path of promise and possibility. – John O’Donohue


  • Be kind to yourself, dear, to our innocent follies. Forget any sounds or touch you knew that did not help you dance. You will come to see that all evolves us. – Rumi


  • Our sorrows and wounds are only healed when we touch them with compassion – Buddha


  • Don’t dwell too much on the past. The lessons are useful for the present and a preparation for the future. Move on. – Lailah Gifty Akita