— Elizabeth I of England Queen regnant of England and Ireland from 17 November 1558 until 1603 1533 - 1603
To the Countess of Nottingham, as quoted in The History of England Under the House of Tudor (1759) by David Hume, Vol. II, Ch. 7.
— William Blake English Romantic poet and artist 1757 - 1827
1800s, My Specter, st. 14
„I do now forgive you, deliver you from all fines and imprisonments, fully release you, set you at liberty, and every way make you as frank and free as ever you were before.“
— Francois Rabelais, livro Gargantua and Pantagruel
Gargantua and Pantagruel (1532–1564), Gargantua (1534), Context: Time, which gnaws and diminisheth all things else, augments and increaseth benefits; because a noble action of liberality, done to a man of reason, doth grow continually by his generous thinking of it and remembering it. Being unwilling therefore any way to degenerate from the hereditary mildness and clemency of my parents, I do now forgive you, deliver you from all fines and imprisonments, fully release you, set you at liberty, and every way make you as frank and free as ever you were before. Chapter 50 : Gargantua's speech to the vanquished.
„Anas said, "I heard the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, say, "Allah Almighty says, "O son of Adam! I will forgive you as long as you call on Me and have hope in Me, no matter what you do. Son of Adam, I do not care if your wrong actions reach to the clouds of heaven and then you ask Me for forgiveness, I will forgive you. Son of Adam, if you were to come with sins equivalent in weight to the whole earth and then meet Me having not associated anything with Me, I would come to you with the same amount of forgiveness."“
— Muhammad Arabian religious leader and the founder of Islam 570 - 632
Sunni Hadith, Riyadh-as-Saliheen by Imam Al-Nawawi, volume 3, hadith number 442
„I am tired and I am dying, and I want to be merciful. I want to forgive you. But when God summons me and says, But it wasn't for you to forgive, Mullah, what shall I say?“
— Khaled Hosseini, livro A Thousand Splendid Suns
A Thousand Splendid Suns (2007), Talib Judge, p. 366
„I have pondered long, and I know now that only the pure of heart forgive the thirst that leads to dead waters.
And only the sure of foot can give a hand to him who stumbles.“
— Khalil Gibran, livro Jesus, The Son of Man
Jesus, The Son of Man (1928), Andrew: On Prostitutes