„I believe that forgiving them is God's function. Our job is to arrange the meeting.“

—  Norman Schwarzkopf, As quoted in I Fail to Miss Your Point (2007) by Jim O'Bryon, p. 409
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1934 - 2012

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„I do not believe in forgiveness as it is preached by the church. We do not need the forgiveness of God, but of each other and of ourselves.“

—  Robert G. Ingersoll Union United States Army officer 1833 - 1899
Context: I do not believe in forgiveness as it is preached by the church. We do not need the forgiveness of God, but of each other and of ourselves. If I rob Mr. Smith and God forgives me, how does that help Smith? If I, by slander, cover some poor girl with the leprosy of some imputed crime, and she withers away like a blighted flower and afterward I get the forgiveness of God, how does that help her? If there is another world, we have got to settle with the people we have wronged in this. No bankrupt court there. Every cent must be paid. "What Must We Do To Be Saved?" (1880) http://www.gutenberg.org/files/38801/38801-h/38801-h.htm Section XI, "What Do You Propose?"

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„Understanding human needs is half the job of meeting them.“

—  Adlai Stevenson mid-20th-century Governor of Illinois and Ambassador to the UN 1900 - 1965
Speech in Columbus, Ohio (3 October 1952); quoted in The International Thesaurus of Quotations (1970) edited by Rhoda Thomas Tripp, p. 429

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„Forgiveness is God's greatest gift“

—  Dan Brown, The Da Vinci Code

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„Let me die in this old uniform in which I fought my battles. May God forgive me for ever having put on another.“

—  Benedict Arnold Continental and later British Army general during the American Revolutionary War 1741 - 1801
Unverified, but reportedly said by Arnold on his deathbed in 1801, requesting to wear the uniform of the Colonial Army from before his defection to the British, as quoted in The Picturesque Hudson http://www.kellscraft.com/PicturesqueHudson/PicturesqueHudson08.html (1915) by Clifton Johnson

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„Bien sûr, il me pardonnera; c'est son métier. [Of course he [God] will forgive me; that’s his job. ]“

—  Heinrich Heine German poet, journalist, essayist, and literary critic 1797 - 1856
Death-bed joke (1856), attributed as last words; quoted in French in The Joke and Its Relation to the Unconscious (1905) by Sigmund Freud, as translated by Joyce Crick (2003). Quoted as “Gott wird mir verzeihen, das ist sein Beruf.” in Letzte Worte auf dem Totenbett. Quelle: Alfred Meißner: "Heinrich Heine. Erinnerungen" (1856), Kapitel 5 Variant translation: Why, of course, he will forgive me; that's his business. As quoted in Heinrich Heine (1937) by Louis Untermeyer

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„The best of what we do and are,
Just God, forgive!“

—  William Wordsworth English Romantic poet 1770 - 1850
Thoughts suggested on the Banks of the Nith.

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„If you are going to sin, sin against God, not the bureaucracy. God will forgive you but the bureaucracy won't.“

—  Hyman George Rickover United States admiral 1900 - 1986
As quoted in The New York Times (3 November 1986)

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„And when I saw all this, it behoved me needs to grant that the mercy of God and the forgiveness is to slacken and waste our wrath.“

—  Julian of Norwich English theologian and anchoress 1342 - 1416
Context: Mercy is a sweet gracious working in love, mingled with plenteous pity: for mercy worketh in keeping us, and mercy worketh turning to us all things to good. Mercy, by love, suffereth us to fail in measure and in as much as we fail, in so much we fall; and in as much as we fall, in so much we die: for it needs must be that we die in so much as we fail of the sight and feeling of God that is our life. Our failing is dreadful, our falling is shameful, and our dying is sorrowful: but in all this the sweet eye of pity and love is lifted never off us, nor the working of mercy ceaseth. For I beheld the property of mercy, and I beheld the property of grace: which have two manners of working in one love. Mercy is a pitiful property which belongeth to the Motherhood in tender love; and grace is a worshipful property which belongeth to the royal Lordship in the same love. Mercy worketh: keeping, suffering, quickening, and healing; and all is tenderness of love. And grace worketh: raising, rewarding, endlessly overpassing that which our longing and our travail deserveth, spreading abroad and shewing the high plenteous largess of God’s royal Lordship in His marvellous courtesy; and this is of the abundance of love. For grace worketh our dreadful failing into plenteous, endless solace; and grace worketh our shameful falling into high, worshipful rising; and grace worketh our sorrowful dying into holy, blissful life. For I saw full surely that ever as our contrariness worketh to us here in earth pain, shame, and sorrow, right so, on the contrary wise, grace worketh to us in heaven solace, worship, and bliss; and overpassing. And so far forth, that when we come up and receive the sweet reward which grace hath wrought for us, then we shall thank and bless our Lord, endlessly rejoicing that ever we suffered woe. And that shall be for a property of blessed love that we shall know in God which we could never have known without woe going before. And when I saw all this, it behoved me needs to grant that the mercy of God and the forgiveness is to slacken and waste our wrath.

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„God may forgive you, but I never can.“

—  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.

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„To forgive the terrorists is up to God, but to send them to him is up to me.“

—  Vladímir Putin President of Russia, former Prime Minister 1952
"Guess what Vladimir Putin never said" http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Guess-what-Vladimir-Putin-never-said/articleshow/49846646.cms, The Times of India (19 November 2015)

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„God may forgive sins, he said, but awkwardness has no forgiveness in heaven or earth.“

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson American philosopher, essayist, and poet 1803 - 1882
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