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

— Isabel I de Inglaterra, 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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— Махатма Ганди pre-eminent leader of Indian nationalism during British-ruled India 1869 - 1948
"Interview to the Press" in Karachi about the execution of Bhagat Singh (23 March 1931); published in Young India (2 April 1931), reprinted in Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi Online Vol. 51. Gandhi begins by making a statement on his failure "to bring about the commutation of the death sentence of Bhagat Singh and his friends." He is asked two questions. First: "Do you not think it impolitic to forgive a government which has been guilty of a thousand murders?" Gandhi replies: "I do not know a single instance where forgiveness has been found so wanting as to be impolitic." In a follow-up question, Gandhi is asked: "But no country has ever shown such forgiveness as India is showing to Britain?" Gandhi replies: "That does not affect my reply. What is true of individuals is true of nations. One cannot forgive too much. The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong."

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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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„It is God that forgives you; I am but your fellow-servant.“

— Ann Lee English Shaker leader 1736 - 1784
Context: I can freely forgive you, and I pray God to forgive you. It is God that forgives you; I am but your fellow-servant.

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„I love you, if you get yourself killed, I will never forgive you.“

— Tamora Pierce American writer of fantasy novels for children 1954