„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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„Whatever your religious belief was, I know that you have been a good Confederate. May God forgive your sins!“

—  Huldrych Zwingli leader of the Protestant Reformation in Switzerland, and founder of the Swiss Reformed Churches 1484 - 1531
About, Hans Schonbrunner, upon seeing his corpse October 12th, ibid, p.357-358

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„The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.“

—  Махатма Ганди pre-eminent leader of Indian nationalism during British-ruled India 1869 - 1948
1930s, "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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Lois McMaster Bujold photo

„The gods…the gods may forgive much, to a truly penitent heart.“

—  Lois McMaster Bujold, livro Paladin of Souls
Paladin of Souls (2003), Her smile grew bitter as desert brine. "The gods may forgive Ista all day long. But if Ista does not forgive Ista, the gods may go hang themselves." p. 61

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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
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919), Society and Solitude

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„What was seen can never be unseen, and I will never forget it, nor will I forgive it.“

—  Elliot Rodger American spree killer 1991 - 2014
My Twisted World (2014), Thoughts at 18, Forgiveness

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

—  Ann Lee English Shaker leader 1736 - 1784
The Communistic Societies of the United States (1875), 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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