„A Prince asked the dying spanish statesman, "Does your Excellency forgive all your enemies?" "I do not have to forgive all my enemies," answered the stateman, "I have had them all shot.“

—  Robert Greene, livro The 48 Laws of Power

Fonte: The 48 Laws of Power

Última atualização 22 de Maio de 2020. História

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„Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.“

—  Oscar Wilde Irish writer and poet 1854 - 1900

Variante: Always forgive your enemies — nothing annoys them so much.

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„Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.“

—  John F. Kennedy 35th president of the United States of America 1917 - 1963

As quoted in Mayor (1984) by Ed Koch
Attributed

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„It is easier to forgive an Enemy than to forgive a Friend.“

—  William Blake English Romantic poet and artist 1757 - 1827

Fonte: 1800s, Jerusalem The Emanation of The Giant Albion (c. 1803–1820), Ch. 4, plate 91, line 1

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„We must forgive our enemies. I can truly say that not a day has passed since the war began that I have not prayed for them.“

—  Robert E. Lee Confederate general in the Civil War 1807 - 1870

As quoted in A Life of General Robert E. Lee (1871), by John Esten Cooke

Erich Maria Remarque photo

„Why do they never tell us that you are poor devils like us, that your mothers are just as anxious as ours, and that we have the same fear of death, and the same dying and the same agony—Forgive me, comrade; how could you be my enemy?“

—  Erich Maria Remarque, livro All Quiet on the Western Front

Paul to the corpse of a French man he has just killed, Ch. 9
Fonte: All Quiet on the Western Front (1929)
Contexto: I thought of your hand-grenades, of your bayonet, of your rifle; now I see your wife and your face and our fellowship. Forgive me, comrade. We always see it too late. Why do they never tell us that you are poor devils like us, that your mothers are just as anxious as ours, and that we have the same fear of death, and the same dying and the same agony — Forgive me, comrade; how could you be my enemy?

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„We read that we ought to forgive our enemies; but we do not read that we ought to forgive our friends.“

—  Cosimo de' Medici First ruler of the Medici political dynasty 1389 - 1464

Attributed to Cosimo de' Medici, Duke of Florence, in Apothegms by Francis Bacon, (1624) No. 206

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„Forgiveness is giving up all hope of having had a better past.“

—  Anne Lamott Novelist, essayist, memoirist, activist 1954

Variante: Who was it who said that forgiveness is giving up all hope of having had a different past?
Fonte: Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith

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„Forgiveness is praised by the Christian and the Vaishnava, but for me, I ask, "What have I to forgive and whom?"“

—  Sri Aurobindo Indian nationalist, freedom fighter, philosopher, yogi, guru and poet 1872 - 1950

Thoughts and Aphorisms (1913), Jnana

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William Blake photo

„And throughout all eternity
I forgive you, you forgive me.“

—  William Blake English Romantic poet and artist 1757 - 1827

My Specter, st. 14
1800s

William Blake photo

„Forgiveness of enemies can only come upon their repentance.“

—  William Blake English Romantic poet and artist 1757 - 1827

1780s, Annotations to Lavater (1788)

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„One should forgive one's enemies, but not before they are hanged.“

—  Heinrich Heine German poet, journalist, essayist, and literary critic 1797 - 1856

Statement of 1848, as quoted in The Cynic's Lexicon : A Dictionary of Amoral Advice (1984) by Jonathon Green, p. 91
One must forgive one's enemies, but not before they are hanged.
As quoted in A Mania for Sentences (1985) by Dennis Joseph Enright, p. 10
Variante: We should forgive our enemies, but not before they are hanged

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„Spanish for, I want to send a very affectionate greeting to the Mexican public, which I don't forget that every day I make more efforts to like and if I don't like so it is a disgrace but the public is benign and forgives all my mistakes, true that they forgive me?“

—  Sara García Mexican actress 1895 - 1980

Quiero enviar al publico de México un saludo muy cariñoso, que yo no los olvido que yo cada día hago mas esfuerzos por gustar que si no gusto pues ya fue una desgracia pero el publico es benigno y me perdona todos mis errores, verdad que me los perdona?
Sara Garcia

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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

Hans Schonbrunner, upon seeing his corpse October 12th, ibid, p.357-358
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„That was very wrong… I have had God's forgiveness for it.“

—  John Bodkin Adams general practitionar, fraudster and suspected serial killer 1899 - 1983

To police on being confronted about a forged prescription.
Fonte: Patrick Devlin, Easing the passing: The trial of Doctor John Bodkin Adams, London, The Bodley Head, 1985

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