„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, The 48 Laws of Power
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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
Attributed, As quoted in Mayor (1984) by Ed Koch

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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
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

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„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
All Quiet on the Western Front (1929), Context: 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? Paul to the corpse of a French man he has just killed, Ch. 9

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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 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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„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
Sara Garcia, 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?

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

—  William Blake English Romantic poet and artist 1757 - 1827
1800s, My Specter, st. 14

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