Forgiving Yourself Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old forgiving yourself quotes, forgiving yourself sayings, and forgiving yourself proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

It is important that we forgive ourselves for making mistakes. We need to learn from our errors and move on.     

Steve Maraboli

Forgive yourself for your faults and your mistakes and move on.     

Les Brown

It's toughest to forgive ourselves. So it's probably best to start with other people. It's almost like peeling an onion. Layer by layer, forgiving others, you really do get to the point where you can forgive yourself.     

Patty Duke

The more you know yourself, the more you forgive yourself.     


People can be more forgiving than you can imagine. But you have to forgive yourself. Let go of what's bitter and move on.     

Bill Cosby

Do as the heavens have done, forget your evil; With them forgive yourself.     

William Shakespeare

You cannot travel back in time to fix your mistakes, but you can learn from them and forgive yourself for not knowing better.     

Leon Brown

You forgive yourself for every failure because you are trying to do the right thing. God knows that and you know it. Nobody else may know it.     

Maya Angelou

Forgive yourself and welcome love back into your life.     

Wayne Dyer

Embrace and love all of yourself - past, present, and future. Forgive yourself quickly and as often as necessary. Encourage yourself. Tell yourself good things about yourself.     

Melody Beattie

Once you forgive yourself, the self-rejection in your mind is over. Self-acceptance begins, and the self-love will grow so strong that you will finally accept yourself just the way you are. That's the beginning of the free human. Forgiveness is the key.     

Don Miguel Ruiz

Forgive yourself for believing that youre anything less than beautiful.     

Iyanla Vanzant

To forgive is indeed the best form of self-interest since anger, resentment, and revenge are corrosive of that 'summum bonum,' the greatest good.     

Bishop Desmond Tutu

Forgiving does not erase the bitter past. A healed memory is not a deleted memory. Instead, forgiving what we cannot forget creates a new way to remember. We change the memory of our past into a hope for our future.     

Lewis B. Smedes

I've learned to take things a little more easily, to be a little more forgiving of myself.     

Queen Rania of Jordan

Forgiving is not an easy thing to do.     

Amanda Lindhout

When you forgive, you in no way change the past - but you sure do change the future.     

Bernard Meltzer

Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself.     

Suzanne Somers

To understand is to forgive, even oneself.     

Alexander Chase

Forgiveness is for yourself because it frees you. It lets you out of that prison you put yourself in.     

Louise L. Hay

The first step in forgiveness is the willingness to forgive.     

Marianne Williamson

We all must learn to dig down deep inside, trust that inner voice, and not be afraid to face and forgive ourselves.     

Darren L. Johnson

Forgiving is rediscovering the shining path of peace that at first you thought others took away when they betrayed you.     


Forgiving presupposes remembering.     

Paul Tillich

Forgiving is love's toughest work, and love's biggest risk.     

Lewis B. Smedes

The secret of forgiving everything is to understand nothing.     

George Bernard Shaw

We all make mistakes, don't we? But if you can't forgive yourself, you'll always be an exile in your own life.     

Curtis Sittenfeld

Although you should not erase your responsibility for the past, when you make the past your jailer, you destroy your future. It is such a great moment of liberation when you learn to forgive yourself, let the burden go, and walk out into a new path of promise and possibility.     

John O'Donohue

Forgive yourself for what you think you've done or not done. At every moment, you had your reasons for all of your actions and decisions. You've always done the best that you could do. Forgive yourself.     

Doreen Virtue

To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.     

Lewis B. Smedes