Quotations for Daily Use

Forgiveness vs Unforgiveness, Moving On

"Don't take the bait. Take the high ground; don't respond to the fusillade." James Knox Polk (November 2, 1795 – June 15, 1849) was the 11th President of the United States. (1845–49).

". . . everybody’s tryin’ to swallow somethin’ that won’t go down." Vance Havner as stated in In the Company of Others by Jan Karon

"I could crawl under a snake’s belly wearing a top hat." Absalom Greer, a character in Come Rain or Come Shine by Jan Karon

"If a man murders you without provocation, your soul bears no burden of the wrong; but all the angels of the universe will weep for the misguided man who committed the murder." 20th USA President James A. Garfield

"If you forgive them, it doesn't mean they get away with what they did . . . it just means that you don't have to think about it all the time. You can't do anything anyway, except be mad. See? You just give 'em to God. Then you can be happy." Danny Gilbert, a character in The Heart Mender by Andy Andrews

"He had not let sleeping dogs lie, he had roused them up and they had gone baying." Father Timothy Kavanagh in Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good by Jan Karon

"Linger too long in the stench of hurt and you'll smell like the toxin you despise." Max Lucado (born January 11, 1955) is a best-selling Christian author and writer and preacher at Oak Hills Church (formerly the Oak Hills Church of Christ) in San Antonio, Texas. This quote is from in the book Facing Your Giants. (Shared by ODS Bug, Sarah)

"Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look that becomes a habit." Peter Ustinov; Sir Peter Alexander Ustinov, (16 April 1921 – 28 March 2004) was an English actor, writer and dramatist.

"My dog and cat have taught me a great lesson in life - learn to shed a lot!" Susan Scott, (which Susan Scott?)

"My idea of forgiveness is letting go of resentment that does not serve your better interest, ridding yourself of negative thoughts. All they do is make you miserable. Believe me, you can fret and fume all you want, but whoever it was that wronged you is not suffering from your anguish whatsoever." Actress Della Reese, July 6, 1931), is an American singer, actress, game show panelist of the 1970s, one-time talk-show hostess and ordained minister

"One of the secrets of a long and fruitful life is to forgive everybody everything every night before you go to bed." Bernard Baruch, August 19, 1870 – June 20, 1965) was an American financier, stock investor, philanthropist, statesman, and political consultant

" 'Send for stretchers at once for these two men.' As the aidmen came up, Grant remounted, only to notice the stretcher bearers ignored the Southern soldier. 'Take the Confederate too,' he ordered, 'the war is over between them.' " This is an excerpt from Grant by Jean Edward Smith. This entire entry was written by the author who was quoting Ulysses S. Grant (born Hiram Ulysses Grant; April 27, 1822 – July 23, 1885) who was an American soldier, politician, and international statesman who served as the 18th president of the United States from 1869 to 1877. During the American Civil War, General Grant, with President Abraham Lincoln, led the Union Army to victory over the Confederacy.

"Revenge is often like biting a dog because the dog bit you." Austin O'Malley (1858 - 1932), physicist

"There will be nothing of the kind. The surrender is now a fact. We have the fort, the men, the guns. Why should we go through vain forms and mortify and injure the spirit of brave men, who, after all, are our own countrymen." Ulysses S. Grant had been asked when the official ceremony would be held to parade the captured rebels, stack their weapons and have their standard lowered. Ulysses S. Grant(born; Hiram Ulysses Grant; April 27, 1822 – July 23, 1885 was an American soldier, politician, and international statesman who served as the 18th president of the United States from 1869 to 1877. During the American Civil War, General Grant, with President Abraham Lincoln, led the Union Army to victory over the Confederacy.

"To forgive wrongs darker than weather or night . . .
To love, and bear; to hope till Hope creates
From its own wreck the thing it contemplates . . .
Good, great and joyous, beautiful and free."

- Percy Bysshe Shelley from Prometheus Unbound (4 August 1792 – 8 July 1822) was one of the major English Romantic poets, and is regarded by some as among the finest lyric, as well as epic, poets in the English language.

"With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive . . . to bind up the nation's wounds." Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) was an American statesman and lawyer who served as the 16th president of the United States from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln led the nation through the American Civil War, its bloodiest war and its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis. He preserved the Union, abolished slavery, strengthened the federal government, and modernized the U.S. economy. This statement was made in Lincoln's Second Inaugural, March 4, 1865.

"Without forgiveness life is governed by . . . an endless cycle of resentment and retaliation." Roberto Assagiol, (27 February 1888 – August 1974) was an Italian psychiatrist and pioneer in the fields of humanistic and transpersonal psychology (Shared by ODS Bug, Sarah)

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