Thursday, April 21, 2016

Favorite Quotes: Gandhi Forgiveness

"The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong."
-Mahatma Gandhi

Gandhi was very well known for his peace activism, and I have no doubt that he knew how to truly forgive. He's right about being strong is the only way how to forgive. We all had people who left deep scars physically and mentally. I can say that I'm weak in the fact that I will never be able to forgive some of those people. I think some people get the idea of forgiveness and toleration confused. We can tolerate others for the past wrongdoings, but we often never forgive them. If we still feel pain over the moment, can we truly say we have forgiven? 


12 comments:

  1. I agree with you. Might I posit that a truly strong person, while not ultimately being able to forgive, is one who tolerates past wrongdoings.
    Okay, that's my bit of zen for the day.

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  2. I agree with you. Might I posit that a truly strong person, while not ultimately being able to forgive, is one who tolerates past wrongdoings.
    Okay, that's my bit of zen for the day.

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  3. Excellent quote! I used to harbor so much resentment and anger toward people who did me wrong somehow. As I got older and wiser through therapy, I learned I was only hurting myself because those folks certainly were not stewin' about little ol' me. Now I suppose I'm more forgiving because I just don't give a sh*t. How's that for a new attitude? I think Gandhi would approve.

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  4. "Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong"
    I strongly believe in this because if we're hurt and the pain is still there, it's so hard to forgive those who have caused the pain.

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  5. A man that I really admire; a great role model.

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  6. I"ve learned to come to an "understanding" about people's behavior and to let things go and not harbor resentments. If they ask for forgiveness, of course I will.

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  7. I love this quote:) I bet Cersei doesn't believe it though:D

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  8. I love this quote! It is inspiring, perhaps comforting.

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  9. My brother decided years ago that he didn't want me in his life. We never had words; he just threw me and my family away. I don't expect I'll ever forgive him.

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  10. I doubt if the "great" Winston Churchill ever forgave this "upstart in a loin cloth" as he called Gandhi.
    Churchill considered this "Gandhi in a loin cloth" the reason for the demise of the British Raj (Empire).

    Now "Moi" and my "Zen". I can "forgive" eventually but I never "forget". Not sure whether my "forgive" business fits the Gandhi test?
    Colin aka B J Hunnicut

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  11. To me, "forgiveness" does not mean absolving the wrongdoer of any guilt or blame. It means that the person to whom the wrong was done (the victim) is able to "let go" of their anger and resentment towards the wrongdoer and "move on" with their own life, free of negative feelings. Forgiveness is something that benefits the victim, not the wrongdoer. The wrongdoer remains an asshole. Nothing changes that.

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  12. Admittedly, it took me a long time to be able to just let things go. What Deb said is spot on - it's not saying that what they did was okay and they're good people, it's saying that they're an asshole but that's not my fault or my problem so I'm not going to let that ruin my day.

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