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Pardon Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Pardon

Please enjoy these Pardon Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

Where there is injury let me sow pardon.
- St. Francis of Assisi

Related topics: Inspirational Forgiveness

Forgiving others is a gift to yourself,
given not because the other deserves pardon,
but because you deserve the serenity and joy
that comes from releasing resentment and anger,
and from embracing universal forgiveness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
...
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned.
- attributed to St. Francis of Assisi

I regret and suffer those losses, but it's God's will.
He will pardon me if I committed excesses,
but I don't think I did.
- Augusto Pinochet

 

The folly which we might have ourselves committed is
the one which we are least ready to pardon in another.
- Joseph Roux

Be assured that if you knew all, you would pardon all.
- Thomas Kempis

We wrote verses that condemned us, with no hope of pardon,
to the most bitter solitude.
- Salvatore Quasimodo

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If any foes of mine are there, I pardon every one:
I hope that man and womankind will do the same by me.
- William Allingham

We have peace with God as soon as we believe,
but not always with ourselves.
The pardon may be past the prince's hand and seal,
and yet not put into the prisoner's hand.
- William Gurnall

If there is anyone here whom I have not insulted,
I beg his pardon.
- Johannes Brahms

George W Bush is like a bad comic working the crowd,
a moron, if you'll pardon the expression.
- Martin Sheen

I believe that President Clinton considered the legal
merits of the arguments for the pardon as he understood them,
and he rendered his judgment, wise or unwise,
on the merits.
- John Podesta

Pardon me for loitering in front of an orchestra.
- John Goodman

Phones rang constantly, as if the White House was conducting
some kind of pardon telethon.
- Barbara Olson

Forgiveness to the injured does belong;
but they ne'er pardon who have done wrong.
- John Dryden

I have strongly rejected the proposal to pardon and
transfer her to the United States.
I do not have the legal power to pardon terrorists and even if I did,
I would not use it.
- Alberto Fujimori

We are all full of weakness and errors;
let us mutually pardon each other our follies -
it is the first law of nature.
- Voltaire

We are all serving a life sentence, and good behavior
is our only hope for a pardon.
- Douglas Horton

What is tolerance? It is the consequence of humanity.
We are all formed of frailty and error;
let us pardon reciprocally each other's folly -
that is the first law of nature.
- Voltaire

Of all presidential perks, the pardon power has a special significance.
It is just the kind of authority that would attract
the special attention of someone obsessed with himself
and his own ability to influence events.
- Barbara Olson

You could hear him, literally, half a mile away when he opened up.
He was at his peak then.
He was, naturally, dying to get out of the place he was in,
and he recorded for us his appeal for pardon to the governor.
- Alan Lomax

The Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
- although attributed to St. Francis of Assisi,
this prayer first appeared (written in French) in 1912

And what does reward virtue? You think the communist
commissar rewards virtue? You think a Hitler rewards virtue? You think,
excuse me, if you'll pardon me, American presidents
reward virtue? Do they choose their appointees on the
basis of the virtue of the people appointed or on the
basis of their political clout?
- Milton Friedman

We can't let somebody rise to the top who will pardon these war criminals.
Because they need to go to prison for what they've done in this world.
We can't have a pardon.
They need to pay for what they've done.
- Cindy Sheehan

He who pardons easily invites offense.
- Pierre Corneille

God pardons like a mother, who kisses the offense into everlasting forgiveness.
- Henry Ward Beecher

The offender never pardons.
- George Herbert

He decided to plunge on with pardons over the department's objections,
or where he knew that there would be objections if
he had let career prosecutors know what he was doing.
- Barbara Olson

God tolerates even our stammering, and pardons our
ignorance whenever something inadvertently escapes us -
as,
indeed, without this mercy there would be no freedom to pray.
- John Calvin

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.
- St. Francis of Assisi

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
- St. Francis of Assisi

In many ways when Jerry Ford pardoned Nixon,
in a certain way, he did speak for the country.
- Morley Safer

What we talked about will have to remain a secret between him and me.
I spoke to him as a brother whom I have pardoned and
who has my complete trust.
- Pope John Paul II

Talent, like beauty, to be pardoned,
must be obscure and unostentatious.
- Marguerite Gardiner

The concept of romantic love affords a means of emotional
manipulation which the male is free to exploit,
since love is the only circumstance in which the female
is (ideologically) pardoned for sexual activity.
- Kate Millett

In the end, they pardoned me and packed me off to a
home for the shell-shocked.
Shortly before the end of the war, I was discharged a second time,
once again with the observation that I was subject to recall at any time.
- George Grosz

Clinton's pardoning of Marc Rich was off-the-wall.
- Morley Safer

To love means loving the unlovable.
To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable.
Faith means believing the unbelievable.
Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Secretary of War Stanton used to get out of patience
with Lincoln because he was all the time pardoning
men who ought to be shot.
- Elihu Root

It might be pardonable to refuse to defend some men,
but to defend them negligently is nothing short of criminal.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

There is but one pride pardonable; that of being above
doing a base or dishonorable action.
- Samuel Richardson

If this be not love, it is madness, and then it is pardonable.
- William Congreve

Lord, grant that I might not so much
seek to be loved as to love.
- St. Francis of Assisi

Anxiety is love's greatest killer.
It makes one feel as you might
when a drowning man holds unto you.
You want to save him, but you know
he will strangle you with his panic.
- Anais Nin

When I let go of what I am,
I become what I might be.
- Lao Tzu

Life may not be the party we hoped for,
but while we are here we might as well dance.
- Anonymous

For all sad words of tongue and pen,
The saddest are these, "It might have been.
- John Greenleaf Whittier

Through humor, you can soften some
of the worst blows that life delivers.
And once you find laughter,
no matter how painful your situation might be,
you can survive it.
- Bill Cosby

We are never afraid of what is happening in this instant -
It is what MIGHT happen next that frightens us.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is too short, time is too precious,
and the stakes are too high
to dwell on what might have been.
- Hilary Clinton

The art of acceptance is the art of making someone
who has just done you a small favor
wish that he might have done you a greater one.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Let's have faith that right makes might;
and in that faith let us, to the end,
dare to do our duty as we understand it.
- Abraham Lincoln

Contrariwise, if it was so, it might be;
and if it were so, it would be;
but as it isn't, it ain't. That's logic.
- Lewis Carroll

You got to be careful if you
don't know where you're going,
because you might not get there.
- Yogi Berra

I was thinking that I might fly today.
Just to disprove all the things you say...
please be careful with me, I'm sensitive,
and I'd like to stay that way.
- Jewel

Trust your own instinct.
Your mistakes might as well be your own,
instead of someone else's.
- Billy Wilder

If you want reality to be different than it is,
you might as well try to teach a cat to bark.
- Byron Katie

"Good morning!" he said at last.
"We don't want any adventures here, thank you!
You might try over The Hill or across The Water."
- J. R. R. Tolkien

Essentially all suffering is the result of...
1. Comparing what we have (or don't have) today
... with what we had yesterday.
2. Comparing what we fear we might have (or not have) tomorrow)
... with what we have today.
3. Comparing what we have (or don't have) with what others have.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

What a book a devil's chaplain might write
on the clumsy, wasteful, blundering, low,
and horribly cruel work of nature!
- Charles Darwin

Might I perhaps win my wings?
I've been waiting for over 200 years now, sir,
and people ARE beginning to talk.
- It's a Wonderful Life (1946 movie)

There are three hundred and sixty-four days
when you might get un-birthday presents,
and only one for birthday presents, you know.
- Lewis Carroll

It is never too late to become what you might have been.
- George Eliot

Sometimes, indeed, there is such a discrepancy
between the genius and his human qualities
that one has to ask oneself whether
a little less talent might not have been better.
- Carl Jung

How many things there are concerning which we might
well deliberate whether we had better know them.
- Henry David Thoreau

In war as in life, it is often necessary
when some cherished scheme has failed,
to take up the best alternative open,
and if so, it is folly not to work for it with all your might.
- Winston Churchill

Caesar might have married Cleopatra,
but he had a wife at home.
There's always something.
- Will Cuppy

Never get married in the morning - you never know who
you might meet that night.
- Paul Hornung

The garden suggests there might be a place where we can meet nature halfway.
- Michael Pollan

No stream rises higher than its source.
Whatever man might build, could never
express or reflect more than he was.
He could record neither more nor less
than he had learned of life.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

If you don't have any fight in you, you might as well be dead.
- Scott Caan


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