25 Heartfelt Quotes To Send To Someone When You're Ready To Forgive Them

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Our relationships with others are the most important connections to keep stable and healthy. Prolonged isolation is not good for anyone. A Harvard study has shown that mutually beneficial relationships between friends and family can extend your life and reduce stress-caused health problems.

However, having a perfect relationship with everyone we know or meet is not realistic. There are inevitably going to be tiffs here and there that leave things on the rocky side.

When someone wrongs you, the best thing to do is communicate your thoughts and feelings clearly and effectively. Tell the person, “This is what you did that upset me and this is why I think it was wrong.”

Opening the conversation early in the conflict allows for the most sincere emotions to be shared. Nipping these kinds of problems right in the bud is always a better alternative to holding a grudge.

But sometimes, the stars don’t allow for such graceful peacemaking.

Sometimes circumstance can get in the way of what is practical. In these cases, it can take quite some time to truly rebuild a broken relationship. According to Bustle, the best way to heal a hurt relationship is through a six-step process. First, you need to make sure you are ready to move on from the issue. This way, the fight can be put to rest and not resurface in the event that you become frustrated again.

Next, you’ll want to arrange a time and place to resolve in person. The digital world may seem like an easier way to say everything the way you want to. But nothing will fully be understood in its original intention unless you say it to their face. You have to decide how you want the resolution to go. If you want to talk it all out, it's your responsibility. You can’t expect someone to read your mind.

On the flip side, if you decide that you want to move on from the relationship with no further connection, that is your right. There is no law that you have to stay connected to someone.

After clearly thinking about the fight, you should apologize, if necessary. But this should be done only, and they mean only if you truly mean it. Insincere apologies can bring on a mountain of later fights that dig deeper into the boundaries of trust that you feel for each other.

Lastly, you should celebrate when the relationship is restored! Friends are a great thing to have, and they should be celebrated at every opportunity.

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After you have healed and resolved your own reservations with the argument, it’s natural to feel awkward and uncomfortable at first. The other person is likely feeling the same way as you are.

These forgiveness quotes can serve as your personal manual to breaking the ice. If you're still trying to work out how to forgive and forget, send these to those you need to forgive, have a laugh together, and look forward to the excitement that is to come as your relationship grows and improves!

1. You deserve peace.

“Today I decided to forgive you. Not because you apologized, or because you acknowledged the pain that you caused me, but because my soul deserves peace.”Najwa Zebian

2. Forgiveness has power.

“Forgiveness liberates the soul. It removes fear. That is why it is such a powerful weapon.”Nelson Mandela

3. They are always going to matter to you.

“There is a spot in my heart that will never belong to anyone else but you.”Unknown

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4. Forgiveness comes from love.

“Forgiveness is me giving up my right to hurt you for hurting me. Forgiveness is the final act of love.”Beyoncé

5. Friends will stick around in miraculous ways if they are meant to.

“Somehow forgiveness accomplishes miracles that can happen in no other way.”Gordon B. Hinckley

6. It is beneficial for all involved.

“When one forgives, two souls are set free.”Unknown

7. Stay in this state of mind.

“Forgiveness is not an occasional act; it is a permanent attitude.”Martin Luther King Jr.

8. Everyone makes mistakes.

“None of us should be defined by the worst thing we’ve ever done.”Kevin R. Duncan

9. The two go hand in hand.

“There is no love without forgiveness, and there is no forgiveness without love.”Bryant H. McGill

10. There is more to every situation.

“When someone does something wrong, don’t forget all the things they did right.”Unknown

11. Keep on moving forward!

“Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.”C.S. Lewis

12. Set yourself free!

“Holding a grudge doesn’t make you strong; it makes you bitter. Forgiving doesn’t make you weak; it sets you free.”Dave Willis

13. What doesn't kill us makes us stronger.

“True forgiveness is when you can say, ‘Thank you for that experience.’”Oprah Winfrey

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14. Burn, baby, burn!

“It’s OK is you fall down and lose your spark. Just make sure that when you get back up, you rise as the whole damn fire.”Colette Werden

15. Life is truly a journey.

“Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, then it’s not the end.”Ed Sheeran

16. Being human requires some wiggle room.

“Nobody’s perfect. We make mistakes. We say the wrong things. We do wrong things. We fall. We get up. We learn. We grow. We move on. We live.”Unknown

17. We all can grow from our experiences.

“You are allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work in progress, simultaneously.”Sophia Bush

18. The past doesn't have to dictate the future.

“People hurt each other. It happens to everyone intentionally, unintentionally, regretfully or not. It’s a part of what we do as people. The beauty is that we have the ability to heal and forgive.”Adi Alsaid

19. Friendships and forgiveness are a package deal.

“All friendships of any length are based on a continued, mutual forgiveness. Without tolerance and mercy, all friendships die.”David Whyte

20. We all need somebody!

“I get by with a little help from my friends.”The Beatles

21. Eyes on the horizon, honey!

“Forgiveness is giving up the hope that the past could have been any different.”Oprah Winfrey

22. You'll have to meet them halfway.

“When someone is working hard to change, the worst thing you can do is hold them to their past. Forgive them and help them transform.”Unknown

23. What is in the past should stay there.

“Forgiveness is not about the past, but the future.”Anne Michaels

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24. Sweet dreams!

“Note to self: Before going to sleep every night, forgive everyone and sleep with a clean heart.”Unknown

25. You are the picture of strength.

“I believe forgiveness is the best form of love in any relationship. It takes a strong person to say they're sorry and an even stronger person to forgive.”Yolanda Hadid

26. Be a light!

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”Martin Luther King, Jr.

27. Find your peace.

“Inner peace can be reached only when we practice forgiveness.”Gerald Jampolsky

28. You are doing yourself a favor.

“Forgiveness isn’t just a blessing you deliver to another human being. Forgiveness is also a gift you give yourself.” Robin S. Sharma

29. It's the key to success!

“Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.” — Hannah Arendt

30. Heal the wound, don't just put a Band-Aid on it.

“Blame keeps wounds open. Only forgiveness heals.” — Thomas S. Manson

31. Your relationships are deeper than a transaction.

“Grudges are for those who insist that they are owed something; forgiveness, however, is for those who are substantial enough to move on.” Criss Jami

32. Take the high road.

“Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds of the heel that has crushed it.” Mark Twain

33. Allow yourself peace.

“Forgiveness is not always easy. At times it feels more painful than the wound we suffered, to forgive the one that inflicted it. And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness.”Marianne Williamson

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34. Rise above!

“Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you are.”Cherie Carter-Scott

35. Put down your boxing gloves and open your heart.

“Forgiveness means it finally becomes unimportant that you hit back.”Anne Lamott

36. The secret to a happy relationship...

“A marriage is the union of two good forgivers.” Robert Quillen

37. Let the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air lay it down for you.

“Throughout life people will make you mad, disrespect you and treat you bad. Let God deal with the things they do because hate in your heart will consume you too.”Will Smith

38. Avoiding your problems only makes them bigger.

“Genuine forgiveness does not deny anger but faces it head-on.” Alice Duer

39. Your small steps help the greater well being of the world.

“The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world.”Marianne Williamson

40. Merciful is a resilient lover!

“I have always found that mercy bears richer fruit than strict justice.”Abraham Lincoln

41. Open your opportunity to new depths.

“Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.”Paul Boese

42. It's like Icey-Hot for the soul...

“Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart and cools the sting.”Willaim Arthur Ward

43. Think about the bigger picture.

“What I cannot love, I overlook.” Anaïs Nin

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Madison Kerth is a writer who covers astrology, pop culture and relationship topics.