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Forgiveness

"There is no future without forgiveness."    - Desmond Tutu ; No Future Without Forgiveness


"Dear sisters and brothers, I am not against anyone. Neither am I here to speak in terms of personal revenge against the Taliban or any other terrorists group. I am here to speak up for the right of education of every child. I want education for the sons and the daughters of all the extremists especially the Taliban. I do not even hate the Talib who shot me. Even if there is a gun in my hand and he stands in front of me. I would not shoot him. This is the compassion that I have learnt from Muhammad-the prophet of mercy, Jesus christ and Lord Buddha. This is the legacy of change that I have inherited from Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and Muhammad Ali Jinnah. This is the philosophy of non-violence that I have learnt from Gandhi Jee, Bacha Khan and Mother Teresa. And this is the forgiveness that I have learnt from my mother and father. This is what my soul is telling me, be peaceful and love everyone. Dear sisters and brothers, we realise the importance of light when we see darkness. We realise the importance of our voice when we are silenced."    - Malala Yousafzai ; Speech at United Nations; July 15, 2013


". . . to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven . . ."    - Luke ; Luke 1.77-78


"Forgiveness does not mean ignoring what has been done or putting a false label on an evil act. It means, rather, that the evil act no longer remains as a barrier to the relationship."

   - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ; Loving Your Enemies


"Just to be free from the Nazi’s, that did not remove the pain they had inflicted upon on me. There must be another way for survivors to heal themselves. I have found another way, forgive your worst enemy. Getting even has never healed as single person. This forgiveness must have no preconditions, no prerequisites that must first be met on the part of the perpetrators. This would make the victims victims for the rest of their lives."    - Eva Mozes Kor ; Forgiving Dr. Mengele


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