• “Forgiveness is about healing suffering for ourselves and others. Until we develop compassion within ourselves and a concern about the welfare of others, we cannot truly forgive.”

    -his holiness the Dalai Lama

  • “I learned a long time ago that some people would rather die than forgive. It’s a strange truth, but forgiveness is a painful and difficult process. It’s not something that happens overnight. It’s an evolution of the heart.”

    -Sue Monk Kidd

  • “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.”

    -Matthew 4:44

  • “If you want to see the heroic, look at those who can love in return for hatred. If you want to see the brave, look at those who can forgive.”

    -Bhagavad Gita

  • “We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.”

    - Martin Luther King Jr.

  • "Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom."

    -Hannah Arendt

  • "If we really want to love we must learn how to forgive."

    - Mother Teresa

  • “Hatred never ceases by hatred, but by love alone is ceased. This is an ancient and eternal law.”

    -attributed to the Buddha

  • "What power has love but forgiveness?"

    -William Carlos Williams

  • “Nonviolence and forgiveness are not just an idea, but a way of life for me."

    -Congressman John Lewis

  • “If you let go a little, you will have a little happiness. If you let go a lot, you will have a lot of happiness. If you let go completely, you will be free.”

    -Ajahn Chah

  • “Forgiveness will change your life and change our world.”

    -Desmond Tutu



How can we live our lives in the light of greater forgiveness?

What does it mean to forgive or to be forgiven? Why is forgiveness a struggle for so many, especially as we move into maturity and take stock of goals, dreams, and disappointments? In her deeply inspiring new book, Barbara Bonner offers the reader a roadmap built from the wisdom of poets, philosophers, and others who have found the path to forgiveness against all odds. From Desmond Tutu to Margaret Atwood, from Mary Oliver to Congressman John Lewis, Bonner weaves together the words of scholars, visionaries, poets, and activists to create a timely, gorgeously crafted, and essential volume that will help the readers find their way to the light of greater forgiveness.

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Jack Kornfield, author of A Path With Heart

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Stephen Cope, Author of The Great Work of Your Life: A Guide for the Journey to Your True Calling