“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.”
“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
“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.
“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
“Hatred never ceases by hatred, but by love alone is ceased. This is an ancient and eternal law.”
-attributed to the Buddha
“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.”
Barbara Bonner has devoted her professional life to leadership roles in distinguished nonprofits. She has also spoken widely on nonprofit management with a focus on the role of generosity in creating thriving institutions. A student of contemplative study and practice for many years, her books delve into the values central to her own life and work. Barbara is the author of three books, Inspiring Generosity, (2014) Inspiring Courage (2017), and Inspiring Forgiveness (March, 2020). She lives in Western Massachusetts. For more information on Barbara’s work, visit www.barbarabonner.org.