“There is one only defect in forgiving persons, and not another; that defect is that people take a forgiving person to be weak. That defect, however, should not be taken into consideration, for forgiveness is a great power. Forgiveness is a virtue of the weak, and an ornament of the strong. Forgiveness subdues all in this world; what is there that forgiveness cannot achieve? What can a wicked person do unto him who carries the saber of forgiveness in his hand? Fire falling on a grassless ground is extinguished of itself. And unforgiving individual defiles himself with many enormities. Righteousness is the one highest good, and forgiveness is the one supreme peace; knowledge is one supreme contentment; and benevolence, one sole happiness.”Vidura speaking in Udyoga Parva of the Mahabharata (Parva 5 Chapter 33)
Forgive others, not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace.
-Jonathan Lockwood Hule
Being angry at someone will definitely hurt you whether it does or does not lead to a consequence for the other person. Letting go of your anger, can benefit your health by getting rid of negative emotions. In this context, forgiving does not mean forgetting, but rather coming to accept the fact that it happened.
जो तोको काँटा बुवे ताहे बोव तू फूल |
तोहे फूल को फूल है ताहे है तिरसूल ||
Jo toko kaanta buve,taahe bov tu phool
Tohe phool ko phool hai, taahe hai tirsool
For those who sow thorns for you, you should sow a flower
For you flower’s a flower but, for them it’s a trident
It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.
An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.