Tuesday, 3 October 2006

Forgiveness

“Forgiving can never be predicted; it is the only reaction that acts in an unexpected way and thus retains, though being a reaction, something of the original character of action. Forgiving ... is the only reaction which does not merely act but acts anew and unexpectedly, unconditioned by the act which provoked it and therefore freeing from its consequences both the one who forgives and the one who is forgiven.”

—Hannah Arendt, The Human Condition (Chicago: Chicago University Press, 1958), p. 241.

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