80 Holding Grudges Quotes To Let Go Of Hurt & Anger

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To hold a grudge means to have and maintain a feeling of anger, bitterness, or resentment toward someone for something they did, especially a wrong that you think they committed against you.

We all come across people who may be our family or friends who have wronged us or hurt us.

The feeling of being hurt or betrayed is very unpleasant and it often leaves you with a lot of bitterness and anger toward the one who has caused you pain.

Also See: Forgiveness Quotes

Carrying the burden of grudges and mistakes of others in our hearts makes us bitter in the long run. It makes us anxious and fills us with negative feelings like hatred, anger, and animosity toward others.

Sometimes it’s hard to forgive your loved ones for cheating, betraying or other things not expected of them, but it’s even harder to live with it.

When you let go of the grudges it helps you heal and find peace of mind.  These positive no grudges quotes will inspire you to let go and forgive people who have wronged you and forget all the unpleasant things that happened in the past.

Top 10 Holding Grudges Quotes

  1. “Holding a grudge will only destroy yourself. To forgive will cleanse it.” — Mark McCallister

  2. “Never hold a grudge within your heart and mind. It will only destroy you.” — Raymond Wells, Spiritual Understanding

  3. “Holding a grudge doesn’t make you strong: it makes you bitter. Forgiving doesn’t make you weak; it sets you free.” — Dave Willis

  4. “Holding grudges are like a tree holding onto its leaves in the fall. Better just let go.” — Richard S. Conde, Reflection in a Mirror

  5. “Grudges are a waste of perfect happiness. Laugh when you can. Apologize when you should and let go of what you can’t change.” — Drake

  6. “There is enough heartache and sorrow in this life without our adding to it through our own stubbornness, bitterness, and resentment.” — Dieter F. Uchtdorf

  7. “We often hold a grudge because we don’t want to let the other person off the hook. But who’s really hooked: the one who’s moved on or the one who’s holding on?” — Lori Deschene

  8. “He who holds grudges against other people or hatred in his heart will never be truly happy until he has forgiven and let go of that anger by the best possible means.” — John Lennon

  9. “When you hold resentment against a person or situation you lose everytime. Forgive for your own peace of mind and happiness. Let go of negative energy. Put all of your energy into you.” — Unknown

  10. “Holding grudges, having animosity, or harboring bad feelings towards someone else will keep you anchored to your past, and prevent you from attaining all of the success that awaits you in your future.” — Lionel L. Nowell, You Are Better Than Your Best

Best Quotes On Holding Grudges

  1. “The heaviest thing you can carry is a grudge.” — Unknown                                                                     
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    grudge quotes images

  2. “Resentment and holding grudges are impediments to growth.” — Donna Kendall                                 

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    quotes on holding a grudge

  3. “Everyone makes mistakes in life. If you can’t forgive others, don’t expect others to forgive you.” — Unknown

  4. “Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.” — Buddha

  5. “Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.” — Nelson Mandela

  6. “People who are very prompt at holding grudges are often very slow in giving others justice.” — Harold E. Will

  7. “Holding grudges will consume your emotional energy, if you let it.” — Jane Powell, Meditations For Women

  8. “Hold no grudges and practice forgiveness. This is the key to having peace in all your relationships.” — Wayne W. Dyer                                                                                                                           

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    grudge quotes

  9. “We cannot embrace God’s forgiveness if we are so busy clinging to past wounds and nursing old grudges.” — T.D. Jakes

  10. “Forgive others, not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace.” — Jonathan Lockwood Huie

  11. “Holding grudges or resentments stops energy from flowing.” — Edward J. Langan, Creating With The Law Of Attraction

  12. “Never hold a grudge. Forgive others, and they will probably forgive you, too.” — Barbara A. Lewis, What Do You Stand For?

  13. “The idea of letting go off the grudge is to deal with the pain without re-traumatizing self.” — Ryan Kent, Anger Management

  14. “Life goes by too quickly. So laugh, love and try new things. Forgive, forget and don’t hold grudges. Choose to be happy.” — Unknown

  15. “Denial is a major component in the grudge holding process. You can’t eliminate a problem that you don’t acknowledge.” — Wood Butler

  16. “Stop falling out with your family and friends. Stop holding grudges. Fix the issues because when they’re in the ground it’s too late.” — Unknown

  17. “When we forgive, we do ourselves a huge favour! We claim our powerback, by letting go of our past.” — Hanna Kok, Happy Ever After

  18. “Holding a grudge will only consume you, your judgment toward others and the individuals around you.” — Brad Taylor, Intentional Success

  19. “Holding a grudge against someone means you think you know what they deserve and you take it upon yourself to give it to them.” — Timothy Keller

  20. “You can never reach closure or peace with a situation until you stop holding grudges.” — Bonnie Eaker Weil, Can We Cure and Forgive Adultery?

  21. “Holding a grudge will only affect you. The other person might not even care about the fact that you resent him/her.” — Foster J. Pickton, Finally Happy

  22. “You may think that holding grudges is protecting you from being hurt again, but it’s really freezing your feelings in a very destructive state.” — Unknown

  23. “No matter what happens, never hold grudges. Grudges are the worst things in life. No matter if that grudge is justified, it’s the poison that kills entire cities.” — Pepper Winters, Dollars

  24. “Resentment and grudges are things we dare not collect in our spirits, for they will spoil and rot, producing poison that will contaminate our words as well as our actions.” — Rick Orrell

  25. “The ego has a way to convince us that when you hold a grudge, the same situation won’t hurt you in the future. The truth is: When you hold a grudge, the same situation never stops hurting you. Let it go.” — Unknown

  26. “Holding grudges is harboring hatred. Afterwards, if these people who hate so much were honest, they might tell you about the pain they processed in letting hatred motivate them so much, and for so long.” — Michael Jean Nystrom-Schut

  27. “Holding a grudge will only cause you pain and suffering. Forgiveness frees you from the past and is for your benefit. Being the better person trumps falling into his or her same behavior pattern.” — Deborah M. Parise, Break Free from Your Reins

  28. “We all make mistakes and everyone doesn’t always do what’s right. It might be intentional or not, we are humans. Don’t spend your life holding a grudge against someone for something they did so long ago. It turns your heart bitter and cold. People change, give them a chance to show you.” — Unknown

Famous Quotes On Grudges To Help You Let Go

Holding onto a grudge can significantly impact your mental and physical health.

“When we hold onto grudges and resentment, it’s like drinking poison and expecting the other person to get sick,” says Angela Buttimer, a licensed psychotherapist at Thomas F. Chapman Family Cancer Wellness at Piedmont.

  1. “Life is too short for long-term grudges.” — Elon Musk                                                                         

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    holding grudges quotes

  2. “Holding grudges only exacerbates the situation.” — Mark Boynton

  3. “A life lived without forgiveness is a prison.” — William Arthur Ward

  4. “To be wronged is nothing, unless you continue to remember it.” — Confucius

  5. “When you hold grudges, your hands aren’t free to catch blessings.” — Unknown                                     

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    quotes on holding grudges

  6. “Grudges seldom hurt anyone except the one bearing them.” — Sherrilyn Kenyon                                 

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    don’t hold grudges quotes

  7. “Holding grudges weighs you down, literally as well as metaphorically.” — Rachelle Katz

  8. “Holding grudges, kills your spirit, chops you down, faster than a cherry tree.” — Deborah

  9. “Holding grudges do nobody good. Speak your anger or let your anger go.” — Sarvesh Jain

  10. “Weak people revenge. Strong people Forgive. Intelligent people ignore.” — Albert Einstein

  11. “Not forgiving is like drinking rat poison and then waiting for the rat to die.” — Anne Lamott

  12. “To be fair, life is too short. There is no point holding grudges or anything like that.” — Ant McPartlin

  13. “Stop holding grudges, and forgiving is essential for moving toward your greatness.” — Sherrie Flowers

  14. “Every grudge, if it is to stand the test of time, relies on the certainty of a selective memory.” — A.M. Shine

  15. “Silence and grudges result in wars making change through power, not words.” — Linda Smith Kortemeyer

  16. “Some wounds run too deep for the healing.” — J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

  17. “Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrongs.” — Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre

  18. “Resentment leads to negative energy. So, forgive the ones who offend you.” — Meeti Sheth, The Recipe To Be Happy!

  19. “When you hold a grudge, you want someone else’s sorrow to reflect your level of hurt but the two rarely meet.” — Steve Maraboli

  20. “Holding on to anger is like holding on to an anchor and jumping into the sea. If you don’t let it go, you’ll drown.” — Unknown

  21. “You could hold on to more precious memories if your hands weren’t so full of the grudges you are carrying so closely.” — Unknown

  22. “Holding grudges serves no productive purpose. It eats at us like mental cancer.” — Thubten Chodron, Working With Anger

  23. “At the heart of all anger, all grudges, and all resentment, you’ll always find a fear that hopes to stay anonymous.” — Donald L. Hicks

  24. “It hurts more to hold grudges than to forgive. The anger we hold inside damages us, nobody else. Do not be prisoners of yourselves.” — Unknown

  25. “People tend to store grudges in their heart as “a shield”, which mutates to a great burden.” — Jean Jourdain Vatelia, Hope For Everyday People

  26. “Give up holding grudges and you will find your temper is much more easily under control!” — Dianne Myers Haneke PhD, Living the Fruitful Life

  27. “I don’t hold grudges… I just cut people off. I don’t see a point in willingly subjecting myself to constantly being hurt by the same people.” — Nitya Prakash

  28. “Grudges are for those who insist that they are owed something; forgiveness, however, is for those who are substantial enough to move on.” — Criss Jami

  29. “Holding grudges is a learnt trait that is quite often modelled by parents or siblings and can be considerably difficult to unlearn.” — Amelia Ruscoe, Self-esteem: Ages

  30. “Imagine a future where you hold no grudges towards anyone. You’re not angry at past lovers, not bitter about failures, not disappointed in your parents. You forgive, send love and move on. You’re free.” — Unknown

  31. “Stop holding grudges against yourself. Quit thinking about what you could have done and what you should have done and what you didn’t do. Let go of the guilt.” — Jennifer LeClaire, Evenings with the Holy Spirit

  32. “Hateful and hurtful thinking is always misguided and self-defeating. Ultimately, holding grudges is a form of self-serving control that keeps people at arm’s length.” — Michael Ra Bouchard, A User’s Guide to Your Mind

  33. “I used to hold grudges until I realized that most people are narcissistic and their actions are driven by an unhealthy self-interest and not by maliciousness towards me. I have since freed myself from this needless burden.” — Steve Maraboli

  34. “Holding grudges against any person or situation is not good for your health as well as appearance. If you are not able to forgive, you are adding more stress to your life, which boosts your level of the hormone cortisol.” — Marko Mut, Natural Remedies for Women’s Health

  35. “Let today be the day you stop being haunted by the ghost of yesterday. Holding a grudge & harboring anger/resentment is poison to the soul. Get even with people…but not those who have hurt us, forget them, instead get even with those who have helped us.” — Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

Funny Quotes About Holding Grudges 

  1. “Who has time for grudges?” — Mattew Abergel                                                                                           

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    holding a grudge quotes

  2. “I don’t hold grudges. I just remember facts.” — Unknown                                                                           

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    grudges quotes

  3. “I don’t hold grudges, you just become irrelevant.” — Unknown                                                             

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    funny quotes about holding grudges

  4. “Holding a grudge is letting someone live rent-free in your head!” — Miriam Mukasa                                               

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    dont hold grudges quotes

  5. “Some people are holding grudges against you for things they did to you.” — Unknown

  6. “However, holding a grudge is different from remembering.” — Laura McGee-Chiusano

  7. “If people don’t hold grudges, it means they just don’t care what people do.” — Fran Lebowitz

  8. “I don’t hold grudges. We are good. You may not hear from me again… But we are good.” — Unknown

  9. “People will call it “holding grudges”. I call it, “I saw who you are, and I’m not unseeing it”.” — Unknown

  10. “They say it’s good to let your grudges go, but I don’t know, I’m quite fond of my grudge. I tend it like a little pet.” — Liane Moriarty

  11. “You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.” — Leviticus 19:18 (Bible Verse)


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