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Resentment Quotes – 50 Ways To Let Go Past Hurts

Resentment Quotes – 50 Ways To Let Go Past HurtsUpdated on October 22, 2020 | Published on October 21, 2020
Reviewed by Katina Tarver, BS (Psychology), Life Coach

Resentment Quotes – 50 Ways To Let Go Past Hurts

When you feel that you have been treated unfairly, a bitter and hostile feeling starts developing within you. This feeling is powerful enough to bring hatred and antagonism towards them. Resentment quotes are life lessons that remind us to let go of harsh feelings and forgive those who sin against you.

Why Resentment Quotes?

Resentment quotes are self-healing propositions that keeps you away from ruminating over past hurts and emotional pains. Emotional healing of past wounds lowers resentment. You can attain happiness and peace of mind.

Did you offer inner peace to yourself? If not, let’s look into a few famous sayings that teach to live by love and not by bitterness.


Resentment Quotes

These are words of inspiration and motivation to be followed each day to see the magic of poise created within you.

Bitterness and Resentment Quotes

1. “Anger, resentment, and jealousy don’t change the heart of others – it only changes yours.”

Shannon Alder
“Anger, resentment, and jealousy don’t change the heart of others – it only changes yours.” – Shannon Alder

Negative emotions can only change you; not others.

2. “Let today be the day you stop being haunted by the ghost of yesterday. Holding a grudge and 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
“Let today be the day you stop being haunted by the ghost of yesterday. Holding a grudge and 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

Stop holding resentment and disgust from past wounds; as it stops you from emotional healing. Be grateful to people who have been with you throughout.

3. “As smoking is to the lungs, so is resentment to the soul; even one puff is bad for you.”

Elizabeth Gilbert
“As smoking is to the lungs, so is resentment to the soul; even one puff is bad for you.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

Resentment is bad for your soul; it can only incur deepest pains and nothing else.

4. “Never hold resentments for the person who tells you what you need to hear; count them among your truest, most caring, and valuable friends.”

Mike Norton
“Never hold resentments for the person who tells you what you need to hear; count them among your truest, most caring, and valuable friends.” – Mike Norton

Do not hold resentment for those who count the most in your life

5. “Time doesn’t heal all wounds, only distance can lessen the sting of them.”

Shannon Adler

Heal past pains by not reliving them over and over again. Stop brooding and part ways from it.

6. “Beware of those who are bitter, for they will never allow you to enjoy your fruit.”

Suzy Kassem
“Beware of those who are bitter, for they will never allow you to enjoy your fruit.” – Suzy Kassem

Avoid bitter and toxic relationships as they rob you from happiness.

7. “The elimination diet: Remove anger, regret, resentment, guilt, blame and worry. Then, watch your health and life improve.”

Charles F. Glassman

When you learn to remove anger, disgust, and disappointments from your life; it gets better and worth living.

8. “Happy people don’t hate, and people who walk around hating aren’t happy.”

Karen Salmansohn
“Happy people don’t hate, and people who walk around hating aren’t happy.” – Karen Salmansohn

Happy souls seldom hate and hateful souls can never experience happiness.

9. “Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean.”

Maya Angelou
“Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean.” – Maya Angelou

Bitterness and anger kills you from within; like a slow poison. As if, you are waiting to die slowly.

10. “Bitterness imprisons life; love releases it.”

Mary Emerson Fosdick
“Bitterness imprisons life; love releases it.” – Mary Emerson Fosdick

Bitterness never allows you to let go. Love does.


Inspirational quotes on resentment

11. “Resentment or grudges do not harm the person against whom you hold these feelings but every day and every night of your life, they are eating at you.”

Norman Vincent Peale
“Resentment or grudges do not harm the person against whom you hold these feelings but every day and every night of your life, they are eating at you.” – Norman Vincent Peale

Resentment harms you more than anybody else. It takes away your happiness and inner poise.

12. “It’s not worth THE ANGER. Energy is everything. Be careful where you spend your energy- because you won’t get that time back.”

Tony Gaskins
“It’s not worth THE ANGER. Energy is everything. Be careful where you spend your energy- because you won’t get that time back.” – Tony Gaskins

Anger is not worthy as it forces you to invest your precious energies in undesirable ways.

13. “Never speak from a place of hate, jealousy, anger, or insecurity. Evaluate your words before you let them leave your lips. Sometimes it’s best to be quiet.”

Tony A. Gaskins Jr

Avoid saying harsh words full of hatred and bitterness. It ruins relationships forever.

14. “Anger will never disappear so long as thoughts of resentment are cherished in the mind. Anger will disappear just as soon as thoughts of resentment are forgotten.”

Buddha
“Anger will never disappear so long as thoughts of resentment are cherished in the mind. Anger will disappear just as soon as thoughts of resentment are forgotten.” – Buddha

Let go of thoughts of grudge and resentment. Forgive others and forget past hurts.

15. “Guilt is anger directed at ourselves – at what we did or did not do. Resentment is anger directed at others – at what they did or did not do.”

Peter McWilliams
“Guilt is anger directed at ourselves – at what we did or did not do. Resentment is anger directed at others – at what they did or did not do.” – Peter McWilliams

Resentment is anger towards others; stop doing it as it harms you the most.

16. “Anger cannot be overcome by anger. If someone is angry with you, and you show anger in return, the result is a disaster. On the other hand, if you control your anger and show its opposite – love compassion, tolerance, and patience – not only will you remain peaceful but the other person’s anger will also diminish.”

Dalai Lama
“Anger cannot be overcome by anger. If someone is angry with you, and you show anger in return, the result is a disaster. On the other hand, if you control your anger and show its opposite – love compassion, tolerance, and patience – not only will you remain peaceful but the other person’s anger will also diminish.” – Dalai Lama

Never use anger as a return gesture. Instead show love, kindness, and patience to resolve issues.

17. “Our fatigue is often caused not by work, but by worry, frustration, and resentment.”

Dale Carnegie

Mental tiredness is a result of grudges, frustrations, and resentments.

18. “I don’t live with judgment or resentment. I don’t have time for it.”

Joe Wicks
“I don’t live with judgement or resentment. I don’t have time for it.” – Joe Wicks

Never give time to resentment and disappointments. It is not worth giving.

19. “Please do what you can to move on from the past. Your resentment and regret won’t change things – except cast a dimmer lens on your present. What happened is done. Stop giving time to what no longer exists – when there is so much joy to be found in the here and now.”

Karen Salmonsohn
“Please do what you can to move on from the past. Your resentment and regret won’t change things – except cast a dimmer lens on your present. What happened is done. Stop giving time to what no longer exists – when there is so much joy to be found in the here and now.” – Karen Salmonsohn

Avoid ruminating and dwelling on past issues. It is undesirable to focus on the past as it takes away present joy and fulfillment.


Let go to live Life – Motivational quotes on resentment

20. “Resentment is nasty. What makes it so ugly is that it has a tendency to turn you an otherwise kind and reasonable person, into someone who is so angry at their own life situation that is nearly impossible to recover. Bitterness and resentment make it hard even for the people who love you to be around you.”

Martha Bodyfelt
“Resentment is nasty. What makes it so ugly is that it has a tendency to turn you an otherwise kind and reasonable person, into someone who is so angry at their own life situation that is nearly impossible to recover. Bitterness and resentment make it hard even for the people who love you to be around you.” – Martha Bodyfelt

Resentment is a toxic emotion to dwell on. It kills your power of reasoning and decision making. You are only left with bitterness and toxic emotions to live by.

21. “Resentment is a union of sorrow and malignity.”

Samuel Johnson
“Resentment is a union of sorrow and malignity.” – Samuel Johnson

Resentment can only give sorrow and imprison you in negative thoughts.

22. “Resentment festers causing continuous feelings of bitterness. It impedes happiness. You cannot be happy and resentful at the same time.”

Mary Jane Warr
“Resentment festers causing continuous feelings of bitterness. It impedes happiness. You cannot be happy and resentful at the same time.” – Mary Jane Warr

Resentment robs present joy and happiness.

23. “Holding on to anger, resentment, and hurt only gives you tense muscles, a headache, and a sore jaw from clenching your teeth. Forgiveness gives you back the laughter and the lightness in your life.”

Joan Lunden
“Holding on to anger, resentment and hurt only gives you tense muscles, a headache and a sore jaw from clenching your teeth. Forgiveness gives you back the laughter and the lightness in your life.” – Joan Lunden

Do not dwell on resentment. It makes you heavy and tense. Instead forgive and forget things with a smile.

24. “Let go of resentment for it will hold you back. Do not worry about what could have been; what is to come is what matters.”

Leon Brown
“Let go of resentment for it will hold you back. Do not worry about what could have been; what is to come is what matters.” – Leon Brown

Resentment can hold you back forever. It creates a continuous space of disgust with a point of no return.

25. “Letting go helps us to live in a more peaceful state of mind and helps restore our balance. It allows others to be responsible for them and for us to take our hands off situations that do not belong to us. This faces us from unnecessary stresses.”

Melody Beattie
“Letting go helps us to live in a more peaceful state of mind and helps restore our balance. It allows others to be responsible for them and for us to take our hands off situations that do not belong to us. This faces us from unnecessary stresses.” – Melody Beattie

Peace of mind and balance of emotions can be achieved when you have learned to let go grief and resentments.

26. “Hanging onto resentments is letting someone you despise live rent-free in your head.”

Ann Landers
“Hanging onto resentments is letting someone you despise live rent-free in your head.” – Ann Landers

Resentment is like a rent-free tenant who hovers and takes control of you.

27. “The worst resentment that anybody can have is one you feel justified to keep. Let Go!”

Louis Gossett, Jr
“The worst resentment that anybody can have is one you feel justified to keep. Let Go!” – Louis Gossett, Jr

Let go of resentment and live a life without regrets.

28. “Let go of your anger….Let go of your resentment! Learn to live. To forgive. Learn to love. To trust! Make your life better. In every single possible way.”

—  Reshma Babu
“Let go of your anger….Let go your resentment! Learn to live. To forgive. Learn to love. To trust! Make your life better. In every single possible way.” – Reshma Babu

Forgiveness builds trust and love; resentment builds disgust. So, let go of it to live a better life.

29. “Give yourself permission to feel anger, pain, and resentment. Relax, and then let it go with love….”

Anonymous
“Give yourself permission to feel anger, pain, and resentment. Relax, and then let it go with love….” – Anonymous

Experience anger and pain but do not dwell in it. Let go of it with more love.

30. “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.”

—  Anonymous
“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.” – Anonymous

Anger can drown you in utter grief and despair forever.



Life quotes on resentment

31. “People have a hard time letting go of their suffering, out of a fear of the unknown. They prefer suffering that is familiar.”

Thich Nhat Hanh
“People have a hard time letting go of their suffering, out of a fear of the unknown. They prefer suffering that is familiar.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

It is difficult to forgive and let go of suffering and embrace life as it is.

32. “Nothing in the Universe can stop you from letting go and starting over.”

Guy Finley
“Nothing in the Universe can stop you from letting go and starting over.” – Guy Finley

You can easily let go things and start afresh.

33. “Subdue resentment by love.”

Euclid
“Subdue resentment by love.” – Euclid

Resentment can be withdrawn by love and affection.

34. “Resentment, born of weakness harms no one more than the weak person himself.”

Friedrich Nietzsche

A weak soul nurtures resentment to live and thrive in it. It causes harm and deep pain within.

35. “You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one.”

Anonymous
“You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one.” – Anonymous

Fresh things can be started if you let go old trash out of yourself.

36. “For every minute you remain angry, you give up 60 seconds of peace of mind.”

— Ralph Waldo Emerson
“For every minute you remain angry, you give up 60 seconds of peace of mind.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Anger robs your poise and inner peace.

37. “Where there is anger, there is always pain underneath.”

Eckhart Tolle
“Where there is anger, there is always pain underneath.” – Eckhart Tolle

Anger always has an unseen suffering and pain attached to it.

38. “Resentment is weak and lowers your self-esteem.”

Barbara Sher
“Resentment is weak and lowers your self-esteem.” – Barbara Sher

Resentment is weak that can lower your self-worth and dignity.

39. “Resentment is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.”

Nelson Mandela
“Resentment is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.” – Nelson Mandela

Resentment is a silent killer that harms none but only you.

40. “Thinking of someone to love each day keeps your resentment away!”

Richard Carlson
“Thinking of someone to love each day keeps your resentment away!” – Richard Carlson

If you want to keep resentment at bay, love others every day.


Motivational quotes on Resentment

41. “Those who give up resentful thoughts surely find peace.”

Easwaran Eknath
“Those who give up resentful thoughts surely find peace.” – Easwaran Eknath

Giving up grudge and resentment helps you to attain tranquility.

42. “Never dwell in resentment but never forget to learn from the reflection.”

Debasish Mridha
“Never dwell in resentment but never forget to learn from the reflection.” – Debasish Mridha

Avoid resentments and do not live by it. Rather learn from it and live happily.

43. “When anger rises, think of the consequences.”

Confucius
“When anger rises, think of the consequences.” – Confucius

If you are angry, think of the various things that can happen out of it.

44. “Anger is never without a reason, but seldom with a good one.”

Benjamin Franklin
“Anger is never without a reason, but seldom with a good one.” – Benjamin Franklin

Anger is always accompanied with a bad reason that is not worthy.

45. “Without forgiveness, life is governed by an endless cycle of resentment and retaliation.”

Roberto Assagioli
“Without forgiveness, life is governed by an endless cycle of resentment and retaliation.” – Roberto Assagioli

Forgiveness can break the cycle of anger and vengeance.


Buddha Resentment quotes

46. “Fools take a knife and stab people in their back. The wise take a knife, cut the cord, and free themselves from the fools.”

Buddha
“Fools take a knife and stab people in their back. The wise take a knife, cut the cord and free themselves from the fools.” – Buddha

Those are the fools who thrive in resentment. The wise people have learned to let go of ill feelings and be happy thereafter.

47. “The heart is like a garden. It can grow compassion or fear, resentment, or love. What seeds will you plant there?”

Buddha
“The heart is like a garden. It can grow compassion or fear, resentment or love. What seeds will you plant there?” – Buddha

Human soul is a garden that can plant good things if you wish to. Sow only love and happiness.

48. “In the end only three things matter. How much did you love? How gently you lived? And how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.”

Buddha
“In the end only three things matter. How much did you love? How gently you lived? And how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.” – Buddha

Be kind enough to let go things that do not serve a good purpose. Live life with love and gratitude.

49. “Those who are free from resentful thoughts surely find peace.”

Buddha
“Those who are free from resentful thoughts surely find peace.” – Buddha

If you are free from resentment, you become peaceful from within.

50 “Always meditate on whatever provokes resentment.”

Buddhist Slogan
“Always meditate on whatever provokes resentment.” – Buddhist Slogan

Think and ponder on what brings resentment. Your understanding helps you to let go of negative feelings more easily.


Closing Thoughts

You can always choose resentment as a choice; not as a chance. When you choose to forgive others, you move a step towards resolving the issue. You’re choosing happiness over regrets and disappointments. 

Life seems worth living when you have recognized the source of your anger and did something to find workable solutions to it. Let go of negative attitudes to achieve an inner world of absolute harmony and poise.