— Oscar Wilde Irish writer and poet 1854 - 1900
— Mahatma Gandhi pre-eminent leader of Indian nationalism during British-ruled India 1869 - 1948
"Interview to the Press" in Karachi about the execution of Bhagat Singh (23 March 1931); published in Young India (2 April 1931), reprinted in Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi Online Vol. 51. Gandhi begins by making a statement on his failure "to bring about the commutation of the death sentence of Bhagat Singh and his friends." He is asked two questions. First: "Do you not think it impolitic to forgive a government which has been guilty of a thousand murders?" Gandhi replies: "I do not know a single instance where forgiveness has been found so wanting as to be impolitic." In a follow-up question, Gandhi is asked: "But no country has ever shown such forgiveness as India is showing to Britain?" Gandhi replies: "That does not affect my reply. What is true of individuals is true of nations. One cannot forgive too much. The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong."
— Tom Waits American singer-songwriter and actor 1949
"All the World is Green", Blood Money (2002).
— Anthony de Mello Indian writer 1931 - 1987
One Minute Wisdom (1989)
— Jean Jacques Rousseau Genevan philosopher 1712 - 1778
L'offenseur ne pardonne jamais. http://books.google.com/books?id=uxw20bc2CXMC&q=%22l'offenseur+ne+pardonne+jamais%22&pg=PA51#v=onepage Émile et Sophie, ou Les Solitaires, "Lettre Première" (1781)
— Elizabeth I of England Queen regnant of England and Ireland from 17 November 1558 until 1603 1533 - 1603
To the Countess of Nottingham, as quoted in The History of England Under the House of Tudor (1759) by David Hume, Vol. II, Ch. 7.
— Friedrich Schiller, Wilhelm Tell
Act III, sc. i
Wilhelm Tell (1803)
— Cheryl Strayed, buch Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar
Quelle: Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar
— Robert Jordan American writer 1948 - 2007
(15 October 1991)
— Oprah Winfrey American businesswoman, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist 1954
— Rachel Gibson American writer 1961
Quelle: Any Man of Mine
— Zvi Rex 1909
The quote is associated with Theodor Adorno's analysis of a "secondary antisemitism", often explained as an antisemitism not despite of but because of Auschwitz. In Der ewige Antisemit (The Eternal Antisemite) Broder wrote in chapter 5, titled The offender as probation officer, or The Germans will never forgive the Jews for Auschwitz: And for Auschwitz, a sagacious Israeli once said, for Auschwitz the Germans will never forgive us. In 1988, Gunnar Heinsohn identified Broder's sagacious Israeli as Zvi Rix, a friend of his (Heinsohn's), born in Vienna in 1909 and died in Rechovot/Israel in 1981, who had used to concentrate the drive of antizionism in the sentence: »For Auschwitz the Germans will never forgive us!« In 2005, Heinsohn in his book Söhne und Weltmacht (Sons and World-Power) suggested, that Rix had read his Hobbes, and quoted from Leviathan: "To have done more hurt to a man than he can [...] expiate inclineth the doer to hate the sufferer."
But Rix may as well have read the book Post Mortem. The Jews in Germany--now (1968) by Leo Katcher, where the German Jewish journalist Hilde Walter is quoted as follows: "It seems the Germans will never forgive us Auschwitz. That is their sickness and they desperately want a cure. But they want it to be easy, painless. They refuse to go under the knife by facing up to the past and their part in it."
The script for Axel Corti's film Where To and Back Part 2: Santa Fe (winner of a Nymphe d'Or award at the Monte Carlo Festival in February 1986) has the Austrian Jew Treumann who has found refuge in New York during World War II say about his former countrymen: "They'll never forgive us for what they did to us." This caused protests from writers Hans Sahl as well as Stefan Heym, who claimed certain rights to variants of this line, screenwriter Georg Stefan Troller revealed in 2013. But when Troller met with Heym the next time in Paris, Heym generously waived any objections: Jewish jokes are wanderers like the famous punchlines of the comedians. The original author cannot be ascertained any more.
In 1982 a line, which Walter Mehring had sent his fellow refugee from Nazi Germany Hans Sahl in 1948, had been published in Germany:
Quelle: „Und Auschwitz, sagte mal ein kluger Israeli, 'Auschwitz werden uns die Deutschen nie verzeihen'". Henryk M. Broder: Der ewige Antisemit. Kapitel 5: Der Täter als Bewährungshelfer oder Die Deutschen werden den Juden Auschwitz nie verzeihen. 1st edition Fischer-Taschenbuch-Verlag Frankfurt/Main 1986, p. 130; edition btb Berlin 2005, p. 158 books.google https://books.google.de/books?id=VQ4_AQAAIAAJ&q=israeli
Quelle: Ein 1909 in Wien geborener und 1981 in Rechovot/Israel gestorbener Freund, Zvi Rix, pflegte den Grund des Antizionismus in der Sentenz zu verdichten: »Auschwitz werden uns die Deutschen niemals verzeihen!«. Gunnar Heinsohn: Was ist Antisemitismus? Eichborn, Frankfurt/Main 1988, p. 115.
Quelle: Gunnar Heinsohn: Söhne und Weltmacht. Orell-Füssli 2005. V. Youth bulges im transnationalen Terror. p. 139
Quelle: Thomas Hobbes: Of Man, Being the First Part of Leviathan. Chapter XI: Of the Difference of Manners. bartleby.com http://www.bartleby.com/34/5/11.html
Quelle: Leo Katcher: Post Mortem. The Jews in Germany--now. Hamish Hamilton London 1968, p. 87-8 https://books.google.de/books?id=Qc27AAAAIAAJ&q=%22their+sickness%22, Delacorte Press 1968, p. 89 books.google https://books.google.de/books?id=z9JtAAAAMAAJ&q=%22It+seems+the+Germans%22 .
Atina Grossmann: Trauma, Memory and Motherhood, in Archiv für Sozialgeschichte vol. 38 (1998), p. 234 https://books.google.de/books?id=2LfZAAAAMAAJ&q=dps https://books.google.de/books?id=2LfZAAAAMAAJ&q=154+f. (also in Richard Bessel, Dirk Schumann: Life after Death 2003, p. 120 http://librarun.org/book/53490/134) with reference to Norbert Mühlen: The Return of Germany. A Tale of Two Countries https://books.google.de/books?id=QeM9AAAAIAAJ, Chicago 1953, p. 154-5, quotes, Jewish DPs in Germany after the war had joked among themselves: "The Germans will never forgive us for what they did to us." This however can not be found in Mühlen op.cit.
Quelle: Alex Corti's Films Explore World War II's Impact http://www.nytimes.com/1988/07/24/movies/alex-corti-s-films-explore-world-war-ii-s-impact.html by Annette Insdorf. The New York Times July 24, 1988
Quelle: „Judenwitze sind wie die berühmten Wanderpointen der Humoristen. Der eigentliche Urheber ist nicht mehr auszumachen. [...].“ Excerpt http://www.verlagberlinbrandenburg.de/upload/PDF/978-3-942476-56-0/F.F.dabei_Nr._16_2013_27.07.-09.08.2013.pdf from Therese Hörnigk (ed.): Ich habe mich immer eingemischt. Erinnerungen an Stefan Heym. Verlag für Berlin-Brandenburg 2013, p. 156
— Lily Tomlin American actress, comedian, writer, and producer 1939
— Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire
Quelle: A Streetcar Named Desire
— John F. Kennedy 35th president of the United States of America 1917 - 1963
As quoted in Mayor (1984) by Ed Koch
— Junot Díaz, buch This Is How You Lose Her
Quelle: This Is How You Lose Her
— Gerald G. Jampolsky American writer and psychiatrist 1925
Quelle: Love Is Letting Go of Fear