Maria Vernet Retrat

To forgive is not to forget, but instead to remember.

Justice does not forgive; it avenges, sentencing, and then forgets.

Society does not forgive; it lets time run its course, and then forgets.

Forgiveness is unfair and incomprehensible.

The victims always remember; they cannot erase the traces of the crime because the damage cannot be forgotten and cannot be put right, and yet they forgive.

It is always remembered because the victim cannot return, because the harm and the pain cannot be undone, and for that very reason, through suffering we can forgive ourselves.

Forgiveness is absurd and only in its absurdity does it make any sense.


Maria Vernet
Maria Vernet