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to err is human (to forgive is divine)

Being fallible and making mistakes is inherent to being a human, and forgiving such mistakes is a transcendent act. I know you're mad at your brother because he lied, but to err is human, you know. To forgive is divine.
See also: err, forgive, human

forgive and forget

To forgive someone and (attempt to) forget that the wrong they committed ever happened. I really do want to move on, but I just can't forgive and forget that you tried to steal my boyfriend!
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(one) will be forgiven for (doing something)

It is completely understandable why one would do, think, or believe something, even if it is incorrect. Anyone visiting this ultra-conservative country will be forgiven for thinking that they've somehow gone backwards in time. You'll be forgiven for wondering how a multinational company has failed to pay its taxes in over five years.
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(one) might be forgiven for (doing something)

It is completely understandable why one would do, think, or believe something, even if it is incorrect. Anyone visiting this ultra-conservative country might be forgiven for thinking that they've somehow gone backwards in time. You might be forgiven for wondering how a multinational company has failed to pay its taxes in over five years.
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(one) would be forgiven for (doing something)

It is completely understandable why one would do, think, or believe something, even if it is incorrect. Anyone visiting this ultra-conservative country would be forgiven for thinking that they've somehow gone backwards in time. You would be forgiven for wondering how a multinational company has failed to pay its taxes in over five years.
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(one) could be forgiven for (doing something)

It is completely understandable why one would do, think, or believe something, even if it is incorrect. Anyone visiting this ultra-conservative country could be forgiven for thinking that they've somehow gone backwards in time. You could be forgiven for wondering how a multinational company has failed to pay its taxes in over five years.
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Forgive and forget.

Prov. You should not only forgive people for hurting you, you should also forget that they ever hurt you. When my sister lost my favorite book, I was angry at her for weeks, but my mother finally convinced me to forgive and forget. Jane: Are you going to invite Sam to your party? Sue: No way. Last year he laughed at my new skirt. Jane: Come on, Sue, forgive and forget.
See also: and, forget, forgive

forgive someone for something

to pardon someone for something. Please forgive me for being late. He never forgave himself for harming her.
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forgive and forget

Both pardon and hold no resentment concerning a past event. For example, After Meg and Mary decided to forgive and forget their differences, they became good friends . This phrase dates from the 1300s and was a proverb by the mid-1500s. For a synonym, see let bygones be bygones.
See also: and, forget, forgive

to err is human, to forgive divine

it is human nature to make mistakes yourself while finding it hard to forgive others. proverb
See also: divine, err, forgive

forˌgive and forˈget

decide to forget an argument, an insult, etc: Come on, it’s time to forgive and forget.Many of his victims find it impossible to forgive and forget.
See also: and, forget, forgive

he, she, etc. could/might be forgiven for doing something

used to say that it is easy to understand why somebody does or thinks something, although they are wrong: Looking at the crowds out shopping, you could be forgiven for thinking that everyone has plenty of money to spend.
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As Christians, we are advised to forgive and ask for forgiveness [[phrase omitted] / aphesis], even if we are not at fault.
Lord, help us to forgive others as You have so many times forgiven us.
That by forgiving their actions, words, or mistakes, it's like you're kind of rolling over and saying 'It's fine for you to treat me like this,' but what I've learnt, the older I've got, is that actually by forgiving others we can forgive ourselves and take that important step to moving forward and living the most kick-ass lives we can.
Forgiveness is not for everyone, argues psychologist Janis Abrahms Spring, author of How Can I Forgive You?
On the other hand Tariq Asad advocate criticized Maulana Abdul Aziz saying that he would register a case against him if he forgives those involved in Lal Masjid operation.
Attitudes may vary in relation to the motivation to forgive as well as general ability (e.
I am particularly unwilling to forgive those who show no remorse, who don't demonstrate any interest in reconciliation.
It is well established that learning to forgive others can have positive benefits for an individual's physical and mental health," says Saima Noreen, lead author of the study.
According to a 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll, 43 percent of respondents voted to forgive him from a list of liars, which included Lance Armstrong, Richard Nixon and Bernie, the Politico reported.
But brave Elber told how she doesn't hold hatred in her heart for Marek - who deliberately crashed into their car - and had to forgive him in order to cope with her own unimaginable grief.
When it comas to emotional baggage, the inability to forgive is a major cause of sadness, depression, and loneliness, according to holistic physician Bradley Nelson, author of The Emotion Code.
As a Christian, Gavin has chosen to forgive Mr Harvey, which does not let him off the hook in bearing the consequences of his actions.
LET IT GO: FORGIVE SO YOU CAN BE FORGIVEN explores "the art of forgiveness" and considers the basics of what it means to forgive and be forgiven.