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to err is human (to forgive is divine)

Because humans are fallible, they deserve forgiveness. 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 by also forgetting 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!
See also: and, forget, forgive

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.
See also: forgive

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.
References in classic literature ?
I wouldn't forgive her, and today, if it hadn't been for Laurie, it might have been too late
You can add--immeasurably add, madam-- to all your past kindness, if you will only bear with me and forgive me.
There is one thing certain; I will either fully forgive you, or I will never see your face again.
I think that to be able to forgive others, you have to first be able to forgive yourself.
70 YEARS ON A boy stands in a field And watches the fires burn Fingers of light feeling the sky Show life and hope survive Father forgive An evacuee they call him his city burns, his parents.
AS JESUS was crucified, He said, "Father, forgive them" (Luke 23:34).
And when someone tries to forgive someone else and give them another chance, they are often ridiculed for being soft.
As a devout Catholic, she admits she often felt hypocritical for not being able to forgive immediately afterward.
Here is a reader-friendly devotional offering a contemporary Christian take on what it means to give and to forgive.
Dean Ornish said in a recent Newsweek article that in a way, "the most selfish thing you can do for yourself is to forgive other people.
Maybe Jesus would let me off the hook; after all I did manage to forgive this person 77 times before, as the gospel says I should.
The slave who is forgiven a large debt will not forgive his fellow slave.
TWENTY YEARS ago I was invited to see a film about the life of Irene Laure, a French socialist who suffered during World War II, found the grace to forgive, and worked for post-war reconciliation and reconstruction.
If only one person were to forgive me, that would give me that much more serenity and more willingness to forgive myself and move on to a better, sober life.
IF you forgive others the wrongs they have done, your heavenly father will also forgive you; but if you do not forgive others, then the wrongs you have done will not be forgiven by your Father.