forgive and forget


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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.
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forgive and forget

to accept and not think about what someone has done to you If they can admit they were wrong, then they can surely forgive and forget.
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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.
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It seems the ex-Beatle is prepared to forgive and forget, despite Heather's attempt to grab pounds 125million of his fortune and drag his name through the mud.
I'D rather remember and get even than forgive and forget.
I know a number of people who have said that they keep a running total of all the nasty things people have said or done to them and that they will never forgive and forget.
When Lewis B Smedes, American author of The art of forgiving and Forgive and forget, says that a book is the best he has read on forgiveness, it's worth taking note.
And how sad that the men and women who often make films about forgiveness can't find it in their hearts to forgive and forget, to change and grow and move on with their lives and their work.
The next day the couple is shown clips from the night before, with the partner that stayed home faced with the decision to either forgive and forget and take the romantic honeymoon provided by "STAG," or let "STAG" throw them a party of their own.
In that moment I, too, was ready to forgive and forget what may have happened between us.
Fortunately for MLB, Americans - especially those known as sports fans - are quick to forgive and forget.
The next day the couple are shown clips from the night before and the partner that stayed home has to decide whether to forgive and forget and take the romantic honeymoon provided by "STAG", or let "STAG" throw them a party of their own.
The only way to deal with deep pain and resentment, whether far in the past or a present experience, is not to forgive and forget but to remember and repent--or to remember and change.
For my part, I was always willing to forgive and forget because holding grudges never paid off for anybody.
Photo: ``I was always willing to forgive and forget because holding grudges never paid off for anybody,'' says country-blues singer-guitarist Johnny Jenkins, who has released his first record since 1970.