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to err is human (to forgive is divine)

proverb 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.
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to err is human, to forgive divine

it is human nature to make mistakes yourself while finding it hard to forgive others. proverb
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They create skies, seas, lands, even air, leading the viewer to the story's conclusion: Polly MacCauley's Finest, Divinest, Woolliest Gift of All is a treasure to be cherished!
His problem was 'believing / everything he read, the divinest poets / told the sublimest lies' (p.
fifty pounds "in the divinest form that money can wear--that of
After Eugenia's beloved Philenzo infiltrates the all-female palace by hiding in a birdcage, he depicts the journey as a "Pilgrimage" to obtain the "Blessing" of seeing her "divinest Beauty" (H4v).
In Women Writing of Divinest Things, Lyn Bennett seeks to refute this sweeping statement by asserting that, whatever the situation of their less fortunate sisters, the three women whose work she analyses were as well schooled in rhetoric as most male poets of the period, and used this knowledge to enrich their writing.
They are but pigmy performers, yet they dance with inimitable grace and vast good-will, and consider me as the divinest musician in the world' so, thank heaven I have at last found auditors who can appreciate my musical talents.'
strongest, the divinest thing in man; so I presume is it in God, for
Yet this period of discovery with its reading parties where privately educated fops roughed it in Welsh hotels they described as ``the divinest pig sty'' where ``tolerable ale'' was served, came sharply to an end at the outbreak of the World War I.
Thus the (excessive romance of the mock) silly lady novelist is replaced by a (just as much self-ironic) visionary hysteric, the mad woman, the model writer of surrealists (venerated in Breton's and Aragon's manifesto), the other stereotypical trope of the woman writer in the patriarchal canon, whose "much madness" carries the "divinest sense" a la Dickinson, via a carnivalesque imbroglio's subversive creativity.
While the men--Jude, as order and community; Ajax, as chaos and individuality; and Shadrack, as Dickinson's "divinest sense" in much madness--illustrate the novel's masculine types, these roles could also be represented by the women--Nel, Sula, and Ajax's mother.
That the world is more moving to him." (11) Similarly, in a remarkable poem, Emily Dickinson declares, "Much madness is divinest Sense/ To a discerning Eye--/Much Sense--the starkest Madness--Tis the Majority/In this, as All, prevail--/Assert--and you are sane--/Demur--you're straightway dangerous--/And handled with a Chain--." (12) Throughout As I Lay Dying; Darl's eyes mark him as different, and in the novel per se he is mainly an observer, and a feared one; he seems to penetrate into people's inner beings with his gaze.
Bob Ingersoll's music will sing through my memory always as the divinest that ever enchanted my ears."
For Marlowe especially he reserved an intense admiration, and his correspondence rings with praise for "dear olde Kit." Thus, according to a letter from 1928, four years before his suicide, Crane wrote that the following lines from Tamburlaine "set the key for the divinest human feasting" and he praises their "kindly jaggedness": From iygging vaines of riming mother wits, and such conceits as clownage keepes in pay.
Juliet, when she learns he has killed Tybalt, must overcome her suspicions that Romeo's beautiful image disguises a mirror reality within: 'Despise`d substance of divinest show!
Thus, in the predictably disparaging reading of Epipsychidion at the beginning of the last chapter, he dismisses a figurative sequence early in the poem: `"An antelope, / In the suspended impulse of its lightness" will sustain little pressure of thought, while "the brightness / Of her divinest presence trembles through / Her limbs" will sustain none at all'.