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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!
See also: and, forget, forgive

(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.
See also: forgive, will

(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.
See also: forgive, might

(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.
See also: could, 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.
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But I never forgave our dog Pablo for pulling my camera off a shelf and smashing it to bits.
So for me indeed I forgave him but since then I refused to give him again.
His book includes the story of a Vietnamese girl who forgave a US bomber pilot for napalming her and her village during the Vietnam War and an account of how a father, the late Mr Gordon Wilson, forgave the IRA for bombing Enniskillen in 1987, killing his daughter, Marie.
Maxwell forgave the remaining $20,000 of the purchase price in 1984, and in each of the next two years forgave $20,000 of the mortgage principal amount.
But the Pope met him in jail two years later and forgave Ali.
RAE and ALISON YOUNGER: When lorry driver Dennis Green killed their parents, the brother and sister forgave him and wrote a moving letter to the judge to prevent him going to jail.
The next day he went with his family to tell the warlord that he forgave him.
I forgave Paula and the others right then and there.
Inspired by church teachings and friends who preached compassion, Gayle renounced her hatred, forgave Mickey and made it her life's campaign to save his life.
Maxwell forgave the remaining $20,000 of the purchase price in 1984, and in each of the next two years she forgave $20,000 of the mortgage principal.
The One, who was the Father's instrument for forgiving the world, forgave everyone--even those who put him to death.
And if they wanted him to die, he would die happily, as long as they forgave him.