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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.
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Meditate: Azim Khamisa, who forgave his son's killer, credits daily meditation with his ability to forgive sooner rather than years later.
Overall, spouses who forgave their partners were almost twice as likely to report that their partner misbehaved the next day as those who held a grudge, found McNulty.
For example, the pope forgave the man who tried to assassinate him, but the man remained in jail.
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Consequently, Amoco forgave the annual loan payments, as the taxpayer met its obligations under the agreement.
If I forgave this person, they'd think that what they did was okay, and they'd do it again.
I forgave, and forgave, and forgave and forgave to the point where it wasn't very healthy at all - Jerry Hall on her one-time relationship with Mick Jagger.
If participants indicated that they forgave others, they were asked to list any acts of contrition they required transgressors to complete.
As the victims of these abuses forgave, so must we forgive.
In the splendid 1990 film Avalon, the tragicomic story is told of an uncle who, with his wife, arrived a little late for a holiday meal and never forgave ms relatives because they carved the turkey before he arrived.
John Major has never forgiven her for being a back seat driver nor has he forgiven those in his party who never forgave him for not being her.
In honoring Kazan, the best of Hollywood forgave Kazan and celebrated the contributions he made to the world of film.
Of course, if the Clinton affairs were truly none of our business, then it would not matter one whit if his wife forgave him.