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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 that one would do, think, or believe something, even if it is incorrect. Anyone visiting this 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 for the last five years.
See also: forgive, will

(one) might be forgiven for (doing something)

It is completely understandable that one would do, think, or believe something, even if it is incorrect. Anyone visiting this 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 for the last five years.
See also: forgive, might

(one) would be forgiven for (doing something)

It is completely understandable that one would do, think, or believe something, even if it is incorrect. Anyone visiting this 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 for the last five years.
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(one) could be forgiven for (doing something)

It is completely understandable that one would do, think, or believe something, even if it is incorrect. Anyone visiting this 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 for the last five years.
See also: could, forgive

forgive (someone) for (something)

To absolve or pardon someone for a misdeed or slight. I don't think she'll ever be able to forgive Jack for cheating on her. Please forgive me, I have the worst memory—what's your name again?
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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.
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.
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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.
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.

forgive and forget

Both pardon and dismiss someone’s mistake, rudeness, or other transgression. This expression has been an English proverb since at least the thirteenth century. William Langland in Piers Ploughman held it up as a form of Christian charity to be practiced by all: “So will Cryst of his curteisye, and men crye hym mercy, bothe forgive and forgeter.” It appears in John Heywood’s 1546 collection of proverbs and was used by Shakespeare in at least four of his plays, including King Lear (4.7): “Pray you now, forget and forgive; I am old and foolish.” It remains current to the present day.
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Some of these changes might have been forgivable. Yet, the plot twist of the novels where Clary Fray and Jace Wayland were said "not to be siblings" was revealed quite early for the film.
The primary issues for consideration are whether the receipt of proceeds from a forgivable loan constitutes gross income and whether the provisions contained in a loan agreement would provide enough substance for the loan to be considered bona fide debt.
I think if he'd been falling over drunk, doing what he did, it might have been more forgivable, but in the photos he looks completely compos mentis - taking multi-tasking to a whole new level, chatting on his phone and casually punching in his PIN number while taking a pee.
The Business Development Forgivable Loan Fund was created to increase employment and capital investment in Deschutes County and help offset the cost of business relocation to and within the region.
Kristofferson once referred to Scotland as England but, when you have tunes such as Sunday Morning Coming Down to fall back on, even that faux pas is forgivable.
The Business Improvement Matching Funds Program provides dollar-for-dollar matching funds in the form of a forgivable loan of up to $10,000 per property.
And while it is certainly a forgivable offense for society to fail to see something that was, by definition, unforeseeable, it is not forgivable for us to fail to learn from it.
Perhaps less forgivable is the collapsing of Richard's 1385 campaign in Scotland and his two expeditions in Ireland (1394-5, 1399) into two expeditions to the Scots, pursued, according to Dr Mortimer, equally 'half-heartedly'.
Summary: Upon entering the Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp in south Lebanon, one is struck by the large number of old taxis and it would be forgivable to think for a moment that one has inadvertently walked into an old Mercedes shop.AaThe reason for the abundance of cars is that most of the camp's residents have taken up driving taxis as a way to escape the constant threat of unemployment.
The payments to UBS include a cash payment of up to approximately USD27m based on the actual number of branches and financial advisers acquired by Stifel Nicolaus, annual earn-out payments for the first two-year period, and aggregate payments of up to approximately USD19m for net fixed assets and employee forgivable loans.
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I don't think what either of you have done is forgivable. One of you should have had enough self-control to think about Fi and call a halt before you hurt her so dreadfully.
That 's not a human weakness that is forgivable - he's accused of deliberate acts that would clearly show he treated his new hero worshippers with utter contempt.
They also in many cases failed to respond to signs of mental instability in colleagues or dismissed sexual exploitation and even some crimes as forgivable "slips" in vows of celibacy or chastity.
Less forgivable: According to The Wall Street Journal, once Pfizer's new product was ready to go, the company switched sides and began to lobby in favor of laws restricting pseudoephedrine sales.