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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.
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(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.
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(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.
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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.
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Jesus tells Peter to forgive not seven times but seventy-seven times, that is, without limits.
The Saviour will rather forgive sins committed against Himself than those against one's neighbour.
He held he was ready to forgive Pervez Musharraf and all those who were behind Lal Masjid operation.
Critically speaking, "God Forgives, I Don't" was well received as well, averaging a score of 75 on the review-aggregation site (http://www.
And she not only forgives them but actually feels sorry for them and insists she pities them for being so desperate they needed to steal the box.
Feb 20 (ANI): Parents forgive more than children, while women are better at forgiving than men, according to a new study.
For example, one 19-year-old male stated that "if someone forgives a person, that does not mean that they need to reconcile with the person who hurt them, especially if you realize the person might hurt you again," and one 20-year-old female stated that "you can forgive without wanting them to be a part of your life.
The "paradox of forgiveness" says: to forgive is to forgive a person for a particular culpable wrongdoing, but if the wrongdoing is culpable there is no reason to forgive him/her for it.
This book has a novel approach to saints' lives, an approach which teaches an important truth: God forgives the repentant person, indeed so much that they can not only gain heaven but can also gain the glory and pre-eminence of beatified or canonized saints.
Again, in Psalm 103, David praises the forgiving God: "He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases.
Sherrills and Hodges learned that while forgiveness indeed benefits the one who is forgiven, it also cleanses and transforms the one who forgives.
If X forgives the interest at the end of the loan's first full year, he will be forgiving $10,425, which is less than the $22,000 combined total in annual exclusion gifts he can make to H and W in 2003.
In the overwhelming majority of these times, forgiveness is mentioned in relationship to God; it is he who forgives and who deprives people of forgiveness if they choose to reject his subsequent messages to them.