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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.
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the milk of human kindness

An innate sense of compassion. The phrase comes from Shakespeare's Macbeth. Lisa would never say anything that cruel—she has the milk of human kindness in her.
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hope springs eternal in the human breast

People can always find a reason to hope, even in the bleakest situations. The phrase comes from Alexander Pope's poem Essay on Man. We don't know how this business venture will work out, but hope springs eternal in the human breast, right?

milk of human kindness

Fig. natural kindness and sympathy shown to others. (From Shakespeare's play Macbeth, I. v.) Mary is completely hard and selfish—she doesn't have the milk of human kindness in her. Roger is too full of the milk of human kindness and people take advantage of him.
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To err is human(, to forgive divine).

Prov. You should not be too harsh with someone who makes a mistake, because all human beings make mistakes. (Often used as a roundabout way to ask someone to forgive you for making a mistake.) Jill: How could you let my dog get out when I told you a hundred times that he should stay in the house! Ellen: To err is human, to forgive divine.
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milk of human kindness, the

Compassion, sympathy, as in There's no milk of human kindness in that girl-she's totally selfish. This expression was invented by Shakespeare in Macbeth (1:5), where Lady Macbeth complains that her husband "is too full of the milk of human kindness" to kill his rivals.
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to err is human

People say to err is human to mean that it is natural for human beings to make mistakes. To err is human, and nobody likes a perfect person. Note: People sometimes use the whole expression to err is human, to forgive divine to mean that it is a very good thing to be able to forgive someone who does something wrong. Everyone admires her behaviour — after all, to err is human, to forgive divine. Note: This expression comes from an essay by Alexander Pope.
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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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the milk of human kindness

care and compassion for others.
This phrase comes from Macbeth. In Lady Macbeth's soliloquy on the subject of her husband's character, she remarks: ‘Yet I do fear thy nature; It is too full o' the milk of human kindness To catch the nearest way’.
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the milk of human ˈkindness

kind feelings: There’s not much of the milk of human kindness in him. I’ve never known such a hard man.This expression comes from Shakespeare’s play Macbeth.
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milk of human kindness

Compassion or benevolence. Shakespeare again, but this time Macbeth. Lady Macbeth regrets that her husband doesn't have the overwhelming ambition that she has by saying, “Yet do I fear thy nature, It is too full o' th' milk of human kindness. To catch the nearest way.” Macbeth heeds his wife, schemes and murders his way to the throne, and is then deposed and killed. The milk must have curdled. A compliment to a sweetheart of a person is to say that he or she is “full of the milk of human kindness.”
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Humanhood is also evident in this "right to choose.
The last chapter of Plato's The Republic, describing the way the souls cross the River of Forgetfulness from the world beyond into this world; (47) Aristotle's and Biblical anthropological assumptions of logocentricity, as found in Genesis 2-3 (48) and the Prologue of the Gospel of John; (49) and Augustine's and Thomas Aquinas's doctrine of quickening are all more trustworthy guides to what constitutes humanhood than any biological structure or psychological capacity.
Therefore, if we could elevate the "interest" view to a transcendental level, it would have superb philosophical potential for defining humanhood.
This definition of humanhood has advantages that can be specified.
3) At a recent (2007) visit to Vienna's General Hospital l found to my great surprise that the midwives there have developed a moving ritual for mothers who suffer stillbirths or miscarriages: blessing the parents and helping them to mourn these beings that never found their way into humanhood, but nevertheless are not simply "tissue" to be disposed of.
Personhood is a correlative, not an either/or, concept, and rights can be attributed to a developing human ranging from the minimal, say at the time of fertilization, to full, depending on the stage and condition of humanhood.
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Nor do I propose it as a guide to a definition of humanhood or personhood, or as a way of assigning points to decide whether lifesaving efforts should be made or discontinued in a particular case.