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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.
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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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All of us at Teacher Education Quarterly welcome your feedback and encourage you to continue to promote genuine humanness and caring as well as moral and civic responsibility for all.
This feature--the humanness of God--is what gives Luther's theology its significant character, a character of dynamic reality, of flexibility, of vivacity and change, while on the same solid stable foundation, outside of ourselves, in God alone and his grace and his Word.
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The resolution, if there is one, then lies in the recognition that the human act of making, though limited by its very humanness, still bears the earmarks of its prototype and cannot, therefore, help but to aspire to divinity.
In the States they don't have anything to do with religion in schools, but I think part of humanness is recognising you have spirit and we try and monitor that side of their lives.
Profane space leads to a lack of reality; a dismantling of humanness.
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And that he was, obsessed beyond belief or hope, his humanness expressed in a beautiful voice projected from a lesser, imprisoned spirit.
We can accept that our sexuality is indeed a given, part of the deep created structure of our humanness.
Our high school students wanted to respond to the crisis and express the humanness that they bring to the culture.
And as we approach a time when we can create new life forms, combine animal and human parts, or insert novel genes into human embryos, strict limits will be essential if we are to retain our sense of humanness.
I was very impressed by her humanness, depth, and honesty.