to err is human, to forgive divine

to err is human (to forgive is divine)

proverb 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
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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
See also: divine, err, forgive
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To err is human, to forgive divine. (Alexander Pope)
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Resist any urge to convert Pope's phrase, "To err is human, to forgive divine" to "To err, whether willfully or through carelessness, is human, whereas, however, to forgive is divine or an approximation thereof".