To err is human, to forgive, divine.
 Alexander Pope, An Essay on Criticism (1711). copy citation

Author Alexander Pope
Source An Essay on Criticism
Topic humanity forgiveness error
Date 1711
Language English


“To what base ends, and by what abject ways, Are mortals urged, through sacred lust of praise! Ah, ne'er so dire a thirst of glory boast, Nor in the critic let the man be lost Good-nature and good sense must ever join; To err is human, to forgive, divine.
But if in noble minds some dregs remain, Not yet purged off, of spleen and sour disdain; Discharge that rage on more provoking crimes, Nor fear a dearth in these flagitious times. No pardon vile obscenity should find,” source

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