The phrase "to err is human" means that human beings make mistakes and emphasizes the quality of forgiveness and kindness.

It is stated to have originated from Alexander Pope's poem, "An Essay on Criticism, Part II", published in 1711. The phrase is often completed as; "to err is human and to forgive is divine", which means it is natural for human beings to make mistakes as they are not perfect. However, forgiving them is a divine quality.

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