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To err is human, to forgive is divine by jonarific To err is human, to forgive is divine by jonarific
"To err is human, to forgive is divine."
— Alexander Pope (1709)

My very first attempt at creating a stamp! I chose this quote, as it brilliantly illustrates the fact that everyone makes mistakes and it is therefore upon us to act in a compassionate (and, as Alexander Pope describes it, divine) manner by forgiving those faults… which is something always worth keeping in mind, especially in such a broad and diverse community as deviantART. ;)
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Lt-Frogg Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOOVEEE this stamp! :) Amazing message, and so true. 
It's such a wonderful concept too. 
The idea that kindness and love is overcoming our own human nature it's something so out of this world...Something this world needs more of. 
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jonarific Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013   Interface Designer
Thanks a lot for your kind words! And yes, I completely agree! :hug:

(Sorry for the extremely late reply.)
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Lt-Frogg Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're really quite welcome! :)

Hehe, it's ok! ^^
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scourgefangirlartist Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
err????
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jonarific Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013   Interface Designer
To err, an old way of saying to error (to make a mistake) ;)
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scourgefangirlartist Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
ah  
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KengoHikari259 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Cute!!
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jonarific Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013   Interface Designer
Thanks! :meow:
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KengoHikari259 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Anytime!
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FlakySnowCat13 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
:D :) :D :) :la: :D :) :D :) :la: :( :la: :la: :la: :D :) :)

I like quotes :D
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jonarific Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013   Interface Designer
Thanks, so do I! But what's that sad smiley doing in there? :lol:
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FlakySnowCat13 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
oh that is me XD
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painfulkisses13 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
That's very true. If you forgive someone it makes you the humble person in a way :)
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jonarific Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013   Interface Designer
Yep, I totally agree. :meow:
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painfulkisses13 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
Thank you :)
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RoseScarlet Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Student Writer
Lovely^^
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jonarific Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013   Interface Designer
Thanks! :hug:
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RoseScarlet Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Student Writer
^^
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SallysFunnyKiss Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I need to adopt this as my personal mantra...
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jonarific Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012   Interface Designer
:thumbsup: :)
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AutumnalFox Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The version I heard of this was, "To err is human, to forgive is even more so." this is still a really neat stamp though, well done. :clap:
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jonarific Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012   Interface Designer
Hmm, that must've been a different (possibly counter-)quote, as this says that forgiving is actually more/higher than human (because making mistakes is part of human nature, while forgiving is a conscious decision and thus an expression of kindness that does not happen naturally). There's a longer discussion about that point below though. Anyway, thanks, glad you like the stamp! :hug:
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AutumnalFox Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Either way, I found both quotes to be very meaningful. The quote I heard was from the Disney movie "The Road to El Dorado", and it was very similar to this quote. Either way you put it, forgiveness is a very powerful thing.
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jonarific Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012   Interface Designer
I couldn't agree more. :thumbsup:
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dragondoodle Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome! :aww:
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jonarific Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012   Interface Designer
Thanks! :hug:
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VintageChick121 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Student Writer
A beautiful message! :clap: for the Pope and for you! :D
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jonarific Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012   Interface Designer
Lol, Alexander Pope isn't (wasn't) the Pope… Anyway, thanks! :hug:
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VintageChick121 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Student Writer
No prob :iconkittyglompplz:
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Rivermask13 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Student Writer
I do like the stamp, though I disagree with the message upon it.

One does not need any god to forgive-that's a natural human impulse, with nothing to do with any divine influence. People with different religions can forgive, though they don't have the same god. Atheists and agnostics can forgive, though they have no god at all. Deists can forgive, though their deity has no effect on the world whatsoever.
In short, a god is not needed for forgiveness. The quote is a profound statement, but still incorrect.

It's a very nice stamp, all the same. ^^
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jonarific Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012   Interface Designer
~MeisterBat already pretty much said what I was going to reply, but still, here's the way I interpret the statement:

Failure comes naturally, without anything we can do about it. Forgiveness, however, does not. Forgiving requires conscious actions based on values we have been taught and/or have internalized on or own (and which are therefore not part of human nature), so forgiving someone is entirely up to us, while making mistakes is not. In short, forgiving means somewhat overcoming our human nature, which can be compared to something higher, something divine, as it is such an act of kindness. ;)

Oh, and thanks for your compliment about the badge itself! (with all the discussion about the content, I would've almost forgotten to mention that) :P
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MeisterBat Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, it just says to forgive is divine, it doesn't mean you need a God or whatever to be able to forgive. The act of forgiving itself is divine, in other words, a great act of kindness.
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jonarific Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012   Interface Designer
Thanks for clarifying that before I had the chance to! ;P
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Rivermask13 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Student Writer
Ah, I see. >w<
A simple misunderstanding, then. The actual definition of the word is 'of the deities', or 'godly'. It can be used in other ways, but more commonly it has to do with a god or gods.

In that case, I do agree with you. Have you ever heard the phrase "there is no greater power than mercy"? To have the ability and justification to judge, to cause harm, or to inflict punishment for wrongs done to you is a mark of strength. To have all that and to wave your hand, telling one who wronged you that they are absolved of it, is a mark of greatness.
It shows that you don't need to punish them, which not all can claim. That's a respectable act of true power.

So yes, I do agree with you. ^^
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MeisterBat Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Took the words right out of my mouth, well done.
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maetel-san Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
This is very good for a first stamp :)
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jonarific Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012   Interface Designer
Thanks! :hug:
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maetel-san Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
No worries :D
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