errare humanum est

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To err is human.

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The beginning of a longer Latin saying: "Errare humanum est, perseverare autem diabolicum." It translates to: "To err is human, but to persist [in error] is diabolical." The saying is often attributed to Seneca but not attested in his works.


  • (Classical) IPA(key): /erˈraː.re huːˈmaː.num est/, [ɛrˈräːrɛ huːˈmäːnʊ̃ˑ ɛs̠t̪]
  • (Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /erˈ uˈma.num est/, [erˈräːre uˈmäːnum ɛst̪]
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errāre hūmānum est

  1. to err is human