What are some quotes on the theme of forgiveness in Into the Wild?

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One thing that Jon Krakauer notes about Chris McCandless is that he was a person who had high standards for certain people but was willing to relax those standards for others. His father and family, specifically, were people that he expected a great deal from. When it came to his own heroes or certain friends, however, things were different. Krakauer writes:

Curiously, Chris didn’t hold everyone to the same exacting standards. One of the individuals he professed to admire greatly over the last two years of his life was a heavy drinker and incorrigible philanderer who regularly beat up his girlfriends. Chris was well aware of this man’s faults yet managed to forgive them. He was also able to forgive, or overlook, the shortcomings of his literary heroes: Jack London was a notorious drunk; Tolstoy, despite his famous advocacy of celibacy, had been an enthusiastic sexual adventurer as young man and went on to father at least thirteen children, some of whom were conceived at the same time...

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