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Quotations about Mistakes

The greatest mistake you can make in this life is to be continually fearing you will make one. ~Elbert Hubbard

Never say, "oops." Always say, "Ah, interesting." ~Author unknown

Overheard: "Yes, I have learned from the mistakes of others, but mostly I am self-taught." ~Robert Brault,

Mistakes fail in their mission of helping the person who blames them on the other fellow. ~Henry Stanley Haskins, "Human Judgment," Meditations in Wall Street, 1940

Many mistakes are like matches, in themselves insignificant, but the cause of series of events that lead to disasters and catastrophes. ~"Edlets," The Spatula: An Illustrated Magazine for Pharmacists, 1919

It differs from person to person — how many times you have to do the same fool thing to learn not to do it twice. ~Robert Brault,

Of all the blunders that blundering critics ever blundered upon, surely this is the greatest. ~"Aristarchus" of Oxford, letter to editor of The Universal Magazine of Knowledge and Pleasure, 1804 April 2nd

What shall we do with past mistakes
      That every human being makes?
We'll walk away from yesterday
      And just begin again today!
~William Arthur Ward (1921–1994)

A man should never be ashamed to own he has been in the wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that he is wiser to-day than he was yesterday. ~Alexander Pope

That's not serious — it's just human. ~The amazingly brilliant, generous, and kind-hearted Mr Jerald Raymond Kopke, said to his students, c.1980s

To own a Fault is but to say,
"I'm Wiser Now than Yesterday."
~Arthur Guiterman, "Of Apology," A Poet's Proverbs, 1924

The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing. ~John Powell

Well! well! It's only those who do nothing that make no mistakes, I suppose. But it's hard. Hard. ~Joseph Conrad

The man who does things makes many mistakes, but he never makes the biggest mistake of all — doing nothing. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1903, George Horace Lorimer, editor

You have made mistakes, and they hate you. Let them. Be worthy of their hate, and never mind explaining. ~Charles F. Raymond, "This Banner Year," Just Be Glad, 1907

The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything. ~Edward John Phelps, 1889

Doing one fool thing after another is not so terrible when you consider the human proclivity to do several fool things at once. ~Robert Brault,

Error is not always the result of a want of education, but often a lack of power to comprehend the truth. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Sparks from the Philosopher's Stone, 1882

One cannot too soon forget his errors and misdemeanors; for to dwell long upon them is to add to the offense... Not to grieve long for any action, but to go immediately and do freshly and otherwise, subtracts so much from the wrong. ~Henry David Thoreau, journal, 1842

Errata.— Deathbed confessions of a book. ~"Specimens of a Patent Pocket Dictionary, For the use of those who wish to understand the meaning of things as well as words," The New Monthly Magazine and Literary Journal, 1824

Signing a document without reading it often makes a man wish he had read it without signing. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1904, George Horace Lorimer, editor

A subtle thought that is in error may yet give rise to fruitful inquiry that can establish truths of great value. ~Isaac Asimov

Things could be worse. Suppose your errors were counted and published every day, like those of a baseball player. ~Author unknown

Making a different mistake every day is not only acceptable, it is the definition of progress. ~Robert Brault,

Experience enables us to recognize a mistake when we make it again. ~Arnold H. Glasow (1905–1999)

If you shut your door to all errors truth will be shut out. ~Rabindranath Tagore

...truth will sooner come out from error than from confusion... ~Francis Bacon

It is very easy to forgive others their mistakes; it takes more grit and gumption to forgive them for having witnessed our own. ~Jessamyn West, To See the Dream, 1957

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