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Quotations about Mistakes

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NOTE:  Some of the quotes on this page were submitted to me by visitors, and not all have been verified for original source or wording. I'm working hard to confirm everything, but in the meantime please be aware of the possibility for errors.  —ღ Terri, March 2021

The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one. ~Elbert Hubbard, The Note Book, 1927

Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life. ~Sophia Loren

It was when I found out I could make mistakes that I knew I was on to something. ~Ornette Coleman

I never make stupid mistakes. Only very, very clever ones. ~John Peel

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

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,

If you don't make mistakes, you're not working on hard enough problems. And that's a big mistake. ~F. Wikzek

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

While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior. ~Henry C. Link

An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made in a very narrow field. ~Niels Bohr

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

That's not serious, it's just human. ~The amazingly brilliant, generous, and kind-hearted Mr Jerry 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

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

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

Making mistakes simply means you are learning faster. ~Weston H. Agor

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,

If a mistake is not a stepping stone, it is a mistake. ~Eli Siegel

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 upon them is to add to the offense. ~Henry David Thoreau

You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm. ~Colette

Unto those Three Things which the Ancients held impossible, there should be added this Fourth, to find a Book Printed without erratas. ~Alfonso de Cartagena

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

As long as the world is turning and spinning, we're gonna be dizzy and we're gonna make mistakes. ~Mel Brooks

Our blunders mostly come from letting our wishes interpret our duties. ~Author Unknown

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

When we make mistakes they call it evil. When God makes mistakes they call it Nature! ~Jack Nicholson in The Witches of Eastwick

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

Error is a hardy plant; it flourishes in every soil. ~Martin F. Tupper

When you realize you've made a mistake, make amends immediately. It's easier to eat crow while it's still warm. ~Dan Heist

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

Mistakes are the usual bridge between inexperience and wisdom. ~Phyllis Theroux, Night Lights

The essence of success is that it is never necessary to think of a new idea oneself. It is far better to wait until somebody else does it, and then to copy him in every detail, except his mistakes. ~Aubrey Menen

If you shut your door to all errors truth will be shut out. ~Rabindranath Tagore, Stray Birds, 1916

A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery. ~James Joyce, Ulysses

Just because you make mistakes doesn't mean you are one. ~Author Unknown

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

Admit your errors before someone else exaggerates them. ~Andrew V. Mason

Errors to be dangerous must have a great deal of truth mingled with them. It is only from this alliance that they can ever obtain an extensive circulation. ~Sydney Smith

In the game of life it's a good idea to have a few early losses, which relieves you of the pressure of trying to maintain an undefeated season. ~Bill Vaughan

From the errors of others, a wise man corrects his own. ~Syrus

It is very easy to forgive others their mistakes; it takes more grit to forgive them for having witnessed your own. ~Jessamyn West

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