quotations about mistakes
If you live long enough, you'll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you'll be a better person.
BILL CLINTON, attributed, Wit and Wisdom of the American Presidents: A Book of Quotations
I prefer being wrong in my own way to being right in someone else's.
YEVGENY ZAMYATIN, Contemporary Russian Literature
A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery.
JAMES JOYCE, Ulysses
My mistakes are my life.
SAMUEL BECKETT, How It Is
There is no original truth, only original error.
GASTON BACHELARD, Fragments of a Poetics of Fire
If one wants to be active, one must not be afraid of going wrong, one must not be afraid of making mistakes now and then. Many people think that they will become good just by doing no harm -- but that's a lie.... That way lies stagnation, mediocrity.
VINCENT VAN GOGH, letter to Theo van Gogh, October 1884
The errors of a man are what make him really lovable.
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE, The Maxims and Reflections of Goethe
It is much easier at all times to prevent an evil than to rectify mistakes.
GEORGE WASHINGTON, letter to James McHenry, August 10, 1798
Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.
OSCAR WILDE, Lady Windermere's Fan
It is with pleasure I receive reproof, when reproof is due, because no person can be readier to accuse me, than I am to acknowledge an error, when I am guilty of one; nor more desirous of atoning for a crime, when I am sensible of having committed it.
GEORGE WASHINGTON, letter to Governor Dinwiddie, August 27, 1757
Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.
NAPOLEON BONAPARTE, attributed, Campaigning for Napoleon: The Diary of a Napoleonic Cavalry Officer
To err is human, but it feels divine.
MAE WEST, The Wit and Wisdom of Mae West
An expert is someone who knows some of the worst mistakes that can be made in his subject and how to avoid them.
WERNER HEISENBERG, Physics and Beyond
It's a good deal easier to resist the first step on the road to ruin than any of the thousand that inevitably follow.
MARK FROST, The List of Seven
If you don't have a margin for error, error kills you.
S. M. STIRLING, The Sunrise Lands
You want to cry aloud for your mistakes. But to tell the truth the world doesn't need any more of that sound.
MARY OLIVER, "The Poet With His Face in His Hands", New and Selected Poems, vol. 2
The greatest mistake we make is living in constant fear that we will make one.
JOHN C. MAXWELL, The Power of Thinking Big
He is a thorough accountant who can cast up correctly the sum of his own errors.
ELIZA COOK, Diamond Dust
Falsity cannot keep an idea from being beautiful; there are certain errors of such ingenuity that one could regret their not ranking among the achievements of the human mind.
JEAN ROSTAND, "A Biologist's Thoughts", The Substance of Man
Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.
ALBERT EINSTEIN, attributed, How to Think Like Einstein