quotations about mistakes
An error is not a mistake until you refuse to correct it.
GRENVILLE KLEISER, Dictionary of Proverbs
I was born with the wrong sign
In the wrong house
With the wrong ascendancy
I took the wrong road
That led to the wrong tendencies
I was in the wrong place at the wrong time
For the wrong reason and the wrong rhyme
On the wrong day of the wrong week
I used the wrong method with the wrong technique
DEPECHE MODE, "Wrong"
Error, by force of contrast, enhances the triumph of Truth.
MARCEL PROUST, Swann's Way
It is a comfort not to be mistaken at all points.
J. R. R. TOLKIEN, The Two Towers
When you make a mistake, don't make a second one -- keeping it to yourself. Own up. The time to sort out rotten eggs is at the nest. The deeper you hide them in the case the longer they stay in circulation, and the worse impression they make when they finally come to the breakfast table.
GEORGE HORACE LORIMER, Letters from a Self-Made Merchant to His Son
A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them and strong enough to correct them.
JOHN C. MAXWELL, The Power of Leadership
To kill an error is as good a service as, and sometimes even better than, the establishing of a new truth or fact.
CHARLES DARWIN, letter to A. Stephen Wilson, March 5, 1879
A sound discretion is not so much indicated by never making a mistake, as by never repeating it.
CHRISTIAN NESTELL BOVEE, Intuitions and Summaries of Thought
Error is certainty's constant companion. Error is the corollary of evidence. And anything said about truth may equally well be said about error: the delusion will be no greater.
LOUIS ARAGON, Paris Peasant
By your stumbling, the world is perfected.
SRI AUROBINDO, attributed, Wisdom for the Soul: Five Millennia of Prescriptions for Spiritual Healing
Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.
BRUCE LEE, Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee's Wisdom for Daily Living
Behold the truth
Whenever heart may ache
There is a glory
In a great mistake.
NATHALIA CRANE, "Imperfection", Swear By the Night and Other Poems
Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?
L. M. MONTGOMERY, Anne of Green Gables
Appreciate your mistakes for what they are: precious life lessons that can only be learned the hard way. Unless it's a fatal mistake, which, at least, others can learn from.
AL FRANKEN, Oh, the Things I Know
I make mistakes like the next man. In fact, being--forgive me--rather cleverer than most men, my mistakes tend to be correspondingly huger.
J. K. ROWLING, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
There is no mistake; there has been no mistake; and there shall be no mistake.
ARTHUR WELLESLEY, Wellingtoniana
Mistakes are the knots, the tangles, the broken threads, the dropped stitches in the web of our living. They are the misdeals in judgment, our unwise investments in morals, the profit and loss account of wisdom.
WILLIAM GEORGE JORDAN, The Crown of Individuality
The physician can bury his mistakes, but the architect can only advise his clients to plant vines.
FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT, New York Times Magazine, October 4, 1953
I am glad that I paid so little attention to good advice; had I abided by it I might have been saved from some of my most valuable mistakes.
GENE FOWLER, Skyline
If common sense were as unerring as calculus, as some suggest, I don't understand why so many mistakes are made so often by so many people.
CARY WINKEL, attributed, Explaining One's Self to Others: Reason-Giving in a Social Context