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Multi-tasking means you can make five mistakes in the time it used to take to make just one!

TOM WILSON, Ziggy, May 30, 2000

A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery.


The noblest spirits are most sensible of the possibility of Error: and the weakest do most hardly lay down an Error.

BENJAMIN WHICHCOTE, Moral and Religious Aphorisms

An error is not a mistake until you refuse to correct it.

GRENVILLE KLEISER, Dictionary of Proverbs

Let the answers be wrong, let the philosophy be mistaken — errors are more valuable than truths: truth is of the machine, error is alive; truth reassures, error disturbs.

YEVGENY ZAMYATIN, On Literature, Revolution, Entropy, and Other Matters

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


Error, by force of contrast, enhances the triumph of Truth.


It sucks the way the world works. You can do a hundred things for people, but you do one bad mistake and everyone crucifies you and that's all they want to remember.

GILBERT ARENAS,, Feb. 20, 2012

It is only an error of judgment to make a mistake, but it argues an infirmity of character to adhere to it when discovered.

CHRISTIAN NESTELL BOVEE, Intuitions and Summaries of Thought

There is something to be said for every error; but, whatever may be said for it, the most important thing to be said about it is that it is erroneous.

G. K. CHESTERTON, The Illustrated London News, Apr. 25, 1931

I could take the greatest deal-makers of all time and they've always had something that didn't quite work out. You never want to put yourself in the position where something not working out is bigger than what you are and therefore takes you down. It's got to be in smaller chunks. In all cases, I want to learn something from things that didn't quite work out and learn, so that it doesn’t happen again or so that in the future, you make great decisions. You don't want to make the same mistake twice and you have to learn that early on in your life.

DONALD TRUMP, Forbes, Oct. 3, 2011

It is a comfort not to be mistaken at all points.

J. R. R. TOLKIEN, The Two Towers

If you want to condemn yourself for the mistakes you've made, let's be fair, that means you've got to congratulate yourself for all the good things you've done. It's okay to say, "God, I wish I’d done this; yeah, but I did do that." Then it kind of balances out.

TIM ALLEN, Reader's Digest, Oct. 2001

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 should never be ashamed to own he has been in the wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.

ALEXANDER POPE, "Thoughts on Various Subjects"

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

With the mistake your life goes in reverse.
Now you can see exactly what you did
Wrong yesterday and wrong the day before
And each mistake leads back to something worse.

JAMES FENTON, "The Mistake," Out of Danger

You will make all kinds of mistakes; but as long as you are generous and true, and also fierce, you cannot hurt the world or even seriously distress her.

WINSTON CHURCHILL, My Early Life: A Roving Commission

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 Wilson, Mar. 5, 1879, More Letters of Charles Darwin, Vol. 2

To go wrong in one's own way is better then to go right in someone else's.

FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY, Crime and Punishment

He that finds out he's changed his lot for worse,
Let him betimes the untoward choice reverse:
For still, when all is said, the rule stands fast,
That each man's shoe be made on his own last.

HORACE, Epistles

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

One error persisted in, frequently produces others.

SAMUEL RICHARDSON, Sir Charles Grandison

Success is the result of good judgment, good judgment is the result of experience, and experience is often the result of bad judgment! What have you learned from a past mistake that you can use to improve your life today?

ANTHONY ROBBINS, Giant Steps: Small Changes to Make a Big Difference

You are not a mistake. You are not a problem to be solved. But you won't discover this until you are willing to stop banging your head against the wall of shaming and caging and fearing yourself.

GENEEN ROTH, Women, Food and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything

Truly even he errs that is wiser than the wise.

AESCHYLUS, fragment

Do not dwell upon the sins and mistakes of yesterday so exclusively as to have no energy and mind left for living rightly today.

JAMES ALLEN, Byways of Blessedness

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

Whenever you are about to find fault with someone, ask yourself the following question: What fault of mine most nearly resembles the one I am about to criticize?


By your stumbling, the world is perfected.

SRI AUROBINDO, attributed, Wisdom for the Soul: Five Millennia of Prescriptions for Spiritual Healing

To err is human; to admit it, superhuman.

DOUG LARSON, attributed, Quotable Quotes

Our failures or mistakes give us important feedback on what we need to change or concentrate on in the future.

DANA LIGHTMAN, Power Optimism

Mistakes have the power to turn you into something better than you were before.


Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.

BRUCE LEE, Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee's Wisdom for Daily Living

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