Mistakes

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

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

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. ~Jerry Kopke

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mistakes fail in their mission of helping the person who blames them on the other fellow. ~Henry S. Haskins

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

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