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.
It was when I found out I could make mistakes that I knew I was on to something.
I never make stupid mistakes. Only very, very clever ones.
Never say, "oops." Always say, "Ah, interesting."
If you don't make mistakes, you're not working on hard enough problems. And that's a big mistake.
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.
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 only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.
The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything.
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, www.robertbrault.com
If a mistake is not a stepping stone, it is a mistake.
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.
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.
Our blunders mostly come from letting our wishes interpret our duties.
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.
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.
Making a different mistake every day is not only acceptable, it is the definition of progress.
~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com
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.
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.
Truth will sooner come out of error than from confusion.
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.
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.
From the errors of others, a wise man corrects his own.
It is very easy to forgive others their mistakes; it takes more grit to forgive them for having witnessed your own.