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Quotations about 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
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.
~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.
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
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.
~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.
It is very easy to forgive others their mistakes; it takes more grit to forgive them for having witnessed your own.
~Jessamyn West