Selected Quotes about Mistakes

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. -- Scott Adams

The greatest mistake is trying to be more agreeable than you can be. -- Walter Bagehot

If I had to live my life again, I'd make the same mistakes, only sooner. -- Tallulah Bankhead

Mistakes, scandals, and failures no longer signal catastrophe. The crucial thing is that they be made credible, and that the public be made aware of the efforts being expended in that direction. The ''marketing'' immunity of governments is similar to that of the major brands of washing powder. -- Jean Baudrillard

We made too many wrong mistakes. -- Yogi Berra

Every man has his follies -- and often they are the most interesting thing he has got. -- Josh Billings

An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field. -- Niels Bohr

Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake. -- Napoleon Bonaparte

Everybody makes business mistakes. I mean, I take the responsibility, and I did. I was the captain of the ship and I took that responsibility. -- Alan Bond

Most of the mistakes in thinking are inadequacies of perception rather than mistakes of logic. -- Edward de Bono

As long as the world is turning and spinning, we're gonna be dizzy and we're gonna make mistakes. -- Mel Brooks

There is a spiritual side to our connection with the planet. And in this material world, that's anathema. It is somewhat worrying. What I say.. it makes life. It gives us fulfilment. It makes us whole human beings. And without it, we make mistakes. And, boy, are the leaders of the world making mistakes at the moment. -- Bob Brown

Three-fourths of the mistakes a man makes are made because he does not really know what he thinks he knows. -- James Bryce

Every great mistake has a halfway moment, a split second when it can be recalled and perhaps remedied. -- Pearl Buck

Assert your right to make a few mistakes. If people can't accept your imperfections, that's their fault. -- Dr. David M. Burns

Don't make the mistake of trying to set out every day in this leadership campaign policies that will make us look ridiculous in five years' time. -- David Cameron

Check up each week on the progress you are making. Ask yourself what mistakes you have made, what improvement, what lessons you have learned for the future. -- Dale Carnegie

It is a mistake to try to look too far ahead. The chain of destiny can only be grasped one link at a time. -- Winston Churchill

We must not say every mistake is a foolish one. -- Cicero

When you make a mistake, admit it. If you don't, you only make matters worse. -- Ward Cleaver

It was when I found out I could make mistakes that I knew I was on to something. -- Ornette Coleman

Be not ashamed of mistakes and thus make them crimes. -- Confucius

Don't argue for other people's weaknesses. Don't argue for your own. When you make a mistake, admit it, correct it, and learn from it--immediately. -- Stephen Covey

To some people, I am a kind of Merlin who takes lots of crazy chances, but rarely makes mistakes. -- Walt Disney

Wise men profit more from fools than fools from wise men; for the wise men shun the mistakes of fools, but fools do not imitate the successes of the wise. -- Cato the Elder

No one who cannot rejoice in the discovery of his own mistakes deserves to be called a scholar. -- Donald Foster

Mistakes are a part of being human. 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

Mistakes are a part of being human. 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

America is a mistake, admittedly a gigantic mistake, but a mistake nevertheless. -- Sigmund Freud

Experience teaches slowly and at the cost of mistakes. -- James A. Froude

Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes. -- Mahatma Gandhi

It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err. -- Mahatma Gandhi

No more misquoted forms, lost invoices, redundant entries, missing checks, or delays caused by incomplete paperwork. -- Bill Gates

Learning from mistakes and constantly improving products is a key in all successful companies. -- Bill Gates

We're all capable of mistakes, but I do not care to enlighten you on the mistakes we may or may not have made. -- Al Gore

Wall Street people learn nothing and forget everything. -- Ben Graham

The only thing that we can be pretty sure of, perhaps, is that we are acting reasonably and intelligently. And if we are wrong, as we are likely to be, at least we have been intelligently wrong and not unintelligently wrong. -- Ben Graham

A mistake is simply another way of doing things. -- Katharine Graham

I think one of the big errors people are making right now is thinking that old-style businesses will be obsolete, when actually they will be an important part of this new civilization. Some retail groups are introducing e-commerce and think that the "bricks" are no longer useful. But they will continue to be important. -- Carlos Slim Helu

Attempt the end and never stand to doubt; Nothing's so hard, but search will find it out. -- Robert Herrick

Laughing at our mistakes can lengthen our own life. Laughing at someone else's can shorten it. -- Cullen Hightower

Success seems to be connected with action. Successful men keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit. -- Conrad Hilton

No mans error becomes his own Law; nor obliges him to persist in it. -- Thomas Hobbes

The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one. -- Elbert Hubbard

The greatest blunders, like the thickest ropes, are often compounded of a multitude of strands. -- Victor Hugo

It is a mistake to apply American democratic procedures to the faith and the truth. You cannot take a vote on the truth. The value of democracy stands or falls with the values which it embodies and promotes. -- Pope John Paul II

Fear helps me from making mistakes, but I make lot of mistakes. -- Steve Irwin

She had an unequalled gift ... of squeezing big mistakes into small opportunities. -- Henry James

Reason and free inquiry are the only effectual agents against error. -- Thomas Jefferson

Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations. -- Steve Jobs

Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again. -- Franklin P. Jones

Mistakes are the portals of discovery. -- James Joyce

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

You must never feel badly about making mistakes, explained Reason quietly, "as long as you take the trouble to learn from them. For you often learn more by being wrong for the right reasons than you do by being right for the wrong reasons." -- Norton Juster

Many people will admit that they made a mistake. But that doesn’t mean that they’ve changed their mind about anything in particular. It doesn’t mean that they are now able to avoid that mistake. -- Daniel Kahneman

Only those who are asleep make no mistakes. -- Ingvar Kamprad

Instead, to be financially free, we need to learn how to make mistakes and manage risk. -- Robert Kiyosaki

The trouble in America is not that we are making too many mistakes, but that we are making too few. -- Phil Knight

In my experience, good executives don't make mistakes. -- Ray Kroc

There are no mistakes, no coincidences. All events are blessings given to us to learn from. -- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

The collapse of Enron and the subsequent collapse of Arthur Andersen were tremendous tragedies. But as I stated at the time of my indictment on July 8, 2004, failure does not equate to a crime. -- Kenneth Lay

The people who get hurt in a falling market are the ones who need to sell as it's falling. -- Dave Liniger

While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior. -- Henry C. Link

It takes a man a long time to learn all the lessons of all his mistakes. -- Jesse Livermore

Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life. -- Sophia Loren

A lot of people got in at the wrong time. A lot of people did very well and some people said, "This is it. I'll never get back in again." And they maybe meant it, but they probably got back in again anyway. -- Peter Lynch

You have to let the big ones make up for your mistakes. -- Peter Lynch

It's always helpful to learn from your mistakes because then your mistakes seem worthwhile. -- Garry Marshall

I daresay one profits more by the mistakes one makes off one's own bat than by doing the right thing on somebody's else advice. -- W. Somerset Maugham

Mistakes, obviously, show us what needs improving. Without mistakes, how would we know what we had to work on? -- Peter McWilliams

To avoid situations in which you might make mistakes may be the biggest mistake of all. -- Peter McWilliams

But have you ever noticed one encouraging thing about me, Marilla? I never make the same mistake twice. Oh don't you see, Marilla? There must be a limit to the mistakes one person can make, and when I get to the end of them, then I'll be through with them. That's a very comforting thought. -- Lucy Maud Montgomery

Strong people make as many mistakes as weak people. Difference is that strong people admit their mistakes, laugh at them, learn from them. That is how they become strong. -- Richard Needham

There's nothing wrong with saying, "I want to have more," "I want to be more," "I did this for money." -- Suze Orman

Take risks. Ask big questions. Don't be afraid to make mistakes; if you don't make mistakes, you're not reaching far enough. -- David Packard

We've all heard that we have to learn from our mistakes, but I think it's more important to learn from successes. If you learn only from your mistakes, you are inclined to learn only errors. -- Norman Vincent Peale

If you have made mistakes, even serious ones, there is always another chance for you. What we call failure is not the falling down but the staying down. -- Mary Pickford

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

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

We're all capable of mistakes, but I do not care to enlighten you on the mistakes we may or may not have made. -- Dan Quayle

We are honest about our methods and our mistakes. We are not perfect - it isn't possible to be perfect - but we are trying to go in the right direction and in those circumstances, it's best not to mystify what we are trying to do. -- Anita Roddick

It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause, who at best knows achievement and who at the worst if he fails at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat. -- Theodore Roosevelt

Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible -- the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family. -- Virginia Satir

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing. -- George Bernard Shaw

Once we realize that imperfect understanding is the human condition there is no shame in being wrong, only in failing to correct our mistakes. -- George Soros

If I had my life to live over ... I'd dare to make more mistakes next time. -- Nadine Stair

I have learned throughout my life as a composer chiefly through my mistakes and pursuits of false assumptions, not by my exposure to founts of wisdom and knowledge. -- Igor Stravinsky

Experience comes in two different flavors: your own and the experience of others. Most people can learn from their own experiences quite well, but many people simply ignore the experiences and lessons of others. -- Donald Trump

Pay attention, people! There's no excuse for making the same mistakes that others have made. If you do, it's your own fault and you should expect no sympathy, no compassion. -- Donald Trump

Always acknowledge a fault. This will throw those in authority off their guard and give you an opportunity to commit more. -- Mark Twain

But we are all learning to live in a way that reflects what we believe, and probably making a few mistakes along the way. -- James Twyman

To make mistakes is human; to stumble is commonplace; to be able to laugh at yourself is maturity. -- William Arthur Ward

I've learned that mistakes can often be as good a teacher as success. -- Jack Welch

When you make a mistake, don't look back at it long. Take the reason of the thing into your mind and then look forward. Mistakes are lessons of wisdom. The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power. -- Hugh White

Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes. -- Oscar Wilde

Nowadays most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one's mistakes. -- Oscar Wilde

My mistake was that I didn't listen to the voice. Me! The one who always preaches "Listen to the voice," "Be guided by the voice," "Take direction from the voice." And the voice--by which I mean the voice of God within me, and within all of us--was speaking loud and clear and I didn't take heed. -- Oprah Winfrey

I'm black, I don't feel burdened by it and I don't think it's a huge responsibility. It's part of who I am. It does not define me. -- Oprah Winfrey

A doctor can bury his mistakes but an architect can only advise his client to plant vines. -- Frank Lloyd Wright

The physician can bury his mistakes, but the architect can only advise his clients to plant vines. -- Frank Lloyd Wright

It is true that the Muslim world is not totally mistaken when it reproaches the West of Christian tradition of moral decadence and the manipulation of human life. ... Islam has also had moments of great splendor and decadence in the course of its history. -- Pope Benedict XVI

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