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Some thought it was rather against nature when wading birds moved away from the coast to settle in towns or inland areas each summer. He-he.

Mistakes are of many sorts - your own and those of others, and some loom taller than the rest as well. Many have tried to get to grips with their mistakes and shared their thoughts about it too. See if you find a saying that fits you among the 75 quotations and other sayings here. Those with no author names to them can be credited T. Kinnes


A doctor can bury his mistakes but an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines. [Frank Lloyd Wright]

A step backward, after making a wrong turn, should be a step in the right direction. [With Kurt Vonnegut, Player Piano]

A subtle thought that is in error may yet give rise to fruitful inquiry that can establish truths of great value. [Isaac Asimov]

All men make mistakes, but a good man yields when he knows his course is wrong, and repairs the evil. [Sophocles, Antigone]

An expert is a person who avoids small error as he sweeps on to the grand fallacy. [Benjamin Stolberg]

Any man whose errors take ten years to correct is quite a man. [J. Robert Oppenheimer, speaking of Albert Einstein]

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

Avoid letting mistakes and their repercussions form all your future fare.

Being made a consumer doll mainly means others get more from you than you have thought through - yet. If you try to get out of the sedentary patterns of consumer idiots, and it may make a difference, provided you find solutions.

Being part of a community is good if the community is good. If the community operates from low, indecent values, being part such a community may be a mistake. And this shows you need to discern a lot too.

By taking the time to stop and appreciate who you are and what you've achieved you may enhance a lot and move forward toward higher goals and sound accomplishments. [Cf. Jack Canfield]

Circumstances cause people to act a certain way. It's from those circumstances that a person's attitude is affected followed by weakening of character. Not the reverse. [Shannon L. Alder]

Computers have enabled people to make more mistakes faster than almost any invention in history. [Mitch Ratcliffe]

Don't confuse poor decision-making with destiny. Own your mistakes . . . Learn from them so they can empower you! [Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free]

Eating minestrone soup or fast food mindlessly alone all of the time deranges, and probably squeezes out time for sleep at night.

Errors are the portals of discovery. [James Joyce, Ulysses]

Errors using inadequate data are much less than those using no data at all, it may be hoped. [With Charles Babbage] Even Einstein made mistakes. [Cf. Ohanian 2008]

Even monkeys fall from trees. [Chris Bradford, The Ring of Earth]

Forgetting time to breathe is hardly good for those who need to think clearer, feel more positive, and live healthier.

From the errors of others, a wise man corrects his own. [Publilius Syrus]

From their errors and mistakes the wise and good learn wisdom for the future. [Plutarch]

Getting stuck in a job you hate, with not much to look forward to other than Japanese "karoshi", is sad. Karoshi is not a dish, it is death by overwork.

Ghosts of our past haunt us, as they caused us tender moments. This is the irony of love. [With Shannon L. Alder]

Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment. [Rita Mae Brown, Alma Mater]

I am sure it is a great mistake always to know enough to go in when it rains. [Adeline Knapp]

If a man does not know what a thing is, it is at least an increase in knowledge if he knows what it is not. [C.G. Jung]

If I have gained anything over these months, it is the knowledge there is no starting over- only living with the mistakes you've made. [Jodi Picoult, Perfect Match]

If people with a strong sense of love and belonging believe they are worth it, it helps them. On the other hand, fear of not being worthy of love and wellness may keep many from trying. Attitude work could help them.

If you need others around to make the most out of the day, and consider how those who are in happy long-term relationships enjoy a sunnier, more vital life, then cutting all intimate ties might show up at long last to be mistaken at long last, if not years before.

If we need to lose weight, not acting on it is a very, very common error.

If you start blaming someone else for a mistake, you have added to it and much likely turned into a failure.

In the game of city life it is hardly a long-range mistake to try to maintain peace, calm and one's sanity very well.

Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet? [L.M. Montgomery]

It was one thing to make a mistake; it was another thing to keep making it. [Jodi Picoult, Handle with Care]

It's always helpful to learn from your mistakes because then your mistakes seem worthwhile. [Garry Marshall, 'Wake Me When It's Funny']

Learn from the mistakes of others - you can never live long enough to make them all yourself. [John Luther]

Learn from your history, but don't live in it. [Steve Maraboli]

Let us cry for the spilt milk, and remember how, and where, and why, we spilt it. Not much wisdom is learnt by forgetting our lessons. [With Marķa Amparo Ruiz de Burton, The Squatter and the Don]

Mistakes can be painful when they happen, but years later called experience. [With Denis Waitley]

Mistakes can be lessons of wisdom if the future is yet grand-looking. [With Hugh White (1773 - 1840)]

Not to give vent to some liberating outlet for the poet or artist in you because there is no money in it, is also a sort of error on your behalf.

Not trying to make a living at doing what you most enjoy, could well be a big blunder. [With Malcolm Forbes]

One foolish mistake after another is not quite up to the human proclivity to do several mistakes at once.

One minor mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.

One of the things that defines our character is how we handle mistakes. If we lie about having made a mistake, then it can't be corrected and it festers. On the other hand, if we give up just because we made a mistake, even a big mistake, none of us would get far in life. [Terry Goodkind, Confessor]

Overeating indoors for the most hours of the day, coupled with much sitting and boredom, may not save you from the harmful effects of artificial lighting . . .

Scars are but evidence of life and wounds we choose to allow the healing of. We may not make the same mistakes again. [Cf. Marcia Lynn McClure, The Whispered Kiss]

Sitting all day is becoming hazardious to health for all to many.

Smart people learn from their mistakes. But the real sharp ones learn from the mistakes of others. [Brandon Mull, Fablehaven]

Some forms of failure are had by just a few errors in judgement repeated every day. [Jim Rohn mod]

Some mishaps are like knives that either serve us or cut us or both as we grasp them by the blade or the handle or somewhere between.

Some mistakes bridge inexperience and wisdom.

Some mistakes have greater consequences than others. Try to have the choice not to let that happen. [Cf. Jojo Moyes, Me Before You]

The past can guide some of us through the present and into the future. Through grasping one's past one can sober up from some mistakes. [Cf. Barbara S. Cole, The Gifts of Sobriety]

The 50-50-90 rule: anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there's a 90% probability you'll get it wrong. [Andy Rooney]

The trick is to not keep making a mistake over and over.

The wise man corrects his own errors by observing those of others. [Publilius Syrus, The Moral Sayings of Publilius Syrus]

The world needs people who have survived mistakes, tragedies, and trials to help the rest of us through. [Kimberly Giles]

Things refuse to be mismanaged for long. [Ralph Waldo Emerson]

Thinking you know when you don't is a mistake to which most humans are prone. [With Bertrand Russell]

Though you may be last to discover your follies, be always first to correct them. [Norman MacDonald, Maxims and Moral Reflections]

To forget all about your mistakes adds to them perhaps. [Cf. Henry David Thoreau]

To make mistakes is human, but to profit from them is human too, if you can reach it.

Trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools. [With Douglas Adams]

Two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting. [With Buddha] We all make mistakes but one has to move on. [Jeffrey Archer]

We are able to learn from a failure, but perhaps not much from a success! [With Bram Stoker, Dracula]

We made too many wrong mistakes. [Yogi Berra]

We must not say every mistake is a foolish one. [Cicero (106 BC - 43 BC)]

What we learn from our mistakes probably matters.

When the axe came into the forest the trees said, "The handle is one of us." [Alice Walker]

When you make mistakes and recover from them and you wake up to see they give valuable learning, then you've got something to share.

Wise is the one who learns from another's mistakes. Less wise is the one who learns only from his own mistakes. [Ravi Shankar, Celebrating Silence: Excerpts from Five Years of Weekly Knowledge 1995-2000]

Wise men shun the mistakes of fools, but fools do not imitate the successes of the wise. [Cato the Elder (234 BC - 149 BC), from Plutarch, Lives]

You make mistakes. Mistakes don't make you. [Maxwell Maltz]

You must never feel badly about making mistakes 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, The Phantom Tollbooth]


Mistakes quotations, Literature  

Ohanian, Hans C. Einstein's Mistakes: The Human Failings of Genius. Paperback ed. London: Norton and Co., 2009.

Paul, Richard, and Linda Elder. The Thinker's Guide to Fallacies: The Art of Mental Trickery and Manipulation. Dillon Beach, CA: The Foundation for Critical Thinking, 2006.

Suzuki, Shunryu. Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind. Rev. ed. New York: Weatherhill, 1999.

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