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Quotations about mistakes

Mahatma GandhiFreedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.

 - Mahatma Gandhi

Mark TwainAlways acknowledge a fault frankly. This will throw those in authority off their guard and give you opportunity to commit more.

 - Mark Twain

Orson Scott CardThe wise are not wise because they make no mistakes. They are wise because they correct their mistakes as soon as they recognize them.

 - Orson Scott Card

Douglas AdamsA learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.'

 - Douglas Adams

Frank Lloyd WrightThe physician can bury his mistakes, but the architect can only advise his client to plant vines - so they should go as far as possible from home to build their first buildings.

 - Frank Lloyd Wright

Marcus Tullius CiceroSix mistakes mankind keeps making century after century: Believing that personal gain is made by crushing others; Worrying about things that cannot be changed or corrected;Insisting that a thing is impossible because we cannot accomplish it; Refusing to set aside trivial preferences; Neglecting development and refinement of the mind;Attempting to compel others to believe and live as we do.

 - Marcus Tullius Cicero

Groucho MarxLearn from the mistakes of others. You can never live long enough to make them all yourself.

 - Groucho Marx

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

 - Elbert Hubbard

Carl JungMistakes are, after all, the foundations of truth, and 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.

 - Carl Jung

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

 - Steve Jobs

Abdul KalamDon't take rest after your first victory because if you fail in second, more lips are waiting to say that your first victory was just luck.

 - A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

Arthur Conan DoyleI have no data yet. It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.

 - Arthur Conan Doyle

Milton FriedmanA wrong decision isn't forever; it can always be reversed. The losses from a delayed decision are forever; they can never be retrieved.

 - John Kenneth Galbraith

It is our follies that make our lives uncomfortable. Our errors of opinion, our cowardly fear of the world's worthless censure, and our eagerness after unnecessary gold have hampered the way of virtue, and made it far more difficult than, in itself, it is.

 - Owen Feltham

David HumeWhen men are most sure and arrogant, they are commonly the most mistaken, and have then given views to passion, without that proper deliberation and suspense which can alone secure them from the grossest absurdities.

 - David Hume

Horace One deviates to the right, another to the left; the error is the same with all, but it deceives them in different ways.

 - Horace

Blaise PascalWhen we would show any one that he is mistaken, our best course is to observe on what side he considers the subject, - for his view of it is generally right on this side, - and admit to him that he is right so far. He will be satisfied with this acknowledgment, that he was not wrong in his judgment, but only inadvertent in not looking at the whole case.

 - Blaise Pascal

Stephen HawkingNext time someone complains that you have made a mistake, tell him that may be a good thing. Because without imperfection, neither you nor I would exist.

 - Stephen Hawking

Fred AstaireThe higher up you go, the more mistakes you are allowed. Right at the top, if you make enough of them, it's considered to be your style.

 - Fred Astaire