Error Quotes

Most popular error quotes

Error is always in Haste.


Love truth, but pardon error.

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Man errs as long as he strives.
To err is human; to forgive, divine.


By our errors we see deeper into life.
Error is the price we pay for progress.


Who errs and mends, to God himself commends.
Honest error is to be pitied, not ridiculed.
Every judgment teeters on the brink of error.


Who thinks it just to be judged by a single error?
To rise from error to truth is rare and beautiful.

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Error is a hardy plant: it flourisheth in every soil.


Truth emerges more readily from error than confusion.

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An error becomes a mistake when we refuse to admit it.


It is error only, and not truth, that shrinks from inquiry.

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If you shut your door to all errors, truth will be shut out.

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The weak have one weapon: the errors of those who are strong.
Mistakes are a fact of life
It is response to error that counts.

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Admitting Error clears the Score
And proves you Wiser than before.


The most formidable weapon against errors of every kind is Reason.


There is no such source of error as the pursuit of absolute truth.

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Truth lies within a little and certain compass, but error is immense.
Sometimes we may learn more from a man's errors than from his virtues.
With Pleasure own your Errors past,
And make each day a Critic on the last.
The progress of rivers to the ocean is not so rapid as that of man to error.
Error flies from mouth to mouth, from pen to pen, and to destroy it takes ages.
The most powerful cause of error is the war existing between the senses and reason.
The specious validity of the self-fulfilling prophecy perpetuates a reign of error.
An error is the more dangerous in proportion to the degree of truth which it contains.

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An error is simply a failure to adjust immediately from a preconception to an actuality.
There is no error so monstrous that it fails to find its defenders among the ablest men.
Error is acceptable as long as we are young; but one must not drag it along into old age.
Errors, like Straws, upon the surface flow;
He who would search for Pearls must dive below.
Generally speaking, the errors of religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous.

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

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It is one thing to show a man that he is in error, and another to put him in possession of truth.


The errors of great men are venerable because they are more fruitful than the truths of little men.
Many...have too rashly charged the troops of error, and remain as trophies unto the enemies of truth.
It is only an error in judgment to make a mistake, but it argues an infirmity of character to stick to it.

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Crooked things may be as stiff and unflexible as straight: and men may be as positive in error as in truth.
All men are liable to error; and most men are, in many points, by passion or interest, under temptation to it.
Error proliferates. Man tracks it down and cuts it up into little pieces hoping to turn it into grains of truth.

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To kill an error is as good a service as, and sometimes even better than, the establishing of a new truth or fact.
The error bred in the bone
Of each woman and each man
Craves what it cannot have,
Not universal love
But to be loved alone.


It seems, indeed, a necessary weakness of our mind to be able to reach truth only across a multitude of errors and obstacles.

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Give me a fruitful error any time, full of seeds, bursting with its own corrections.  You can keep your sterile truth for yourself.
The study of error is not only in the highest degree prophylactic, but it serves as a stimulating introduction to the study of truth.

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Since we're all human, since anybody can make mistakes, since nobody's perfect, and since everybody is 'equal,' a human error is Democracy in action.
There is something to be said for every error; but, whatever may be said for it, the most important thing to be said about it is that it is erroneous.
Error is certainty's constant companion.  Error is the corollary of evidence. And anything said about truth may equally well be said about error: the delusion will be no greater.
Error is the ultimate inside job. Yes, the world can be profoundly confusing; and yes, other people can mislead or deceive you. In the end, though, nobody but you can choose to believe your own beliefs.
For most of us, errors are like cockroaches: we stomp them the moment we see them and then flush the corpse as fast as we can, never pausing to contemplate the intricate design of nature's great survivor, never asking what it might reveal beyond itself.
Of all the things we are wrong about, this idea of error might well top the list. It is our meta-mistake: we are wrong about what it means to be wrong.  Far from being a sign of intellectual inferiority, the capacity to err is crucial to human cognition.