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A recognized and corrected error vanishes leaving two things of great value—experience of error, and how to rise above it.
There's no way that you can live an adequate life without many mistakes. In fact, one trick in life is to get so you can handle mistakes.
Truth burns up error.


The cautious seldom err.


Stumbling is not falling.


A stumble may prevent a fall.
— English proverb

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Love truth, but pardon error.

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We learn to walk by stumbling.
— Bulgarian proverb


Admit your errors freely and soon.
To err is human, to forgive divine.
To err is human, to forgive, divine.
Every decision you make is a mistake.


Many a truth is the result of an error.


Success covers a multitude of blunders.


Your best teacher is your last mistake.


I don't want to make the wrong mistake.
A man's errors are what make him amiable.
To err is human; to admit it, superhuman.


Mistakes are the adolescence of experience.
Better to ask twice than to lose your way once.
— Danish proverb

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Don't look where you fall, but where you slipped.

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To err is human; to refrain from laughing, humane.

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Follies change their type but foolishness remains.


To rise from error to truth is rare and beautiful.

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He who never made a mistake never made a discovery.
Mistakes are the only universal form of originality.
Truth emerges more readily from error than confusion.

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If you can't make a mistake, you can't make anything.
If you don't make mistakes, you can't make decisions.
An error becomes a mistake when we refuse to admit it.


If I wasn't making mistakes, I wasn't making decisions.
Admit your errors before someone else exaggerates them.
You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.


In general, pride is at the bottom of all great mistakes.


Anyone can make a mistake. A fool insists on repeating it.


If you shut your door to all errors truth will be shut out.
It is error only, and not truth, that shrinks from inquiry.

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Truth comes out of error more readily than out of confusion.
There is no saint without a past—no sinner without a future.


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

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The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything.
Victory goes to the player who makes the next-to-last mistake.


Don't ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up.
Mistakes are the usual bridge between inexperience and wisdom.

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Everybody should have a chance at a breathtaking piece of folly.
To stumble twice against the same stone is a proverbial disgrace.
There is no such source of error as the pursuit of absolute truth.

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Irrationally held truths may be more harmful than reasoned errors.

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Mistakes live in the neighborhood of truth
and therefore delude us.
To obtain maximum attention, it's hard to beat a good, big mistake.
Mistakes are a fact of life
It is the response to error that counts.
One should never do anything that one cannot talk about after dinner.
Experience enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.

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Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.


Experience, the name men give to their mistakes.  I never commit any.


To learn from a mistake, first figure out if it was really a mistake.
If you make a mistake and do not correct it, this is called a mistake.
Your worst humiliation is only someone else's momentary entertainment.
There's nothing final about a mistake, except its being taken as final.
A mistake is always forgivable, rarely excusable and always unacceptable.


A mistake proves that someone stopped talking long enough to do something.


If all else fails, immortality can always be assured by spectacular error.
It is the true nature of mankind to learn from mistakes, not from example.


When you make a mistake, admit it. If you don't, you only make matters worse.
There are some errors so sweet that we repent them only to bring them to memory.
An error is the more dangerous in proportion to the degree of truth which it contains.

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The greatest mistake you can make in life is continually fearing that you'll make one.
Our "mistakes" become crucial parts, sometimes the best parts, of the lives we have made.
Men heap together the mistakes of their lives and create a monster which they call Destiny.
We're all proud of making little mistakes. It gives us the feeling we don't make any big ones.


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

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If we had no faults of our own, we would not take so much pleasure in noticing those of others.
I never made a mistake in my life; at least, never one that I couldn't explain away afterwards.
My mistakes loom large and reign ignoble, but my takeaways thread veins of iron into my fabric.
This is a hard and precarious world, where every mistake and infirmity must be paid for in full.
You can spend the entire second half of your life recovering from the mistakes of the first half.
I want to be able to explain my mistakes. This means I do only the things I completely understand.


Every great mistake has a halfway moment, a split second when it can be recalled and perhaps remedied.
It is one thing to show a man that he is in an error, and another to put him in possession of the truth.


When the defects of others are perceived with so much clarity, it is because one possesses them oneself.
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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While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior.

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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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Even the knowledge of my own fallibility cannot keep me from making mistakes. Only when I fall do I get up again.


A subtle thought that is in error may yet give rise to fruitful inquiry that can establish truths of great value.
People will listen a great deal more patiently while you explain your mistakes than when you explain your successes.


Some mistakes will be made along the way. That's good, because at least some decisions are being made along the way.


Error is to truth as sleep is to waking.  I have observed that one turns, as if refreshed, from error back to truth.


The road to wisdom? -- Well, it's plain
and simple to express:
and err
and err again
but less
and less
and less.


Next to the promulgation of truth, the best thing I can coneive that man can do is the public recantation of an error.
History warns us, however, that it is the customary fate of new truths to begin as heresies and to end as superstitions.


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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The higher your position, the more mistakes you're allowed.  In fact, if you make enough of them, it's considered your style.


It is very easy to forgive others their mistakes; it takes more grit and gumption to forgive them for having witnessed your own.

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The fatal tendency of mankind to leave off thinking about a thing when it is no longer doubtful is the cause of half their errors.
Give me the fruitful error any time, full of seeds, bursting with its own corrections. You can keep your sterile truth for yourself.
The first undertakers in all great attempts commonly miscarry and leave the advantages of their losses to those who come after them.
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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But time strips our illusions of their hue,
And one by one in turn, some grand mistake
Casts off its bright skin yearly, like a snake.


Back of every mistaken venture and defeat is the laughter of wisdom, if you listen.  Every blunder behind us is giving a cheer for us.


Every uncorrected error and unrepented sin is, in its own right, a fountain of fresh error and fresh sin flowing on to the end of time.

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Living is like working out a long addition sum, and if you make a mistake in the first two totals you will never find the right answer.


The only thing I regret about my past is the length of it. If I had to live my life again I'd make all the same mistakes - only sooner.


Everyone makes mistakes. The wise are not people who never make mistakes, but those who forgive themselves and learn from their mistakes.
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.
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.

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One of the hardest things in this world is to admit you are wrong. And nothing is more helpful in resolving an argument than its frank admission.


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.


The worst part is not in making a mistake but in trying to justify it, instead of using it as a heaven-sent warning of our mindlessness or our ignorance.
If only we could have two lives: the first in which to make one's mistakes, which seem as if they have to be made; and the second in which to profit by them.
If only one could have two lives: the first, in which to make one's mistakes, which seem as if they had to be made; and the second in which to profit by them.
I like people admitting they were complete stupid horses' asses. I know I'll perform better if I rub my nose in my mistakes. This is a wonderful trick to learn.


Mistakes 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.
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.


We all have weaknesses. But I have figured that others have put up with mine so tolerantly that I would be less than fair not to make a reasonable discount for theirs.

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Mistakes are at the very base of human thought, embedded there, feeding the structure like root nodules.  If we were not provided with the knack of being wrong, we could never get anything useful done.
There are no mistakes.  The events we bring upon ourselves, no matter how unpleasant, are necessary in order to learn what we need to learn; whatever steps we take, they're necessary to reach the places we've chosen to go.
There is no man, however wise, who has not at some period of his youth said things, or lived in a way the consciousness of which is so unpleasant to him in later life that he would gladly, if he could, expunge it from his memory.
It is not because the truth is too difficult to see that we make mistakes. It may even lie on the surface; but we make mistakes because the easiest and most comfortable course for us is to seek insight where it accords with our emotions—especially selfish ones.

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It is not because the truth is too difficult to see that we make mistakes. It may even lie on the surface; but we make mistakes because the easiest and most comfortable course for us is to seek insight where it accords with our emotions—especially  selfish ones.


If you have made mistakes, even serious mistakes, there is always another chance for you.  And supposing you have tried and failed again and again, you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call "failure"  is not the falling down, but the staying down.

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I think the attitude of Epictetus is the best. He thought that every missed chance in life was an opportunity to behave well, every missed chance in life was an opportunity to learn something, and that your duty was not to be submerged in self-pity, but to utilize the terrible blow in constructive fashion. That is a very good idea.