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The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.  ~Elbert Hubbard, The Note Book, 1927

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

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

I never make stupid mistakes.  Only very, very clever ones.  ~John Peel

Never say, "oops."  Always say, "Ah, interesting."  ~Author Unknown

If you don't make mistakes, you're not working on hard enough problems.  And that's a big mistake.  ~F. Wikzek

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

An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made in a very narrow field.  ~Niels Bohr

A man should never be ashamed to own he has been in the wrong, which is but saying... that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.  ~Alexander Pope, in Swift, Miscellanies

That's not serious; it's just human.  ~Jerry Kopke

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

The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything.  ~Edward Phelps

Making mistakes simply means you are learning faster.  ~Weston H. Agor

If a mistake is not a stepping stone, it is a mistake.  ~Eli Siegel

One cannot too soon forget his errors and misdemeanors; for to dwell upon them is to add to the offense.  ~Henry David Thoreau

You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.  ~Colette

Unto those Three Things which the Ancients held impossible, there should be added this Fourth, to find a Book Printed without erratas.  ~Alfonso de Cartagena

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

Our blunders mostly come from letting our wishes interpret our duties.  ~Author Unknown

When we make mistakes they call it evil.  When God makes mistakes they call it Nature!  ~Jack Nicholson in The Witches of Eastwick

Things could be worse.  Suppose your errors were counted and published every day, like those of a baseball player.  ~Author Unknown

Mistakes fail in their mission of helping the person who blames them on the other fellow.  ~Henry S. Haskins

Error is a hardy plant; it flourishes in every soil.  ~Martin F. Tupper

When you realize you've made a mistake, make amends immediately.  It's easier to eat crow while it's still warm.  ~Dan Heist

Mistakes are the usual bridge between inexperience and wisdom.  ~Phyllis Theroux, Night Lights

The essence of success is that it is never necessary to think of a new idea oneself.  It is far better to wait until somebody else does it, and then to copy him in every detail, except his mistakes.  ~Aubrey Menen

If you shut your door to all errors truth will be shut out.  ~Rabindranath Tagore, Stray Birds, 1916

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

Just because you make mistakes doesn't mean you are one.  ~Author Unknown

Truth will sooner come out of error than from confusion.  ~Francis Bacon

Admit your errors before someone else exaggerates them.  ~Andrew V. Mason

Errors to be dangerous must have a great deal of truth mingled with them.  It is only from this alliance that they can ever obtain an extensive circulation.  ~Sydney Smith

In the game of life it's a good idea to have a few early losses, which relieves you of the pressure of trying to maintain an undefeated season.  ~Bill Vaughan

From the errors of others, a wise man corrects his own.  ~Syrus

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

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