Mistakes (quotes)

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A mistake is an error in action or judgement

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Mistakes are the dues we pay for living a full life

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Making mistakes is a natural part of life …

  • We stumble and fall constantly, even when we are most enlightened. Thomas Merton
  • Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life. Sophia Loren
  • Every person living has made mistakes. Those who proceed with living never waste time licking their wounds. New ideas take them the next step of the way. Raymond Charles Barker
  • A conscious realization of our innate oneness with the Ineffable does not mean that we will never make a mistake again. Even enlightened beings burn their bagels once in a while. It’s important to maintain a sense of humour because this is how you will stop being afraid of making a mistake. You’ll make some, but so what?  
  • Strong people make as many and as ghastly mistakes as weak people. The difference is that strong people admit them, laugh at them, learn from them. This is how they become strong. Richard Needham  
  • As long as the world is turning and spinning, we’re gonna be dizzy and we’re gonna make mistakes. Mel Brooks
  • Mistakes are a fact of life. It is the response to error that counts. Nikki Giovanni
  • Mistakes are a natural part of growing up. They’re to be expected and made light of. Earl Nightingale
  • Everything tells me that I am about to make a wrong decision, but making mistakes is just part of life. What does the world want of me? Does it want me to take no risks, to go back to where I came from because I don’t have the courage to say “yes” to life? Paulo Coelho
  • It’s human to make mistakes and some of us are more human than others. Ashleigh Brilliant
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The biggest mistake is not to make mistakes…   

  • If you are not making many errors, you might ask yourself “How many opportunities am I missing by not being more aggressive?” Roger von Oech
  • The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one. Elbert Hubbard
  • If I had my life to live over, I’d dare to make more mistakes next time. Nadine Sanger
  • Those who never make mistakes work for those of us who do. Henry Ford
  • If you aren’t making many mistakes, it is sure sign you are playing it too safe. John Maxwell
  • If you do not make mistakes, you are not working on hard enough problems. And that’s a big mistake.   Wikzek  
  • What a waste my life would be without all the beautiful mistakes I’ve made. Alice Bag  
  • Anyone who doesn’t make mistakes isn’t trying hard enough. Wess Roberts  
  • I’d rather have a life full of mistakes than a heart full of regret.
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…because if you can’t make a mistake, you can’t make anything   

  • The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything. Edward Phelps
  • People who make no mistakes lack boldness and the spirit of adventure. They are the brakes on the wheels of progress. Dale Turner
  • A person determined never to be wrong won’t likely accomplish much. Ken Wisdom  
  • If you can’t make a mistake, you can’t make anything. Marva Collins
  • The only man who makes no mistakes is the man who never does anything. Theodore Roosevelt
  • A life spent making mistakes is not only more honourable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing. George Bernard Shaw
  • If you don’t make mistakes, you aren’t really trying. Coleman Hawking
  • You can’t make an omelet without breaking the eggs. Joseph Campbell
  • If you’re not making mistakes, you’re not taking risks, and that means you’re not going anywhere. John W. Holt, Jr.
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Making mistakes means you’re out there doing; living a full life

  • If you’re making mistakes, it means you’re out there, doing.
  • Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life. Sophia Loren
  • If you’re making mistakes, it means you’re doing new things, taking risks, stretching yourself. You’re growing, learning. And isn’t the journey, the experience, not the destination, what life is all about? Robert White  
  • A mistake is simply another way of doing things. Katherine Graham
  • If you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you’re not doing anything very innovative. Woody Allen
  • The individual who is mistake-free is also probably sitting around doing nothing. And that’s a very big mistake. John Wooden
  • Anyone who doesn’t make mistakes isn’t trying hard enough. Wess Roberts  
  • The only man who makes no mistakes is the man who never does anything. Theodore Roosevelt
  • Achievement seems to be connected with action. Successful men and women keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit. Conrad Hilton
  • Any action is often better than no action, especially if you have been stuck in an unhappy situation for a long time. If it is a mistake, at least you learn something, in which case it’s no longer a mistake. If you remain stuck, you learn nothing. Eckhart Tolle
  • Looking back on so many mistakes, a lifetime creator only smiles. She pats herself on the back and announces, “I got lots of shells in my omelettes. But I never stopped cooking. And look, I did some good work, didn’t I?” Tal Ben- Shahar
  • Success seems to be connected with action. Successful men keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit. Conrad Hilton
  • if you’re making mistakes, then you’re making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. Neil Gaiman
  • The galleries are full of critics. They play no ball, they fight no fights. They make no mistakes because they attempt nothing. Down in the arena are the doers. They make mistakes because they try many things. The man who makes no mistakes lacks boldness and the spirit of adventure. He is the one who never tries anything. His is the brake on the wheel of progress. And yet it cannot be truly said he makes no mistakes, because his biggest mistake is the very fact that he tries nothing, does nothing, except criticize those who do things. David M. Shoup
  • The only people who make no mistakes are dead people. I saw a man last week who has not made a mistake for four thousand years. He was a mummy in the Egyptian department of the British Museum. L. Wayland
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Where you stumble, there your treasure lies   

  • Where you stumble, there your treasure lies. Joseph Campbell
  • Often we can achieve an even better result when we stumble yet are willing to start over, when we don’t give up after a mistake, when something doesn’t come easily but we throw ourselves into trying, when we’re not afraid to appear less than perfectly polished. Sharon Salzberg
  • A stumble may prevent a fall. English Proverb
  • Whenever you fall, pick up something. Oswald Theodore Avery  
  • So go ahead. Fall down. The world looks different from the ground. Oprah Winfrey  
  • Don’t look where you fall, but where you slipped. African Proverb  
  • Consider every mistake you do make as an asset.  Paul J. Meyer
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Learning from mistakes

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Mistakes provide valuable lessons to learn form

  • There are no mistakes or failures, only lessons. Denis Waitley
  • You win some, you learn some.
  • Some of the best lessons we ever learn, we learn from our mistakes and failures. The error of the past, is the wisdom and success of the future. Tyron Edwards
  • We don’t make mistakes…we just have learnings. Anne Wilson Schaef
  • The value of action is that we make mistakes; mistakes show us what we need to learn. Peter McWilliams
  • It seems that the necessary thing to do is not to fear mistakes, to plunge in, to do the best that one can, hoping to learn enough from blunders to correct them eventually. Abraham Maslow
  • If you make mistakes it doesn’t matter. Make mistakes and learn. The best teachers are your own mistakes. You learn even faster by your mistakes. Commit as many mistakes as possible, as soon as possible. You’ll become great. Sri Swami Satchidananda
  • 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. Richard Bach  
  • To undertake a genuine spiritual path is not to avoid difficulties but to learn the art of making mistakes wakefully, to bring to them the transformative power of our heart. Jack Kornfield  
  • The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing. John Powell
  • Making mistakes simply means you are learning faster. Weston Agor
  • By seeking and blundering we learn. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe  
  • It’s amazing how much more you can learn by making mistakes than you can by making perfect decisions.
  • I’ve learned that mistakes can often be as good a teacher as success. Jack Welch  
  • Intelligence is not to make no mistakes, but quickly to see how to make them good. Bertolt Brecht   
  • Everything we enjoy in society is a direct result of the accumulated learning derived from millions of mistakes. No mistakes, no progress. Yet we still look at making a mistake as embarrassing, wrong, an act bordering on sin. If you’re making mistakes, it means you’re doing new things, taking risks, stretching yourself. You’re growing, learning. And isn’t the journey, the experience, not the destination, what life is all about? Robert White  
  • By ignorance we mistake, and by mistakes we learn. Proverb
  • Failure is the key to success; each mistake teaches us something. Morihei Ueshiba
  • We must expect to fail…but fail in a learning posture, determined not to repeat the mistakes, and to maximize the benefits from what is learned in the process. Ted W. Engstrom
  • Mistakes are part of being human. Appreciate your mistakes for what they are: precious life lessons that can only be learned the hard way. Unless it’s a fatal mistake, which, at least, others can learn from. Al Franken
  • Never say, “oops.” Always say, “Ah, interesting.”
  • There are no mistakes, save one: the failure to learn from a mistake. Robert Fripp
  • LearningLife is a university
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Mistakes are portals of discovery 

  • A man’s errors are his portals of discovery. James Joyce
  • A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery. James Joyce, Ulysses
  • There are no mistakes….. only discoveries! Ellie Walsh
  • After all these years, I am still involved in the process of self-discovery. It’s better to explore life and make mistakes than to play it safe. Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life. Sophia Loren
  • I make more mistakes than anyone else I know, and sooner or later, I patent most of them. Thomas Edison
  • We make our discoveries through our mistakes: we watch one another’s success: and where there is freedom to experiment there is hope to improve. Arthur Quiller-Couch
  • We often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do; and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery. Samuel Smiles
  • Science, my lad, is made up of mistakes, but they are mistakes which it is useful to make, because they lead little by little to the truth. Jules Verne
  • Discovery
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Mistakes are the building blocks of experience   

  • Mistakes are the usual bridge between inexperience and wisdom. Phyllis Theroux
  • We’re not making mistakes. We’re making experiences. Dan Bergstein 
  • Success is the result of good judgment, good judgment is a result of experience, experience is often the result of bad judgment. Tony Robbins
  • Mistakes are painful when they happen, but years later a collection of mistakes is what is called experience. Denis Waitley 
  • Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes. Pete Seeger
  • Experience is the name everyone likes to give to their mistakes. Oscar Wilde
  • Experience is what allows us to repeat our mistakes, only with more finesse. Derwood Fincher
  • Experience is what causes a person to make new mistakes instead of old ones.
  • Experience is what enables you to recognise a mistake when you make it again. Earl Wilson
  • Experience is what makes you pause briefly before going ahead and making the same mistake. Alfred E. Neuman
  • Experience: The name an older man gives to his mistakes.
  • Experience
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To learn from mistakes is intelligence

  • If you have the guts to keep making mistakes, your wisdom and intelligence leap forward with huge momentum. Holly Near
  • Intelligence is not to make no mistakes, but quickly to see how to make them good. Bertolt Brecht
  • Intelligent or not, we all make mistakes and perhaps the intelligent mistakes are the worst, because so much careful thought has gone into them. Peter Ustinov
  • We all make mistakes, but intelligence enables us to do it on purpose. Will Cuppy
  • I never make stupid mistakes. Only very, very clever ones. John Peel
  • Intelligence
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To learn from mistakes makes us wise

  • We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success. We often discover what will do by finding out what will not do. Samuel Smiles
  • The wisest of the wise may err. Aeschylus
  • Constant effort and frequent mistakes are the stepping stones of genius. Elbert Hubbard
  • 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
  • If you have the guts to keep making mistakes, your wisdom and intelligence leap forward with huge momentum. Holly Near
  • Wisdom
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To learn from mistakes imparts expertise

  • An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field. Niels Bohr
  • An expert is someone who knows some of the worst mistakes that can be made in his subject, and how to avoid them. Werner Heisenberg
  • Expertise
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To learn from mistakes prevents us from making similar mistakes

  • For every mistake that you learn from you will save thousands of similar mistakes in the future, so if you treat mistakes as learning opportunities that yield rapid improvements you should be excited by them. But if you treat them as bad things, you will make yourself and others miserable, and you won’t grow. Ray Dalio 
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Learn from the mistakes of others; not just your own

  • Learn from the mistakes of others – you can’t live long enough to make them all yourself. Martin Vanbee 
  • Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so. Douglas Adams 
  • Life is too short to learn everything by personal experience. Rick Warren 
  • Those who can avoid mistakes by observing the mistakes of others are most apt to keep free from sorrow. In a world full of uncertainties, the record of what has gone before–human experience–is as sure and reliable as anything of which we know.  Ray Lyman Wilbur 
  • A fool follows his own wisdom and makes his own mistake but a wise man learns from the mistakes of fools. Luelle Davis
  • Do not learn from your mistakes, learn from the mistakes of others so that you do not make any. Sean Karsten
  • From the errors of others, a wise man corrects his own. Syrus
  • Smart people learn from their mistakes. But the real sharp ones learn from the mistakes of others. Brandon Mull
  • 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
  • Some of us learn from the mistakes of others; the rest of us have to be the others.
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Use mistakes as stepping stones to success

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Mistakes are stepping stones to progress and success   

  • If a mistake is not a stepping stone, it is a mistake. Eli Siegel 
  • One of the secrets of life is to make stepping stones out of stumbling blocks. Jack Penn
  • Constant effort and frequent mistakes are the stepping stones of genius. Elbert Hubbard
  • Even a mistake, may turn out to be the one thing necessary to a worthwhile achievement. Henry Ford
  • Some of the steps you take may end up being detours or out-and-out mistakes. By staying focused on your vision, though, you’ll find even those steps useful in the creating process. David Emerald
  • Mistakes are merely steps up the ladder. Paul J. Meyer
  • Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail. There’s only make. Corita Kent
  • Wrong turns are as important as right turns. More important, sometimes. Richard Bach
  • Sometimes the wrong choices bring us to the right places.
  • Mistakes are stepping stones to success. Charles E. Popplestone
  • Making a different mistake every day is not only acceptable, it is the definition of progress. Robert Brault
  • While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, another is busy making mistakes and becoming superior. Henry C. Link
  • ProgressSuccess
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To succeed, take more risks and make more mistakes

  • Would you like me to give you a formula for… success? It’s quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure. You’re thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all you can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it. So go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because, remember that’s where you’ll find success. On the far side. Thomas J. Watson
  • Commit as many mistakes as possible, as soon as possible. You’ll become great. Sri Swami Satchidananda
  • I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you’re making mistakes, then you’re making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. Make new mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is; art or love or work or family or life. Whatever it is you are scared of doing, do it. Make your mistakes next year and forever. Neil Gaiman
  • People who don’t take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year. People who do take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year. Peter Drucker
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The earlier you make mistakes, the better

  • It is not easy, but you have to be willing to make mistakes. And the earlier you make those mistakes, the better. Jane Cahill Pfeiffer
  • 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
  • You can spend the entire second half of your life recovering from the mistakes of the first half. Saul Bellow
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Transcend the fear of mistakes; be courageous

  • Don’t be afraid to ask dumb questions. They’re more easily handled than dumb mistakes. William Wister Hanes
  • Do not fear mistakes, there are none. Miles Davis
  • When you find your path, you must not be afraid. You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes. Disappointment, defeat, and despair are the tools God uses to show us the way. Paulo Coelho
  • You’re afraid of making mistakes. Don’t be. Mistakes can be profited by. Man, when I was young I shoved my ignorance in people’s faces. They beat me with sticks. By the time I was forty my blunt instrument had been honed to a fine cutting point for me. If you hide your ignorance, no one will hit you and you’ll never learn. Ray Bradbury
  • A mistake in judgment isn’t fatal, but too much anxiety about judgment is. Pauline Kael
  • If one wants to be active, one mustn’t be afraid to do something wrong sometimes, not afraid to lapse into some mistakes. To be good – many people think that they’ll achieve it by doing no harm – and that’s a lie… That leads to stagnation, to mediocrity. Vincent van Gogh
  • Courage
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Mistakes are catalysts to creativity and innovation

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Making mistakes is an essential part of creativity   

  • Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun. Mary Lou Coo 
  • Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new. Albert Einstein
  • Because of their courage, their lack of fear, creative people are willing to make silly mistakes. The truly creative person is one who can think crazy; such a person knows full well that many of his great ideas will prove to be worthless. Frank Goble
  • Creativity is allowing oneself to make mistakes; art is knowing which ones to keep. Scott Adams
  • Mistakes are the only universal form of originality. Mason Cooley 
  • The only sure way to avoid making mistakes is to have no new ideas. Albert Einstein
  • To swear off making mistakes is very easy. All you have to do is swear off having ideas. Leo Burnett  
  • Punishing honest mistakes stifles creativity. Ross Perot
  • Creativity
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Making mistakes is an essential part of innovation 

  • Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly and get on with improving your other innovations. Steve Jobs
  • The practice of R&D involves making mistakes, realizations, corrections, and more mistakes. Trial and error is a fundamental part of the process. Too many managers in corporate America learn to avoid invention and new thinking because they have been convinced that their careers depend upon not making mistakes. Tom Huff
  • Seymour Cray was a friend of my dad’s. I asked him what it was like to know the genius who had built the world’s first supercomputer company. My dad said, “Well, actually, son, he wasn’t so much smarter than me. He just made mistakes a hundred times faster.” Townes Duncan
  • Innovation
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Give yourself permission to make mistakes by approaching life as an experiment

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Give yourself the freedom to make mistakes

  • Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes. Mahatma Gandhi
  • It was when I found out I could make mistakes that I knew I was on to something. Ornette Coleman
  • Liberty is the possibility of doubting, of making a mistake… of searching and experimenting. Ignazio Silone
  • The greatest right in the world is the right to be wrong. William Randolph
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See life as an experiment; a chance to try new things

  • Your development towards wisdom is a process of experimentation, trial and error, so it’s inevitable things will not always go to plan or turn out how you’d want. Compassion is the remedy for harsh judgement – of ourselves and others. Forgiveness is not only divine – it’s also ‘the act of erasing an emotional debt’. Behaving ethically, with integrity, and with humour – especially the ability to laugh at yourself and your own mishaps – are central to the perspective that ‘mistakes’ are simply lessons we must learn. Cherie Carter- Scott
  • Don’t be timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • You’ve got to experiment to figure out what works. Andrew Weil
  • Life is an experiment in which you may fail or succeed. Explore more, expect least. Santosh Kalwar 
  • That without experimentation, a willingness to ask questions and try new things, we shall surely become static, repetitive, moribund. Anthony Bourdain
  • Life is trying things to see if they work. Ray Bradbury 
  • A thinker sees his own actions as experiments and questions–as attempts to find out something. Success and failure are for him answers above all. Friedrich Nietzsche 
  • Your life is a kind of laboratory where you’re constantly experimenting with your own higher knowing, always increasing your capacity to design the life you choose. David Emerald 
  • Change and growth take place when a person has risked himself and dares to become involved with experimenting with his own life. Herbert Otto 
  • Instead of trying and failing choose either to experiment or practice. Kevin Everett FitzMaurice 
  • Try it out. Play around with a new idea. Do something strange. If you never leave your comfort zone, you won’t grow. Jessica Hagy
  • Experience is the past tense of experiment. Gegory Alan Elliot
  • A fool is a man who never tried an experiment in his life. Erasmus Darwin 
  • There are no mistakes, only lessons. Growth is a process of trial, error, and experimentation. The “failed” experiments are as much a part of the process as the experiments that ultimately “work.” Cherie Carter- Scott
  • We make our discoveries through our mistakes: we watch one another’s success: and where there is freedom to experiment there is hope to improve. Arthur Quiller-Couch
  • You have a right to experiment with your life. You will make mistakes. And they are right too. Anaïs Nin
  • Your development towards wisdom is a process of experimentation, trial and error, so it’s inevitable things will not always go to plan or turn out how you’d want. Cherie Carter- Scott
  • A mistake is simply another way of doing things. Katherine Graham
  • ExperimentationTry new approaches
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See a mistake as an opportunity for a second take   

  • You get a new cue from your inner Self and simply say, ‘I missed my cue, so let’s do a second take.’ Your willingness to take the risk of making a mistake is actually an expression of courage and a willingness to grow from them. Mistakes are about getting the blessing in the lesson and the lesson in the blessing. Michael Beckwith
  • A successful man will profit from his mistakes and try again in a different way. Dale Carnegie 
  • If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. You may have a fresh start any moment you choose. Mary Pickford 
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Make new mistakes and make your own

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Always make new mistakes…   

  • Always make new mistakes. Esther Dyson
  • Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time. George Bernard Shaw
  • A mistake is a mistake only if you make it twice… Robin S. Sharma
  • If you commit the same mistake more than once, it is no longer considered a mistake. It’s a conscious decision.
  • He that never changes his opinions, never corrects his mistakes, will never be wiser on the morrow than he is today. Tryon Edwards
  • Experience is what causes a person to make new mistakes instead of old ones.
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Make your own mistakes

  • Trust your own instinct. Your mistakes might as well be your own, instead of someone else’s. Billy Wilde 
  • Know when to tune out. If you listen to too much advice, you may wind up making other people’s mistakes. Ann Landers
  • I am glad that I paid so little attention to good advice; had I abided by it I might have been saved from some of my most valuable mistakes. Edna St. Vincent Millay
  • If you rely exclusively on the advice of others, you may make terrible mistakes. Your heart knows what you need. Other people have other agendas. Brian L. Weiss
  • Men must try and try again. They must suffer the consequences of their own mistakes and learn by their own failures and their own successes. Lawson Purdy
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What to do when you make a mistake

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Recognise your mistake …

  • I’m only rich because I know when I’m wrong…I basically have survived by recognizing my mistakes. George Soros
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… through greater self-awareness

  • Self-awareness gives you the capacity to learn from your mistakes as well as your successes. It enables you to keep growing. Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan
  • When you do your best you learn to accept yourself. But you have to be aware and learn from your mistakes. Learning from your mistakes means you practice, look honestly at the results, and keep practicing. This increases your awareness. Don Miguel Ruiz
  • In all the work we do, our most valuable asset can be the attitude of self-examination. It is forgivable to make mistakes, but to stand fast behind a wall of self-righteousness and make the same mistake twice is not forgivable. Dale Turner
  • Self-awareness
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Admit your mistake to yourself and others

  • By and large, I seem to have made more mistakes than any others of whom I know, but have learned thereby to make ever swifter acknowledgment of the errors and thereafter immediately set about to deal more effectively with the truths disclosed by the acknowledgment of erroneous assumptions. R. Buckminster Fuller
  • Confidence turns into pride only when you are in denial of your mistakes. Criss Jami
  • Humilty leads to strength and not to weakness. It is the highest form of self-respect to admit mistakes and to make amends for them.  John J. McCloy
  • It is the highest form of self-respect to admit our errors and mistakes and make amends for them. To make a mistake is only an error in judgement, but to adhere to it when it is discovered shows infirmity of character. Dale Turner
  • When you feel the criticism is justified, accept the criticism calmly – we all make mistakes. Agree briefly, depending on what happened. Avoid endless explanations and excuses. Make amends, learn from your mistakes, let it go and move on. Elly Prior
  • When you make an excuse, you reduce your self-esteem and confidence. By admitting to your mistakes, you increase your power to take responsibility for your life and make it a success. Jerry Bruckner
  • When you realize you’ve made a mistake, make amends immediately. It’s easier to eat crow while it’s still warm. Dan Heist
  • 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
  • Admit your errors before someone else exaggerates them. Andrew V. Mason
  • Any fool can try to defend his mistakes and most fools do   but it gives one a feeling of nobility to admit one’s mistakes. By fighting, you never get enough, but by yielding, you get more than you expected.   Lawrence G. Lovasik
  • Mistakes fail in their mission of helping the person who blames them on the other fellow. Henry S. Haskins
  • Admitting error clears the score and proves you wiser than before. Arthur Guiterman 
  • I have made mistakes but have never made the mistake of claiming I never made one. James Gordon Bennett
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Take steps to correct and remedy your mistakes  

  • If you make a mistake and do not correct it, this is called a mistake. Confucius 
  • More people would learn from their mistakes if they weren’t so busy denying them. Harold J. Smith 
  • Once we realize that imperfect understanding is the human condition there is no shame in being wrong, only in failing to correct our mistakes. George Soros
  • All men make mistakes, but a good man yields when he knows his course is wrong and repairs the evil. The only crime is pride. Sophocles
  • Any man can make mistakes, but only an idiot persists in his error. Marcus Tullius Cicero
  • The greatest mistake is to continue to practice a mistake. Bobby Bowden
  • When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it. The Dalai Lama
  • An error doesn’t become a mistake until you refuse to correct it. Orlando A. Battista
  • Every great mistake has a halfway moment, a split second when it can be recalled and perhaps remedied. Pearl S. Buck
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Learn from your mistake …

  • Forget your mistakes but remember what they taught you. Dorothy Galyean
  • You must learn from your past mistakes, but not lean on your past successes. Denis Wa
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… and then move on; letting your mistake go …

  • The person who is to succeed will never let his mind dwell on past mistakes. He will forgive the past in his life and in the lives of other people. If he makes a mistake he will at once forgive it. Ernest Holmes
  • Learn your lessons quickly and move on. Eileen Caddy
  • The most valuable lesson man has learned from his dog is to kick a few blades of grass over it and move on. Robert Brault 
  • When you realize you’ve made a mistake, you need to cut your losses and move on. Howard Schultz
  • I resolve to renounce all guilt and remorse for all mistakes, past and future. I do my best. No more is asked. Sometimes I will make bad decisions. Sometimes consequences will result which will hurt others. I am human. But I will not pay too much heed to these things. I will offer a silent prayer and move on. John Kehoe
  • Forget mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you are going to do right now and do it. Today is your lucky day. Will Durant
  • Remember your past mistakes just long enough to profit by them. Dan McKinnon
  • Letting go
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… far better than brooding over it

  • Do not brood over your past mistakes and failures as this will only fill your mind with grief, regret and depression. Do not repeat them in the future. Sivananda
  • Having harvested all the knowledge and wisdom we can from our mistakes and failures, we should put them behind us and go ahead, for vain regretting interferes with the flow of power into our own personalities. Edith Johnson
  • Remembering a wrong is like carrying a burden on the mind. Buddha 
  • Mistakes are a drag, because you get in the area of regret and self-pity. Carrie Fisher
  • You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space. Johnny Cash
  • One cannot too soon forget his errors and misdemeanors; for to dwell upon them is to add to the offense. Henry David Thoreau
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Never regret your mistake

  • The mistakes I’ve made are dead to me. But I can’t take back the things I never did. Jonathan Safran Foer
  • 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. Oscar Wilde
  • I think we all wish we could erase some dark times in our lives. But all of life’s experiences, bad and good, make you who you are.  Erasing any of life’s experiences would be a great mistake.  Luis Miguel
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Laugh at your mistake

  • That’s why they’re called mis-takes. Humor relaxes the uptight ego. Michael Beckwith
  • Back of every mistaken venture and defeat is the laughter of wisdom, if you listen. Carl Sandburg
  • Laughing at our mistakes can lengthen our own life. Laughing at someone else’s can shorten it. Cullen Hightower
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Forgive yourself for your mistake

  • Be kind to yourself. You’re going to slip up. And when you do, you must be kind to yourself. Berating yourself when you binge or slip up only makes things worse. Instead of calling yourself a “failure” or something similar, be kind to yourself. Realize it’s just a tiny mistake. Give yourself a break because you are trying your very best. Nia Shanks
  • Have patience with all things but first with yourself. Never confuse your mistakes with your value as a human being. You are perfectly valuable, creative, worthwhile person simply because you exist. And no amount of triumphs or tribulations can ever change that. Saint Frances de Sales
  • But what I learned to do many years ago was to forgive myself. It is very important for every human being to forgive herself or himself because if you live, you will make mistakes- it is inevitable. If we all hold on to the mistake, we can’t see our own glory in the mirror because we have the mistake between our faces and the mirror; we can’t see what we’re capable of being. Maya Angelou
  • Everyone’s lesson is to forgive ourselves for our mistakes, even those things we feel ashamed about, and learn to accept ourselves for who we are, knowing that we can always gently work on making improvements. Patrick Wanis
  • Self- forgiveness is not abdicating responsibility. It is seeing mistakes as opportunities for learning rather than as personal failure. Tracy Ochester
  • Forgiveness entails the authentic acceptance of our own worthiness as human beings, the understanding that mistakes are opportunities for growth, awareness and the cultivation of compassion, and the realization that the extension of love to ourselves and others is the glue that holds the universe together. Forgiveness…is not a set of behaviors, but an attitude. Joan Borysenko
  • It is important that we forgive ourselves for making mistakes. We need to learn from our errors and move on. Steve Maraboli
  • We have a powerful memory. We make a mistake, we judge ourselves, we find ourselves guilty, and we punish ourselves. If justice exists, then that was enough; we don’t need to do it again. But every time we remember, we judge ourselves again, we are guilty again, and we punish ourselves again, and again, and again. Don Miguel Ruiz
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Don’t allow the mistake to affect your sense of who you are

  • Just because you make mistakes doesn’t mean you are one.
  • We all make mistakes, have struggles, and even regret things in our past. But you are not your mistakes, you are not your struggles, and you are here NOW with the power to shape your day and your future. Steve Maraboli
  • You make mistakes, mistakes don’t make you. Maxwell Maltz
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Common causes of mistakes

  • Everybody knows if you are too careful you are so occupied in being careful that you are sure to stumble over something. Gertrude Stein
  • In general, pride is at the bottom of all great mistakes. John Ruskin
  • It is not because the truth is too difficult to see that we make mistakes… 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. Alexander Solzhenitsyn
  • Too much pessimism has led too many men into making serious mistakes. And perhaps part of our pessimism comes because we are too close to ourselves to see in proper perspective. Richard L. Evans
  • What good has impatience ever brought? It has only served as the mother of mistakes and the father of irritation. Steve Maraboli
  • When men are most sure and arrogant they are commonly most mistaken, giving views to passion without that proper deliberation which alone can secure them from the grossest absurdities. David Hume
  • Half our mistakes in life arise from feeling where we ought to think and thinking where we ought to feel. John Churton Collins
  • Most of the mistakes in thinking are inadequacies of perception rather than mistakes of logic. Edward de Bono
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Final thoughts

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Mistakes and perfectionism

  • Second, we become prey for perfectionism. Only an error-free performance can ever satisfy the demands imposed by shame-based thinking. Mistakes are disasters and cannot be openly admitted. The paradox is that we cling to perfection while remaining constantly aware of our imperfections. Hazelden
  • There are none so tense as those who try to be outwardly perfect. There is great release in acknowledging your foibles and laughing at your mistakes. Ervin Seale
  • Accept “mistakes” as feedback, and part of the natural learning process. In fact, try to be imperfect. Intentionally do the first part of your project sloppily: rough draft in crayon, or on a coffee-stained old envelope. Neil Fiore
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Stop focusing on the mistakes of others

  • You must cease from looking at human mistakes and look at successes; cease from seeing faults and see virtues. Wallace D. Wattles
  • In examining the potential of individuals, we must focus on their strengths and not just their mistakes. We cannot be limited by what they may have spilled in the kitchen. William Pollard
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On a lighter note   

  • A bachelor is a guy who never made the same mistake once. Phyllis Diller
  • A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any other invention with the possible exceptions of handguns and Tequila. Mitch Ratcliffe
  • A doctor can bury his mistakes, but an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines. Frank Lloyd Wright
  • A golf swing is a collection of corrected mistakes. Carol Mann
  • A hard fall means a high bounce…if you’re made of the right material.
  • Admit your errors before someone else exaggerates them. Andrew V. Mason
  • All men make mistakes, but married men find out about them sooner. Red Skelton
  • An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field. Niels Bohr
  • Any married man should forget his mistakes – no use two people remembering the same thing. Duane Dewel
  • Army: A body of men, assembled to rectify the mistakes of the diplomats.   Josephus Daniels
  • Bigamist: A man who makes the same mistake twice.
  • Coaching: Eliminating mistakes before you get fired.
  • Creativity is allowing oneself to make mistakes; art is knowing which ones to keep. Scott Adams
  • Don’t ever make the same mistake twice unless it pays. Mae West
  • Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes. Pete Seeger
  • Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again. Franklin P. Jones
  • Experience is the name everyone likes to give to their mistakes. Oscar Wilde
  • Experience is what allows us to repeat our mistakes, only with more finesse. Derwood Fincher
  • Experience is what enables you to recognise a mistake when you make it again. Earl Wilson
  • Experience is what makes you pause briefly before going ahead and making the same mistake. Alfred E. Neuman
  • Experience: The name an older man gives to his mistakes.
  • Experience: What causes a person to make new mistakes instead of the same old ones.
  • I have made mistakes but have never made the mistake of claiming I never made one. James Gordon Bennett
  • I never make stupid mistakes. Only very, very clever ones. John Peel
  • I’m never wrong! One time, I thought I was wrong, but I was mistaken!
  • I’m not here to judge, I’m just pointing out all the mistakes you’re making.
  • I’ve been repeating the same mistakes in life for so long now, I think I’ll start calling them traditions.
  • I’ll never make the mistake of being 70 again. Casey Stengel
  • If I had to live my life again, I’d make the same mistakes, only sooner. Tallulah Bankhead
  • If we really learned from our past mistakes most of us would never get out of bed in the morning. Alfred E. Neuman
  • Is man merely a mistake of God’s? Or God merely a mistake of man? Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet? M. Montgomery
  • It is a sin to believe evil of others but it is seldom a mistake. L. Mencken
  • It’s human to make mistakes and some of us are more human than others. Ashleigh Brilliant
  • Laughing at our mistakes can lengthen our own life. Laughing at someone else’s can shorten it. Cullen Hightower
  • Learn from the mistakes of others. You can never live long enough to make them all yourself. Groucho Marx
  • Makin’ mistakes ain’t a crime, you know. What’s the use of having a reputation if you can’t ruin it every now and then? Simone Elkeles
  • Many a man in love with a dimple makes the mistake of marrying the whole girl. Stephen Leacock
  • Marriage is a mistake every man should make. George Jessel
  • Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake. Napoleon
  • Never make the same mistake twice or you’ll never get around to all of them.
  • Positive: Mistaken at the top of one’s voice. Ambrose Bierce
  • Programming is like sex: one mistake and you’re providing support for a lifetime. Michael Sinz
  • Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.
  • Some of the worst mistakes of my life have been haircuts. Jim Morrison
  • Some of us learn from the mistakes of others; the rest of us have to be the others.
  • Specialists are people who always repeat the same mistakes. Walter Gropius
  • The first mistake in public business is going into it. Benjamin Franklin
  • Things could be worse. Suppose your errors were counted and published every day, like those of a baseball player.
  • To avoid mistakes and regrets, always consult your wife before engaging in a flirtation. W. Howe
  • We pay for the mistakes of our ancestors and it seems only fair that they should leave us the money to pay with. Don Marquis
  • When a doctor makes a mistake it’s best to bury the subject. Woody Allen
  • When you realize you’ve made a mistake, make amends immediately. It’s easier to eat crow while it’s still warm. Dan Heist
  • Woman was God’s second mistake. Friedrich Nietzsche
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