Quotes on Mistakes

When you make a mistake, admit it; learn from it and don't repeat it. Bear Bryant Quote Details

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A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing. George Bernard Shaw Quote Details

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An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field. Niels Bohr Quote Details

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The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one. Elbert Hubbard Quote Details

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People fail forward to success. Mary Kay Ash Quote Details

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

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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 Quote Details

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To make no mistakes is not in the power of man; but from their errors and mistakes the wise and good learn wisdom for the future. Plutarch Quote Details

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Successful people fail their way to the top. Jeff Olson Quote Details

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Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. Scott Adams Quote Details

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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 Quote Details

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A man should never be ashamed to own that he is wrong, which is but saying in other words that he is wiser today than he was yesterday. Alexander Pope Quote Details

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To be an innovator, you can't be worried about making mistakes. Julius Erving Quote Details

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A man may make mistakes, but he isn't a failure until he starts blaming someone else. John Wooden Quote Details

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Only a mediocre person is always at his best. William Somerset Maugham Quote Details

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Have confidence in your decisions. Make them expeditiously, and stay with them as long as you believe you are correct no matter what others say. However, when you conclude you were in error, do not hesitate to announce the error publicly and change course. Edward Kock Quote Details

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

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Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly. Robert Schuller Quote Details

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We're brought up, unfortunately, to think that nobody should make mistakes. Most children get de-geniused by the love and fear of their parents - that they might make a mistake. But all my advances were made by mistakes. Buckminster Fuller Quote Details

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The greatest mistake is to continue to practice a mistake. Bobby Bowden Quote Details

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Non-creative people think that it is a sign of weakness to say, "I made a mistake." On the contrary, it is actually a sign of mental maturity, personal strength and individual character. Remember, everybody makes mistakes every single day. Brian Tracy Quote Details

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Many people are so concerned with being right that all their mental energy is consumed by stonewalling, bluffing, blaming and denying. If you're wrong, admit it and get on to the solution or the next step. Brian Tracy Quote Details

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Success seems to be connected with action. Successful men keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit. Conrad Hilton Quote Details

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The difference between greatness and mediocrity is often how an individual views a mistake. Nelson Boswell Quote Details

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The fellow who never makes a mistake takes his orders from one who does. Herbert Brocknow Quote Details

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There's nothing more useless than someone who comes to the end of the day and congratulates himself, saying, "Well, I made it through the day without screwing up." John Maxwell Quote Details

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Too many people, when they make a mistake, just keep stubbornly plowing ahead and end up repeating the same mistakes. I believe in the motto, "Try and try again." But the way I read it, it says, "Try, then stop and think. Then try again." William Singleton Quote Details

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The better a man is, the more mistakes he will make, for the more new things he will try. Peter Drucker Quote Details

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

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The most important thing in life is not to capitalize on our gains. Any fool can do that. The really important thing is to profit from your losses. That requires intelligence; and it makes the difference between a man of sense and a fool. William Bolitho Quote Details

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Lord, deliver me from the man who never makes a mistake, and also from the man who makes the same mistake twice. William Mayo Quote Details

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I have learned the novice can often see things that the expert overlooks. All that is necessary is not to be afraid of making mistakes, or of appearing naive. Abraham Maslow Quote Details

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When you punish your people for making a mistake or falling short of a goal, you create an environment of extreme caution, even fearfulness. In sports it's similar to playing "not to lose" - a formula that often brings on defeat. John Wooden Quote Details

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The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything. Theodore Roosevelt Quote Details

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Assert your right to make a few mistakes. If people can't accept your imperfections, that's their fault. David Burns Quote Details

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Not to acknowledge a mistake, not to correct it and learn from it, is a mistake of a different order. It usually puts a person on a self-deceiving, self-justifying path, often involving rationalization (rational lies) to self and to others. This second mistake, this cover-up, empowers the first, giving it disproportionate importance, and causes far deeper injury to self. Stephen Covey Quote Details

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The biggest enemies we have to overcome on the road to success are not a lack of ability and a lack of opportunity but fears of failure and rejection and the doubts that they trigger. Brian Tracy Quote Details

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There are two types of mistakes: mistakes of ambition and mistakes of sloth.

The first is the result of a decision to act - to do something. This type of mistake is made with incomplete information, as it's impossible to have all the facts beforehand. This is to be encouraged. Fortune favors the bold.

The second is the result of a decision of sloth - to not do something - wherein we refuse to change a bad situation out of fear despite having all the facts. This is how learning experiences become terminal punishments, bad relationships become bad marriages, and poor job choices become lifelong prison sentences.
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Only those who are asleep make no mistakes. Ingvar Kamprad Quote Details

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If you don't make mistakes, you're not working on hard enough problems. And that's a big mistake. Frank Wilczek Quote Details

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Constant effort and frequent mistakes are the stepping stones to genius. Elbert Hubbard Quote Details

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What do you first do when you learn to swim? You make mistakes, do you not? And what happens? You make other mistakes, and when you have made all the mistakes you possibly can without drowning - and some of them many times over - what do you find? That you can swim? Well life is just the same as learning to swim. Do not be afraid of making mistakes, for there is no other way of learning how to live. Alfred Adler Quote Details

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Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. Ralph Waldo Emerson Quote Details

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There are two kinds of people in this world: those who want to get things done, and those who don't want to make mistakes. John Maxwell Quote Details

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Make mistakes of ambition and not mistakes of sloth. Develop the strength to do bold things, not to suffer. Niccolò Machiavelli Quote Details

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The longer I live the more I see that I am never wrong about anything, and that all the pains I have so humbly taken to verify my notions have only wasted my time. George Bernard Shaw Quote Details

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People who fear mistakes make no progress. Molly Napier Quote Details

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Mistakes are natural. Instead of treating them as disasters, make them easy to acknowledge and easy to fix. Paul Graham Quote Details

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Whatever you did in the past may well have been a mistake. If you become convinced it is, clinging to it just repeats the mistake and compounds it. Put it behind you - even if it was a career you spent decades developing. All that matters when it comes to decisions is your current goal and the best way to get there from here and now. John T. Reed Quote Details

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Truth emerges much more readily from error than from confusion. Francis Bacon Quote Details

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It is not given to man to know what is right and what is wrong. Men always did and always will err, and in nothing more than in what they consider right and wrong. Leo Tolstoy Quote Details

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I believe that our society's "mistakephobia" is crippling, a problem that begins in most elementary schools, where we learn to learn what we are taught rather than to form our own goals and to figure out how to achieve them. We are fed with facts and tested and those who make the fewest mistakes are considered to be the smart ones, so we learn that it is embarrassing to not know and to make mistakes. Our education system spends virtually no time on how to learn from mistakes, yet this is critical to real learning. As a result, school typically doesn't prepare young people for real life — unless their lives are spent following instructions and pleasing others. In my opinion, that's why so many students who succeed in school fail in life. Ray Dalio Quote Details

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I learned that everyone makes mistakes and has weaknesses and that one of the most important things that differentiates people is their approach to handling them. I learned that there is an incredible beauty to mistakes, because embedded in each mistake is a puzzle, and a gem that I could get if I solved it, i.e. a principle that I could use to reduce my mistakes in the future. I learned that each mistake was probably a reflection of something that I was (or others were) doing wrong, so if I could figure out what that was, I could learn how to be more effective. I learned that wrestling with my problems, mistakes, and weaknesses was the training that strengthened me. Also, I learned that it was the pain of this wrestling that made me and those around me appreciate our successes. Ray Dalio Quote Details

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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 Quote Details

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Do not feel bad about your mistakes or those of others. Love them! Remember that 1) they are to be expected, 2) they're the first and most essential part of the learning process, and 3) feeling bad about them will prevent you from getting better. People typically feel bad about mistakes because they think in a short-sighted way that mistakes reflect their badness or because they're worried about being punished (or not being rewarded). People also tend to get angry at those who make mistakes because in a short-sighted way they focus on the bad outcome rather than the educational, evolutionary process they're a part of. That's a real tragedy. Ray Dalio Quote Details

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Observe the patterns of mistakes to see if they are a product of weaknesses. Connect the dots without ego barriers. If there is a pattern of mistakes, it probably signifies a weakness. Everyone has weaknesses. The fastest path to success is to know what they are and how to deal with them so that they don't stand in your way. Ray Dalio Quote Details

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To test if you are worrying too much about looking good, observe how you feel when you find out you've made a mistake or don't know something. Ray Dalio Quote Details

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A child becomes an adult when he realizes that he has a right not only to be right but also to be wrong. Thomas Szasz Quote Details

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If I have ventured wrongly, very well, life then helps me with its penalty. But if I haven't ventured at all, who helps me then? Soren Kierkegaard Quote Details

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Everything you want out of life is in that huge, bubbling vat of failure. The trick is to get the good stuff out. Scott Adams Quote Details

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[A]lways remember that failure is your friend. It is the raw material of success. Invite it in. Learn from it. And don't let it leave until you pick its pocket. Scott Adams Quote Details

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