Mistake Quotes

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Mistakes, like failures, can be great life lessons, even though they can be painful.  Wisdom comes from experience, and experience can come from mistakes.  Read on for some great wisdom:

1. If you would not have affliction visit you twice, listen at once to what it teaches. -James Burgh (1714-1775)

2. I have known men who could see through the motivations of others with the skill of a clairvoyant; only to prove blind to their own mistakes. I have been one of those men. -Bernard M. Baruch (1870-1965)

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

4. Sometimes we may learn more from a man’s errors, than from his virtues. -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1819-1892)

5. While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, another is busy making mistakes and becoming superior. -Henry C. Link

6. There are no mistakes, no coincidences. All events are blessings given to us to learn from. -Elisabeth Kubler-Ross (1926-2004)

7. If I had to live my life over again, I’d try to make more mistakes next time. -Nadine Stair (1904-1991)

8. 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

9. A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing. -George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

10. I try to extract something positive from every situation, even if it’s just learning not to make the same mistake twice. -Claudia Schiffer

11. Life is the only real counselor. Wisdom unfiltered through personal experience does not become a part of the moral tissue. -Edith Wharton (1862-1937)

12. Show us a man who never makes a mistake and we will show you a man who never makes anything. The capacity for occasional blundering is inseparable from the capacity to bring things to pass. The only men who are past the danger of making mistakes are the men who sleep at Greenwood. -H.L. Wayland

13. You must learn from your past mistakes, but not lean on your past successes. -Denis Waitley

14.No man ever achieved worth-while success who did not, at one time or other, find himself with at least one foot hanging well over the brink of failure. -Napoleon Hill (1883-1970)

15. People who make money often make mistakes, and even have major setbacks, but they believe they will eventually prosper, and they see every setback as a lesson to be applied in their move towards success. -Jerry Gillies

16. Most of my advances were by mistake. You uncover what is when you get rid of what isn’t. -R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983)

17. Mistakes are almost always of a sacred nature. Never try to correct them. On the contrary: rationalize them, understand them thoroughly. After that, it will be possible for you to sublimate them. -Salvador Dali (1904-1989)

18. The sheer rebelliousness in giving ourselves permission to fail frees a childlike awareness and clarity…. When we give ourselves permission to fail, we at the same time give ourselves permission to excel. -Eloise Ristad

19. It is necessary for you to learn from others’ mistakes. You will not live long enough to make them all yourself. -Hyman G. Rickover (1900-1986)

20. A series of failures may culminate in the best possible result. -Gisela Richter

21. He who is shipwrecked the second time cannot lay the blame on Neptune. -English Proverb

22. Mistakes are painful when they happen, but years later a collection of mistakes is what is called experience. -Denis Waitley

23. Your past is always going to be the way it was. Stop trying to change it. -Unknown

24. The error of the past is the success of the future. A mistake is evidence that someone tried to do something. -Unknown

25. Some of the best lessons we ever learn are learned from past mistakes. The error of the past is the wisdom and success of the future. -Dale Turner

26. Whenever you make a mistake or get knocked down by life, don’t look back at it too long. Mistakes are life’s way of teaching you. Your capacity for occasional blunders is inseparable from your capacity to reach your goals. No one wins them all, and your failures, when they happen, are just part of your growth. Shake off your blunders. How will you know your limits without an occasional failure? Never quit. Your turn will come. -Og Mandino (1923-1996)

27. Virtually nothing comes out right the first time. Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. The only time you don’t want to fail is the last time you try something…. One fails forward toward success. -Charles F. Kettering (1876-1958)

28. Don’t be afraid to fail. Don’t waste energy trying to cover up failure. Learn from your failures and go on to the next challenge. It’s OK to fail. If you’re not failing, you’re not growing. -H. Stanley Judd

29. 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 (1688-1744)

30. If you have made mistakes, even serious ones, there is always another chance for you. What we call failure is not the falling down but the staying down. -Mary Pickford (1893-1979)

31. There might be false starts and do-overs.You are entitled to experiment before you find your calling. -Jane Pauley

32. From the errors of others a wise man corrects his own. -Publilius Syrus (85BC-43BC)

33. There are few, very few, that will own themselves in a mistake. -Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

34. A man finds he has been wrong at every stage of his career, only to deduce the astonishing conclusion that he is at last entirely right. -Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1895)

35. More people would learn from their mistakes if they weren’t so busy denying them. -Harold J. Smith

36. Flops are a part of life’s menu and I’ve never been a girl to miss out on any of the courses. -Rosalind Russell

37. Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. -Chinese Proverb

38. A man whose errors take ten years to correct is quite a man. -Julius Robert Oppenheimer (1904-1967)

39. The sooner you make your first five thousand mistakes the sooner you will be able to correct them. -Kimon Nicolaides

40. If you mess up and learn nothing, it’s a mistake. If you mess up and learn something, it’s an experience. -Mark McFadden

I hope you liked some of these mistake quotes.  To make sure you remember them, you should write them down and put them somewhere you’ll read them over & over again.  Which numbers do you like the most?  Please share in the comments below.

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    • Mathew Heon
    • November 22, 2012

    Quotes # 1 and 2 are the same as #’s 41 and 42.

      • shawn
      • November 22, 2012

      Thanks for catching that!

    • Biron
    • December 9, 2012

    Very nice quotes here. Learning from mistakes, and not shying away from challenges due to fear of mistakes is a powerful lesson to learn. I usually focus on learning from my own mistakes, but quote #19 brings up a great point too… it’s a good idea to study the mistakes of others.

    • Prashanya
    • January 20, 2013

    These were great and very inspirational for anyone who has screwed up (isn’t that everyone?). I also think focusing on the present and not on the past is good for the soul.

    • Leon
    • April 26, 2013

    Think I have used many of those quotes ha ha.

      • shawn
      • December 30, 2015

      I know what you mean. 🙂

    • shailendra dubey
    • August 23, 2016

    I dont want to say this but i will have to say this “thank you” . I will not say anything else because i cannot explain what i have got and i dont want to make it bad.

      • shawn
      • September 14, 2016

      You’re welcome, Shailendra. Keep in touch, though. It’s always nice to have a new friend on here. -Shawn

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