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Oscar WildeExperience is merely the name men give to their mistakes.

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer

Theodore RooseveltThe only man who makes no mistakes is the man who never does anything.

—  Theodore Roosevelt, 1858-1919, American President [1901-1909]

HoraceSome faults may claim forgiveness.

—  Horace, 65-8 BC, Roman poet

Friedrich NietzscheWhich? Is man one of God's blunders or is God one of man's blunders?

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900, German philosopher

Carl SandburgBack of every mistaken venture and defeat is the laughter of wisdom, if you listen.

—  Carl Sandburg, 1878-1967, American poet

Harry TrumanNever kick a fresh turd on a hot day.

—  Harry Truman, 1884-1972, American President [1945-1953]

NapoleonIn politics... never retreat, never retract... never admit a mistake.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

NapoleonNever interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

Jim RohnFailure is not a single, cataclysmic event. You don’t fail overnight. Instead, failure is a few errors in judgment, repeated every day.

—  Jim Rohn, 1930-2009, American self-help speker

Georg Christoph LichtenbergTo err is human also in so far as animals seldom or never err, or at least only the cleverest of them do so.

—  Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, 1742-1799, German author of maxims

George Bernard ShawA life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

George Bernard ShawSuccess does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

Mahatma GandhiFreedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.

—  Mahatma Gandhi, 1869-1948, Indian leader of independence

Winston ChurchillYou can always count on the Americans to do the right thing, after they have exhausted all the other possibilities.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

Otto von BismarckOnly a fool learns from his own mistakes. The wise man learns from the mistakes of others.

—  Otto von Bismarck, 1815-1898, German chancellor

Friedrich NietzscheWoman was God’s second mistake.

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900, German philosopher

David HumeGenerally speaking, the errors in religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous.

—  David Hume, 1711-1776, Scottish philosopher

TalleyrandThis is worse than a crime, it's a mistake.

—  Talleyrand, 1754-1838, French statesman & diplomat

Samuel JohnsonMen do not suspect faults which they do not commit.

—  Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784, English writer

Samuel JohnsonThere are, in every age, new errors to be rectified and new prejudices to be opposed.

—  Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784, English writer

Lord ChesterfieldHonest error is to be pitied not ridiculed.

—  Lord Chesterfield, 1694-1773, English statesman & writer

Charles Caleb ColtonThe mistakes of the fool are known to the world, but not to himself. The mistakes of the wise man are known to himself, but not to the world.

—  Charles Caleb Colton, 1780-1832, English cleric & writer

VoltaireLove truth, but pardon error.

—  Voltaire, 1694-1778, French philosopher & writer

Edmund BurkeNobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.

—  Edmund Burke, 1729-1797, British statesman & philosopher

Yogi BerraWe made too many wrong mistakes.

—  Yogi Berra, 1925-2015, American baseball player & humorist

Will DurantForget mistakes. Forget failure. Forget everything except what you're going to do now and do it. Today is your lucky day.

—  Will Durant, 1885-1981, American historian & philosopher

Sigmund FreudFrom error to error one discovers the entire truth.

—  Sigmund Freud, 1856-1939, Austrian psychologist, founder of psychoanalysis

Peter DruckerThe most serious mistakes are not being made as a result of wrong answers. The true dangerous thing is asking the wrong question.

—  Peter Drucker, 1909–2005, Austrian management guru

Peter DruckerThe better a man is, the more mistakes will he make - for the more new things he will try. I would never promote a man into a top level job who had not made mistakes, and big ones at that.

—  Peter Drucker, 1909–2005, Austrian management guru

Elbert HubbardExperience is the name everyone gives to his mistakes.

—  Elbert Hubbard, 1856-1915, American writer

Elbert HubbardThe greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.

—  Elbert Hubbard, 1856-1915, American writer

CiceroAny man can make a mistake; only a fool keeps making the same one.

—  Cicero, 106-43 BC, Roman orator & statesman

Zig ZiglarYou have made some mistakes and you may not be where you want to be, but that has nothing to do with your future.

—  Zig Ziglar, 1926-2012, American self-help writer

Zig ZiglarSome of us learn from other people’s mistakes and the rest of us have to be other people.

—  Zig Ziglar, 1926-2012, American self-help writer

Charles DarwinTo kill an error is as good a service as, and sometimes even better than the establishing of a new truth or fact.

—  Charles Darwin, 1809-1882, British scientist

Eleanor RooseveltLearn from the mistakes of others. You can't live long enough to make them all yourself.

—  Eleanor Roosevelt, 1884-1962, American politician & wife of the 32nd USA president

Henry FordThe only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.

—  Henry Ford, 1863-1947, American industrialist, founder of FORD

Latin Quotes

Latin proverbTo err is human.

Errare Humanum est.

—  Latin proverb

HoraceSplendidly false.

Splendide mendax.

—  Horace, 65-8 BC, Roman poet


Ancient Greek

MenanderTo make the same mistake twice is not wise.

Το δις εξαμαρτείν τ’ αυτόν ουκ ανδρός σοφού.

—  Menander, 4th cent. BC, Ancient Greek dramatist (New Comedy)



English proverbIt's no use crying over spilt milk.

—  English proverb

Japanese proverbEven monkeys fall from trees.

—  Japanese proverb

International proverbDon't put the cart before the horse.

—  International proverb

Movie Quotes

She Done Him Wrong (1933)When women go wrong, men go right after them.

—  from the film She Done Him Wrong (1933)



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