Mistakes: 
The Philosophical
 
 

Day

The Philosophical Side

1

A computer isn't smart enough to make a mistake. Computers are dumb. Fast and efficient and dumb. No computer ever had an idea.

-- Unknown

2

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.

--George Bernard Shaw

3

A mistake is simply another way of doing things.

--Katharine Graham

4

Allowing an unimportant mistake to pass without comment is a wonderful social grace.

--Judith Martin

5

Anyone can make a mistake. A fool insists on repeating it.

--Robertine Maynard

6

Be cautious, but not too cautious; do not be too much afraid of making a mistake; a man who never makes a mistake will make nothing.

--John Lubbock

7

Half our mistakes in life arise from feeling where we ought to think, and thinking where we ought to feel.

--John Churton Collins

8

I have learned throughout my life as a composer chiefly through my mistakes and pursuits of false assumptions, not my exposure to founts of wisdom and knowledge.

--Igor Stravinsky

9

I must tell you I take terrible risks. Because my playing is very clear, when I make amistake you hear it. Never be afraid to dare.

--Vladimir Horowitz

10

If I had my life to live over, I would try to make more mistakes. I would relax. I would climb more mountains and swim more rivers. I would pick more daisies. I would have more actual troubles and fewer imaginary ones.

--Don Herold

11

If it is a mistake of the head and not the heart don't worry about it, that's the way we learn.

--Earl Warren

12

If only we could have two lives: the first in which to make one's mistakes, which seem as if they have to be made; and the second in which to profit by them.

--D. H. Lawrence

13

Intelligence is not to make no mistakes, but quickly to see how to make them good.

--Bertolt Brecht

14

It is a mistake to suppose that men succeed through success; they much oftener succeed through failures. Precept, study, advice, and example could never have taught them so well as failure has done.

--Samuel Smiles

15

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

--Jessamyn West

16

It is just as damaging to think you are superior as it is to think you are inferior. People who think they are superior often find it difficult, if not impossible, to learn from others or to profit from their own mistakes.

--Allen Fay

17

It is only those who never do anything who never make mistakes.

--A. Favre

18

It isn't making mistakes that's critical; it's correcting them and getting on with the principal task.

--Donald Rumsfeld

19

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

--Martin Vanbee

20

Make sure you generate a reasonable number of mistakes.

--Fletcher Byrom

21

Many times the best way, in fact the only way, to learn is through mistakes. A fear of making mistakes can bring individuals to a standstill, to a dead center. Fear is the wicked wand that transforms human beings into vegetables.

--George Brown

22

Never mistake motion for action.

--Ernest Hemingway

23

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

--Elbert Hubbard

24

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

--Edward John Phelps

25

There is glory in a great mistake.

--Nathalia Crane

26

To make mistakes is human; to stumble is commonplace; to be able to laugh at yourself is maturity.

--William A. Ward

27

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

28

When I was young I was sure of everything; in a few years, having been mistaken a thousand times, I was not half so sure of most things as I was before; at present, I am hardly sure of anything but what God has revealed to me.

--John Wesley

29
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 
30
Mistakes are almost always of a sacred nature. Never try to correct them. On the contrary: rationalise them, understand them thoroughly. After that, it will be possible for you to sublimate them.
--Salvador Dali 
31
Mistakes are a fact of life
It is the response to error that counts.
--Nikki Giovanni 

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