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Mistake Quotes - Failure Quotes

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A failure is not always a mistake, it may simply be
the best one can do under the circumstances.
The real mistake is to stop trying.
- B. F. Skinner

There are no mistakes, save one: the failure to learn from a mistake.
- Robert Fripp

Failure is the key to success; each mistake teaches us something.
- Morihei Ueshiba

Children love and want to be loved and they very much
prefer the joy of accomplishment to the triumph of hateful failure.
Do not mistake a child for his symptom.
- Erik Erikson

 

Our failure to properly deal with Germany and Japan
early cost the world dearly later on.
We dare not make the same mistake with China.
- Steve Forbes

Nixon's grand mistake was his failure to understand
that Americans are forgiving,
and if he had admitted error early and apologized to the country,
he would have escaped.
- Bob Woodward

You have to risk failure to succeed.
The important thing is not to make one single mistake
that will jeopardize the future.
- An Wang

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We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success.
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

The rise of China as a new power is another great challenge for the US.
Our failure to properly handle Germany and Japan earlier
in the 20th century cost us and the world dearly.
We must not make this same mistake with China.
- Steve Forbes

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

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

Freedom is not worth having if it
does not connote freedom to err.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Knowledge rests not upon truth alone, but upon error also.
- Carl Jung

To err is human, to forgive divine.
- Alexander Pope

The biggest mistake we could ever make in our lives
is to think we work for anybody but ourselves.
- Brian Tracy

Like everyone else who makes the mistake of getting older,
I begin each day with coffee and obituaries.
- Bill Cosby

Many people mistake our work for our vocation.
Our vocation is the love of Jesus.
- Mother Teresa

A person who never made a mistake
never tried anything new.
- Albert Einstein

Anyone who has never made a mistake,
has never tried anything new.
- Albert Einstein

He who never made a mistake,
never made a discovery.
- Samuel Smiles

It is a mistake to look too far ahead.
Only one link in the chain of destiny
can be handled at a time.
- Winston Churchill

Guilt says I've done something wrong;
... shame says there is something wrong with me.
Guilt says I've made a mistake;
... shame says I am a mistake.
Guilt says what did was not good;
... shame says I am no good.
- John Bradshaw

It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom.
It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest
might weaken and the wisest might err.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

I claim to be a simple individual liable
to err like any other fellow mortal.
I own, however, that I have humility enough
to confess my errors and to retrace my steps.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Formerly, when religion was strong and science weak,
men mistook magic for medicine; now,
when science is strong and religion weak,
men mistake medicine for magic.
- Thomas Szasz

Without music, life would be a mistake...
I would only believe in a God who knew how to dance.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

Our major obligation is not to mistake slogans for solutions.
- Edward R. Murrow

He who joyfully marches in rank and file
has already earned my contempt.
He has been given a large brain by mistake,
since for him the spinal cord would suffice.
- Albert Einstein

Never get married in college; it's hard to get a start
if a prospective employer finds you've already made one mistake.
- Elbert Hubbard

When I find myself in the company of scientists,
I feel like a shabby curate who has strayed by mistake
into a room full of dukes.
- W. H. Auden

Do not make the mistake of treating your dogs like
humans or they will treat you like dogs.
- Martha Scott

Show me a person who has never made a mistake and I'll
show you somebody who has never achieved much.
- Joan Collins

Many a man in love with a dimple makes the mistake
of marrying the whole girl.
- Stephen Leacock

Exclusiveness in a garden is a mistake as great as it is in society.
- Alfred Austin

It is a mistake for a sculptor or a painter to speak
or write very often about his job.
It releases tension needed for his work.
- Henry Moore

A mistake is always forgivable, rarely excusable and always unacceptable.
- Robert Fripp

Marriage is a mistake every man should make.
- George Jessel

When I write software, I know that it will fail,
either due to my own mistake, or due to some other cause.
- Wietse Venema

Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming
that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Experience enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.
- Franklin P. Jones

Starting out to make money is the greatest mistake in life.
Do what you feel you have a flair for doing,
and if you are good enough at it, the money will come.
- Greer Garson

A mistake is simply another way of doing things.
- Katharine Graham

Sometimes people mistake the way I talk for what I am thinking.
- Idi Amin

Everybody said Peyton Place would be a mistake.
- Dorothy Malone

People wish to be poets more than they wish to write poetry,
and that's a mistake.
One should wish to celebrate more than one wishes to be celebrated.
- Lucille Clifton

Because I was promoted as a sort of a siren and played all those sexy broads,
people made the mistake of thinking I was like that off the screen.
They couldn't have been more wrong.
- Ava Gardner

The first mistake of art is to assume that it's serious.
- Lester Bangs

I don't support abortion.
I could never participate in one.
But I think it would be a mistake to make them illegal again.
- Jesse Ventura

Every great mistake has a halfway moment,
a split second when it can be recalled and perhaps remedied.
- Pearl S. Buck

I made a big mistake of my life.
- Robert Jenkins

I believe in recovery, and I believe that as a role
model I have the responsibility to let young people
know that you can make a mistake and come back from it.
- Ann Richards

There are lots of people who mistake their imagination for their memory.
- Josh Billings

Experience is that marvelous thing that enable you
to recognize a mistake when you make it again.
- Franklin P. Jones

The voice of conscience is so delicate that it is easy to stifle it;
but it is also so clear that it is impossible to mistake it.
- Madame de Stael

Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

A lot of people mistake a short memory for a clear conscience.
- Doug Larson

The mistake a lot of politicians make is in forgetting
they've been appointed and thinking they've been anointed.
- Claude Pepper

Taking me seriously is a big mistake.
I certainly wouldn't.
- Ani DiFranco

Not admitting a mistake is a bigger mistake.
- Robert Half

It is very important not to mistake hemlock for parsley,
but to believe or not believe in God is not important at all.
- Denis Diderot

I had come to regard the U.S.
Senate's rejection of the League of Nations as a tragic mistake.
- Elliot Richardson

A little learning is not a dangerous thing to one who
does not mistake it for a great deal.
- William Allen White

Don't mistake niceness for weakness.
- Jennifer Granholm

There is nothing final about a mistake,
except its being taken as final.
- Phyllis Bottome

I really don't think anything I do is a mistake.
It could be if I didn't learn from it.
- Fiona Apple

The politician who never made a mistake never made a decision.
- John Major

Thongs don't show.
With jeans, you're always going to get panty lines
and I think that's just a big mistake.
- Lexa Doig

Every decision you make is a mistake.
- Edward Dahlberg

To avoid situations in which you might make mistakes
may be the biggest mistake of all.
- Peter McWilliams

Too many critics mistake the deliberations of the Congress for its decisions.
- Sam Rayburn

I knew I wanted to play "Dr Cox" really bad,
which is always a huge mistake because as soon as you
want something really bad,
maybe you rip up a little bit.
- John C. McGinley


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