Quotes for
the Journey:

Mistakes


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

William Connor Magee

   

People should never be ashamed to own they have been in the wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that they are wiser today than they were yesterday.       -Alexander Pope

   

Half of our mistakes in life arise from feeling where we ought to think, and thinking where we ought to feel.        -John Churton Collins

   
How many times do we pay for one mistake?  The answer is thousands of times.  The human is the only animal on earth that pays a thousand times for the same mistake.  The rest of the animals pay once for every mistake they make.  But not us.  We have a powerful memory.  We make a mistake, we judge ourselves, we find ourselves guilty, and we punish ourselves.  If justice exists, then that was enough; we don't need to do it again.  But every time we remember, we judge ourselves again, we are guilty again, and we punish ourselves again, and again, and again.  If we have a wife or husband he or she also reminds us of the mistake, so we can judge ourselves again, punish ourselves again, and find ourselves guilty again.  Is this fair?       -Don Miguel Ruiz
   

If you canít make a mistake, you canít make anything.       -Marva N. Collins

   
There's nothing final about a mistake, except its being taken as final.       -Phyllis Bottome
    
Just because you made a mistake doesn't mean you are a mistake.       -Georgette Mosbacher

If you must make a mistake, make a new one each time.       -Dale Carnegie
   
If I had to live my life again I'd make all the same mistakes--only sooner.        -Tallulah Bankhead
   
I love mistakes.  Mistakes are how I learn the best, and I've made plenty of them in my lifetime, so I naturally consider myself to be a well-learned person.  It makes sense, at least to me.  When I've studied languages, the easiest way for me to internalize something--vocabulary or verb conjugation or declensions--was when someone corrected me after I made a mistake.  If I'm learning a new sport, I learn the most when I make a mistake and I see the right way to do something through the error, or I see why someone told me to do something a certain way, for I've learned the consequences of not doing it that way.       -Tom Walsh
   
Those who never made a mistake never made a discovery.       -Samuel Smiles
   
Admit your errors before someone else exaggerates them.       -Andrew V. Mason
   
Like most people, Aunt Hattie Mae explained, I saw my mistakes as failures--setbacks and defeats to disappoint, depress, or demoralize me.  What they really are, however, are opportunities.  Because it is from our mistakes that we learn the lessons we need to develop and grow. . . . Mistakes aren't just our teachers; they're also our motivators.  They cause us to reexamine our choices, revise our plans, and, in some cases, reconsider the way we live our lives.  And change them for the better. . . . The person who makes no mistakes doesn't usually make anything.  And when you learn to see your mistakes for what they are--compulsory education--the harder you fall, the higher you'll bounce.        -Patti LaBelle
    
A blunder at the right moment is better than cleverness at the wrong time.        -Carolyn Wells 
   
How many mistakes did you make this week?  A full life requires thousands of mistakes if you plan to live up to your creative potential.  When we are children, adults try to talk us out of making mistakes and we get confused.  They are referring to life-threatening mistakes, but we think they mean everything.
   Check how open you are to mistakes.  Can you stand it?  Can you laugh?  Do you shy away from things you might not do well?  Do you laugh at people who seem clumsy or naive?  Do you grit your teeth when someone you love makes a mistake?  Are you under the illusion that everyone is watching you and keeping score?
   Start counting your mistakes on a daily basis and try to increase them by ten percent.  That will require you to stretch and grow.  Try not mentioning other people's mistakes.  Take risks; be tolerant of yourself and others. . . . Mistakes are the dues of a good and full life.  Stretch and enjoy.     -Jennifer Jones
  

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If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. . . you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call "failure" is not the falling down, but the staying down.     -Mary Pickford
  
You know, by the time you've reached my age, you've made plenty of mistakes if you've lived your life properly.     -Ronald Reagan
  
That is the trouble with many inventors; they lack patience. They lack the willingness to work a thing out slowly and clearly and sharply in their mind, so that they can actually "feel it work." They want to try their first idea right off; and the result is they use up lots of money and lots of good material, only to find eventually that they are working in the wrong direction. We all make mistakes, and it is better to make them before we begin.     -Nikola Tesla
  
If you are terrified of making mistakes, you will be reluctant to acknowledge them when you do make them--and therefore you will not correct them.

Nathaniel Branden
Self-Esteem Every Day

If you are wise enough to base your self-esteem not on being "right" but on being rational--on being conscious--and on having integrity, then you recognize that acknowledgement and correction of an error is not an abyss into which you have fallen but a height you can take pride in having climbed.
  

  
If you're learning, growing and trying new things--expect mistakes.  They're a natural part of the learning process.  In fact, someone once said, "If you're not making at least 50 mistakes a day, you're not trying hard enough."  What the person meant, we think, is that growth, discovery and expansion have mistakes built into them.
   To avoid situations in which you might make mistakes may be the biggest mistake of all.     -John-Roger and Peter McWilliams
  
I believe that you should not be judged by the mistakes you've made in life but rather should be judged by how you fix them.

Bill Resler
The Heart of the Team

We learn from our mistakes, and it is our job as adults to share the lessons we've painfully learned through experience in a positive and instructive way.
  
God knew we would make mistakes.  Life is all about mistakes.  It is constant change and growth. Our greatest challenges in life will one day be known to us as our greatest teachers.     -Betty Eadie
  
Nature does not require that we be perfect; it requires only that we grow, and we can do this as well from a mistake as from a success.     -Rollo May
  
If error is corrected whenever it is recognized as such, the path of error is the path of truth.     -Hans Reichenbach
   

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