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The 74 Best Quotes About Mistakes

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It’s a fact of life: We all make mistakes.

However, mistakes often provide us with great lessons and opportunities for reflection. We hope this list of great quotes inspires you seek exactly that.

Just don’t screw up.

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

Mistakes are a part of being human. Appreciate your mistakes for what they are: precious life lessons that can only be learned the hard way. Al Franken

Mistakes Are Discovery

The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing. John Powell

Be proud of your mistakes. Well, proud may not be exactly the right word, but respect them, treasure them, be kind to them, learn from them. And, more than that, and more important than that, make them. Make mistakes. Make great mistakes, make wonderful mistakes, make glorious mistakes. Better to make a hundred mistakes than to stare at a blank piece of paper too scared to do anything wrong.Neil Gaiman

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

I am glad that I paid so little attention to good advice; had I abided by it I might have been saved from some of my most valuable mistakes. Edna St. Vincent Millay

We must not say every mistake is a foolish one. Cicero

Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet? L.M. Montgomery

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

Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave. Mary Tyler Moore

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

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

You do not learn anything by doing everything right. Unknown

Making a different mistake every day is not only acceptable, it is the definition of progress. Robert Brault

You Mistakes Don't Define You

Well, we all make mistakes, dear, so just put it behind you. We should regret our mistakes and learn from them, but never carry them forward into the future with us. L.M. Montgomery

Making mistakes simply means you are learning faster. Weston H. Agor

Don’t carry your mistakes around with you. Instead, place them under your feet and use them as stepping stones. Never regret. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it’s experience. Unknown

Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment. Rita Mae Brown

I think we all wish we could erase some dark times in our lives. But all of life’s experiences, bad and good, make you who you are. Erasing any of life’s experiences would be a great mistake. Luis Miguel

If you don’t make mistakes, you’re not working on hard enough problems. And that’s a big mistake. F. Wikzek

You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over. Richard Branson

There are no mistakes. The events we bring upon ourselves, no matter how unpleasant, are necessary in order to learn what we need to learn; whatever steps we take, they’re necessary to reach the places we’ve chosen to go. Richard Bach

Wrong Choices Right Places

You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm. Colette

Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes. Oscar Wilde

By seeking and blundering we learn. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

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

As long as the world is turning and spinning, we’re gonna be dizzy and we’re gonna make mistakes. Mel Brooks

If I had my life to live again. I’d make the same mistakes, only sooner. Tallulah Bankhead

Truth will sooner come out of error than from confusion. Francis Bacon

I have learned all kinds of things from my many mistakes. The one thing I never learn is to stop making them. Joe Abercrombie

My Mistakes Are My Life

Our ‘mistakes’ become our crucial parts, sometimes our best parts, of the lives we have made. Ellen Goodman

The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything. Theodore Roosevelt

When you make a mistake, don’t look back at it long. Take the reason of the thing into your mind and then look forward. Mistakes are lessons of wisdom. The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power. Hugh White

What a waste my life would be without all the beautiful mistakes I’ve made. Alice Bag

There must be a limit to the mistakes one person can make, and when I get to the end of them, then I’ll be through with them. That’s a very comforting thought. L.M. Montgomery

The road to wisdom? Well, it’s plain and simple to express: Err and err again but less and less and less. Piet Hein

You make mistakes.
You try to learn from them,
and when you don’t,
it hurts even more. Aretha Franklin

You can’t go back again, even if you wanted to. But you can own your own life, mistakes and all. Ellen Barkin

Do not fear mistakes — there are none. Miles Davis

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

Lovable Mistakes

Smart people learn from their mistakes. But the real sharp ones learn from the mistakes of others. Brandon Mull

What do you first do when you learn to swim? You make mistakes, do you not? And what happens? You make other mistakes, and when you have made all the mistakes you possibly can without drowning – and some of them many times over – what do you find? That you can swim? Well – life is just the same as learning to swim! Do not be afraid of making mistakes, for there is no other way of learning how to live! Alfred Adler

Mistakes are proof that you are trying. Unknown

We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents. Bob Ross

Never try to erase a mistake. Instead, embrace it, reflect on it, and turn it into something beautiful. Unknown

No man ever became great or good except through many and great mistakes. William E. Gladstone

An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made in a very narrow field. Niels Bohr

In art, as in life, the best way to remedy mistakes is to take advantage of them. Darby Bannard

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

You must learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t possibly live long enough to make them all yourself. Samuel Levenson

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

I’m just human, I have weaknesses, I make mistakes and I experience sadness; But I learn from all these things to make me a better person. Unknown

You were born to make mistakes, not to fake perfection. Unknown

Laughing at our mistakes can lengthen our own life. Laughing at someone else’s can shorten it. Cullen Hightower

One cannot too soon forget his errors and misdemeanors; for to dwell upon them is to add to the offense. Henry David Thoreau

It is so conceited and timid to be ashamed of one’s mistakes. Of course they are mistakes. Go on to the next. Brenda Ueland


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 Dalí

My heroes are the ones who survived doing it wrong, who made mistakes, and recovered from them. Bono

Makin’ mistakes ain’t a crime, you know. What’s the use of having a reputation if you can’t ruin it every now and then? Simone Elkeles

The easiest way to avoid wrong notes is to never open your mouth and sing. What a mistake that would be. Pete Seeger

To live a creative life, one must lose the fear of being wrong. Joseph Chilton Pearce

There is a tendency for things to right themselves. Ralph Waldo Emerson

I owe no explanations for my flaws. I don’t have to justify my mistakes, my past, or my insecurities. I am growing and learning. Let me live. Unknown

People make mistakes. Nobody’s perfect. Unknown

If you stumble, make it part of the dance. Unknown

If I had my life to live over… I’d dare to make more mistakes next time. Nadine Stair

Some of the worst mistakes in my life were haircuts. Jim Morrison

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