Quotes about Mistakes

"It's a true mistake if you don't correct your errors."

Confucius (September 28, 551 BC – 479 BC) was a Chinese thinker and social philosopher.


"Mistakes are a fact of life. It is the response to the error that counts."

Yolande Cornelia "Nikki" Giovanni (born June 7, 1943) is an American poet, activist and author. Giovanni is currently a distinguished professor of English at Virginia Tech.


"It takes less time to do a thing right than it does to explain why you did it wrong."

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (February 27, 1807 – March 24, 1882) was an American poet and educator. He was also the first American to translate Dante Alighieri's The Divine Comedy and was one of the five Fireside Poets.


"A man whose errors take ten years to correct is quite a man."

J. Robert Oppenheimer (April 22, 1904 – February 18, 1967) was an American theoretical physicist and professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley. He is best known for his role as the scientific director of the Manhattan Project, the World War II project that developed the first nuclear weapons, for which he is often referred to as the "father of the atomic bomb".


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

John Powell (born 18 September 1963) is a British composer, best known for his scores to motion pictures. He has been based in the United States since 1997 and has composed the scores to over fifty feature films.


"Every man has his follies-and often they are the most interesting thing he has got."

Josh Billings, was the pen name of humorist born Henry Wheeler Shaw (20 April 1818 – 14 October 1885) He was perhaps the second most famous humor writer and lecturer in the United States in the second half of the 19th century after Mark Twain, although his reputation has not fared so well with later generations.


"Mistakes are part of human being. Appreciate your mistakes for what they are: precious life lessons that can only be learned the hard way. Unless it's a fatal mistake, which at least, others can learn from."

Alan Stuart "Al" Franken (born May 21, 1951) is the junior United States Senator from Minnesota.


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

Marcus Tullius Cicero (January 3, 106 BC – December 7, 43 BC) was a Roman philosopher, statesman, lawyer, political theorist, and Roman constitutionalist. He came from a wealthy municipal family of the equestrian order, and is widely considered one of Rome's greatest orators and prose stylists.


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

Elbert Green Hubbard (June 19, 1856 – May 7, 1915) was an American writer, publisher, artist, and philosopher. He was an influential exponent of the Arts and Crafts movement.


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

Franklin P. Jones (1908 - 1980) was a Philadelphia reporter, public relations executive and humorist.