Quotes about Mistakes

"There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting."

Gautama Buddha or Siddhartha Gautama Buddha (-) was a spiritual teacher from the Indian subcontinent on whose teachings Buddhism was founded.


"Any man can make mistakes, but only an idiot persists in his error."

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.


"Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time."

George Bernard Shaw (26 July 1856 – 2 November 1950) was an Irish playwright and a co-founder of the London School of Economics. Although his first profitable writing was music and literary criticism, in which capacity he wrote many highly articulate pieces of journalism, his main talent was for drama and he wrote more than 60 plays.


"If I had to live my life again, I'd make the same mistakes, only sooner."

Tallulah Brockman Bankhead (January 31, 1902 – December 12, 1968) was an American actress of the stage and screen, talk-show host, and bonne vivante.<


"The two worst strategic mistakes to make are: acting prematurely and letting an opportunity slip; to avoid this, the warrior treats each situation as if it were unique and never resorts to formulae, recipes or other people's opinions."

Paulo Coelho (born August 24, 1947) is a Brazilian lyricist and novelist. He has become one of the most widely read authors in the world today.


"We made too many wrong mistakes."

Lawrence Peter "Yogi" Berra (born May 12, 1925) is a former American Major League Baseball catcher, outfielder, and manager. He played almost his entire 19-year baseball career (1946–1965) for the New York Yankees. Berra was one of only four players to be named the Most Valuable Player of the American League three times and is one of only seven managers to lead both American and National League teams to the World Series. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972.


"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.


"People who don't take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year. People who do take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year."

Peter Ferdinand Drucker (November 19, 1909 – November 11, 2005) was a writer, management consultant, and self-described "social ecologist." His books and scholarly and popular articles explored how humans are organized across the business, government and the nonprofit sectors of society. He is one of the best-known and most widely influential thinkers and writers on the subject of management theory and practice.


"You must learn from your past mistakes, but not lean on your past successes."

Denis E. Waitley (born 1933) is an American motivational speaker and writer, consultant and best-selling author.


"Mistakes are painful when they happen, but years later a collection of mistakes is what is called experience."

Denis E. Waitley (born 1933) is an American motivational speaker and writer, consultant and best-selling author.