An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





People fail forward to success.


Mary Kay Ash (1918-2001, American businesswoman, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics)


Making mistakes simply means you are learning faster.


Weston H. Agor


There is no fool like the fool who will continue to kick the rubbish of his mistakes along the path ahead of him, and then be compelled to stumble over these mistakes a second time.


Fred Van Amburgh


An error is the more dangerous in proportion to the degree of truth which it contains.


Henri Frederic Amiel (1821-1881, Swiss philosopher, poet, critic)


There exists a black kingdom which the eyes of man avoid because its landscape fails signally to flatter them. This darkness, which he imagines he can dispense with in describing the light, is error with its unknown characteristics. Error is certainty's constant companion. Error is the corollary of evidence. And anything said about truth may equally well be said about error: the delusion will be no greater.


Louis Aragon (1897-1982, French poet)


The higher up you go, the more mistakes you're allowed. Right at the top, if you make enough of them, it's considered to be your still.


Fred Astaire (1899-1987, American dancer, singer, actor)


Since nothing we intend is ever faultless, and nothing we attempt ever without error, and nothing we achieve without some measure of finitude and fallibility we call humanness, we are saved by forgiveness.


David Augsnurger


There is no original truth, only original error.


Gaston Bachelard (1884-1962, French scientist, philosopher, literary theorist)


A practical man is a man who practices the errors of his forefathers.


Earl of Beaconsfield


When you're stuck in a spiral, to change all aspects of the spin you need only to change one thing,


Christina Baldwin


I'd rather be strongly wrong than weakly right.


Tallulah Bankhead (1903-1968, American actress)


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


Tallulah Bankhead (1903-1968, American actress)


I have known men who could see through the motivations of others with the skill of a clairvoyant; only to prove blind to their own mistakes. I have been one of those men.


Bernard M. Baruch (1870-1965, American financier)


An error doesn't become a mistake until you refuse to correct it.


Orlando A. Battista


All wrong doing is done in the sincere belief that it is the best thing to do.


Arnold Bennett (1867-1931, British novelist)


I have made mistakes, but I never made the mistake of claiming that I never made one.


James Gordon Bennett (1795-1872, British-born American journalist)


I made a wrong mistake.


Yogi Berra (1925-, American baseball player)


My downfall raises me to infinite heights.


Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821, French general, emperor)


The greatest general is he who makes the fewest mistakes.


Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821, French general, emperor)


Memories are the key not to the past, but to the future.


Corrie Ten Boom (1892-1983, Dutch evangelist)


The difference between greatness and mediocrity is often how an individual views a mistake...


Nelson Boswell


A sound discretion is not so much indicated by never making a mistake, as by never repeating it.


John Christian Bovee (1820-1904, American author, lawyer)


It's okay to make mistakes. Mistakes are our teachers -- they help us to learn.


John Bradshaw (American author, lecturer, leading expert, recovery & dysfunctional families)


Sometimes what you want to do has to fail so you won't.


Margueritte Harmon Bro


The person interested in success has to learn to view failure as a healthy, inevitable part of the process of getting to the top.


Dr. Joyce Brothers (1927-, American psychologist, television and radio personality)


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


Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973, American novelist)


If you would not have affliction visit you twice, listen at once to what it teaches.


James Burgh (1714-1775, American libertarian thinker)


To swear off making mistakes is very easy. All you have to do is to swear off having ideas.


Leo Burnett (1891-1971, American marketing expert)


Whenever something goes wrong, always ask yourself ‘How can I make this work FOR me rather than AGAINST me?


Mary Cantando (American entrepreneur, specializing in helping women entrepreneurs grow their businesses)

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If you must make a mistake, make a new one each time.


Dale Carnegie (1888-1955, American trainer, author, "How to Win Friends and Influence People")


The successful man will profit from his mistakes and try again in a different way.


Dale Carnegie (1888-1955, American trainer, author, "How to Win Friends and Influence People")


I had already learned from more than a decade of political life that I was going to be criticized no matter what I did, so I might as well be criticized for something I wanted to do.


Rosalynn Carter


All men make mistakes, but only wise men learn from their mistakes.


Winston Churchill (1874-1965, British statesman, Prime Minister)


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


Marcus T. Cicero (c. 106-43 BC, Roman orator, politician)


It is the nature of every person to error, but only the fool perseveres in error.


Marcus T. Cicero (c. 106-43 BC, Roman orator, politician)


To stumble twice against the same stone is a proverbial disgrace.


Marcus T. Cicero (c. 106-43 BC, Roman orator, politician)


War is a series of catastrophes that results in victory.


Georges Clemenceau (1841-1929, French statesman)


Life is not life unless you make mistakes.


Joan Collins (1933-, British-born American actress)


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


Joan Collins (1933-, British-born American actress)


To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.


Confucius (BC 551-479, Chinese ethical teacher, philosopher)


To make a mistake and not correct it -- that, indeed, is a mistake.


Confucius (BC 551-479, Chinese ethical teacher, philosopher)


When you make a mistake, do not stop yourself correcting it.


Confucius (BC 551-479, Chinese ethical teacher, philosopher)


Don't argue for other people's weaknesses. Don't argue for your own. When you make a mistake, admit it, correct it, and learn from it -- immediately.


Stephen R. Covey (1932-, American speaker, trainer, author of "The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People")


I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken.


Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658, British Parliamentarian General)


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 Dali (1904-1989, Spanish painter)


I love fools' experiments. I am always making them.


Charles Darwin (1809-1882, British naturalist)


Truth is one, but error proliferates. Man tracks it down and cuts it up into little pieces hoping to turn it into grains of truth. But the ultimate atom will always essentially be an error, a miscalculation.


Rene Daumal (1908-1944, French poet, critic)


Do not fear mistakes -- there are none.


Miles Davis (1926-1991, American jazz musician)


I have learned more from my mistakes than from my successes.


Sir Humphrey Davy (1778-1829, British chemist)


It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data.


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930, British author, "Sherlock Holmes")


The better a man is the more mistakes he will make for the more things he will try.


Peter F. Drucker (1909-, American-Austrian management consultant)


Error is a supposition that pleasure and pain, that intelligence, substance and life, are existent in matter. Error is neither Mind nor one of Mind's faculties. Error is the contradiction of Truth. Error is a belief without understanding.


Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910, American founder of the Christian Science Church)


Truth is immortal; error is mortal.


Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910, American founder of the Christian Science Church)


Failure is just another way to learn how to do something right.


Marian Wright Edelman


A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


Better a false belief than no belief at all.


George Eliot (1819-1880, British novelist)


Errors look so very ugly in persons of small means -- one feels they are taking quite a liberty in going astray; whereas people of fortune may naturally indulge in a few delinquencies.


George Eliot (1819-1880, British novelist)


Keep trying. Take care of the small circle around you. When you have succeeded with them, then move outward, one small step at a time.


Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993, American actress, dancer, model)


Even a mistake may turn out to be the one thing necessary to a worthwhile achievement.


Henry Ford (1863-1947, American industrialist, founder of Ford Motor Company)


It is worse than a crime: it is a mistake.


Joseph Fouche (1759-1820, French minister of police under napoleon)


When I reflect, as I frequently do, upon the felicity I have enjoyed, I sometimes say to myself, that were the offer made me, I would engage to run again, from beginning to end, the same career of life. All I would ask, should be the privilege of an author, to correct in a second edition, certain errors of the first.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


If I lose, I'll walk away and never feel bad.... Because I did all I could, there was nothing more to do.


Joe Frazier


Most of my advances were by mistake. You uncover what is when you get rid of what isn't.


R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983, American inventor, designer, poet, philosopher)


He that's cheated twice by the same man is an accomplice with the cheater.


Thomas Fuller (1608-1661, British clergyman, author)


Forget your mistakes, but remember what they taught you.


Dorothy Galyean


An error gracefully acknowledged is a victory won.


Caroline L. Gascoigne


There are no significant bugs in our released software that any significant number of users want fixed


Bill Gates (1955-, American computer genius, businessman, co-founder of Microsoft)


I have made decisions that turned out to be wrong, and went back and did it another way, and still took less time than many who procrastinated over the original decision. Your brain is capable of handling 140,000 million bits of information in one second, and if you take hours or days or weeks to reach a vital decision, you are short-circuiting your most valuable property.


Jerry Gillies


People who make money often make mistakes, and even have major setbacks, but they believe they will eventually prosper, and they see every setback as a lesson to be applied in their move towards success.


Jerry Gillies


We're all human and we all goof. Do things that may be wrong, but do something!


Newt Gingrich (1943-, American statesman)


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


Nikki Giovanni (1943-, American poet)


A clever man commits no minor blunders.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


The best fortune that can fall to a man is that which corrects his defects and makes up for his failings.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


The best fortune that can fall to a man is that which corrects his defects and makes up for his failings.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


A mistake is simply another way of doing things.


Katherine Graham


Admitting error clears the score, and proves you wiser than before.


Arthur Guiterman


Apparent failure may hold in its rough shell the germs of a success that will blossom in time, and bear fruit throughout eternity.


Frances Ellen Watkins Harper


The road to wisdom? Well, it's plain and simple to express: Errand err again but less and less and less.


Piet Hein (1905-1996, Dutch inventor, poet)


Those who mistake their good luck for their merit are inevitably bound for disaster.


Christopher Herold


No man ever achieved worth-while success who did not, at one time or other, find himself with at least one foot hanging well over the brink of failure.


Napoleon Hill (1883-1970, American speaker, author, "Think And Grow Rich")


No mans error becomes his own Law; nor obliges him to persist in it.


Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679, British philosopher)


The greatest mistake a man can make is to be afraid of making one.


Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915, American author, publisher)


Man approaches the unattainable truth through a succession of errors.


Aldous Huxley (1894-1963, British author)


She had an unequalled gift... of squeezing big mistakes into small opportunities.


Henry James (1843-1916, American author)


To err is human, but when the eraser wears out ahead of the pencil, you're overdoing it.


Josh Jenkins


There is no wisdom equal to that which comes after the event.


Geraldine Jewsbury


I have a theory that the only original things we ever do are mistakes.


Billy Joel (1949-, American musician, piano man, singer, songwriter)


That fellow seems to me to possess but one idea, and that is a wrong one.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


A man's errors are his portals of discovery.


James Joyce (1882-1941, Irish author)


Mistakes are the portals of discovery.


James Joyce (1882-1941, Irish author)


Don't be afraid to fail. Don't waste energy trying to cover up failure. Learn from your failures and go on to the next challenge. It's OK to fail. If you're not failing, you're not growing.


H. Stanley Judd (American author)


Mistakes are, after all, the foundations of truth, and if a man does not know what a thing is, it is at least an increase in knowledge if he knows what it is not.


Carl Jung (1875-1961, Swiss psychiatrist)


I think success has no rules, but you can learn a great deal from failure.


Jean Kerr (1923-, American author, playwright)


Virtually nothing comes out right the first time. Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. The only time you don't want to fail is the last time you try something.... One fails forward toward success.


Charles F. Kettering (1876-1958, American engineer, inventor)


No one that ever lived has ever had enough power, prestige, or knowledge to overcome the basic condition of all life -- you win some and you lose some.


Ken Keyes Jr. (1921-1995, American author)


People are so busy dreaming the American Dream, fantasizing about what they could be or have a right to be, that they're all asleep at the switch. Consequently we are living in the Age of Human Error.


Florence E. King (1936-, American author, critic)


The trouble in America is not that we are making too many mistakes, but that we are making too few.


Philip Knight (1956-, American businessman, founder of Nike Corporation)


The freedom to fail is vital if you're going to succeed, most successful men fail time and time again, and it is a measure of their strength that failure merely propels them into some new attempt at success.


Michael Korda (1919-, American publisher)


There are no mistakes, no coincidences. All events are blessings given to us to learn from.


Elisabeth Kubler-Ross (1926-2004, Swiss-born American psychiatrist)


If there are men whose folly has never appeared, it is only because it has never been looked for closely.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


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