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Inspirational and Insightful Quotations #53 --- Mistakes

Updated on April 3, 2011

Quotations on Mistakes

Learn from the mistakes of others–you can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.

—Jewell Ball, The Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, Miss., Oct. 11, 1971.

To make a mistake is generally an indication of weakness in some form; to perpetuate a mistake is criminal.

—George H. Brimhall, The White and Blue, Provo, Utah, Jan. 21, 1913.

If you have made mistakes in the past, reparation lies not in regrets, but in thankfulness that you now know better.

—Elbert Hubbard, quoted in Deseret Evening News, Salt Lake City, Utah, Sept. 30, 1905.

A mistake never means that we are defeated in the course of our lives. All of us make mistakes but the greatest among us simply know the secret of retrieving them and turning them into moral strength.

—Eugene M. Frank, The Topeka Daily Capital, Topeka, Kan., Feb. 6, 1951.

From the mistakes of others a wise man corrects his own.

—Burris A. Jenkins, Kansas City Post, Kansas City, Mo., Feb. 16, 1920.

Everyone makes mistakes, but it is the wise man who does not respond to encores.

—Burris A. Jenkins, Kansas City Post, Kansas City, Mo., March 1, 1920.

What we do with our mistakes determines whether we are wise or foolish.

—Nephi Jensen, Deseret News, Salt Lake City, Utah, Jan. 28, 1928.

Most mistakes are caused by lack of courage. So many know what they ought to do, what good judgment dictates, but have not the courage to do it.

—Grove H. Patterson, Milwaukee Sentinel, Milwaukee, Wis., May 11, 1931.

Most of our mistakes come from a lack of general knowledge, a lack of even a moderate understanding of human nature, and a lack of common sense.

—Grove H. Patterson, Toledo Blade, Toledo, Ohio, Feb. 8, 1945.

If you make mistakes you will be wise to regret them, but foolish to brood over them.

Regret will spur you to be more careful in the future. Brooding will have the effect of paralyzing future effort of any sort.

It may help you to get the right attitude with regard to mistakes if you will keep in mind that every really forceful and successful man is certain at some time to make mistakes, perhaps serious ones. ...

The ablest of men are liable to make mistakes.

But they never make the biggest mistake of all. They never allow errors of judgment or faulty action to paralyze future endeavor.

Instead, they learn from their mistakes, and they keep pegging way, which is one sure way to win success in any line of activity. ...

Only those are bound in the long run to be total failures who sit down and impotently brood over the mistakes they have made.

—H. Addington Bruce, The Chicago Daily News, Chicago, Ill., Oct. 17, 1917.

We might take better pictures of our own lives if we learned from the mistakes of others.

—Vivian Bruner, Baptist Standard, Dallas, Texas, Dec. 22, 1949.

Mistakes are calamities only when we fail to profit by them in so ordering our course that in the future we may steer clear of them.

—Emmet Rodwell Calhoun, Louisville Times, Louisville, Ky., Jan. 28, 1905.

Profitable use of failures or mistakes or both constitutes the most serviceable course taught in the school of experience.

—W.P. Ball, New Orleans States, New Orleans, La., Dec. 29, 1936.

A man never learns much when he is afraid of his mistakes.

—Henry F. Cope, Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Ill., March 20, 1910.

A mistake is only made worse by mis-statement.

—B.C. Forbes, Forbes Magazine, New York, N.Y., May 1, 1926.

Do not waste time explaining your mistakes–show others how you profited by them.

—Roy E. Gibson, Nephi Times-News, Nephi, Utah, Dec. 30, 1954.

A successful man is not one who makes no big mistakes, but one who overcomes his mistakes, however big.

—Purser Hewitt, The Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, Miss., April 8, 1967.

The worst of all mistakes are those we never recognize as mistakes.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., Feb. 13, 1937.

The road to achievement is paved with mistakes that have been corrected.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., Aug. 28, 1939.

The quickest way to make two mistakes is not to correct the first one.

—Dan Valentine, Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City, Utah, Oct. 13, 1953.

The secret of success is discovering your mistakes before you make them.

—Dan Valentine, Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City, Utah, Sept. 18, 1954.

Never look backward–unless you can profit by the mistakes you have made.

—G.G. Foskett, Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle, Clarksville, Tenn., Jan. 20, 1930.

Don't take your mistakes too seriously. Only, take warning.

—B.C. Forbes, Forbes Magazine, New York, N.Y., Oct. 15, 1925.

Profit from past mistakes is not taxable.

—Floyd W. Casebolt, The Ennis Daily News, Ennis, Texas, Jan. 18, 1961.

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