Top ten quotes on the value and purpose of mistakes

I’m still searching for this one quote on mistakes and love. Ah, how I love a wild goose chase! but, the chase is leading me to some interesting other things.  Hope you enjoy these quotes. and if ANYONE knows the quote I am looking for … something about the only important mistakes have to do with love … please give me a hint?


10. I like the scientific spirit—the holding off, the being sure but not too sure, the willingness to surrender ideas when the evidence is against them: this is ultimately fine—it always keeps the way beyond open—always gives life, thought, affection, the whole man, a chance to try over again after a mistake—after a wrong guess.  Walt Whitman, Walt Whitman’s Camden Conversations
9. It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.   Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes
8. The real purpose of the scientific method is to make sure nature hasn’t misled you into thinking you know something you actually don’t know.  Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values
7. Some call their mistake a discovery; to others, their mistake is a misfortune and to most people a mistake is a deviation from the acceptable. A mistake is a mistake depending on what we think it is. Ernest Agyemang Yeboah, Distinctive Footprints of Life: Where Are You Heading Towards?
6. Everywhere man blames nature and fate, yet his fate is mostly but the echo of his character and passions, his mistakes and weaknesses. Democritus
5. What sets a man writhing sleepless in bed at night is not having injured his fellow so much as having been wrong; the mere injury he can efface by destroying the victim and the witness but the mistake is his and that is one of his cats which he always prefers to choke to death with butter.   William Faulkner, Intruder in the Dust
4. Living might mean taking chances, but they’re worth taking. Loving might be a mistake. but its worth making Reba McEntire
3. Almost all of our sorrows spring out of our relations with other people. There is no more mistaken path to happiness than worldliness.   Arthur Schopenhauer
2. Face it: as much as you’d like to be, you’re not perfect. Mistakes will be made in both your career and life. Instead of fearing mistakes, remind yourself that there’s plenty to learn from them. If nothing else, you’ll learn that a mistake doesn’t mean the end of the world. In fact, it might be the beginning of a new one.  Michael Law
1.Have patience with all things but first with yourself. Never confuse your mistakes with your value as a human being. You are perfectly valuable, creative, worthwhile person simply because you exist. And no amount of triumphs or tribulations can ever change that.  Saint Frances de Sales








Top ten quotes on mistakes

So, there is a quote that I love that says something like the only important mistakes have to do with love. that’s not it exactly, but it is something like that. Of course I wanted/needed to remember the exact quote, so I set of searching for it. still haven’t found that quote, but here are some others I tumbled across…

10. Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?  L.M. Montgomery
9. The sooner you make a mistake and learn to live with it, the better. You’re not responsible for everything. You can’t control the way things end up. Courtney Summers, Cracked Up to Be
8. If you make a mistake and do not correct it, this is called a mistake. Confucius
7. A mistake isn’t a mistake unless it can’t be put right. Sophie Kinsella, The Undomestic Goddess
6. But slight mistakes accumulate, and grow to gross errors if unchecked. Jacqueline Carey, Kushiel’s Chosen
5. Was it you or I who stumbled first? It does not matter. The one of us who finds the strength to get up first, must help the other. Vera Nazarian,The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration
4. Each mistake teaches you something new about yourself. There is no failure, remember, except in no longer trying. It is the courage to continue that counts. Chris Bradford, The Way of the Sword
3. Remember the two benefits of failure. First, if you do fail, you learn what doesn’t work; and second, the failure gives you the opportunity to try a new approach.  Roger Von Oech
2. After bearing the consequences of a mistake, the person either becomes a better person or completely succumbs to the atrocity.  Ram Mohan
1.There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting. Buddha