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ERROR
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[ Also see Crime Delusion Evil Failure Fallacy Falsehood Faults Guilt Inaccuracy Mistake Misunderstanding Sin Sophistry Truth Wickedness Wrong ]

The wisest of the wise may err.
      - Aeschylus

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

Error is worse than ignorance.
      - Philip James Bailey

The truth is perilous never to the true,
  Nor knowledge to the wise; and to the fool,
    And to the false, error and truth alike,
      Error is worse than ignorance.
      - Philip James Bailey, Festus
         (sc. A Mountain Sunrise)

Error is always more busy than truth.
      - Hosea Ballou

All errors spring up in the neighborhood of some truth; they grow round about it, and, for the most part, derive their strength from such contiguity.
      - Thomas Binney

Every error is truth abused.
      - Jacques Benigue Bossuet

It is only an error of judgment to make a mistake, but it argues an infirmity of character to adhere to it when discovered. Or, as the Chinese better say, "The glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time you fall."
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

Have too rashly charged the troops of error and remain as trophies unto the enemies of truth.
      - Sir Thomas Browne, Religio Medici
         (pt. I, sec. VI)

Error's monstrous shapes from earth are driven
  They fade, they fly--but truth survives the flight.
      - William Cullen Bryant

There will be mistakes in divinity while men preach, and errors in governments while men govern.
      - Dudley Carlton

Error soon passes away unless upheld by restraint on thought. History tells us (and the lesson is invaluable) that the physical force which has put down free inquiry has been the main bulwark of the superstitions and illusions of past ages.
      - William Ellery Channing

Mistake, error, is the discipline through which we advance.
      - William Ellery Channing,
        Address on The Present Age

Honest error is to be pitied, not ridiculed.
      - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope

To err is human, but to persevere in error is only the act of a fool.
  [Lat., Cujusvis hominis est errare, nullius nisi insipientis in errore perseverare.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        Philippicoe (XII, 2)

By Hercules! I prefer to err with Plato, whom I know how much you value, than to be right in the company of such men.
  [Lat., Errare mehercule malo cum Platone, quem tu quanti facias, scio quam cum istis vera sentire.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        Tusculanarum Disputationum (I, 17)

Error is sometimes so nearly allied to truth that it blends with it as imperceptibly as the colors of the rainbow fade into each other.
      - William Benton Clulow

There are errors which no wise man will treat with rudeness while there is a probability that they may be the refraction of some great truth still below the horizon.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Truth is a good dog; but beware of barking too close to the heels of an error, lest you get your brains kicked out.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Error is always more busy than ignorance. Ignorance is a blank sheet on which we may write; but error is a scribbled one from which we must first erase.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Error, when she retraces her steps, has farther to go before she can arrive at truth than ignorance.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

The blindness of bigotry, the madness of ambition, and the miscalculations of diplomacy seek their victims principally amongst the innocent and the unoffending. The cottage is sure to suffer for every error of the court, the cabinet, or the camp. When error sits in the seat of power and of authority, and is generated in high places, it may be compared to that torrent which originates indeed in the mountain, but commits its devastation in the vale.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

The cautious seldom err.
      - Confucius, Analects (bk. IV, ch. XXIII)

Man on the dubious waves of error toss'd.
      - William Cowper, Poem on Truth (l. 1)

Those things which now seem frivolous and slight,
  Will be of serious consequence to you,
    When they have made you once ridiculous.
      - Wentworth Dillon, 4th Earl of Roscommon


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