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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 ]

O hateful Error, Melancholy's child!
  Why dost thou show to the apt thoughts of men
    The things that are not? O Error, soon conceiv'd,
      Thou never com'st unto a happy birth,
        But kill'st the mother that engender'd thee.
      - William Shakespeare

The error of our eye directs our mind.
  What error leads must err.
      - William Shakespeare

So shall you hear
  Of carnal, bloody, and unnatural acts,
    Of accidental judgments, casual slaughters,
      Of deaths put on by cunning and forced cause,
        And, in this upshot, purposes mistook
          Fall'n on th' inventors' heads.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Horatio at V, ii)

How far your eyes may pierce I cannot tell;
  Striving to better, oft we mar what's well.
      - William Shakespeare, King Lear
         (Albany at I, iv)

Ah, poor our sex! this fault in us I find,
  The error of our eye directs our mind.
    What error leads must error.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The History of Troilus and Cressida
         (Cressida at V, ii)

Error will slip through a crack, while truth will stick in a doorway.
      - Henry Wheeler Shaw (used pseudonyms Josh Billings and Uncle Esek)

Errors to be dangerous must have a great deal of truth mingled with them; it is only from this alliance that they can ever obtain an extensive circulation; from pure extravagance, and genuine, unmingled falsehood, the world never has, and never can sustain any mischief.
      - Sydney Smith

If a crooked stick is before you, you need not explain how crooked it is. Lay a straight one down by the side of it, and the work is well done. Preach the truth, and error will stand abashed in its presence.
      - Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Men err from selfishness, women because they are weak.
      - Madame de Stael (Baronne Anne Louise Germaine de Stael-Holstein)

Error is but the shadow of the truth.
      - Benjamin Stillingfleet

Truth only is prolific. Error, sterile in itself, produces only by means of the portion of truth which it contains. It may have offspring, but the life which it gives, like that of the hybrid races, cannot be transmitted.
      - Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine (Soimonoff)

There are few, very few, that will own themselves in a mistake.
      - Jonathan Swift

From the errors of others, a wise man corrects his own.
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus)

Shall error in the round of time
  Shall father Truth?
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, Love and Duty

Error is a hardy plant; it flourisheth in every soil;
  In the heart of the wise and good, alike with the wicked and foolish;
    For there is no error so crooked, but it hath in it some lines of truth.
      - Martin Farquhar Tupper

Spurn not a seeming error, but dig below its surface for the truth.
      - Martin Farquhar Tupper

Verily, there is nothing so true that the damps of error hath not warp'd it.
      - Martin Farquhar Tupper

Love truth, but pardon error.
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire)

There is in some minds a nucleus of error which attracts and assimilates everything to itself.
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire)

The progress of rivers to the ocean is not so rapid as that of man to error.
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire),
        A Philosophical Dictionary--Rivers

The more secure we feel against our liability to any error to which, in fact, we are liable, the greater must be our danger of falling into it.
      - Archbishop Richard Whately

Error is frail.
      - Zoroaster


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