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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 ]

There is scarcely any popular tenet more erroneous than that which holds that when time is slow, life is dull.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

Errors, like straws, upon the surface flow;
  He who would search for pearls, must dive below.
      - John Dryden, All for Love (prologue)

If all else fails, immortality can always be assured by spectacular error.
      - John Kenneth Galbraith

An error gracefully acknowledged is a victory won.
      - Caroline Leigh Gascoigne

Brother, brother; we are both in the wrong.
      - John Gay, Beggar's Opera (act II, sc. 2)

A man's errors are what make him amiable.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

He who only tastes his error will long dwell with it, will take delight in it as in a singular felicity; while he who drains it to the dregs will, if he be not crazy, find it to be what it is.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

How happy he who can still hope to lift himself from this sea of error! What we know not, that we are anxious to possess, and cannot use what we know.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

It is much easier to meet with error than to find truth; error is on the surface, and can be more easily met with; truth is hid in great depths, the way to seek does not appear to all the world.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Man errs as long as he strives.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Nothing hurts a new truth more than an old error.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

While man's desires and aspirations stir,
  He can not choose but err.
    [Ger., Es irrt der Mensch so lang er strebt.]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
        Faust--Prolog im Himmel--Der Herr
         (l. 77)

There are men who never err, because they never propose anything rational.
  [Ger., Est giebt Menschen die gar nicht irren, weil sie sich nichts Vernunftiges vorsetzen.]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
        Spruche in Prosa (III)

Error is ever talkative.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

For the first time, the best may err, art may persuade, and novelty spread out its charms. The first fault is the child of simplicity; but every other the offspring of guilt.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

Admitting errors clears the score and proves you wiser than before.
      - Arthur Guiterman

One deviates to the right, another to the left; the error is the same with all, but it deceives them in different ways.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

One goes to the right, the other to the left; both are wrong, but in different directions.
  [Lat., Ille sinistrorsum hic dexrorsum abit, unus utrique
    Error, sed variis illudit partibus.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Satires
         (II, 3, 50)

Dark Error's other hidden side is truth.
      - Victor Hugo, La Legende des Siecles

Do not be too severe upon the errors of the people, but reclaim them by enlightening them.
      - Thomas Jefferson

As all error is meanness, it is incumbent on every man who consults his own dignity, to retract it as soon as he discovers it.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Error is just as important a condition of life as truth.
      - Carl Gustav Jung

No tempting form of error is without some latent charm derived from truth.
      - Sir Arthur Keith

Find earth where grows no weed, and you may find a heart wherein no error grows.
      - James Sheridan Knowles

When every one is in the wrong, every one is in the right.
  [Fr., Quand tout le monte a tort, tout le monde a raison.]
      - Pierre Claude Nivelle de la Chaussee,
        La Gouvernante (I, 3)


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