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

Consciousness of error is, to a certain extent, a consciousness of understanding; and correction of error is the plainest proof of energy and mastery.
      - Walter Savage Landor

All men are liable to error; and most men are, in many points, by passion or interest, under temptation to it.
      - John Locke (1)

Error is none the better for being common, nor truth the worse for having lain neglected.
      - John Locke (1)

Knowledge being to be had only of visible and certain truth, error is not a fault of our knowledge, but a mistake of our judgment, giving assent to that which is not true.
      - John Locke (1),
        Essay Concerning Human Understanding
         (bk. IV, Of Wrong Assent or Error, ch. XX)

It takes less time to do a thing right than it does to explain why you did it wrong.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Look upon the errors of others in sorrow, not in anger.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Sometimes we may learn more from a man's error than from his virtues.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Hyperion
         (bk. IV, ch. III)

Our understandings are always liable to error. Nature and certainty is very hard to come at; and infallibility is mere vanity and pretense.
      - Marcus Aurelius (Marcus Aurelius Antoninus)

How full of error is the judgment of mankind! They wonder at results when they are ignorant of the reasons.
      - Metastasio (pseudonym of Antonio Domenico Bonaventura Trapassi Pietro)

Typos are very important to all written form. It gives the reader something to look for so they aren't distracted by the total lack of content in your writing.
      - Randy K. Milholland, Something Positive,
        a comic appearing July 3, 2005

The smallest errors are always the best.
  [Fr., Les plus courtes erreurs sont toujours les meilleures.]
      - Moliere (pseudonym of Jean Baptiste Poquelin),
        L'Etourdi (IV, 4)

A little inaccuracy sometimes saves a ton of explanation.
      - Hector Hugh (H.H.) Munro (Saki)

My principal method for defeating error and heresy is by establishing the truth. One purposes to fill a bushel with tares, but if I can fill it first with wheat, I may defy his attempts.
      - Sir Isaac Newton

The most powerful cause of error is the war existing between the senses and reason.
      - Blaise Pascal

There are some errors so sweet that we repent them only to bring them to memory.
      - Jean-Antoine Petit-Senn

Great errors seldom originate but with men of great minds.
      - Francesco Petrarch

The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything.
      - Edward J. Phelps,
        Speech at Mansion House, London,
        quoting Bishop W.C. Magee of Peterborough in 1868

For to err in opinion, though it be not the part of wise men, is at least human.
      - Plutarch,
        Morals--Against Colotes the Epicurean

Some positive persisting fops we know,
  Who, if once wrong, will needs be always so;
    But you with pleasure own your errors past,
      And make each day a critique on the last.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Criticism
         (pt. III, l. 9)

When people once are in the wrong,
  Each line they add is much too long;
    Who fastest walks, but walks astray,
      Is only furthest from his way.
      - Matthew Prior, Alma (canto III, l. 194)

Learn to distinguish the difference between errors of knowledge and breaches of morality.
      - Ayn Rand

Our follies and errors are the soiled steps to the Grecian temple our perfection.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

The more readily we admit the possibility of our own cherished convictions being mixed with error, the more vital and helpful whatever is right in them will become; and no error is so conclusively fatal as the idea that God will not allow us to err, though He has allowed all other men to do so.
      - John Ruskin

Weeds are omnipresent; errors are to be found in the heart of the most lovable.
      - George Sand (pseudonym of Mme. Armandine Lucile Dupon Dudevant)

To err is human.
  [Lat., Humanum est errare.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) bk. IV, Declam. 3


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