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[ Also see Delusion Error Indiscretion Wrong ]

A husband can commit no greater blunder than to discuss his wife, if she is virtuous, with his mistress; unless it be to mention his mistress, if she is beautiful, to his wife.
      - Honore de Balzac

Being a mortal, you have stumbled; in this mortal life it is a wonder when a man has been happy throughout his life.
      - Bato

An error doesn't become a mistake until you refuse to correct it.
      - Orlando A. Battista

It's human to make mistakes and some of us are more human than others.
      - Ashleigh Brilliant

Nobody makes a greater mistake than he who does nothing because he could only do a little.
      - Edmund Burke

To step aside is human.
      - Robert Burns

Any man may make a mistake; none but a fool will stick to it. Second thoughts are best as the proverb says.
  [Lat., Cujusvis hominis est errare; nullius, nisi insipientis, in errore perseverae. Posteriores enim cogitationes (ut aiunt) sapientiores solent esse.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        Philippicoe (XII, 2)

A man who has committed a mistake and doesn't correct it is committing another mistake.
      - Confucius

It's only those who do nothing that make no mistakes, I suppose.
      - Joseph Conrad (Teodor Josef Konrad Korzeniowski),
        An Outcast of the Islands (pt. 3, ch. 2)

My brethren, by the bowels of Christ I beseech you, bethink you that you may be mistaken.
      - Oliver Cromwell

Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.
      - Albert Einstein

Even a mistake may turn out to be the one thing necessary to a worthwhile achievement.
      - Henry Ford

Mistakes are a fact of life. It is the response to errors that counts.
      - Nikki Giovanni,
        Black Feeling/Black Talk/Black Judgment--Of Liberation
         (st. 16)

A clever man commits no minor blunders.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Once you have missed the first buttonhole you'll never manage to button up.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

It is the true nature of mankind to learn from mistakes, not from example.
      - Fred Hoyle

You've always made the mistake of being yourself.
      - Eugene Ionesco

You're not the only one who's made mistakes, but they're the only things that you can truly call your own.
      - Billy Joel

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.
      - James Joyce

A mistake in judgment isn't fatal, but too much anxiety about judgment is.
      - Pauline Kael

Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life.
      - Sophia Loren

Mishaps are like knives, that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or the handle.
      - James Russell Lowell

Attention and activity lead to mistakes as well as to successes; but a life spent in making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.
      - George Bernard Shaw,
        The Doctor's Dilemma: Preface on Doctors
         (The Technical Problem), an essay

We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success; we often discover what will do by finding out what will not do; and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery. Horne Tooke used to say of his studies in intellectual philosophy, that he had become all the better acquainted with the country through having had the good luck sometimes to lose his way.
      - Samuel Smiles

All flesh doth frailty breed!
      - Edmund Spenser

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