Defeates and Mistakes

"Even a mistake may turn out to be the one thing necessary to a worthwhile achievement."


Rating: 4.20 (Number of Voters: 5)

"A man's life is interesting primarily when he has failed --I well know. For it is a sign that he has tried to surpass himself."


Rating: 5.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Our virtues and failings are inseparable, like force and matter. When they separate, man is no more."

Nikola Tesla (attributed)
Nikola Tesla (attributed)

Rating: 6.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Every great mistake has a halfway moment, a split second when it can be recalled and perhaps remedied."

Pearl Buck
Pearl Buck "What America Means to Me"

Rating: 7.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"The season of failure is the best time for sowing the seeds of success."


Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 5)

"America is a mistake, a giant mistake."


Rating: 3.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"To guarantee success, act as if it were impossible to fail."


Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Nothing costs you more dearly than your own foolishness."


Rating: 3.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"What hurts much more than own failures are someone else's successes."


Rating: 5.83 (Number of Voters: 6)

"Reason often makes mistakes, but conscience never does."


Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"To expect defeat is nine-tenths of defeat itself."


Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Think of your own faults the first part of the night when you are awake, and of the faults of others the latter part of the night when you are asleep."


Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"If you get up one time more than you fall, you will make it through."


Rating: 6.80 (Number of Voters: 5)

"You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call 'failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down."


Rating: 3.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"The best way to correct a mistake is to make it right."


Rating: 3.40 (Number of Voters: 5)

"The day is for mistake and error, sequence of time for success and carrying out. The one who anticipates is master of the day."


Rating: 5.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"The purpose of life is to be defeated by greater and greater things."


Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Mistakes are almost always of a sacred nature. Never try to correct them. On the contrary: rationalise them, understand them thoroughly. After that, it will be possible for you to sublimate them."


Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit."


Rating: 5.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"We may pretend that we're basically moral people who make mistakes, but the whole of history proves otherwise."


Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 5)

"As long as the world is turning and spinning, we're gonna be dizzy and we're gonna make mistakes."


Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Error has made animals into men; is truth in a position to make men into animals again?"


Rating: 6.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"The greatest of faults, I should say, is to be conscious of none."

Thomas Carlyle
Thomas Carlyle "Heroes and Hero-Worship"

Rating: 4.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"What is earnest is not always true; on the contrary, error is often more earnest than truth."


Rating: 2.80 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Every decision is liberating, even if it leads to disaster. Otherwise, why do so many people walk upright and with open eyes into their misfortune?"

Elias Canetti
Elias Canetti "The Secret Heart Of The Clock"

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"If we had had more time for discussion we should probably have made a great many more mistakes."

Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky "My Life"

Rating: 8.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Success is more dangerous than failure, the ripples break over a wider coastline."


Rating: 5.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Woman was God's second mistake."


Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"At twenty you have many desires which hide the truth, but beyond forty there are only real and fragile truths - your abilities and your failings."


Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Doctors bury their mistakes. Lawyers hang them. But journalists put theirs on the front page."


Rating: 4.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Rest in peace. The mistake shall not be repeated."

 Inscription on the cenotaph at Hiroshima
Inscription on the cenotaph at Hiroshima

Rating: 3.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"The essence of a man is found in his faults."


Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"The world is divided into two categories: failures and unknowns."


Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"The only way to win is to fight on the side of your adversaries."

Francis Picabia
Francis Picabia "Who Knows: Poems and Aphorisms"

Rating: 3.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"The common idea that success spoils people by making them vain, egotistic, and self-complacent is erroneous; on the contrary, it makes them, for the most part, humble, tolerant, and kind. Failure makes people cruel and bitter."


Rating: 5.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Always acknowledge a fault. This will throw those in authority off their guard and give you an opportunity to commit more. "


Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 6)

"An error is the more dangerous in proportion to the degree of truth which it contains."

Amiel-Henri-Frederic
Amiel-Henri-Frederic "Journal Intime"

Rating: 5.20 (Number of Voters: 5)

"It is sometimes well for a blatant error to draw attention to overmodest truths."

Jean Rostand
Jean Rostand "The Substance of Man"

Rating: 4.20 (Number of Voters: 5)

"He who angers you conquers you."


Rating: 3.00 (Number of Voters: 5)

"We do not err because truth is difficult to see. It is visible at a glance. We err because this is more comfortable."


Rating: 4.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody."


Rating: 4.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again."


Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so."

Douglas Adams
Douglas Adams "Last Chance to See"

Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Failure is not the only punishment for laziness; there is also the success of others."


Rating: 5.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"To err is human, but to really foul things up requires a computer."


Rating: 2.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Never regret. If it's good, it's wonderful. If it's bad, it's experience."


Rating: 4.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life."


Rating: 4.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes."


Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 2)