A Quote by Jean Rostand on certainty, errors, ideas, and regret

Falsity cannot keep an idea from being beautiful; there are certain errors of such ingenuity that one could regret their not ranking among the achievements of the human.

Jean Rostand (1894 - 1977)

Source: "Penspes d'un Biologiste," 1939.

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A Quote by James Keller on ancestry, blindness, clarity, compassion, corruption, direction, disease, divinity, errors, experience, guidance, ignorance, imperfection, laws, manners, nature, needs, observation, prejudice, providence, reason, understanding,

Sir William Blackstone, the great English jurist, writing in his Commentaries on the Laws of England in 1769, was most explicit in emphasizing the weakness of man's nature. As he observed: ". . . if our reason were always, as in our first ancestor before his transgression, clear and perfect,unruffled by passions, unclouded by prejudice, unimpaired by disease or intemperance, the task would be pleasant and easy; we should need no other guide but this. But every man now finds the contrary in his own experience; that his reason is corrupt, and his understanding full of ignorance and error. This has given manifold occasion for the benign interposition of divine Providence, which in compassion to the frailty, the imperfection, and the blindness of human reason, hath been pleased at sundry times and in divers manners, to discover and enforce its laws by an immediate and direct revelation. The doctrines thus delivered we call the revealed or divine law . . ."

James Keller

Source: Three Minutes by James Keller, M. M., 1950

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A Quote by James Joyce on discovery, errors, genius, and mistakes

A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are the portals of discovery.

James Joyce (1882 - 1941)

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A Quote by James Joyce on discovery and errors

A man's errors are his portals of discovery.

James Joyce (1882 - 1941)

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A Quote by James Allen on birds, errors, heart, and mind

The birds are moulting. If only man could moult also - his mind once a year its errors, his heart once a year its useless passions.

James Allen (1864 - 1912)

Source: A Kentucky Cardinal.

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A Quote by J. Robert Oppenheimer on correction and errors

Any man whose errors take ten years to correct is quite a man.

J. Robert Oppenheimer

Source: speaking of Albert Einstein

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A Quote by Ibn Khaldun on clarity, errors, intelligence, and mind

Geometry enlightens the intellect and sets one's mind right. All of its proofs are very clear and orderly. It is hardly possible for errors to enter into geometrical reasoning, because it is well arranged and orderly. Thus, the mind that constantly applies itself to geometry is not likely to fall into error. In this convenient way, the person who knows geometry acquires intelligence.

Ibn Khaldun (1332 - 1406)

Source: The Muqaddimah. An Introduction to History.

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A Quote by Thomas Henry Huxley on errors


Irrationally held truths may be more harmful than reasoned errors.

Thomas Huxley (1825 - 1895)

Source: Isaac Asimov's Book of Science and Nature Quotations, ed. Jason Shulman & Isaac Asimov, 1988.

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A Quote by H. L. Mencken on discovery, errors, opposites, truth, and world

The world always makes the assumption that the exposure of an error is identical with the discovery of the truth - that error and truth are simply opposite. They are nothing of the sort. What the world turns to, when it has been cured of one error, is usually simply another error, and maybe one worse than the first.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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A Quote by Herbert Spencer on action, errors, life, men, politics, power, revolution, and superstition

Anyone who studies the state of things which preceded the French Revolution will see that the tremendous catastrophe came about from so excessive a regulation of men's actions in all their details, and such an enormous drafting away of the products of their actions to maintain the regulating organization, that life was fast becoming impracticable. And if we ask what then made, and now makes, this error possible, we find it to be the political superstition that governmental power is subject to no restraints.

Herbert Spencer (1820 - 1903)

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