A Quote by Samuel Smiles on discovery, failure, learning, mistakes, success, and wisdom

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.

Samuel Smiles (1812 - 1904)

Source: Self-Help.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on mistakes, wine, and words

One of the disadvantages of wine is that it makes a man mistake words for thoughts.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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A Quote by Samuel Eliot Morison on fighting, freedom, goals, happiness, independence, liberty, life, mistakes, and revolution

Make no mistake; the American Revolution was not fought to obtain freedom, but to preserve the liberties that Americans already had as colonials. Independence was no conscious goal, secretly nurtured in cellar or jungle by bearded conspirators, but a reluctant last resort, to preserve "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

Samuel Eliot Morison (1887 - 1976)

Source: The Oxford History of the American People, 1965, ch. 12

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A Quote by Samuel Butler on mistakes

There is no mistake so great as that of being always right.

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

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A Quote by Salvador Dali on correction, mistakes, nature, sacred, and understanding

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

Salvador Dali (1904 - 1989)

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A Quote by Sam Donaldson on mistakes and presidency

In 27 years of reporting from Washington, I've never heard a President admit he made a mistake.

Sam Donaldson (1934 -)

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A Quote by Robert Solow on ambition, driving, goals, good, ideas, kindness, mistakes, niceness, and people

It is a good idea to be ambitious, to have goals, to want to be good at what you do, but it is a terrible mistake to let drive and ambition get in the way of treating people with kindness and decency. The point is no that they will then be nice to you. It is that you will feel better about yourself.

Robert Solow

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A Quote by Robert M. Pyle on mistakes and nature

But make no mistake: the weeds will win: nature bats last.

Robert M. Pyle

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A Quote by Ring Lardner on editors, good, mistakes, temptation, and writers

A good many young writers make the mistake of enclosing a stamped, self-addressed envelope, big enough for the manuscript to come back in. This is too much of a temptation to the editor.

Ring Lardner (1885 - 1933)

Source: How to Write Short Stories, 1924

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A Quote by Richard L. Evans on men, mistakes, perspective, pessimism, and seriousness

Too much pessimism has led too many men into making serious mistakes. And perhaps part of our pessimism comes because we are too close to ourselves to see in proper perspective.

Richard L. Evans (1906 - 1971)

Source: The Spoken Word, MTC broadcast

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