100 Mistakes Quotes That Will Comfort (And Inspire You)

By Maxime Lagacé

Maxime is the founder of WisdomQuotes. He has been collecting quotes since 2004. His goal? To help you develop a calm and peaceful mind. Learn more about him on his about page.

Here are 100 of the most inspiring mistakes quotes I could find. Hope you’ll learn that after all making mistakes is probably not that risky. You’ll discover quotes by Einstein, Gandhi, Voltaire, and more. Enjoy!

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You make mistakes. Mistakes don’t make you. Maxwell Maltz

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If I had to live my life again, I’d make the same mistakes, only sooner. Tallulah Bankhead

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Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet? L.M. Montgomery

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Perhaps one can learn only by one’s own mistakes. The essential thing is to learn. Learning and living. Eleanor Roosevelt

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If you never get off-trail you never discover new landscapes. Maxime Lagacé


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Trust your own instinct. Your mistakes might as well be your own, instead of someone else’s. Billy Wilder

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Once we realize that imperfect understanding is the human condition there is no shame in being wrong, only in failing to correct our mistakes. George Soros

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

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You should become a connoisseur of your own mistakes, turning them over in your mind as if they were works of art, which in a way they are. Daniel Dennett

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In general, pride is at the bottom of all great mistakes. John Ruskin


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Be thankful for your failures. They reveal the winning strategies. James Clear

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A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery. James Joyce (Ulysses)

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Better make mistakes than faking perfections. Paulo Coelho

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If you don’t make mistakes, you’re not working on hard enough problems. And that’s a mistake. Frank Wilczek (Nobel Prize winner in physics)

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The only mistake is caring what others think. Maxime Lagacé


The Best Mistakes Quotes

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Pros are just amateurs who know how to gracefully recover from their mistakes. Kevin Kelly

It’s better to fail than procrastinate. Sahil Lavingia

An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field. Niels Bohr

He that never changes his opinions, never corrects his mistakes, and will never be wiser on the morrow than he is today. Tryon Edwards

The chief trick to making good mistakes is not to hide them — especially not from yourself. Daniel Dennett

Science, my lad, is made up of mistakes, but they are mistakes which it is useful to make, because they lead little by little to the truth. Jules Verne

Your worst mistakes are your biggest blessings. Unknown

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

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Mistakes and failures are precisely your means of education. They tell you about your own inadequacies. Robert Greene

For every mistake that you learn from you will save thousands of similar mistakes in the future, so if you treat mistakes as learning opportunities that yield rapid improvements you should be excited by them. But if you treat them as bad things, you will make yourself and others miserable, and you won’t grow. Ray Dalio

If you feel that you have made a mistake, you don’t try to undo the past or the present, but you just accept where you are and work from there. Chögyam Trungpa

No one does the wrong thing deliberately. Marcus Aurelius


No persons are more frequently wrong, than those who will not admit they are wrong. François de La Rochefoucauld

We are very good lawyers for our own mistakes, and very good judges for the mistakes of others. Paulo Coelho

Learn from mistakes, but never regret you made them. We make mistakes because we dare to step outside our comfort zone. Paulo Coelho

It was one thing to make a mistake; it was another thing to keep making it. Jodi Picoult (Handle with Care)

Show me a person who has never made a mistake and I’ll show you someone who has never achieved much. Joan Collins

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You learn to love mistakes once you realize you learn faster with them. Maxime Lagacé

The first mistake is never the one that ruins you. It is the spiral of repeated mistakes that follows. Missing once is an accident. Missing twice is the start of a new habit. James Clear

Top performers make mistakes just like everyone else. The difference is that they get back on track faster than most. James Clear

Any man can make mistakes, but only an idiot persists in his error. Cicero

If one doesn’t know his mistakes, he won’t want to correct them. Seneca

Failing to admit a small mistake is the surest way to make a big one. Johnny Uzan

You should take the approach that you’re wrong. Your goal is to be less wrong. Elon Musk

Part 2. Mistakes Quotes That Are…

The Most Famous Mistakes Quotes

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Searching for a famous mistake quote? Check out those by Napoleon, Bill Gates, Nietzsche, Gandhi, etc.
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Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it. Salvador Dalí

To err is human, to forgive, divine. Alexander Pope

Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time. George Bernard Shaw

Never interrupt an opponent when he is making a mistake. Napoleon Bonaparte

We are all full of weakness and errors; let us mutually pardon each other our follies. Voltaire

Without music, life would be a mistake. Friedrich Nietzsche

Every failure teaches a man something, if he will learn; and you are too sensible a man not to learn from this failure. Charles Dickens

Mistakes are, after all, the foundations of truth, and if a man does not know what a thing is, it is at least an increase in knowledge if he knows what it is not. Carl Jung

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The greatest mistake you can make in life is to continually be afraid you will make one. Elbert Hubbard

A scientist is a mimosa when he himself has made a mistake, and a roaring lion when he discovers a mistake of others. Albert Einstein

Sometimes I lie awake at night, and I ask, ‘Where have I gone wrong?’ Then a voice says to me, ‘This is going to take more than one night.’ Charles M. Schulz (Charlie Brown)

A weak man is just by accident. A strong but nonviolent man is unjust by accident. Mahatma Gandhi

Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes. Oscar Wilde

If you have made mistakes, even serious ones, there is always another chance for you. What we call failure is not the falling down but the staying down. Mary Pickford

You build on failure. You use it as a steppingstone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space. Johnny Cash

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The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing. Henry Ford

Learning from other people’s mistakes is much more pleasant. Charlie Munger

Being wrong isn’t a bad thing like they teach you in school. It is an opportunity to learn something. Richard Feynman

Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out. Benjamin Franklin

Mistakes are painful when they happen, but years later a collection of mistakes is what is called experience. Denis Waitley

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing. George Bernard Shaw

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

You are a man! For you know how to say, ‘I was wrong!’ Charles de Gaulle

Related: 10 Famous Failures to Success Stories That Will Inspire You to Carry On (lifehack.org)

Inspirational Mistakes Quotes

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The greatest risk is not trying. Maxime Lagacé

Dare mighty things. NASA

Life teaches us through our mistakes. Haemin Sunim

Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement. C.S. Lewis

Making mistakes is like creating a path in the jungle. As you advance, you start to see more clearly. Maxime Lagacé

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A mistake is simply the price they pay to achieve success. Mistakes are the stepping stones to success. John C. Maxwell

My great mistake, the fault for which I can’t forgive myself, is that one day I ceased my obstinate pursuit of my own individuality. Oscar Wilde

Forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future. Norman Vincent Peale

Your mistakes should be your motivation, not your excuses. Unknown

Beloveds, don’t be afraid to admit when you’re wrong. It is okay to make a mistake. Iyanla Vanzant

Making a wrong decision is better than no decision at all. In the latter, you make zero progress. In the former, you fail, learn, and grow. Preethi Kasireddy

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To invent and to fail are one and the same, you cannot have one without the other. Jeff Bezos (Amazon)

It is better to start as a fool and learn from your mistakes than to fake being a genius and ignore your errors. James Clear

My biggest mistake was thinking I shouldn’t show my mistakes. I learned I should. Jack Dorsey (Twitter)

The real challenge is holding yourself to a higher standard and simultaneously not punishing yourself for the occasional mistake. Yung Pueblo

No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn’t trying. Tony Robbins (Source)

If we treat everything as an experiment, every result is useful. Jack Butcher

Imperfections are not inadequacies; they are reminders that we’re all in this together. Brené Brown


Wise Mistakes Quotes

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The mistake is not being wrong. The mistakes is staying wrong. John Hill

Individuals rarely admit mistakes. Groups never do. Naval Ravikant

Safe roads lead to expected places. Maxime Lagacé

You’re stuck because you don’t make enough mistakes. Maxime Lagacé

All men make mistakes, but a good man yields when he knows his course is wrong, and repairs the evil. The only crime is pride. Sophocles

To make no mistake is not in the power of man; but from their errors and mistakes the wise and good learn wisdom for the future. Plutarch

I don’t believe I have the ability to say what is going to work. Rather, I try to eliminate what’s not going to work. I think being successful is just about not making mistakes. It’s not about having correct judgment. It’s about avoiding incorrect judgments. Naval Ravikant

You shouldn’t expect to fail, but you should plan for failure. The fastest way to get back on track is to know what to do when you’re off it. James Clear

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Perhaps it is better to be irresponsible and right than to be responsible and wrong. Winston Churchill

The easiest way to avoid wrong notes is to never open your mouth and sing. What a mistake that would be. Pete Seeger

An architect’s most useful tools are an eraser at the drafting board, and a wrecking bar at the site. Frank Lloyd Wright

If you are afraid to learn from your mistakes, you will more than likely keep repeating them. Robert Greene

Imperfection is not our personal problem – it is a natural part of existing. Tara Brach

When a scientist is ahead of his times, it is often through misunderstanding of current, rather than intuition of future truth. In science there is never any error so gross that it won’t one day, from some perspective, appear prophetic. Jean Rostand

When someone admits a mistake, they should be appreciated for their honesty and not be frowned upon. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

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If you remove pride from the equation, mistakes are simply accelerated learning. Maxime Lagacé

You want failures to be small and informational. Silicon Valley does very well. It knows how to use failure as a tool for improvement. Nassim Nicholas Taleb (Related: How to Innovate: LITTLE BETS by Peter Sims, 6-minute animated YouTube video)

People who don’t have time to learn always find time to make the same mistakes again and again. They go fast but not far. Shane Parrish

Experience is what you got when you didn’t get what you wanted. Howard Marks

Reframe mistakes as experiments and it’s suddenly bearable. Maxime Lagacé

Related: How to recover after making a mistake (au.reachout.com)

Part 3. Conclusion

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It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause, who at best knows achievement and who at the worst if he fails at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat. Theodore Roosevelt

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Author Bio

maxime lagace

Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.

In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running.

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He started journaling, reflecting, writing his thoughts, feelings and quotes.

His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal.

A few years later, he started his first website to share his love of quotes.

Maxime is a father of two, husband, and INFJ.

Other notable interests of Maxime are health (mental and physical), meditation, bananas, SEO, human potential, and education.

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March 9, 2022

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