Top 9 Quotes About Making Mistakes

I've handpicked my favourite quotes about making mistakes. They certainly are abundant, and it's no surprise why - they are motivating for situations in both professional and personal life.

Top 9 Quotes About Making Mistakes


1. "The successful man will profit from his mistakes and try again in a different way."
- Dale Carnegie


This is a quote about making mistakes that I recently discovered. It's an interesting concept that one can profit from a mistake, since we normally think of mistakes as a loss. I've personally experienced making so many mistakes while learning, and therefore being forced to try something new every time. Although making mistakes is disappointing, you learn new, better ways to get stuff done.


2. "Do not fear mistakes. There are none."
- Miles Davis


There are no mistakes?


This quote is a particularly positive one. It basically changes the meaning of what it means to fail, what is means to make a mistake. It makes sense - if you view a mistake as a stepping stone to greater knowledge - then there essentially is no negativity attached. Fearing mistakes can stop you from acting, but adopting this optimistic view makes you more motivated to try. Regardless of the outcome, you will definitely be a step further than if you did nothing at all. 


3. "I was taking myself very seriously when I was going through life changes. And I realised that I needed to laugh at myself, particularly my mistakes."
-Spencer Johnson


This quote addresses one of the hardest parts of making a mistake. The seriousness and heavy sense of failure the accompanies a mistake. We hate that feeling. But eventually you discover that mistakes will happen, and when they do, it is much more useful to laugh it off and move on than to sulk. This is especially true for minor mistakes that are more embarrassing than anything else.


It's difficult, but it's good to take a step back and recognise the humour in a situation. This puts you in a better mood as you then endeavour to correct the mistake.


4. "An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes that can be made, in a narrow field."
-Niels Bohr 


Expertise comes with a history of making mistakes.

For humans, that simply is a reality we have to accept. But how nicely this quote turns things on the bright side - it even makes me want to try new things and make new mistakes so that I might become wiser. 


I especially like the reference to making mistakes in a narrow field. With certain niches, if you happen to make enough  mistakes, you end up so knowledgeable that not before long you are able to offer valuable help and guidance to others. And that's simply because you waded through every challenge that came up, picking up golden nuggets of expertise along the way. 


5. "Make bold choices and make mistakes. It's all those things that add up to the person you become."
- Angelina Jolie


Individual mistakes can seem annoying. But when you reflect on the learning that occurs after a mistake, you see how positively a mistake can turn out. Mistakes change you, but for the better. That's why you shouldn't be afraid to make bold choices. You should even be willing to make mistakes instead of running from them. You are not your mistakes, but you are a combination of the valuable lessons learned from them. 


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


We had a good chat about this quote in a previous post that was titled: Making Mistakes is Good? 


It's such a good quote, and no doubt had to be included on this page. Making mistakes is evidence that you're working hard, expanding your horizons, trying out new stuff. If you don't make mistakes, then it means you must be limiting yourself in some way, because making mistakes is a natural part of doing things you've never done before. 


Therefore take pride in your mistakes, in the sense that you view them as proof that you are busy improving yourself.


7. "If you live long enough, you'll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you'll be a better person. It's how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit."
- William J. Clinton


Here's another good quote about making mistakes. It's quite similar to quote number 5 as it again highlights how making mistakes makes you a better person. Adversity is ugly, and sometimes mistakes come from dealing with the frustration that accompanies adversity. 


Mistakes aren't always about learning a new skill. Many times mistakes display your weakness. They occur at points in your life where you feel you just can't handle the weight and pain of adversity anymore. However, the important thing here is not the mistakes you make, but how you learn to stop making them and the determination that helps you endure. 


8. "We learn from failure, not from success!"
-Bram Stoker


This is an interesting point.

Success is attractive. Success meaning that you get good results from the hard you put in, regardless of what it is. But at the end of the day, mistakes teach you a whole lot more than success does. Having to try, try and try again is more beneficial that everything going perfect instantly. That's a thought that helps me keep calm when I don't get things right the first time.


Eventually you will reach that success, but you've just got to be patient enough to put up with the failures first. 


9. "The mistakes of the fool are known to the world, but not to himself. The mistakes of the wise man are known to himself, but not to the world."
- Charles Caleb Colton


Last but by no means least, another great quote about making mistakes is the one above. This one is quite funny, I like the way it uses juxtaposition to show how our mistakes can be good or bad depending on the way we use them. Wise men also make mistakes, but they ponder on their mistakes and meditate on them as a means to improve.


Nobody ever has to get to know of their mistakes, because those mistakes are transformed into wisdom. The point of this quote is that you should pay attention to your mistakes - at least what you can learn from them. If you always deny your mistakes then they will eventually be exposed to the world. But if you "make them known to yourself", then you provide opportunity for growth and redemption. 


Thanks for reading! Which of these quotes about making mistakes impacts you the most? Comment below!

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