„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.“

Quelle: Self-Help; with Illustrations of Character and Conduct (1859), Ch. XI : Self-Culture — Facilities and Difficulties.
Quelle: The Lives Of George And Robert Stephenson
Kontext: 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.

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englischer Moralschriftsteller 1812 - 1904

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„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 Scottish author 1812 - 1904

Quelle: Self-Help; with Illustrations of Character and Conduct (1859), Ch. XI : Self-Culture — Facilities and Difficulties

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„I never criticized United States planners for mistakes in Vietnam. True, they made some mistakes, but my criticism was always aimed at what they aimed to do and largely achieved.“

—  Noam Chomsky american linguist, philosopher and activist 1928

Quotes 1990s, 1990-1994, Noam Chomsky: A Life of Dissent, 1992
Kontext: I never criticized United States planners for mistakes in Vietnam. True, they made some mistakes, but my criticism was always aimed at what they aimed to do and largely achieved. The Russians doubtless made mistakes in Afghanistan, but my condemnation of their aggression and atrocities never mentioned those mistakes, which are irrelevant to the matter -- though not for the commissars. Within our ideological system, it is impossible to perceive that anyone might criticize anything but "mistakes" (I suspect that totalitarian Russia was more open in that regard).

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„Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.“

—  Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955

Variante: A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.

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„The American who first discovered Columbus made a bad discovery.“

—  Georg Christoph Lichtenberg German scientist, satirist 1742 - 1799

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Aphorisms (1765-1799), Notebook G (1779-1783)

Kate Bush Foto

„What could he do?
Should have been a father.
But he never even made it to his twenties.
What a waste —
Army dreamers.
Ooh, what a waste of
Army dreamers.“

—  Kate Bush British recording artist; singer, songwriter, musician and record producer 1958

Song lyrics, Never for Ever (1980)

Sarah Dessen Foto

„What you do in your dreams is never your choice. But it made me happy anyway.“

—  Sarah Dessen American writer 1970

Quelle: Saint Anything

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„We often frame our understanding of what the space telescope will do in terms of what we expect to find, and actually it would be terribly anticlimactic if in fact we find what we expect to find. … The most important discoveries will provide answers to questions that we do not yet know how to ask and will concern objects we have not yet imagined.“

—  John N. Bahcall American physicist 1934 - 2005

John N. Bahcall, quoted in his obituary at CalTech (7 September 2005) http://www.spitzer.caltech.edu/features/articles/20050907.shtml; On the Hubble Space Telescope's capabilities for the advancement of science

Sylvia Day Foto

„What would I do without you?
You're never going to find out.“

—  Sylvia Day American writer 1973

Quelle: Reflected in You

Martin Gardner Foto

„I've never made a discovery myself, unless by accident.“

—  Martin Gardner recreational mathematician and philosopher 1914 - 2010

Quoted in Sally Helgeson, "Every Day", Bookletter, Vol. 3, No. 8 (6 December 1976), p. 8
Kontext: I've never made a discovery myself, unless by accident. If you write glibly, you fool people. When I first met Asimov, I asked him if he was a professor at Boston University. He said no and … asked me where I got my Ph. D. I said I didn't have one and he looked startled. "You mean you're in the same racket I am," he said, "you just read books by the professors and rewrite them?" That's really what I do.

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„You never do find out what makes you tick, and after a while it's unimportant.“

—  Norman Mailer American novelist, journalist, essayist, playwright, film maker, actor and political candidate 1923 - 2007

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„I probably do what I'm controlled to do. Something … made all this: some Impossibility without a name. That's what the world is controlled by: an Impossibility.“

—  Sun Ra American jazz composer and bandleader 1914 - 1993

Interview with Jennifer Rycenga (2 November 1988)
Kontext: I probably do what I'm controlled to do. Something … made all this: some Impossibility without a name. That's what the world is controlled by: an Impossibility. It's controlled by someone they call "God" who never had a beginning and naturally had no end. And in a sense He doesn't exist, because of the standards of reality, because everybody knows something can't just happen — but if there is a God, that's what happened; just happened to be, and without ever having not been — they got to face that.

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„We must all do theatre – to find out who we are, and to discover who we could become.“

—  Augusto Boal Brazilian writer 1931 - 2009

Aesthetics of the Oppressed (2006)

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„Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.“

—  Edmund Burke Anglo-Irish statesman 1729 - 1797

Not found in Burke's writings. Appears to be a paraphrase of "It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do little." sourced to Sydney Smith (1771 - 1845).

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„We made our mistakes back in the 20th century, Lord knows, but we never nominated a man for president who brags about not reading.“

—  Garrison Keillor American radio host and writer 1942

"Garrison Keillor: God help us. We’re in trouble down here." in The Washington Post (26 July 2016)
Kontext: We made our mistakes back in the 20th century, Lord knows, but we never nominated a man for president who brags about not reading. Calvin Coolidge had his limits. Warren G. Harding spent more time on his hair than strictly necessary. Lyndon Baines Johnson was a piece of work. But all of them read books. When I envision a Trump Presidential Library, I see enormous chandeliers and gold carpet and a thousand slot machines. God help us. I mean it. We’re in trouble down here.

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„I think I probably made a mistake in the Hardwick case… I do think it was inconsistent in a general way with Roe.“

—  Lewis F. Powell, Jr. American judge 1907 - 1998

When I had the opportunity to reread the opinions a few months later, I thought the dissent had the better of the arguments.
At NYU Law School, (18 October 1990); after retirement from the Court, reflecting on his vote in Bowers v. Hardwick to uphold laws making homosexual sex a crime for which people could be imprisoned. Reported in Nat Hentoff, " Infamous Sodomy Law Struck Down http://www.villagevoice.com/news/9850,213790,2210,6.html", The Village Voice, 22 December 1998.
1990s

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„If people are criticising your work, take it in the right spirit and try to find out what is wrong. I made a lot of mistakes on my first film and told myself not to do it again. Remember that you’re not making a film to keep it in a box, it’s for the people.“

—  Rima Das Indian Assamese film maker 1982

Film Companion Article - Rima Das Gives Tips On Zero Budget Filmmaking - 4 November 2017 https://www.filmcompanion.in/interviews/bollywood-interview/rima-das-gives-tips-on-zero-budget-filmmaking/ - Archive https://web.archive.org/web/20210728182917/https://www.filmcompanion.in/interviews/bollywood-interview/rima-das-gives-tips-on-zero-budget-filmmaking/

„He used to tell me, 'Do what you like to do. It'll probably turn out to be what you do best.“

—  Wallace Stegner, buch Crossing to Safety

Quelle: Crossing to Safety

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