— Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955
„Show me a person who has never made a mistake and I'll show you someone who has never achieved much.“
— Joan Collins English actress, author and columnist 1933
— Joseph Delaney British writer 1945
Variante: He who never makes a mistake never makes anything. It's part of learning the job.
Quelle: Revenge of the Witch
— Theodore Roosevelt American politician, 26th president of the United States 1858 - 1919
As quoted by Jacob A. Riis in Theodore Roosevelt, the Citizen (1904), chapter XVI A Young Men's Hero http://www.bartleby.com/206/16.html
„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.
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.
— Jack McDevitt, buch Ancient Shores
Quelle: Ancient Shores (1996), Chapter 6 (p. 55)
— Leonardo DiCaprio American actor and film producer 1974
„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
„Truth, indeed, is something that is believed in completely only by persons who have never tried personally to pursue it to its fastness and grab it by the tail.“
— H.L. Mencken American journalist and writer 1880 - 1956
Quelle: 1920s, Prejudices, Third Series (1922), Ch. 3 "Footnote on Criticism", pp. 85-104
Kontext: Truth, indeed, is something that is believed in completely only by persons who have never tried personally to pursue it to its fastness and grab it by the tail. It is the adoration of second-rate men — men who always receive it as second-hand. Pedagogues believe in immutable truths and spend their lives trying to determine them and propagate them; the intellectual progress of man consists largely of a concerted effort to block and destroy their enterprise. Nine times out of ten, in the arts as in life, there is actually no truth to be discovered; there is only error to be exposed. In whole departments of human inquiry it seems to me quite unlikely that the truth ever will be discovered. Nevertheless, the rubber-stamp thinking of the world always makes the assumption that the exposure of an error is identical with the discovery of truth — that error and truth are simply opposites. 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 one. This is the whole history of the intellect in brief. The average man of today does not believe in precisely the same imbecilities that the Greek of the Fourth Century before Christ believed in, but the things that he does believe in are often quite as idiotic.
Perhaps this statement is a bit too sweeping. There is, year by year, a gradual accumulation of what may be called, provisionally, truths — there is a slow accretion of ideas that somehow manage to meet all practicable human tests, and so survive. But even so, it is risky to call them absolute truths. All that one may safely say of them is that no one, as yet, has demonstrated that they are errors. Soon or late, if experience teaches us anything, they are likely to succumb too. The profoundest truths of the Middle Ages are now laughed at by schoolboys. The profoundest truths of democracy will be laughed at, a few centuries hence, even by school-teachers.
— Rudyard Kipling English short-story writer, poet, and novelist 1865 - 1936
Quelle: Under The Deodars
„You know, if I tried to change the minds of everyone who I thought needed changing, I’d never have time to do anything else.“
— Charles Stross, buch Glasshouse
Quelle: Glasshouse (2006), Chapter 15, “Recovery” (p. 255)
„I never regret anything. Because every little detail of your life is what made you into who you are in the end.“
— Drew Barrymore American actress, director and producer 1975
„I am a person before I am anything else. I never say I am a writer. I never say I am an artist… I am a person who does those things.“
— Edward Gorey American writer, artist, and illustrator 1925 - 2000
„The better a man is, the more mistakes will he make - for the more new things he will try. I would never promote a man into a top level job who had not made mistakes, and big ones at that. Otherwise he is sure to be mediocre.“
— Peter F. Drucker American business consultant 1909 - 2005
Quelle: 1930s- 1950s, The Practice of Management (1954), p. 147
„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.
„In our modern world, we look unkindly on mistakes and imperfection. But this is far from the samurai ideal. Mistakes are part of the learning process and if you haven't made them then you are, indeed, dangerous because it means you have never learned anything. Mistakes, to a samurai, are the proof of your learning.“
— Alexei Maxim Russell Canadian writer 1976
from Instruction Manual for the 21st Century Samurai.
„The creative personality never remains fixed on the first world it discovers. It never resigns itself to anything.“
— Anaïs Nin, buch The Novel of the Future
The Novel of the Future (1969)
— Blake Lewis American musician 1981
Commenting on his take of You Give Love a Bad Name by Bon Jovi in the Bon Jovi-themed week in his pre-performance clip on May 1, 2007.
Attributed, On American Idol
— Kobe Bryant American basketball player 1978 - 2020