„It's only those who do nothing that make no mistakes, I suppose.“

—  Joseph Conrad, buch An Outcast of the Islands

Quelle: An Outcast of the Islands (1896), Pt. 3, Ch. 2; possibly an adaptation of a Polish proverb, "Ten się nie myli, kto nic nie robi" — "One is not wrong, who does nothing."

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„He said nothing: seldom do those who are silent make mistakes.“

—  Neil Gaiman English fantasy writer 1960

Quelle: Norse Mythology (2017), Chapter 4, “Mimir’s Head and Odin’s Eye” (p. 45)

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„Only while sleeping one makes no mistakes. Making mistakes is the privilege of the active—of those who can correct their mistakes and put them right.“

—  Ingvar Kamprad Entrepreneur 1926 - 2018

"The Testament of a Furniture Dealer" http://www.ikea.com/ms/en_US/pdf/reports-downloads/the-testament-of-a-furniture-dealer.pdf (1976).

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„one who makes no mistakes makes nothing“

—  Giacomo Casanova Italian adventurer and author from the Republic of Venice 1725 - 1798

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„A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.“

—  George Bernard Shaw Irish playwright 1856 - 1950

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Variante: A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.
Kontext: Attention and activity lead to mistakes as well as to successes; but a life spent in making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.

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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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„Those who make revolutions by halves do nothing but dig their own tombs.“

—  Louis Antoine de Saint-Just military and political leader 1767 - 1794

(January 1793) [Source: Oeuvres Complètes de Saint-Just, vol. 1 (2 vols., Paris, 1908), p. 414]

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„The only man who makes no mistakes is the man who never does anything.“

—  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

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„It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do little.“

—  Sydney Smith English writer and clergyman 1771 - 1845

Lecture XIX : On the Conduct of the Understanding, Part II
Elementary Sketches of Moral Philosophy (1849)

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„If I had my life to do over again, I’d make the same mistakes, only sooner.“

—  John C. Maxwell American author, speaker and pastor 1947

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„It is a general Mistake to think the Men we like are good for every thing, and those we do not, good for nothing.“

—  George Savile, 1st Marquess of Halifax English politician 1633 - 1695

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„But God makes no mistakes; according to their service He divides the help, and those who are called to the holiest service are those who can have least assistance.“

—  James Hudson Taylor Missionary in China 1832 - 1905

(J. Hudson Taylor. Separation and Service: Or Thoughts on Numbers VI, VII. London: Morgan & Scott, n.d., 105).

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„Be content to remember that those who can make omelettes properly can do nothing else.“

—  Hilaire Belloc writer 1870 - 1953

IV. On Making an Omelette
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