150 Best Quotes About Mistakes in Life

Read our collection of sayings and quotes about mistakes in life. Indeed, life teaches, some of us learn in a hard way and others never learn their lessons at all.

But we will only learn them when we be able to find and accept our mistakes, accept responsibility for the mistakes we make, forgive yourself, and don’t shift the blame. Now enter these quotes about mistakes in life.

Learn from mistakes quotes

When you find your path, you must not be afraid. You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes. Disappointment, defeat, and despair are the tools God uses to show us the way. — Paulo Coelho

If people refuse to look at you in a new light and they can only see you for what you were, only see you for the mistakes you’ve made, if they don’t realize that you are not your mistakes, then they have to go. — Steve Maraboli

Well, we all make mistakes, dear, so just put it behind you. We should regret our mistakes and learn from them, but never carry them forward into the future with us. — L.M. Montgomery

We all make mistakes, have struggles, and even regret things in our past. But you are not your mistakes, you are not your struggles, and you are here NOW with the power to shape your day and your future. — Steve Maraboli

I have learned all kinds of things from my many mistakes. The one thing I never learn is to stop making them. — Joe Abercrombie

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It is important that we forgive ourselves for making mistakes. We need to learn from our errors and move on. — Steve Maraboli

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

Don’t confuse poor decision-making with destiny. Own your mistakes. It’s ok; we all make them. Learn from them so they can empower you! — Steve Maraboli

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 G. Jung

Quotes about life lessons and mistakes

Mistakes are a part of being human. Precious life lessons that can only be learned the hard way. Unless it’s a fatal mistake, which, at least, others can learn from. — Al Franken

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

We are all flawed, my dear. Every one of us. And believe me, we’ve all made mistakes. You’ve just got to take a good hard look at yourself, change what needs to be changed, and move on, pet. — Lauren Myracle

You see, the best thing about wrong decisions is that they don’t prevent you from making the right decisions later on. It’s harder, but it’s not impossible. — Siobhan Vivian

Many times what we perceive as an error or failure is actually a gift. And eventually we find that lessons learned from that discouraging experience prove to be of great worth. — Richelle E. Goodrich

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

You got one choice at the beginning but if you didn’t choose right, things got narrow real quick. — Ron Rash

I think making mistakes and discovering them for yourself is of great value, but to have someone else to point out your mistakes is a shortcut of the process. — Shelby Foote

You can never make the same mistake twice because the second time you make it, it’s not a mistake, it’s a choice. — Steven Denn

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

Making mistakes quotes

I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best. — Marilyn Monroe

Nowadays most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one’s mistakes. — Oscar Wilde

Some mistakes… Just have greater consequences than others. But you don’t have to let the result of one mistake be the thing that defines you. You, Clark, have the choice not to let that happen. — Jojo Moyes

We are all mistaken sometimes; sometimes we do wrong things, things that have bad consequences. But it does not mean we are evil, or that we cannot be trusted ever afterward. — Alison Croggon

At an early age I learned that people make mistakes, and you have to decide if their mistakes are bigger than your love for them. — Angie Thomas

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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

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

The mistakes I’ve made are dead to me. But I can’t take back the things I never did. — Jonathan Safran Foer

The biggest mistake people make in life is not trying to make a living at doing what they most enjoy. — Malcolm Forbes

You cannot improve your future if you are not willing to try something new and risk making mistakes and learning from them. — Robert Kiyosaki

Learn from your mistakes quotes

In the game of life, it’s a good idea to have a few early losses, which relieves you of the pressure of trying to maintain an undefeated season. — Bill Vaughan

When you start living the life of your dreams, there will always be obstacles, doubters, mistakes and setbacks along the way. But with hard work, perseverance and self-belief there is no limit to what you can achieve. — Roy Bennett

Embrace being perfectly imperfect. Learn from your mistakes and forgive yourself, you’ll be happier. — Roy Bennett

There is nothing wrong with making mistakes, but one should always make new ones. Repeating mistakes is a hallmark of dim consciousness. — Dave Sim

Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. But if you do, make new ones. Life is too short to make the wrong choice twice. — Joyce Rachelle

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It was like making a blunder at a party; there was nothing to do about it, it was dreadfully mortifying, but it showed a lack of sense to ascribe too much importance to it. — W. Somerset Maugham

Even the knowledge of my own fallibility cannot keep me from making mistakes. Only when I fall do I get up again. — Vincent Van Goth

We make our discoveries through our mistakes: we watch one another’s success: and where there is freedom to experiment there is hope to improve. — Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

Success does not consist in never making blunders, but in never making the same one a second time. — Josh Billings

The sooner you make your first five thousand mistakes the sooner you will be able to correct them. — Kimon Nicolaides

Quotes on mistakes and regrets

You’re the same as you were yesterday and the day before. Nothing has changed. Not really. Forget what troubles you. Regret nothing, but learn from any mistakes you make. Tomorrow will be a brighter day, I promise. — Morgan Rhodes

It is part of the human nature always to judge others very severely and, when the wind turns against us, always to find an excuse for our own misdeeds, or to blame someone else for our mistakes. — Paulo Coelho

Our mistakes and regrets are not barriers to becoming who we can be; they are a necessary ingredient. — David Schnarch

Let go of the mistakes and the sins of others. You’ll have plenty of time to make your own mistakes, the rest of your life to commit your own sins. — C. JoyBell C.

No matter how much you try to maintain order in your life, no matter how careful you are to guard against mistakes, against imperfections, there is always some smudge, some flaw, lurking out of sight. Waiting to surprise you. — Tess Gerritsen

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Never regret. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it’s experience. — Jean Plaidy

A sense of acquiring more mistakes and regrets the older you get, but also deeper growth in learning from these things. The value of experience. — Brooke Waggoner

If you are afraid to take a chance, take one anyway. What you don’t do can create the same regrets as the mistakes you make. — Iyanla Vanzant

Mistakes are made, regrets form, and all that was left were repercussions that made something as simple as rising from the bed seem almost laborious. — Nicholas Sparks

Everybody’s got regrets, everybody’s made mistakes. Nobody’s perfect. — Josh Duhamel

Quotes about mistakes and learning

Mistakes. Trial and error. Same thing. Mistakes are how we learned to walk and run and that hot things burn when you touch them. You’ve made mistakes all your life and you’re going to keep making them. — Tamara Ireland Stone

Nothing is more intolerable than to have admit to yourself your own errors. — Ludwig van Beethoven

Mistakes are the usual bridge between inexperience and wisdom. — Phyllis Theroux

It’s good to have things done with when they don’t work it’s also good not to hate or even forget the person you’ve failed with. — Charles Bukowski

Wise is the one who learns from another´s mistakes. Less wise is the one who learns only from his own mistakes. The fool keeps making the same mistakes again and again and never learns from them. — Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

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It’s much easier, after all, to learn mathematics from someone who’s made a few mistakes. It’s impossible to learn it from someone who always gets it right. — John Lennox

Now go and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. — Neil Gaiman

Naturally, in the course of my life I have made lots of mistakes, large and small, for one reason or another, but at the heart of it all, every time I made a mistake it was because I was not radical enough. — Jean-Paul Sartre

I think I’ve made mistakes, but not regrets, in regards to allowing the wrong people in at times, because you never know what someone’s intentions are. — Harnaam Kaur

Problems, weaknesses, setbacks, regrets and mistakes teach you if you’re willing to learn, or they punish you if you’re not. — Ralph Marston

Inspirational quotes about mistakes in life

I am glad that I paid so little attention to good advice; had I abided by it I might have been saved from some of my most valuable mistakes. — Edna St. Vincent Millay

One of the basic rules of the universe is that nothing is perfect. Perfection simply doesn’t exist…..Without imperfection, neither you nor I would exist — Stephen Hawking

Nothing in this life will ever make sense to me but I can’t help but try to collect the change and hope it’s enough to pay for our mistakes. — Tahereh Mafi

What a waste my life would be without all the beautiful mistakes I’ve made. — Alice Bag

And just when I though things were starting to get better, everything had gone wrong again. — Rachel Ward

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I’ve made so many mistakes, so many corrections. I’m so far from perfect so many imperfections. But I’m a go getta I get up and go get it, so if you preaching prosperity, I wanna hit it. — 50 Cent

I have made so many mistakes but I have learned a lot and I’m confident to say – he who never made a mistake never made any discovery. — Bernard Kelvin Clive

Forget your mistakes but remember what they taught you. — Vannetta Chapman

There are certain things in life that you’ll be forgiven for, no matter how thoughtless or stupid or reckless, but if you do that same thing twice, you’re on your own. — Jennifer E. Smith

Rain amplifies your mistakes, and water on the track can make your car handle unpredictably. When something unpredictable happens you have to react to it; if you’re reacting at speed, you’re reacting too late. And so you should be afraid. — Garth Stein

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Constant effort and frequent mistakes are the stepping stones to genius. — Elbert Hubbard

In life, there are no mistakes, only lessons. — Vic Johnson

Learn from your history, but don’t live in it. — Steve Maraboli

It’s not a persons mistakes which define them – it’s the way they make amends. — Freya North

Learning to cover a mistake is as important as getting everything right. — Suzanne Harper

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Regrets and mistakes, they’re memories made. — Adele

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

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

Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes. — Mahatma Gandhi

We have to make mistakes, it’s how we learn compassion for others. — Curtis Sittenfeld

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All men make mistakes, but only wise men learn from their mistakes. — Winston Churchill

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

If you’re not failing, you’re not trying hard enough. — Jillian Michaels

Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes. — Oscar Wilde

One mistake does not have to rule a person’s entire life. — Joyce Meyer

Mistake sayings to help you bounce back

We may not be able to solve our problems through what are pompously called ’the lessons of history,’ but at least we should be able to recognize the issues and perhaps avoid some of the solutions that have failed in the past.― Elizabeth Peters

Many people are angry when they make a mistake, but very few people have the sense to be sorry. — Katherine Paterson

Sometimes life seems like a match between oneself and one’s gaolors. The gaolers, of course, are one’s mistakes; and the question is, who’ll hold out longest? When I think of that, life instead of being too long, seems as short as a winter day. — Edith Wharton

Sometimes people fake perfection. But the people who show their mistakes are real, and they are the creators in the world. — Avijeet Das

If you didn’t know at the time that a mistake you made in the past was a mistake, you can forgive yourself about it today! — Mehmet Murat ildan

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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

A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them. — John C. Maxwell

It’s always helpful to learn from your mistakes because then your mistakes seem worthwhile. — Garry Marshall

There are no mistakes. The events we bring upon ourselves, no matter how unpleasant, are necessary in order to learn what we need to learn; whatever steps we take, they’re necessary to reach the places we’ve chosen to go. — Richard Bach

It takes guts and humility to admit mistakes. Admitting we’re wrong is courage, not weakness. — Roy T. Bennett

Thought-provoking mistake quotes

Life is just the same as learning to swim. Do not be afraid of making mistakes, for there is no other way of learning how to live! — Alfred Adler

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. — Neil Gaiman

While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior. — Henry C. Link

Learning from our mistakes is critical for improving, but even I don’t have patience for ranking my regrets. Regret is a negative emotion that inhibits the optimism required to take on new challenges. — Garry Kasparov

The mistakes you regret the most in your life are the ones you didn’t commit when you had the chance. — Helen Rowland

One of the great secrets of life. Most people die of a sort of creeping common sense and discover too late that the only things one never regrets are one’s mistakes. — Oscar Wilde

Smart people learn from their mistakes. But the real sharp ones learn from the mistakes of others. — Brandon Mull

I have always believed that there is no point in having regrets as you learn far more from mistakes than successes. Embrace a mistake and learn from it; don’t regret them. — Richard Branson

Generally, I like making my own mistakes and learning from them because that’s what I think life is about. — Taylor Momsen

Each life is made up of mistakes and learning, waiting and growing, practicing patience and being persistent. — Billy Graham

Mistake quotes for student

In school we learn that mistakes are bad, and we are punished for making them. Yet, if you look at the way humans are designed to learn, we learn by making mistakes. We learn to walk by falling down. If we never fell down, we would never walk. — Robert T. Kiyosaki

The man who finds that in the course of his life he has done a lot of wrong often wakes up at night in terror, like a child with a nightmare, and his life is full of foreboding: but the man who is conscious of no wrongdoing is filled with cheerfulness and with the comfort of old age. — Plato

You must learn from your past mistakes, but not lean on your past successes. — quotes about mistakes in life by Denis Waitley

It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure. — Bill Gates

You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over. — Richard Branson

An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made, in a narrow field. — Niels Bohr

Don’t dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies on moving forward toward finding the answer. — Denis Waitley

A mistake made with good in your heart is still a mistake, but it is one for which you must forgive yourself. — Linda Sue Park

It’s human to make mistakes and some of us are more human than others. — Ashleigh Brilliant

The best way to prevent repeatedly echoing past mistakes is to operate as if your emotional pathology is always in play unless proven otherwise, not vice versa. — Alan Robert Neal

Accepting mistakes quotes to help you bounce back

We often need to lose sight of our priorities in order to see them. — quotes about mistakes in life by John Irving

I never made a mistake in my life. I thought I did once, but I was wrong. — Charles M. Schulz

It’s not a problem to make a mistake while learning, the problem is not learning from the mistake. — Phila Dittrich

Don’t forgive people until they understand their mistakes. — quotes about mistakes in life by M.F. Moonzajer

But it’s important to acknowledge that while we may make mistakes, in the long run, we may also learn from them. — Sarah Dessen

Making mistakes is not a serious issue. However, making again that raises questions. — quotes about mistakes in life by Ehsan Sehgal

If someone makes a mistake and you still want them in your life, then forgive them. — R.J. Intindola

It is all right to make mistakes; nothing is perfect because with perfection, we would not exist. — Stephen Hawking

It was when I found out I could make mistakes that I knew I was on to something. — Ornette Coleman

Success lies in one’s ability to learn from mistakes. — quotes about mistakes in life by Dr Prem Jagyasi

There are no failures, if you learn and grow from your mistakes; there are only lessons learned. — Dee Waldeck

Let all your regrets and mistakes become your sails and your rudders, and not your anchors — Sotero M Lopez II

A mistake is only a mistake if you dwell on it. Let go and forgive. — quotes about mistakes in life by Akiroq Brost

Don’t let the mistakes and disappointments of the past control and direct your future. — Zig Ziglar

We learn from failure, not from success! — Bram Stoker

Short quotes about mistakes in life

It’s only those who do nothing that make no mistakes, I suppose. — Joseph Conrad

If you’re making mistakes it means you’re out there doing something. — quotes about mistakes in life by Neil Gaiman

Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail. There’s only make. — Corita Kent

To failure at something is an attempt to succeed. Be strong and try again. — Lailah Gifty Akita

Regret for not learning; not for the mistakes you did. — quotes about mistakes in life by Garbyal

Every mistake committed is a learning opportunity. — Santosh Kalwar

The mistakes we regret the most are the ones we were too scared to make.  ― Ollie Slaney

A man must learn from his own mistakes, to be what he wishes to be. — Lailah Gifty Akita

We all mess up. It’s what we learn from our mistakes that matters. — quotes about mistakes in life by Lauren Myracle

Everyone makes mistakes. The important thing is to not make the same mistake twice. — Stephanie Perkins

And a step backward, after making a wrong turn, is a step in the right direction. — Kurt Vonnegut

Mistakes are the growing pains of wisdom. — quotes about mistakes in life by William Jordan

One who makes no mistakes makes nothing. — Giacomo Casanova

You make mistakes, mistakes don’t make you — quotes about mistakes in life by Maxwell Maltz

Those who aren’t making mistakes probably aren’t making anything. — Samuel Smiles

Enlighten quotes about mistakes in life

Failure is instructive. The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes. — John Dewey

The ability to learn from mistakes is a sign of intelligence. The willingness to admit ignorance is a sign of wisdom. — Dr. T.P.Chia

Every time there is a mistake, learn from it, change the plan and keep moving forward. — Pooja Agnihotri

Own your mistakes to own your achievements. ― quotes about mistakes in life by Steven Magee

Remember that stupidity in some cases, like the universe, can be endless. — C.A.A. Savastano

The most valuable thing you can make is a mistake. You can’t learn anything from being perfect. — Adam Osborne

It is the highest form of self-respect to admit our errors and mistakes and make amends for them. — Dale E. Turner

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

Don’t be ashamed by your mistakes, they only prove that you try hard and never give up. — Riley Czarkowski

Learning from your mistakes does not happen automatically, it requires thinking and reflection. ― quotes about mistakes in life by Oscar Auliq-Ice

We make our discoveries through our mistakes: we watch one another’s success: and where there is freedom to experiment there is hope to improve. — Sir Arthur Thomas

Mistakes make us human, mistakes have the potential to mold us into better, stronger people. ― Jennifer Hartmann

I am proud of my mistakes because they led to my achievements. ― Steven Magee

Our mistakes, when met with awareness and personal responsibility are actually what introduces us to our best selves. ― Cleo Wade

True leaders appreciate curiosity and accept mistakes but never fail to retry. ― Narayanan Palani

Final thought

Don’t live in the past, thinking about mistakes or changes you made. Think of your life as a book, move forward, close one chapter and open another. Learn from your mistakes, but focus on your future, not on your past.

Hopefully, these quotes quotes about mistakes in life have inspired you to reminisce that we are only human being. Did these quotes about mistakes in life inspire you? Which of the quotes was your favorite? We would love to hear your thought in the comment section below.

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