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50 Mistake Quotes about Overcoming Failure

Published on November 28, 2019 7:30 AM EST
50 Mistake Quotes about Overcoming Failure

These mistake quotes are just the thing you need to pick yourself up from failure and encourage you to keep going.

It’s easy to get stuck in place after you’ve made a mistake. It can feel overwhelming to try to overcome failure and keep working towards your goals.

50 Mistake Quotes about Overcoming Failure

But, as the failure quotes below show, mistakes are a part of life and something that everyone experiences. Those that learn how to embrace their mistakes and learn from them are able to turn them into success.

If you’re in that place of feeling stuck, use the mistake quotes below to motivate you forward.

Mistake quotes on learning from your failures

1.) “To help yourself, you must be yourself. Be the best that you can be. When you make a mistake, learn from it, pick yourself up and move on.” – Dave Pelzer

2.) “A smart man makes a mistake, learns from it, and never makes that mistake again. But a wise man finds a smart man and learns from him how to avoid the mistake altogether.” – Roy H. Williams

3.) “The proactive approach to a mistake is to acknowledge it instantly, correct and learn from it.” – Stephen Covey

4.) “I just learn from every mistake that I make so that I never make them again.” – Patrick Mahomes

5.) “Mistakes are part of being human. Appreciate your mistakes for what they are: 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

6.) “If you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You are doing things you have never done before, and more importantly, you are doing something.” – Neil Gaiman

7.) “When you make a mistake, there are only three things you should ever do about it: admit it, learn from it, and don’t repeat it.” – Paul Bear Bryant

8.) “There are no mistakes in life, only lessons. There is no such thing as a negative experience, only opportunities to grow, learn and advance along the road of self-mastery. From struggle comes strength. Even pain can be a wonderful teacher.” – Robin Sharma

9.) “In the real world, the smartest people are people who make mistakes and learn. In school, the smartest people don’t make mistakes.” – Robert Kiyosaki

10.) “Each life is made up of mistakes and learning, waiting and growing, practicing patience and being persistent.” – Billy Graham

11.) “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

12.) “There are no mistakes, no coincidence. All events are blessings given to us to learn from.” – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

13.) “You make mistakes. You try to learn from them, and when you don’t, it hurts even more.” – Aretha Franklin

14.) “It’s okay to make mistakes. Mistakes are our teachers – they help us to learn.” – John Bradshaw

15.) “Your best teacher is your last mistake.” – Ralph Nader

Mistake quotes about how failure leads to success

16.) “So go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because that’s where you will find success. On the far side of failure.” – Thomas J. Watson

17.) “Failure is the key to success; each mistake teaches us something.” – Morihei Ueshiba

18.) “Your capacity to learn from your mistakes and move on will be key to your ultimate success and achievement.” – Amy Dean

19.) “Even a mistake may turn out to be the one thing necessary to a worthwhile achievement.” – Henry Ford

20.) “If you so choose, every mistake can lead to greater understanding and effectiveness. If you so choose, every frustration can help you to be more patient and more persistent.” – Ralph Marston

21.) “Most of my advances were by mistake. You uncover what is when you get rid of what isn’t.” – R. Buckminister Fuller

22.) “The greatest mistake we make is living in constant fear that we will make one.” – John Maxwell

23.) “There is no sense in punishing your future for the mistakes of your past. Forgive yourself, grow from it, and then let it go.” – Melanie Koulouris

24.) “I think the biggest mistake people make is not believing in themselves enough.” – Rich Piana

Mistake quotes on why you should not focus on your failures

25.) “If you make the mistake of looking back too much, you aren’t focused enough on the road in front of you.” – Brad Paisley

26.) “Mistakes are to be learned from. What successful people never do is punish themselves by reliving their mistakes over and over again by thinking of them.” – Gwen Stapleton

27.) “My style is to stay on the offensive: to take risks, to recover very fast when you make a mistake, but to keep moving forward.” – Newt Gingrich

28.) “A failure is not always a mistake, it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying.” – B.F. Skinner

29.) “If you want to grow, you need to get over any fear you have of making mistakes.” – John Maxwell

30.) “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” – Albert Einstein

31.) “A well-adjusted person is one who makes the same mistake twice without getting nervous.” – Alexander Hamilton

32.) “One makes mistakes; that is life. But it is never a mistake to have loved.” – Romain Rolland

33.) “The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything.” – Theodore Roosevelt

34.) “Never ever believe that each task must be done perfectly. We are humans and we all are bound to make mistakes whether a few or many, little or big or rarely or frequently.” – Lindsay Hallie

35.) “We all make them, the difference is what we do after we make the mistake, how we see the mistake – a learning experience or a failure.” – Catherine Pulsifer

Mistake quotes to make you wiser

36.) “We make our mistakes, we fall yet we learn something new and we rise again. That’s the design of humanity, this is our destiny.” – Angelina Talpa

37.) “So what if you make mistakes? That’s what it means to be human and that’s how you learn to become better.” – Amy Pendergrass

38.) “You write your life story by the choices you make. You never know if they have been a mistake. Those moments of decisions are so difficult.” – Helen Mirren

39.) “It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link of the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.” – Winston Churchill

40.) “Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.” – Edmund Burke

41.) “Speak the truth. People will forgive an honest mistake; they won’t forgive you if you lie.” – Mark Goulston

42.) “One must never forget when misfortunes come that it is quite possible they are saving one from something much worse; or that when you make some great mistake, it may very easily serve you better than the best-advised decision.” – Winston Churchill

43.) “Most people tend to move on from their mistakes without looking back, but this just deprives them the opportunity to carry out the crucial exercise of understanding what went wrong.” – Rupert Johnson

More mistake quotes you can learn from

44.) “If you don’t know where you make your mistakes, that’s your worst mistake: not knowing where your mistakes are at.” – Meek Mill

45.) “Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.” – Oscar Wilde

46.) “You make mistakes. Mistakes don’t make you.” – Maxwell Maltz

47.) “It’s not how we make mistakes, but how we correct them that defines us.” – Rachel Wolchin

48.) “No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress, you’re still way ahead of everyone who isn’t trying.” – Tony Robbins

49.) “Admitting to a mistake means refusing to use other people as scapegoats to avoid responsibility but rather courageously owning up to every single one of them.” – T. Whitmore

50.) “Forgive yourself for the mistakes you have made.” – Cindy Cashman

What are you going to choose?

Are you going to cave into your mistakes? Are you going to allow your failures to overcome you? Or, are you going to learn from them?

Mistakes are only truly mistakes if you let them get you down. You can choose to remain stuck in your mistakes or you can choose to take what you can from them and go forward in a new way.

The quotes above from some incredibly successful people show that everyone experiences mistakes and they don’t have to be a bad thing. You have the power of choosing what happens as a result. You can either give in or you can learn to be even better. The choice is yours.

Which of these mistake quotes resonated with you best? Do you have any other inspirational quotes to add? Let us know in the comment section below.

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