Mistake Quotes To Help You Bounce Back

Norbert Juma

If you’re looking for some motivation to help you make better choices, let these mistake quotes serve as your useful guide.

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According to a study conducted by the University of California, Berkeley, making mistakes can actually improve our learning and memory retention by activating the brain’s reward center.

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Everyone makes mistakes.

It’s in our nature as humans to fail.

Whether it’s at work, your family life, or in your relationships, you’re bound to disappoint yourself and others at some point.

But for you to make progress in life, you must learn from your mistakes.

You must learn to understand why you made a mistake or experienced failure, and take corrective actions.

That’s what successful people do.

If you have ever done something only to regret it later, it doesn’t mean you’re doomed.

You can learn how to make better choices, and these mistake quotes will help you do just that.

They will help you gain valuable wisdom that will benefit you in the future.

Along the road of life, you make many choices.

And the decisions you make will determine the kind of person you become later and even affect your future.

To help you make better choices, below is our collection of inspirational, wise, and thought-provoking mistake quotes, mistake sayings, and mistake proverbs, collected from a variety of sources over the years.

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Mistake quotes to help you bounce back

The American Psychological Association reports that reflecting on our mistakes can lead to greater self-awareness and personal growth.

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1. “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” ― Albert Einstein

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

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

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4. “My greatest hope regarding the future rests on the mistakes I’ve made in the past, for those are the most effective things I’ve got to build with.” ― Craig D. Lounsbrough

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5. “Success lies in one’s ability to learn from mistakes.” ― Dr Prem Jagyasi

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

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7. “Let all your regrets and mistakes become your sails and your rudders, and not your anchors” ― Sotero M Lopez II

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8. “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

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9. “Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

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10. “A mistake is only a mistake if you dwell on it. Let go and forgive.” ― Akiroq Brost

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Mistake quotes that will inspire you to make good decisions for your goals and dreams

In a survey conducted by Harvard Business Review, 62% of respondents said that learning from their mistakes was a key factor in their professional success.

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11. “Don’t let the mistakes and disappointments of the past control and direct your future.” ― Zig Ziglar

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12. “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

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13. “We learn from failure, not from success!” ― Bram Stoker

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

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15. “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

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16. “Smart people learn from their mistakes. But the real sharp ones learn from the mistakes of others.” ― Brandon Mull

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17. “A man must learn from his own mistakes, to be what he wishes to be.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita

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18. “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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19. “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

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20. “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

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21. “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

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22. “Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time.” ― George Bernard Shaw

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23. “The sooner you make your first five thousand mistakes the sooner you will be able to correct them.” ― Kimon Nicolaides

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24. “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

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25. “Forget your mistakes but remember what they taught you.” ― Vannetta Chapman

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

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27. “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

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28. “The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.” ― Elbert Hubbard

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29. “We all mess up. It’s what we learn from our mistakes that matters.” ― Lauren Myracle

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30. “Everyone makes mistakes. The important thing is to not make the same mistake twice.” ― Stephanie Perkins

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31. “Mistake is a single page in a part of Life ….but Relation is a book of dictionary —–So don’t lose a full Book for a single page.” ― Rubeccapalm Rose

32. “One mistake does not have to rule a person’s entire life.” ― Joyce Meyer

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

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34. “We often need to lose sight of our priorities in order to see them.” ― John Irving

35. “It’s not a person’s mistakes which define them – it’s the way they make amends.”  ― Freya North

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

37. “And a step backward, after making a wrong turn, is a step in the right direction.” ― Kurt Vonnegut

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

39. “Mistakes are the growing pains of wisdom.” ― William Jordan

40. “Mistakes are the usual bridge between inexperience and wisdom.” ― Phyllis Theroux

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41. “Failure is instructive. The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes.” ― John Dewey

42. “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

43. “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

44. “We have to make mistakes, it’s how we learn compassion for others.” ― Curtis Sittenfeld

45. “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

46. “One who makes no mistakes makes nothing.” ― Giacomo Casanova

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47. “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

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

49. “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

50. “You make mistakes, mistakes don’t make you” ― Maxwell Maltz

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51. “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

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

53. “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

54. “I never made a mistake in my life. I thought I did once, but I was wrong.”– Charles M. Schulz

55. “It’s only those who do nothing that make no mistakes, I suppose.”– Joseph Conrad

56. “If you’re making mistakes it means you’re out there doing something.”– Neil Gaiman

57. “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

58. “A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.”– George Bernard Shaw

59. “Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail. There’s only make.”– Corita Kent

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

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61. “Its not a problem to make a mistake while learning, the problem is not learning from the mistake.” – Phila Dittrich

62. “To failure at something is an attempt to succeed. Be strong and try again.” – Lailah Gifty Akita

63. “Don’t forgive people until they understand their mistakes.” – M.F. Moonzajer

64. “Regret for not learning; not for the mistakes you did.” – Garbyal

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

66. “Every mistake committed is a learning opportunity.” – Santosh Kalwar

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

68. “Making mistakes is not a serious issue. However, making again that raises questions.” – Ehsan Sehgal

69. “Remember that stupidity in some cases, like the universe, can be endless.” – C.A.A. Savastano

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

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

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

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

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

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75. “It was when I found out I could make mistakes that I knew I was on to something.” ― Ornette Coleman

76. “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

77. “Those who aren’t making mistakes probably aren’t making anything.” ― Samuel Smiles

78. “It’s okay to make mistakes. Mistakes are our teachers — they help us to learn.” ― John Bradshaw

79. “You must learn from your past mistakes, but not lean on your past successes.” ― Denis Waitley

80. “You’ve got to work with your mistakes until they look intended. Understand?” ― Raymond Carver

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81. “I enjoy growing older and wiser and learning from my mistakes every single day.” ― Ellen DeGeneres

82. “We all make mistakes, don’t we? But if you can’t forgive yourself, you’ll always be an exile in your own life.” ― Curtis Sittenfeld

83. “I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes…you’re Doing Something.” ― Neil Gaiman

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

85. “Survivors lived with their mistakes.” ― Nora Roberts

86. “The greatest mistake a person can make is to be afraid of making one.” ― Elbert Hubbard

87. “We’re all capable of mistakes, but I do not care to enlighten you on the mistakes we may or may not have made.” ― Al Gore

88. “You must cease from looking at human mistakes and look at successes; cease from seeing faults and see virtues.” ― Wallace D. Wattles

89. “Leaping away from my mistakes has propelled me forward. It has great force behind it. It makes for great storytelling.” ― Holly Near

90. “Make mistakes of ambition and not mistakes of sloth. Develop the strength to do bold things, not to suffer.” ― Niccolo Machiavelli

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91. “Being able to spot mistakes and communicate clearly on how to improve is a core managerial skill that will enhance employee performance efficiency.” ― Steve Gold

92. “Mistakes arm you with new knowledge that you can bring to the situation.” ― Tom Meitner

93. “If you make a mistake, be big enough to admit to the mistake. People will think much better if you make an admission after a mistake.” ― Keith Boyer

94. “By failing, a lesson can be learned. One can learn to avoid the mistake that caused the failure.” ― Glen Mizrahi

95. “Stop flogging yourself over the past mistakes and hurtful memories of the past.” ― Kellie Sullivan

96. “Self-development will help you better yourself, and it’ll allow you to make way fewer mistakes, helping your business to grow and survive.” ― Monica Bell

97. “Learning to stand on your own feet comes by making right decisions and by overcoming mistakes.” ― Robert Mitchell

98. “Recognise your own shortcomings and be prepared to learn quickly, including from your mistakes. If you don’t jump into the deep end at some point, you will never learn to swim.” ― George Ilian

99. “The moment we learn to forgive ourselves for mistakes and look forward is the moment when we will better manage our emotional state.” ― Nicole Smith

100. “Your ability to understand and direct kindness over yourself over failures and mistakes is an important matter.” ― Mia Conrad

Did you learn from these mistake quotes?

The successful people are not those who never make mistakes but rather those who learn from their mistakes and failures.

So instead of beating yourself up, own your mistakes and start thinking about how you can gain from them.

The ability to learn from your mistakes and make better decisions is key to being the person you want to be and creating the life you want to have in the future.

Hopefully, the quotes above will help you make good decisions for your goals and dreams.

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Norbert Juma
Norbert Juma is a Lifestyle Writer and Lead Editor at EverydayPower.com, where he ensures the publication of high-quality and inspiring content for our readers. With a BSC in Computer Science and expertise in WordPress, SEO, and social media marketing, he collaborates with our talented writers to make sure every article we publish is polished and engaging. Norbert's contributions to EverydayPower's vision of positivity and progress in digital media have earned him recognition as a thought leader in the industry.
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  1. Logan Echolls

    April 25, 2022 at 6:46 PM

    All of the above quotes are witty, true, and helpful. Thank you for compiling them for those of us who may be a little more human than others.

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