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Error Quotes


These are some of the best 'Error' quotations and sayings.

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A man should never be ashamed to own he has been in the wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.

A man's errors are his portals of discovery.

All errors spring up in in the neighborhood of some truth: They grow round about it, and, for the most part derive their strength from such contiguity.

Error is discipline through which we advance.

Error is not a fault of our knowledge, but a mistake of our judgment giving assent to that which is not true.

Error is sometimes so nearly allied to truth that it blends with it as imperceptibly as the colors of the rainbow fade into each other.

Error of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.

Error will slip through a crack, while truth will stick in a doorway.

Errors of theory or doctrine are not so much false statements, as partial statements. - Half a truth received, while the corresponding half is unknown or rejected, is a practical falsehood.

Errors to be dangerous must have a great deal of truth mingled with them. - It is only from this alliance that they can ever obtain an extensive circulation. - From pure extravagance, and genuine, unmingled falsehood, the world never has, and never can sustain any mischief.

False doctrine does not necessarily make the man a heretic, but an evil heart can make any doctrine heretical.

Few practical errors in the world are embraced on conviction, but on inclination; for though the judgment may err on account of weakness, yet, where one error enters at this door, ten are let into it through the will; that, for the most part, being set upon those things which truth is a direct obstacle to the enjoyment of; and where both cannot be had, a man will be sure to buy his enjoyment, though he pays down truth for the purchase.

From the errors of others a wise man corrects his own.

Half the truth will very often amount to absolute falsehood.

Honest error is to be pitied, not ridiculed.

If any one sincerely, candidly, unselfishly tries to understand and to obey the voice of divine wisdom, he will not go fatally astray.

In all science error precedes the truth, and it is better it should go first than last.

In its influence on the soul, error has been compared to a magnet concealed near the ship's compass. - As in the latter case, the more favorable the winds, and the greater the diligence and skill in working the ship, the more rapidly will it be speeded on in a wrong course; and so in the former, the greater the struggle for safety, the more speedy the progress to ruin.

It is almost as difficult to make a man unlearn his errors as his knowledge. Malinformation is more hopeless than non-information; for error is always more busy than ignorance. Ignorance is a blank sheet, on which we may write; but error is a scribbled one, from which we must first erase. Ignorance is contented to stand still with her back to the truth; but error is more presumptuous, and proceeds in the wrong direction. Ignorance has no light, but error follows a false one. The consequence is, that error, when she retraces her steps, has farther to go before she can arrive at truth, than ignorance.

It is only an error of judgment to make a mistake, but it argues an infirmity of character to adhere to it when discovered. The Chinese say, "The glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time you fall."


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