130 Mistakes Quotes to Learn From Your Failures

Here are the top mistakes quotes that will help you turn your failures into your greatest weapon.

Making a mistake is a part of life. It gives people the opportunity to grow and to become wiser. Without having errors, we cannot reflect, self-actualize, and develop. 

Our world continues to change, and what was once right in the past can be wrong in the present. The only thing that matters is that we strive to correct our mistakes and avoid them as much as possible.

Read the entire collection below.

Best Mistakes Quotes

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

2. “Everyone makes mistakes. Everyone deserves a second chance.” – Mo’ne Davis

3. “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

4. “Mistakes have the power to turn you into something better than you were before.” – Anonymous

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

6. “Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

7. “Good people make mistakes and hurt others, then they learn from their mistakes and try not to make them again.” – Bob Anderson

8. “Remember that life’s greatest lessons are usually learned at the worst times and from the worst mistakes.” – Anonymous

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

10. “Mistakes are proof you are trying.” – Anonymous

11. “Have no fear of perfection—you’ll never reach it.” – Salvador Dali

12. “You have to make mistakes to find out who you aren’t. You take the action, and the insight follows. You don’t think your way into becoming yourself.” – Anne Lamott 

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

14. “What do you do with a mistake—recognize it, admit it, learn from it, forget it.” – Dean Smith

15. “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

Quotes on Turning Your Mistakes Into Inspirations to Do Better

16. “Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow.” – Mary Tyler Moore

17. “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

18. “Be tenacious. The world will change. Things will go wrong. Life is messy.” – Ann Sherry

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

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

21. “Failure is a great teacher, and I think when you make mistakes, and you recover from them, and you treat them as valuable learning experiences, then you’ve got something to share.” – Steve Harvey

22. “Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?” – Lucy Maud Montgomery

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

24. “If you live long enough, you’ll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you’ll be a better person. It’s how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit.” – William J. Clinton

25. “What is done cannot be undone, but at least one can keep it from happening again.” – Anne Frank

26. “We learn from failure, not from success!” – Bram Stoker

27. “Always make new mistakes.” – Esther Dyson

28. “Without pain, there would be no suffering. Without suffering, we would never learn from our mistakes. To make it right, pain and suffering are the keys to all windows. Without it, there is no way of life.” – Angelina Jolie

29. “I think our life is a journey, and we make mistakes, and it’s how we learn from those mistakes and rebound from those mistakes that set us on the path that we’re meant to be on.” – Jay Ellis

30. “Mistakes are always forgivable if one has the courage to admit them.” – Bruce Lee

Quotes on Making Mistakes and Learning From Them

31. “Learning by making mistakes and not duplicating them is what life is about.” – Lindsay Fox

32. “If you have the guts to keep making mistakes, your wisdom and intelligence leap forward with huge momentum.” – Holly Near

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

34. “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

35. “Mistakes do happen, and life goes on.” – Sourav Ganguly

36. “Smart people learn from their mistakes, but the real sharp ones learn from the mistakes of others.” – Brandon Mull

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

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

39. “The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.” – Henry Ford

40. “Even when you have doubts, take that step. Take chances. Mistakes are never a failure. They can be turned into wisdom.” – Cat Cora

Quotes About How Mistakes Can Teach You Life Lessons

41. “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

42. “It was one thing to make a mistake. It was another thing to keep making it.” – Jodi Picoult

43. “Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life.” – Sophia Loren

44. “To err is human, to forgive, divine.” – Alexander Pope

45. “It’s very important that we don’t make the same mistakes twice. That’s a big part of improvement.” – Kirby Smart

Quotes That Show How Mistakes Can Help You Reach Success

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

47. “Mistakes are a fact of life. It is the response to error that counts.” – Nikki Giovanni

48. “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

49. “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

50. “Mistakes are the best teachers. One does not learn from success. It is desirable to learn vicariously from other people’s failures, but it gets much more firmly seared in when they are your own.” – Mohnish Pabrai

51. “The lesson is that you can still make mistakes and be forgiven.” – Robert Downey Jr.

52. “Wise men learn by other men’s mistakes, fools by their own.” – Harry Gunnison Brown

53. “Every great mistake has a halfway moment, a split second when it can be recalled and perhaps remedied.” – Pearl S. Buck

54. “Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody has ever made before. Do not freeze, do not stop, do not worry. Whatever you are scared of doing, do it.” – Neil Gaiman

55. “All men make mistakes, but only wise men learn from their mistakes.” – Winston Churchill

Wise Mistakes Quotes That Are Full of Meaning

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

57. “You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.” – Johnny Cash

58. “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

59. “If you’re not making some notable mistakes along the way, you’re certainly not taking enough business and career chances.” – Sallie Krawcheck

60. “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

61. “Making mistakes is better than faking perfections.” – Anonymous

62. “Of course, I make mistakes. I’m human. If I didn’t make mistakes, I’d never learn. You can only go forward by making mistakes.” – Alexander McQueen

63. “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

64. “People have the right to make their own decisions, even if they’re making a mistake.” – Scott Curran

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

Quotes to Understand Mistakes and Failures Better

66. “Mistakes increase your experience, and experiences decrease your mistakes. If you learn from your mistakes, then others learn from your success.” – Anonymous

67. “I’m not perfect. I make mistakes all the time. All I can do is to try my best to learn from my mistakes, take responsibility for them, and do a better job tomorrow.” – Lana Perry

68. “As humans, we’re going to make mistakes. It’s what makes us human, and most of the time, the most effective way of learning is from a mistake.” – Nash Grier

69. “Mistakes can help us to fine-tune our skills, learn better ways of doing things, and get our priorities straight.” – Angela Agranoff

70. “If you don’t learn from your mistakes, then they become regrets.” – John Cena

71. “Don’t confuse poor decision-making with destiny. Own your mistakes. It’s okay. We all make them. Learn from them so they can empower you!” – Steve Maraboli

72. “Mistakes are a 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

73. “Three-fourths of the mistakes a man makes are made because he does not really know the things he thinks he knows.” – James Bryce 

74. “Once we realize that imperfect understanding is the human condition, there is no shame in being wrong, only in failing to correct our mistakes.” – George Soros

75. “We learn from each other. We learn from others’ mistakes, from their experience, their wisdom. It makes it easier for us to come to better decisions in our own lives.” – Adrian Grenier

Quotes to Brighten Up Your Day Despite Your Mistakes

76. “I make mistakes like the next man. In fact, being, forgive me, rather cleverer than most men, my mistakes tend to be correspondingly huger.” – J.K. Rowling

77. “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” – Scott Adams

78. “Mistakes are the portals of discovery.” – James Joyce

79. “It’s important to learn and not repeat the same mistakes. What’s done is done.” – Mahendra Singh Dhoni

80. “There is always tension between the possibilities we aspire to, and our wounded memories, and past mistakes.” – Sean Brady

81. “If I had to live my life again, I’d make the same mistakes, only sooner.” – Tallulah Bankhead

82. “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

83. “We are all mere mortals, and making mistakes is part of living a long, active life. Yet, we still should be able to learn from those who have come before us.” – Mike Finley

84. “Many people make the mistake of basing the quality of their own successes on other people’s standards and expectations. You’ll achieve far more personal satisfaction trying to impress yourself than you will trying to impress someone else.” – Kory Livingstone

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

Beautiful and Deep Quotes About Mistakes

86. “An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made in a narrow field.” – Niels Bohr

87. “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

88. “The errors of a wise man make your rule rather than the perfections of a fool.” – William Blake

89. “If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes.” – John Wooden

90. “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

Quotes to Fill You up With Courage Despite Your Mistakes

91. “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

92. “Through life’s ups and downs, and the few mistakes we make, and all the successes that we get, let nobody, nobody’s opinion, define who you are. And if anybody defines who you are, let it be yourself.” – Mahira Khan

93. “None mess up more often than the old, except the young.” – Malcolm Forbes

94. “The biggest mistake I have made in my life is letting people stay in my life far longer than they deserve.” – Anonymous

95. “He, who never made a mistake, never made a discovery.” – Samuel Smiles

Quotes That Will Help You Grow From Your Mistakes

96. “Do not brood over your past mistakes and failures as this will only fill your mind with grief, regret, and depression. Do not repeat them in the future.” – Swami Sivananda

97. “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

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

99. “It is only an error in judgment to make a mistake, but it shows infirmity of character to adhere to it when discovered.” – Christian Bovee

100. “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

Enlightening Quotes on the Mistakes One Can Make

101. “You fall, you rise, you make mistakes, you live, and you learn.” – Anonymous

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

103. “Recognize 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

104. “People who work for a living make mistakes. Always remember this. People who pride themselves on making no decisions or any mistakes probably are not very valuable to you.” – Steven Rosenthal

105. “Everyone makes mistakes. You just make more of them than most people.” – Cassandra Clare

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

107. “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 Sr.

108. “Mistakes are a sign of trying, and it is always better to try and fail than to fail to try.” – Robert Washington

109. “A strong leader is one who is open to criticism and welcome feedback, and why not, he or she is only a human being, bound to make mistakes.” – Daniel Transon

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

Quotes That Will Make You Feel Better When You Made a Mistake

111. “Life is very interesting if you make mistakes.” – Georges Carpentier 

112. “We all make mistakes, and we all do dumb things but never doubt. You have what it takes.” – Kate Summers

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

114. “Probably the biggest thing you can do for yourself when you are trying to learn a new skill is give yourself permission to be imperfect. You are going to make mistakes when you first start, and you may find that you goof up in embarrassing times, but that is no reason to not see it through.” – Adrienne Stevens

115. “Mistakes occur when a man is overworked or over-confident.” – William Feather

Quotes on How Mistakes Can Turn Us Into Someone Wiser

116. “Don’t mention a person’s past mistakes when they are trying to change. That’s like throwing rocks at them while they are struggling to climb a mountain.” – Anonymous

117. “The sages do not consider that making no mistakes is a blessing. They believe, rather, that the great virtue of man lies in his ability to correct his mistakes and continually to make a new man of himself.” – Wang Yang-Ming

118. “What a waste my life would be without all the beautiful mistakes I’ve made.” – Alice Bag

119. “Don’t put other people down. A big mistake that a lot of opinionated people make is always putting those around them down.” – Emma Jones

120. “Holding a mistake over someone’s head does not rehabilitate them.” – E’yen A. Gardner

Funny Mistakes Quotes

121. “All men make mistakes, but married men find out about them sooner.” – Red Skelton

122. “My only solution for the problem of habitual accidents is to stay in bed all day. Even then, there is always the chance that you will fall out.” – Robert Benchley

123. “An honest mistake always favors the restaurant.” – Robert Half

124. “When I make a mistake, it’s a beaut.” – Fiorello La Guardia

125. “I can pardon everybody’s mistakes except my own.” – Marcus Cato

More Mistakes Quotes to Better Yourself

126. “Today, I choose life. Every morning when I wake up, I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain. To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices. Today, I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it.” – Kevyn Aucoin

127. “Pick a side and be bold, and if you’re wrong, admit it.” – Jeff Goins

128. “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 J. Hallie

129. “Football is a game of mistakes. Whoever makes the fewest mistakes wins.” – Johan Cruyff

130. “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

Did These Quotes Help You Move On and Learn From Your Mistakes?

Humans are not perfect. We are all just trying to do our best in life and learn in the process. It also means that we will continue to face adversities and fail on many things that will transform us into someone better.

However, to be able to grow, forgetting and burying our mistakes are not an option. We also have to work and take complex steps to stop repeating them. 

We hope that our collection was able to remind you to be kinder to yourself whenever you mess up. It is also our responsibility to forgive and heal ourselves from our past actions. People will not truly grow without making amends for what happened in the past.

Did you learn a lot about mistakes in our collection? Which is your favorite quote? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.


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