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In the reflection process there are no mistakes, only learning experiences. (Bob Abrahams)

We can only learn from mistakes, by identifying them, determining their source, and correcting them... people learn more from their own mistakes than from the successes of others. (Russell L. Ackoff)

We all know that musicians practice constantly and play every piece imperfectly many times before they perform. So why should be painters expect to be perfect without continuously practicing and making mistakes? (Gaye Adams)

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. (Scott Adams)

There is no art which has not had its beginnings in things full of errors. Nothing is at the same time both new and perfect. (Leon Battista Alberti)

You don't drown by falling in the water. You drown by staying there. (Robert G. Allen)

Men stumble over pebbles, never over mountains. (Anonymous)

There are strange flowers of reason to match each error of the senses. (Louis Aragon)

Only now I'm learning to enjoy not being in charge of what the next stroke will do to the whole painting. I'm still learning that there are no mistakes only discoveries. (Fernando Araujo)

The higher up you go, the more mistakes you are allowed. Right at the top, if you make enough of them, it's considered to be your style. (Fred Astaire)

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)

In art, as in life, the best way to remedy mistakes is to take advantage of them. (Darby Bannard)

You can't go back again, even if you wanted to. But you can own your own life, mistakes and all. (Ellen Barkin)

My mistakes are my life. (Samuel Beckett)

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

-on Pierre-Auguste Renoir...
He is a hit-and-miss painter, nine times out of ten he misses. Oh! But when he hits them! (Leland Bell)

We're meant to make mistakes, recognize them, and move on to become unlimited. (Yehuda Berg)

It is always better to make your own mistakes and not someone else's. (Norbert Bisky)

A painting is a series of corrected mistakes. (Robert Bissett)

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

Mistakes are healthy and allow for growth. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but making a mistake is the truest form of originality. (Georgia J. Bonesteel)

My heroes are the ones who survived doing it wrong, who made mistakes, but recovered from them. (Bono)

In my next life I will try to commit more errors. (Jorge Luis Borges)

A sound discretion is not so much indicated by never making a mistake as by never repeating it. (Christian Nestell Bovee)

Intelligence is not to make no mistakes, but quickly to see how to make them good. (Bertolt Brecht)

As long as the world is turning and spinning, we're gonna be dizzy and we're gonna make mistakes. (Mel Brooks)

Every great mistake has a halfway moment, a split second when it can be recalled and perhaps remedied. (Pearl S. Buck)

There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting. (Gautama Buddha)

It began as a mistake. (Charles Bukowski)

Remorse is the echo of a lost virtue. (Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton)

Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little. (Edmund Burke)

Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and to move forward with your life. (Dr. David M. Burns)

Don't learn to do, but learn in doing. Let your falls not be on a prepared ground, but let them be bona fide falls in the rough and tumble of the world. (Samuel Butler, novelist)

From a worldly point of view, there is no mistake so great as that of being always right. (Samuel Butler, novelist)

Mistakes are necessary detours on the road to achievement. (Bill Byrne)

Where you stumble, there lies your treasure. (Joseph Campbell)

Mistakes are joyful, truth infernal. (Albert Camus)

Making mistakes, getting it almost right, and experimenting to see what happens are all part of the process of eventually getting it right. (Jack Canfield)

Why do we say something is out of whack? What is a whack? (George Carlin)

The greatest of all faults, I should say, is to be conscious of none. (Thomas Carlyle)

The successful man will profit from his mistakes and try again in a different way. (Dale Carnegie)

I laugh at mistakes. I laugh at how you recover from mistakes. (Jim Carrey)

While you're being creative, nothing is wrong. There's no such thing as a mistake, and any drivel may lead to the breakthrough. (John Cleese)

The two worst strategic mistakes to make are acting prematurely and letting an opportunity slip. (Paulo Coelho)

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

In painting, as in everything else, there is a fatal tendency to become accustomed to one's faults. (John Collier)

Half our mistakes in life arise from feeling where we ought to think, and thinking where we ought to feel. (John Churton Collins)

What we call experience is often a dreadful list of ghastly mistakes. (J. Chalmers da Costa)

Mistakes are almost always of a sacred nature. Never try to correct them. On the contrary: rationalize them, understand them thoroughly. After that, it will be possible for you to sublimate them. (Salvador Dali)

To kill an error is as good a service as, and sometimes even better than, the establishing of a new truth or fact. (Charles Darwin)

Do not be afraid of errors. There are no errors. (Miles Davis)

I've done some things I wish I could erase... I invented mistakes. (Sammy Davis, Jr.)

Charm and perfection hardly cooperate. Charm premises little mistakes which one would like to cover. (Catherine Deneuve)

There are no mistakes, only a series of adjustments. (Linda Doll)

Errors like straws upon the surface flow: Who would search for pearls must dive below. (John Dryden)

The greater number of a man's errors come before him disguised under the specious form of necessity; then, after error has been committed in a moment of excitement, of delirium, or of fear, we see that we might have avoided and escaped it. (Alexandre Dumas)

A mistake is to commit a misunderstanding. (Bob Dylan)

Even a stopped clock is right twice a day. After some years, it can boast of a long series of successes. (Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach)

People seldom learn from the mistakes of others - not because they deny the value of the past, but because they are faced with new problems. (Ilya Ehrenberg)

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

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

There is a tendency for things to right themselves. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Honor thy error as a hidden intention. (Brian Eno)

If you have to make a mistake, it's better to make a mistake of action than one of inaction. If I had the opportunity again, I would take chances. (Federico Fellini)

There are two types of mistakes: mistakes of ambition and mistakes of sloth. (Timothy Ferriss)

Mistakes are a drag, because you get in the area of regret and self-pity. (Carrie Fisher)

Even a mistake may turn out to be the one thing necessary to a worthwhile achievement. (Henry Ford)

From error to error, one discovers the entire truth. (Sigmund Freud)

Using errors as stepping stones... It makes these painful and problematic experiences into necessities, so that the mud on our hiking boots is somehow the very thing that allowed us to reach the summit. (Lisa Fricker)

Most of my advances were by mistake. You uncover what is when you get rid of what isn't. (Buckminster Fuller)

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes... you're Doing Something. (Neil Gaiman)

Forget your mistakes, but remember what they taught you. (Dorothy Galyean)

The right to err, which means the freedom to try experiments, is the universal condition of all progress. (Mahatma Gandhi)

Don't assume there is only one way. Don't assume that mistakes are a bad thing. Don't think for one minute that everyone agrees with what 'good' is. (Robert Genn)

-re: secondary easel...
Previously unseen boo-boos come at you like tattoos on a teenage girl. (Robert Genn)

Mistakes are usually what trigger off a new direction. (Graham Gillmore)

We're all human and we all goof. Do things that may be wrong, but do something. (Newt Gingrich)

Mistakes are a fact of life. It is the response to the error that counts. (Nikki Giovanni)

Because of their courage, their lack of fear, artists are willing to make silly mistakes. The truly creative person is one who can think crazy; such a person knows full well that many of his great ideas will prove to be worthless. (Frank Goble)

Man must strive and, in striving, must go wrong. (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

It is better to be high-spirited even though one makes more mistakes, than to be narrow-minded and all too prudent. (Vincent van Gogh)

There are some faults so nearly allied to excellence that we can scarce weed out the vice without eradicating the virtue. (Oliver Goldsmith)

A mistake is simply another way of doing things. (Katharine Graham)

The public, more often than not, will forgive mistakes, but it will not forgive trying to wriggle and weasel out of one. (Lewis Grizzard)

Not admitting a mistake is a bigger mistake. (Robert Half)

There is no such thing as a mistake in Acrylic painting. You can wash it out up to 45 seconds after drying or wait and paint over it. (Andrew Hamilton)

Quitters have the good sense to admit their mistakes, cut their losses, and move on. (Evan Harris)

Mistakes fail in their mission of helping the person who blames them on the other fellow. (Henry S. Haskins)

-jazz saxophonist...
If you don't make mistakes, you aren't really trying. (Coleman Hawkins)

An expert is someone who knows some of the worst mistakes that can be made in his subject, and how to avoid them. (Werner Heisenberg)

But for me, from my point of view, I don't mind if it falls over... if you break the glass you replace the glass, if the sheep falls out you can always get a new sheep. (Damien Hirst)

In time you will cherish your mistakes, for without them you could not advance. (Kathi Hobbs)

It is the true nature of mankind to learn from mistakes, not from example. (Fred Hoyle)

The greatest mistake a man can make is to be afraid of making one. (Elbert Hubbard)

I shot a tractor by mistake. A tractor is quite big. I don't really shoot animals these days. I don't like to, and I don't need to. (Charlie Isoe)

You're not the only one who's made mistakes, but they're the only things that you can truly call your own. (Billy Joel)

Shakespeare never had six lines together without a fault. Perhaps you may find seven, but this does not refute my general assertion. (Samuel Johnson)

Make your mistakes now and make them quickly. If you've made the mistakes, you know what to expect the next time. That's how you become valuable. (Quincy Jones)

But no, I don't generally have trouble with spelling mistakes. (Bill Joy)

- No One Belongs Here More Than You...
What a terrible mistake to let go of something wonderful for something real. (Miranda July)

The right way to wholeness is made up of fateful detours and wrong turnings. (Carl Gustav Jung)

The pendulum of the mind alternates between sense and nonsense, not between right and wrong. (Carl Gustav Jung)

Many people will admit that they made a mistake. But that doesn't mean that they've changed their mind about anything in particular. It doesn't mean that they are now able to avoid that mistake. (Daniel Kahneman)

There are no mistakes, only tracks of where you have been to get where you are. (Robert Kaupelis)

I make mistakes; I'll be the second to admit it. (Jean Kerr)

To improve a painting, you must be willing to make mistakes, even big ones. (Earl Grenville Killeen)

But I've swallowed my pride before, that's for sure. I'm practically lined with my mistakes on the inside like a bad-wallpapered bathroom. (Barbara Kingsolver)

It is easy to point out the mistakes of others, while it is hard to admit one's own mistakes. A man broadcasts the sins of others without thinking, but he hides his own sins as a gambler hides his extra dice. (Dalai Lama)

Mistakes are finished paintings. (Brian M. LaSaga)

Don't dwell on your mistakes. Set achievable goals: a confident line, effective use of values, interesting shapes, exciting texture. (Nita Leland)

You must learn from the mistakes of others. You can't possibly live long enough to make them all yourself. (Sam Levenson)

Initially, I impose control but must soon come to terms with letting go as the paint takes on a life of its own. As the work unfolds, there are interesting and unexpected results, and mistakes often lead to exciting new discoveries in technique or process. (Elsha Leventis)

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

Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life. (Sophia Loren)

Mishaps are like knives, that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or the handle. (James Russell Lowell)

Be cautious, but not too cautious; do not be too much afraid of making a mistake; a man who never makes a mistake will make nothing. (John Lubbock)

I have made mistakes in my life and I am looking forward to making lots more. (Leza MacDonald)

Make mistakes of ambition and not mistakes of sloth. Develop the strength to do bold things, not the strength to suffer. (Niccolo Machiavelli)

Expect to make some mistakes when you try new and different approaches. Sometimes colossal failures lead to spectacular successes. (Harvey Mackay)

Have compassion for your humanity and your flaws. You're human and you're going to make mistakes. Look at yourself through the eyes of a loving parent... (Lauren Mackler)

You make mistakes. Mistakes don't make you. (Maxwell Maltz)

I may be a mistake maker, but I'm also a mistake breaker. (Maxwell Maltz)

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)

It's always helpful to learn from your mistakes because then your mistakes seem worthwhile. (Garry Marshall)

The three foundations of judgement: Bold Design, Constant Practice, and Frequent Mistakes. (John Masefield)

The greatest mistake we make is living in constant fear that we will make one. (John C. Maxwell)

One should not become obsessed with correcting mistakes. That behavior accentuates the negative, removes the unexpected, and interferes with the natural rhythm of drawing. (Richard McDaniel)

Mistakes show us what we need to learn. (Peter McWilliams)

To avoid situations in which you might make mistakes may be the biggest mistake of all. (Peter McWilliams)

Nine times out of ten, in the arts as in life, there is actually no truth to be discovered; there is only error to be exposed. (H. L. Mencken)

We stumble and fall constantly, even when we are most enlightened. (Thomas Merton)

I'm in a foul mood as I'm making stupid mistakes... This morning I lost beyond repair a painting with which I had been happy, having done about twenty sessions on it; it had to be thoroughly scraped away... what a rage I was in! (Claude Monet)

I let a good many mistakes show through when fixing my sensations. It will always be the same and this is what makes me despair. (Claude Monet)

You've been making the wrong mistakes. (Thelonius Monk)

Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet? (Lucy Maud Montgomery)

I think of myself as an intelligent, sensitive human being with the soul of a clown which always forces me to blow it at the most important moments. (Jim Morrison)

Some of the worst mistakes of my life have been haircuts. (Jim Morrison)

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

One of the most dangerous forms of human error is forgetting what one is trying to achieve. (Paul Nitze)

If you make an error, use it as a stepping stone to a new idea you might not have otherwise discovered. (Roger von Oech)

You want to cry aloud for your mistakes. But to tell the truth the world doesn't need anymore of that sound. (Mary Oliver)

Give me a fruitful error any time, full of seeds, bursting with its own corrections. You can keep your sterile truth for yourself. (Vilfredo Pareto)

-The Master Puppeteer...
We all learn here by the honorable path of horrible mistakes. (Katherine Paterson)

This isn't right. This isn't even wrong. (Wolfgang Pauli)

Creativity is mistakes. (Grayson Perry)

There are no mistakes, only new doors opened by misplaced marks. Don't let your surface be precious. (Brian Petroski)

A mistake in drawing becomes difficult to detect when the eye is familiar with it. (Walter J. Phillips)

If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call 'failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down. (Mary Pickford)

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 to-day than he was yesterday. (Alexander Pope)

To err is human; to forgive, divine. (Alexander Pope)

I neglected nothing. (Nicolas Poussin)

There is no mercy in 'I told you so.' (K. Ann Price)

To err is human. (proverb)

Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped. (African proverb)

Deal with the faults of others as gently as with your own. (Chinese proverb)

He wrongfully blames the sea who suffers shipwreck twice. (Latin proverb)

Do not fear to make a mistake. The paintings that you grieve about day will be under your bed tomorrow. Just take a deep breath and be glad to paint. (Tanya Radic)

I don't want my paintings to look too practiced or repetitive. I'm not happy with mistakes, but they are essential to retain a sense of freshness. I want to paint things that are alive. (Charles Reid)

I've spent my life making blunders. (Pierre-Auguste Renoir)

My mother said that anyone learning to cook needed a large dog to eat the mistakes. As a sculptor of wood I have always tried to keep a fireplace. (Norman Ridenour)

Take the opportunity to learn from your mistakes: find the cause of your problem and eliminate it. Don't try to be perfect... (Tony Robbins)

The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything. Do not be afraid to make mistakes providing you do not make the same one twice. (Theodore Roosevelt)

We humans are a product of mistakes. Without mistakes, we would cease to strive, function or produce. Think about that. (Rick Rotante)

Arithmetic is where the answer is right and everything is nice and you can look out of the window and see the blue sky - or the answer is wrong and you have to start over and try again and see how it comes out this time. (Carl Sandburg)

Is it any wonder that I've learned so little from the mistakes of others... when often I've learned nothing at all from my own! (Larry E. Santucci)

Never knowingly leave anything wrong on your canvas. (Richard Schmid)

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

I'm sure a lot of people out there make mistakes. (Arnold Schwarzenegger)

I made my fair share of mistakes. (Arnold Schwarzenegger)

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing. (George Bernard Shaw)

If a mistake is not a stepping stone, it is a mistake. (Eli Siegel)

-interview, Art of Watercolor, Dec, 2011...
"Mistakes" are not always bad things per se, only things that were not part of my original vision. This brings up a very critical moment in the process: letting go of a preconceived idea in favor of something that might be just as good, or even better. (Nicholas Simmons)

Be sensitive to your mistakes. Put it on the wall for a couple of weeks. It may be that you can learn more from the study of your own work than from others. (John Sloan)

We often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do; and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery. (Samuel Smiles)

More people would learn from their mistakes if they weren't so busy denying them. (J. Harold Smith)

It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do a little. Do what you can. (Sydney Smith)

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)

Grateful for his mistakes, man should be the gods, because by overcoming the faults the stronger force is developed. (Rudolf Steiner)

No one ever makes 'mistakes' in art, they are called 'happy accidents'. (Anne-Marie Swierz)

If you shut the door to all errors, truth will be shut out. (Rabindranath Tagore)

Men are apt to prefer a prosperous error to an afflicted truth. (Bishop Jeremy Taylor)

We all make mistakes, and it is better to make them before we begin. (Nikola Tesla)

One cannot too soon forget his errors and misdemeanors. To dwell long upon them is to add to the offense. (Henry David Thoreau)

If we had had more time for discussion we should probably have made a great many more mistakes. (Leon Trotsky)

To make a mistake is only an error in judgment, but to adhere to it when it is discovered shows infirmity of character. (Dr. Dale E. Turner)

Whenever there is a simple error that most laymen fall for, there is always a slightly more sophisticated version of the same problem that experts fall for. (Amos Tversky)

It is so conceited and timid to be ashamed of one's mistakes. Of course they are mistakes. Go on to the next. (Brenda Ueland)

If on your own or by the criticism of others you discover error in your work, correct it then and there; otherwise in exposing your work to the public, you will expose your error also. (Leonardo da Vinci)

We know well that mistakes are more easily detected in the works of others than in one's own. (Leonardo da Vinci)

The progress of rivers to the ocean is not so rapid as that of man to error. (Voltaire)

We are all full of weakness and errors; let us mutually pardon each other our follies - it is the first law of nature. (Voltaire)

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

You must learn from your past mistakes, but not lean on your past successes. (Denis Waitley)

I think it's a mistake to treat different realms of knowledge as if they are some how fundamentally the same. (Jimmy Wales)

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.)

It is very easy to forgive others their mistakes; it takes more grit and gumption to forgive them for having witnessed your own. (Jessamyn West)

Sometimes a writer, like an acrobat, must try a trick that is too much for him. (E. B. White)

Mistakes are lessons of wisdom. (Hugh White)

Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes. (Oscar Wilde)

Hindsight is always twenty-twenty. (Billy Wilder)

What's right is what's left if you do everything else wrong. (Robin Williams)

If people never did silly things nothing intelligent would ever get done. (Ludwig Wittgenstein)

A doctor can bury his mistakes but an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines. (Frank Lloyd Wright)

A painting is a collection of a series of corrections. (Helen van Wyk)

You can't get it right, until you make it wrong. (Helen van Wyk)

If it's all wrong, it's all right. (Helen van Wyk)

So what if we make mistakes and sometimes produce garbage? That is the nature of the beast. (Gertjan Zwiggelaar)