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  • The only thing I regret about my past is the length of it. If I had to live my life again, I'd make the same mistakes, only sooner.
  • Mistakes that are perceived as mistakes are often not mistakes at all.
  • It is necessary to learn from others' mistakes. You will not live long enough to make them all yourself.
    • Correctly attributed to Hyman G. Rickover via "Thoughts on Man's Purpose in Life" speech (Morgenthau Memorial Lecture; full version)
  • There are certain mistakes we enjoy so much that we are always wiling to repeat them.
  • An old error is always more popular than a new truth.
    • German Proverb
  • There are only two mistakes one can make on the road to truth: not going all the way, and not starting.
  • Kosa moja haliachi mke.
    • Swahili proverb; Idiomatic Translation: "One mistake isn't reason enough to leave your wife"; Literal Meaning: A single mistake should be met with forgiveness, not condemnation.
  • There are no mistcakes, there were no mistcakes, there will be no mistcakes.