Wrongs or being wrong is a concept in law, ethics, epistemology, and science. In a colloquial sense, wrongness usually refers to a state of incorrectness, inaccuracy, error, or miscalculation in any number of contexts. More specifically, being "wrong" refers to a situation wherein an individual has made an error or misjudgment. In law, a wrong can be a legal injury, which is any damage resulting from a violation of a legal right. It can also imply the state of being contrary to the principles of justice or law. It means that something is contrary to conscience or morality and results in treating others unjustly.
- If you're gonna work for me, you have to be willing to be wrong, willing to lose. 'Cause you just did. You're fired.
- And so Doctor Beckett finds himself leaping from life to life, striving to put right what once went wrong and hoping each time that his next leap... will be the leap home.
- Brother, brother; we are both in the wrong.
- John Gay, The Beggar's Opera (1728), Act II, scene 2.
- Marie: Something funny might be nice. But not something necessarily big, hahaha, laugh out loud funny, and certainly not-make-fun-of-other-people funny, but certainly something human funny. And uh, if it could um, sneak up on you, surprise you, and at the same time make you think that what you thought was only right in a wrong kind of way, and when you're wrong, there's a certain rightness to your wrongness.
- Peter Hedges, Dan in Real Life (2007).
- Kirk: I am the Kirk, the creator?
- Nomad: You are the creator.
- Kirk: You're wrong! Jackson Roykirk, your creator, is dead. You have mistaken me for him. You are in error! You did not discovered your mistake; you have made two errors. You are flawed and imperfect, and you have not corrected by sterilization; you're made three errors!
- Nomad: Error? Error? Error? Examine.
- Sarah: [voiceover] People once believed that when someone dies, a crow carries their soul to the land of the dead. But sometimes, something so bad happens that a terrible sadness is carried with it and the soul can't rest. Then sometimes, just sometimes, the crow can bring that soul back to put the wrong things right.
- Anything which is accomplished through making other people afraid is wrong. Anything which deprives other people of their dignity is wrong.
- Alexander D. Shimkin, American civil rights worker and journalist, from Alex Shimkin oral history interview (cassette tape and transcript), 1965, Box 3, Folder 56, Archive no. 0050, Project South, SC 066, Stanford University Archives, Stanford, Calif.
- Wrongs unredressed, or insults unavenged.
- William Wordsworth, The Excursion (1814), Book III, line 377.
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 921.
- In the great right of an excessive wrong.
- Robert Browning, The Ring and the Book, The other Half—Rome, line 1,055.
- Alas! how easily things go wrong!
A sigh too deep, or a kiss too long,
And then comes a mist and a weeping rain,
And life is never the same again.
- George MacDonald, Phantastes, A Fairy Story.
- A man finds he has been wrong at every preceding stage of his career, only to deduce the astonishing conclusion that he is at last entirely right.
- Robert Louis Stevenson, Crabbed Age.
- Once I guessed right,
And I got credit by't;
Thrice I guessed wrong,
And I kept my credit on.
- Saying quoted by Swift (1710).
- Injuriarum remedium est oblivio.
- The remedy for wrongs is to forget them.
- Syrus, Maxims.
- Higher than the perfect song
For which love longeth,
Is the tender fear of wrong,
That never wrongeth.
- Bayard Taylor, Improvisations, Part V.