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Men are apt to prefer a prosperous error to an afflicted truth.

Men err from selfishness; women because they are weak.

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

Our understandings are always liable to error. - Nature and certainty are very hard to come at, and infallibility is mere vanity and pretence.

Sometimes we may learn more from a man's errors, than from his virtues.

The cautious seldom err.

The consistency of great error with great virtue, is one of the lessons of universal history. - But error is not made harmless by such associations. - False theories, though held by the greatest and best of men, and though not thoroughly believed, have wrought much evil.

The copy-books tell us that "to err is human." That is wrong. To err is inhuman, to be holy is to live in the straight line of duty and of truth to God's life in every intrinsic existence.

The little I have seen of the world teaches me to look upon the errors of others in sorrow, not in anger. When I take the history of one poor heart that has sinned and suffered, and think of the struggles and temptations it has passed through, the brief pulsations of joy, the feverish inquietude of hope and fear, the pressure of want, the desertion of friends, I would fain leave the erring soul of my fellowman with Him from whose hands it came.

There are errors which no wise man will treat with rudeness, while there is a probability that they may be the refraction of some great truth still below the horizon.

There is no error so crooked but it hath in it some lines of truth, nor is any poison so deadly that it serveth not some wholesome use. - Spurn not a seeming error, but dig below its surface for the truth.

There is nothing so true that the damps of error have not warped it.

To err is human. To cover it up is weasel. See quote detail

To err is human; to forgive, divine.

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.

To stumble twice against the same stone is a proverbial disgrace.

Whatever is only almost true is quite false, and among the most dangerous of errors, because being so near truth, it is the more likely to lead astray. - Precise knowledge is the only true knowledge, and he who does not teach exactly, does not teach at all.

Wrrong conduct is far more powerful to produce erroneous thinking, than erroneous thinking to produce wrong conduct.

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