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Owen Feltham – Our follies make our lives uncomfortable

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It is our follies that make our lives uncomfortable. Our errors of opinion, our cowardly fear of the world’s worthless censure, and our eagerness after unnecessary gold have hampered the way of virtue, and made it far more difficult than, in itself, it is.

Owen Feltham  

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Marcus Tullius Cicero – Six mistakes mankind keeps making

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Marcus Tullius CiceroSix mistakes mankind keeps making century after century: Believing that personal gain is made by crushing others; Worrying about things that cannot be changed or corrected;
Insisting that a thing is impossible because we cannot accomplish it; Refusing to set aside trivial preferences; Neglecting development and refinement of the mind;
Attempting to compel others to believe and live as we do.

Marcus Tullius Cicero   (106 BC-43 BC)

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Fred Astaire – The higher you go

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Fred AstaireThe 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  

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Groucho Marx – Learn from the mistakes

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Groucho MarxLearn from the mistakes of others. You can never live long enough to make them all yourself.

Groucho Marx   (Oct 2, 1890-Aug 19, 1977)

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Stephen Hawking – Without imperfection

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Stephen HawkingNext time someone complains that you have made a mistake, tell him that may be a good thing. Because without imperfection, neither you nor I would exist.

Stephen Hawking   (1942-2018)

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Carl Jung – Mistakes are, after all, the. . .

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Carl JungMistakes 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 Jung   (1875-1961)

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David Hume – When are most sure and arrogant . . .

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David HumeWhen men are most sure and arrogant, they are commonly the most mistaken, and have then given views to passion, without that proper deliberation and suspense which can alone secure them from the grossest absurdities.

David Hume   (1711-1776)

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