20 Quotes To Encourage You If You Have Ever Erred

Most people know the quote “To err is human and to forgive is divine.” It is a go-to quote when you are trying to get someone to forgive another person or to comfort someone who has erred.

We all have erred at one time or another so it is easy to understand how bad a person who has done so may feel. The dictionary defines erring as being mistaken or incorrect; to make a mistake. Erring can also mean to sin or to do wrong.

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Erred is the past tense of erring, a point when regret of our actions often creeps up on us. When you have erred, especially, against someone you hold in high esteem or care for, you can be pretty miserable and desirous of a kind word from the person to relieve those negative feelings.

Although that kind word may not be forthcoming from the person that you most desire it from, it may be good for you to know that you are not the first person to have erred and you certainly will not be the last.


From a couple of people who have surely erred in the past, here are 20 quotes to make you feel better;

  • Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err. — Mahatma Gandhi
  • It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err. — Mahatma Gandhi
  • I claim to be a simple individual liable to err like any other fellow mortal. I own, however, that I have humility enough to confess my errors and to retrace my steps. — Mahatma Gandhi
  • “An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does the truth become error because nobody will see it.
    ― Mahatma Gandhi
  • As great as kings may be, they are what we are: they can err like other men. — Pierre Corneille
  • To err is human; to admit it, superhuman. — Doug Larson
  • Dare to err and to dream. Deep meaning often lies in childish plays. — Friedrich Schiller
  • “THE ROAD TO WISDOM The road to wisdom? — Well, it’s plain and simple to express: Err and err and err again but less and less and less.” ― Piet Hein
  • “In the very end, all we have left to atone for our faults are words.” ― Kamand Kojouri
  • “A man should never be ashamed to own that he has been in the wrong, which is but saying in other words that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.” ― Alexander Pope

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  • “To err is to wander and wandering is the way we discover the world and lost in thought it is the also the way we discover ourselves. Being right might be gratifying but in the end, it is static a mere statement. Being wrong is hard and humbling and sometimes even dangerous but in the end, it is a journey and a story. Who really wants to stay at home and be right when you can don your armor spring up on your steed and go forth to explore the world True you might get lost along get stranded in a swamp have a scare at the edge of a cliff thieves might steal your gold brigands might imprison you in a cave sorcerers might turn you into a toad but what of what To fuck up is to find adventure: it is in the spirit that this book is written.” ― Kathryn Schulz
  • “Science, my lad, has been built upon many errors; but they are errors which it was good to fall into, for they led to the truth.” ― Jules Verne
  • “Success sits on a mountain of mistakes” ― Bangambiki Habyarimana
  • “A mistake is the most beautiful thing in the world. It is the only way you can get to some place you’ve never been before. I try to make as many as I can. Making a mistake is the only way that you can grow.” ― E.W. Wainwright
  • “Mistakes should be examined, learned from, and discarded; not dwelled upon and stored.” ― Tim Fargo
  • “An intelligent person is never afraid or ashamed to find errors in his understanding of things.” ― Bryant McGill
  • “Many often errors lead to discoveries, but our fantasies and limitations are tested by blunders!” ― Abhijit Kar Gupta
  • The cautious seldom err. Confucius
  • To err is human. To blame someone else is politics. Hubert H. Humphrey
  • “A simple mistake…can tell me what you’re not, or it can remind me of why I should love you.” ― Renny Gleeson