Quotations on Error

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The desire to economize time and mental effort in arithmetical computations, and to eliminate human liability to error is probably as old as the science of arithmetic itself.
- Howard Aiken
(Keywords: Science, Time, Arithmetic, Desire, Effort, Error, Old)

Light is meaningful only in relation to darkness, and truth presupposes error. It is these mingled opposites which people our life, which make it pungent, intoxicating. We only exist in terms of this conflict, in the zone where black and white clash.
- Louis Aragon
(Keywords: Life, Truth, People, Conflict, Darkness, Error, Light, Opposites, Zone)

Fear of error which everything recalls to me at every moment of the flight of my ideas, this mania for control, makes men prefer reason's imagination to the imagination of the senses. And yet it is always the imagination alone which is at work.
- Louis Aragon
(Keywords: Imagination, Men, Work, Fear, Ideas, Control, Error, Reason, Senses)

A subtle thought that is in error may yet give rise to fruitful inquiry that can establish truths of great value.
- Isaac Asimov
(Keywords: Thought, Error, May, Value)

I mean, I've had bartenders and waiters and waitresses make a comment about a joke of mine, like pointing out some sort of logic error or something that I've never even thought about, and they're right.
- Todd Barry
(Keywords: Thought, Error, Logic, Right)

Action and reaction, ebb and flow, trial and error, change - this is the rhythm of living. Out of our over-confidence, fear; out of our fear, clearer vision, fresh hope. And out of hope, progress.
- Bruce Barton
(Keywords: Change, Fear, Progress, Action, Hope, Vision, Error, Living)

The humblest citizen of all the land, when clad in the armor of a righteous cause, is stronger than all the hosts of error.
- William Jennings Bryan
(Keywords: Cause, Error, Land)

This is not a contest between persons. The humblest citizen in all the land, when clad in the armor of a righteous cause, is stronger than all the hosts of error. I come to you in defense of a cause as holy as the cause of liberty - the cause of humanity.
- William Jennings Bryan
(Keywords: Cause, Defense, Error, Humanity, Land, Liberty)

One of the surest evidences of friendship that one individual can display to another is telling him gently of a fault. If any other can excel it, it is listening to such a disclosure with gratitude, and amending the error.
- Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
(Keywords: Friendship, Gratitude, Error, Fault, Listening)

Great feelings will often take the aspect of error, and great faith the aspect of illusion.
- Robert Burton
(Keywords: Faith, Feelings, Error, Illusion, Will)

There is no such source of error as the pursuit of truth.
- Samuel Butler
(Keywords: Truth, Error, Pursuit)

The interval between the decay of the old and the formation and establishment of the new constitutes a period of transition which must always necessarily be one of uncertainty, confusion, error, and wild and fierce fanaticism.
- John C. Calhoun
(Keywords: Confusion, Error, Fanaticism, Old, Uncertainty)

At a time when we're having to take such difficult decisions about how to cut back without damaging the things that matter the most, we should strain every sinew to cut error, waste and fraud.
- David Cameron
(Keywords: Time, Decisions, Error, Fraud, Waste)

A few observation and much reasoning lead to error; many observations and a little reasoning to truth.
- Alexis Carrel
(Keywords: Truth, Error, Observation)

I worry about 10, 15, 20, 25 years down the road. Where are we going to be in this age of nuclear weapons, where there is no margin for error?
- Lincoln Chafee
(Keywords: Age, Error, Road, Weapons, Worry, Years)

God is another name for human intelligence raised above all error and imperfection, and extended to all possible truth.
- William Ellery Channing
(Keywords: Intelligence, God, Truth, Error, Imperfection, Name)

It is the nature of every person to error, but only the fool perseveres in error.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Keywords: Nature, Error, Fool)

If I err in belief that the souls of men are immortal, I gladly err, nor do I wish this error which gives me pleasure to be wrested from me while I live.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Keywords: Men, Belief, Error, Pleasure)

The Scriptures of the Old and New Testament, said an eminent scholar, have God for their Author, the Salvation of mankind for their end, and Truth without any mixture of error for their matter.
- Adam Clarke
(Keywords: God, Truth, End, Error, Mankind, New testament, Old, Salvation)

To kill an error is as good a service as, and sometimes even better than, the establishing of a new truth or fact.
- Charles Darwin
(Keywords: Truth, Error, Fact, Service)

This nation was conceived in liberty and dedicated to the principle - among others - that honest men may honestly disagree; that if they all say what they think, a majority of the people will be able to distinguish truth from error.
- Elmer Davis
(Keywords: Men, Truth, People, Error, Liberty, Majority, May, Nation, Will)

Drug misuse is not a disease, it is a decision, like the decision to step out in front of a moving car. You would call that not a disease but an error of judgment.
- Philip K. Dick
(Keywords: Car, Decision, Disease, Error, Judgment)

When I made Blue Moon Swamp, there was a lot of trial and error; I was trying to find people who would be simpatico with my style, and with what I had in mind for the album.
- John Fogerty
(Keywords: People, Error, Mind, Moon, Style, Trying)

Ignorance and error are necessary to life, like bread and water.
- Anatole France
(Keywords: Life, Error, Ignorance, Water)

It is a vulgar error that love, a love, to woman is her whole existence; she is born for Truth and Love in their universal energy.
- Margaret Fuller
(Keywords: Love, Truth, Energy, Error, Existence, Woman)

An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it.
- Mohandas Gandhi
(Keywords: Truth, Error, Reason)

You have to find out what's right for you, so it's trial and error. You are going to be all right if you accept realistic goals for yourself.
- Teri Garr
(Keywords: Goals, Error, Right)

Mistakes are a fact of life. It is the response to the error that counts.
- Nikki Giovanni
(Keywords: Life, Error, Fact, Mistakes)

Error is acceptable as long as we are young; but one must not drag it along into old age.
- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
(Keywords: Age, Error, Old)

Music is really all about experimentation and lots of trial and error. It's just mind-numbingly boring until you hit on something that works well.
- Martin Gore
(Keywords: Music, Error, Mind)

Be calm in arguing; for fierceness makes error a fault, and truth discourtesy.
- George Herbert
(Keywords: Truth, Error, Fault)

Ignorance is preferable to error, and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing than he who believes what is wrong.
- Thomas Jefferson
(Keywords: Truth, Error, Ignorance, Nothing, Wrong)

It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.
- Thomas Jefferson
(Keywords: Government, Truth, Error, Needs, Support)

Truth lies within a little and certain compass, but error is immense.
- Henry St. John
(Keywords: Truth, Error, Lies)

Our most tragic error may have been our inability to establish a rapport and a confidence with the press and television with the communication media. I don't think the press has understood me.
- Lyndon B. Johnson
(Keywords: Communication, Confidence, Error, May, Media, Press, Rapport, Television)

People are so busy dreaming the American Dream, fantasizing about what they could be or have a right to be, that they're all asleep at the switch. Consequently we are living in the Age of Human Error.
- Florence King
(Keywords: Age, People, Dream, American, Error, Living, Right)

They have been deprived nutritionally, or some illness has not been picked up, or they have not been screened for vision or hearing defects, or they have not had some kind of a chronic illness or error of metabolism picked up.
- C. Everett Koop
(Keywords: Vision, Error, Hearing, Illness)

So, I really don't consider myself a fabulous keyboard player.
- Norman Lamm
(Keywords: Government, People, Being, Error, Planning, Will)

Insincerity is always weakness; sincerity even in error is strength.
- George Henry Lewes
(Keywords: Strength, Error, Insincerity, Weakness)

But there is another danger besetting your path. I mean the error of regarding your own capacities instead of your work, of putting self-consciousness in place of God.
- Joseph Barber Lightfoot
(Keywords: God, Work, Danger, Error, Self)

The study of error is not only in the highest degree prophylactic, but it serves as a stimulating introduction to the study of truth.
- Walter Lippmann
(Keywords: Truth, Error, Study)

It is one thing to show a man that he is in an error, and another to put him in possession of the truth.
- John Locke
(Keywords: Truth, Error, Man, Possession)

All men are liable to error; and most men are, in many points, by passion or interest, under temptation to it.
- John Locke
(Keywords: Men, Error, Interest, Passion, Temptation)

Literature exists at the same time in the modes of error and truth; it both betrays and obeys its own mode of being.
- Paul de Man
(Keywords: Time, Truth, Being, Error, Literature)

Men have an extraordinarily erroneous opinion of their position in nature; and the error is ineradicable.
- W. Somerset Maugham
(Keywords: Men, Nature, Error, Opinion)

The first step toward finding God, Who is Truth, is to discover the truth about myself: and if I have been in error, this first step to truth is the discovery of my error.
- Thomas Merton
(Keywords: God, Truth, Discovery, Error, First)

I see that the path of progress has never taken a straight line, but has always been a zigzag course amid the conflicting forces of right and wrong, truth and error, justice and injustice, cruelty and mercy.
- Kelly Miller
(Keywords: Truth, Progress, Cruelty, Error, Injustice, Mercy, Right, Wrong)

Of course great politicians are always liable to be wrong about something, and the more people tell them they are wrong, the more stubbornly they defend their error.
- Ferdinand Mount
(Keywords: People, Error, Politicians, Wrong)

I postpone death by living, by suffering, by error, by risking, by giving, by losing.
- Anais Nin
(Keywords: Death, Error, Giving, Living, Losing, Suffering)

Perhaps the prevalence of pedantry may be largely accounted for by the common error of thinking that, because useful knowledge should be remembered, any kind of knowledge that is at all worth learning should be remembered too.
- Albert J. Nock
(Keywords: Knowledge, Error, Learning, May, Thinking, Worth)

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