12 Quotes to Make You Feel Better About Screwing Up

I have made so many mistakes in life. Usually, I recognize them as soon as I make them. It just always seems a moment too late. It is in these moments that I wish life had autocorrect. However, there are two reasons that this is a bad idea.

One: I have learned more from these than I have from all my successes. In fact, when it comes my successes, I often look around like, “how did that happen?” “How can I do it again??”

Two: Have you SEEN all the autocorrect memes?? I can screw up perfectly well on my own, thank you very much! Autocorrect is likely to only make things worse!

Here’s my point: mistakes suck, but they are necessary. Like teeth cleanings. We don’t like them, but we need them. Below are 12 quotes that are certain to make you feel better about your mistakes or forgive others. For those of you familiar with my Wednesday Words of Wisdom (Hello, VIP Subscribers!!!), this is that times 12!!. Enjoy!

There you have it. 12 quotes to help you be a little kinder and more forgiving of mistakes. One quote to keep in mind, is “Once is a mistake; Twice is a decision.” Beware of those who continue to make the same mistakes over and over again – they aren’t learning the lesson (yet).

What say you? Do you have a favorite quote? Share in the comment section. We all can use reminders and inspiration in life – help us out!

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  1. As we establish a culture of learning from mistakes, we are going to discover that allowing people to make mistakes, will make them use their full potential and maximize their learning experience. as Albert Einstein sad: “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”

  2. I just watched a video this week, where the speaker invited us to look at mistakes as ‘fascinating’. They are such an important learning tool on our journey. Love all of these quotes, especially the one on ‘chapters’

    • I really like that concept, Christy! Honestly, mistakes are facinating! I just tend to appreciate them more when they are someone else’s! 🙂

  3. Joe Tomchik says:

    I made a mistake not to long ago and my
    Wingman said Joe it’s ok your only human
    Just remember the next time you are in this
    Situation it will make you wise. – I hope sharing
    This comment helps others- Get well soon!

    • Your wingman is a wise person!! Thanks for sharing, Joe, I think many will find comfort in that! (That’s for the well wishes…I dodged it all season, so it’s only fair I guess) 🙂

  4. “It’s now how we make mistakes, but how we correct them that define us.” Love these quotes, fantastic post!

  5. I have made a lot of mistakes and I agreed that I have learned so much more from the mistakes than from the success. Making mistakes is just part of our life. We just have to roll with it and learn our lesson, and that will help us growing strong as a person. Thanks for sharing all these inspirational quotes about the power of mistakes.

    • You’re so right, Erin…there’s no escaping mistakes, and they really do help us grow! So glad you enjoyed the quotes!

  6. I like this a lot–it’s a total reframe on the word mistake. It’s tempting to think of a mistake as a red-mark on your life record. The times you effed up, the times you still harp on. But some of these quotes suggest that mistakes indicate progress and effort. Others indicate that mistakes are just part of the deal and there is no need for the extra feelings. Thanks for this!

    • You are spot on, Helaina! It really is a reframe. That’s the beauty of them, they hurt, but they’re necessary AND beneficial. Thanks so much for commenting!!

  7. I love this. I think it’s important to be gentle with oneself and with others. I also like this quote: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison

  8. love these, april. i especially appreciate the quote by sophia bush (actually fits in perfectly with the theme of my first in-person retreat i’m hosting this summer – all about being a work in progress).

    • April, you’re retreat is going to be AMAZING!! I agree, Sophia’s quote is perfect!! I hope you’ll use it if it fits somewhere!! <3

  9. Love love love this! Thank you so much for putting this together.

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