139 quotes about Mistakes
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An error is the more dangerous in proportion to the degree of truth which it contains.
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There exists a black kingdom which the eyes of man avoid because its landscape fails signally to flatter them. This darkness, which he imagines he can dispense with in describing the light, is error with its unknown characteristics. Error is certainty's constant companion. Error is the corollary of evidence. And anything said about truth may equally well be said about error: the delusion will be no greater.
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Since nothing we intend is ever faultless, and nothing we attempt ever without error, and nothing we achieve without some measure of finitude and fallibility we call humanness, we are saved by forgiveness.
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There is no original truth, only original error.
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I'd rather be strongly wrong than weakly right.
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If I had my life to live again. I'd make the same mistakes, only sooner.
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An error doesn't become a mistake until you refuse to correct it.
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All wrong doing is done in the sincere belief that it is the best thing to do.
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I have made mistakes, but I never made the mistake of claiming that I never made one.
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I made a wrong mistake
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The difference between greatness and mediocrity is often how an individual views a mistake...
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It's okay to make mistakes. Mistakes are our teachers -- they help us to learn.
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The person interested in success has to learn to view failure as a healthy, inevitable part of the process of getting to the top.
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Every great mistake has a halfway moment, a split second when it can be recalled and perhaps remedied.
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To swear off making mistakes is very easy. All you have to do is to swear off having ideas.
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The successful man will profit from his mistakes and try again in a different way.
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Error is discipline through which we advance.
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All men make mistakes, but only wise men learn from their mistakes.
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It is the nature of every person to error, but only the fool perseveres in error.
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To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.
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Don't argue for other people's weaknesses. Don't argue for your own. When you make a mistake, admit it, correct it, and learn from it -- immediately.
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There is a wheel on the affairs of men revolve and its mechanism is such that it prevents any man from being always fortunate.
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I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken.
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Mistakes are almost always of a sacred nature. Never try to correct them. On the contrary: rationalize them, understand them thoroughly. After that, it will be possible for you to sublimate them.
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It's discouraging to make a mistake, but it's humiliating when you find out you're so unimportant that nobody noticed it.
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I love fools experiments. I am always making them.
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Truth is one, but error proliferates. Man tracks it down and cuts it up into little pieces hoping to turn it into grains of truth. But the ultimate atom will always essentially be an error, a miscalculation.
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Do not fear mistakes -- there are none.
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I have learned more from my mistakes than from my successes.
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It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data.
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The better a man is the more mistakes he will make for the more things he will try.
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Error is a supposition that pleasure and pain, that intelligence, substance, life, are existent in matter. Error is neither Mind nor one of Mind's faculties. Error is the contradiction of Truth. Error is a belief without understanding. Error is unreal because untrue. It is that which stemma to be and is not. If error were true, its truth would be error, and we should have a self-evident absurdity --namely, erroneous truth. Thus we should continue to lose the standard of Truth.
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Truth is immortal; error is mortal.
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A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.
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Errors look so very ugly in persons of small means --one feels they are taking quite a liberty in going astray; whereas people of fortune may naturally indulge in a few delinquencies.
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Even a mistake may turn out to be the one thing necessary to a worthwhile achievement.
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It is worse than a crime: it is a mistake.
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When I reflect, as I frequently do, upon the felicity I have enjoyed, I sometimes say to myself, that were the offer made me, I would engage to run again, from beginning to end, the same career of life. All I would ask, should be the privilege of an author, to correct in a second edition, certain errors of the first.
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Most of my advances were by mistake. You uncover what is when you get rid of what isn't.
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There are no significant bugs in our released software that any significant number of users want fixed
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People who make money often make mistakes, and even have major setbacks, but they believe they will eventually prosper, and they see every setback as a lesson to be applied in their move towards success.
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I have made decisions that turned out to be wrong, and went back and did it another way, and still took less time than many who procrastinated over the original decision. Your brain is capable of handling 140, 000 million bits of information in one second, and if you take hours or days or weeks to reach a vital decision, you are short-circuiting your most valuable property.
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We're all human and we all goof. Do things that may be wrong, but do something!
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Mistakes are a fact of life it is the response to error that counts.
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A clever man commits no minor blunders.
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The best fortune that can fall to a man is that which corrects his defects and makes up for his failings.
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The road to wisdom? Well, it's plain and simple to express: Errand err again but less and less and less.
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No man ever achieved worth-while success who did not, at one time or other, find himself with at least one foot hanging well over the brink of failure.
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No mans error becomes his own Law; nor obliges him to persist in it.
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The greatest mistake a man can make is to be afraid of making one.
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The greatest blunders, like the thickest ropes, are often compounded of a multitude of strands. Take the rope apart, separate it into the small threads that compose it, and you can break them one by one. You think, That is all there was! But twist them all together and you have something tremendous.
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Man approaches the unattainable truth through a succession of errors.
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She had an unequalled gift... of squeezing big mistakes into small opportunities.
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To err is human, but when the eraser wears out ahead of the pencil, you're overdoing it.
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I have a theory that the only original things we ever do are mistakes.
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That fellow seems to me to possess but one idea, and that is a wrong one.
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Experience enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.
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Mistakes are the portals of discovery.
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A man's errors are his portals of discovery.
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Don't be afraid to fail. Don't waste energy trying to cover up failure. Learn from your failures and go on to the next challenge. It's OK to fail. If you're not failing, you're not growing.
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Mistakes 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.
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No one that ever lived has ever had enough power, prestige, or knowledge to overcome the basic condition of all life -- you win some and you lose some.
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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.
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The trouble in America is not that we are making too many mistakes, but that we are making too few.
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The freedom to fail is vital if you're going to succeed, most successful men fail time and time again, and it is a measure of their strength that failure merely propels them into some new attempt at success.
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To err is human; to admit it, superhuman.
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We can afford almost any mistake once.
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You must learn from the mistakes of others. You can't possibly live long enough to make them all yourself.
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To err is human also in so far as animals seldom or never err, or at least only the cleverest of them do so.
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While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, another is busy making mistakes and becoming superior.
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The study of error is not only in the highest degree prophylactic, but it serves as a stimulating introduction to the study of truth.
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Sometimes we may learn more from a man's errors, than from his virtues.
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Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life.
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A man who cannot make mistakes cannot do anything.
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Remember you will not always win. Some days, the most resourceful individual will taste defeat. But there is, in this case, always tomorrow -- after you have done your best to achieve success today.
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Whenever you make a mistake or get knocked down by life, don't look back at it too long. Mistakes are life's way of teaching you. Your capacity for occasional blunders is inseparable from your capacity to reach your goals. No one wins them all, and your failures, when they happen, are just part of your growth. Shake off your blunders. How will you know your limits without an occasional failure? Never quit. Your turn will come.
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No man is beaten until his hope is annihilated, his confidence gone, As long as a man faces life hopefully, confidently, triumphantly, he is not a failure; he is not beaten until he turns his back on life.
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No man fails who does his best...
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There can be no failure to a man who has not lost his courage, his character, his self respect, or his self-confidence. He is still a King.
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Lord, deliver me from the person who never makes a mistake, and also from the person who makes the same mistake twice.
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The value of action is that we make mistakes; mistakes show us what we need to learn.
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Mistakes are merely steps up the ladder.
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Consider every mistake you do make as an asset.
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Don't be afraid to make a mistake. But make sure you don't make the same mistake twice.
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The sooner you make your first five thousand mistakes the sooner you will be able to correct them.
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What then in the last resort are the truths of mankind? They are the irrefutable errors of mankind.
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A man whose errors take ten years to correct is quite a man.
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Give me a fruitful error anytime, full of seeds, bursting with its own corrections.
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I do not fear failure. I only fear the slowing up of the engine inside of me which is pounding, saying, Keep going, someone must be on top, why not you?
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To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.
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It is not easy, but you have to be willing to make mistakes. And the earlier you make those mistakes, the better.
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If you have made mistakes, even serious ones, there is always another chance for you. What we call failure is not the falling down but the staying down.
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The best may slip, and even the most cautious fall; but he is more than human who errors not at all.
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A man should never be ashamed to own that he is wrong, which is but saying in other words that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.
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Mistakes are stepping stones to success.
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An old error is always more popular than a new truth.
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It is necessary for you to learn from others' mistakes. You will not live long enough to make them all yourself.
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We'll do all right if we can capitalize on our mistakes.
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The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything
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It is sometimes well for a blatant error to draw attention to overmodest truths.
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Falsity cannot keep an idea from being beautiful; there are certain errors of such ingenuity that one could regret their not ranking among the achievements of the human mind.
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It isn't making mistakes that's critical; it's correcting them and getting on with the principal task.
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I have found that I always learn more from my mistakes than from my successes. If you aren't making some mistakes, you aren't taking enough chances.
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Be aware that young people have to be able to make their own mistakes and that times change.
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A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.
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We often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do; and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery.
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He who never made a mistake, never made a discovery.
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More people would learn from their mistakes if they weren't so busy denying them.
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Once we realize that imperfect understanding is the human condition, there is no shame in being wrong, only in failing to correct our mistakes.
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If I had to live my life over again, I'd try to make more mistakes next time.
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I have learned throughout my life as a composer chiefly through my mistakes and pursuits of false assumptions, not by my exposure to founts of wisdom and knowledge.
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There are few, very few, that will own themselves in a mistake.
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From the errors of others a wise man corrects his own.
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Men are apt to prefer a prosperous error to an afflicted truth.
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Mistakes are the usual bridge between inexperience and wisdom.
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We are built to make mistakes, coded for error.
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The broadest and most prevalent error requires the most disinterested virtue to sustain it.
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Learn from the mistakes of others -- you can never live long enough to make them all yourself.
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I never make stupid mistakes. Only very, very clever ones.
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It's easy to stop making mistakes. Just stop having ideas.
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Learn from your parents mistakes -- use birth control.
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It is said that only a fool learns from his own mistakes, a wise man from the mistakes of others.
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A man who never made a mistake, never made anything worth a darn.
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A mistake at least proves that somebody stopped talking long enough to DO something.
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We don't make mistakes, we only have happy accidents.
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MISTAKES are the stepping stones that lead to future accomplishments.
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There is nothing wrong with making mistakes. Just don't respond with errors.
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Make the mistakes of yesterday your lessons for today.
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Things could be worse. Suppose your errors were counted and published every day, like those of a baseball player.
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Even the knowledge of my own fallibility cannot keep me from making mistakes. Only when I fall do I get up again.
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Don't dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies on moving forward toward finding the answer.
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Mistakes are painful when they happen, but years later a collection of mistakes is what is called experience.
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You must learn from your past mistakes, but not lean on your past successes.
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Show us a man who never makes a mistake and we will show you a man who never makes anything. The capacity for occasional blundering is inseparable from the capacity to bring things to pass. The only men who are past the danger of making mistakes are the men who sleep at Greenwood.
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It's very easy to forgive others their mistakes, it takes more gut and gumption to forgive them for having witnessed your own.
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Experience is the name we give to our mistakes.
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Life would be dull without them.
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If you're not making mistakes, then you're not doing anything. I'm positive that a doer makes mistakes.
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So long as a person who has made mistakes... honestly and sincerely wishes to be cured and to mend his ways, we should welcome him and cure his sickness so that he can become a good comrade. We can never succeed if we just let ourselves go and lash at h
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