Mistakes are the portals of discovery.
— James Joyce
Defeat supplants vanity and arrogance with humility, paving the way for more harmonious relationships.
— Napoleon Hill
We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success; 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.
— Samuel Smiles
Where you stumble and fall, there you discover gold.
— Joseph Campbell
I ended up learning much more about life by not winning the gold. Don’t get me wrong – I’m disappointed I didn’t win, and I still struggle at times with anger at God for the way it happened. But the message from Him continues to come through that His loving purpose is being worked out in my life.
— Dave Johnson
Watch the timing on guidance. If a strong inner suggestion is from God, it will strengthen with the passing of time. If not from Him, in a few days or weeks it will probably just evaporate.
— Catherine Marshall
If any man desires to act according to the mind of God, light will come to him sooner or later.
— Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”
— Isaiah 30:21
When God gives you direction, give Him all the time He needs to make you the kind of person that He can trust with that assignment. Do not assume that the moment He calls, you are ready.
— Henry Blackaby
He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.
— Psalm 25:9
God desires a unique destiny for your life, not a run-of-the-mill destination. There’s no way to know where He intends to lead you, but there’s only one way to get there: follow where He leads, and leave the rest to Him.
— John Maxwell
By associating with wise people you will become wise yourself.
I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict.
— Luke 21:15
The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.
— William James
Yesterday’s wisdom doesn’t insure that we won’t walk in foolishness today. We must open our hearts to receive God’s teaching and corrections each and every day.
— Jack Hayford
He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.
— Proverbs 13:20
Great deeds are usually wrought at great risks.
There are periods when to dare is the highest wisdom.
— William Channing
If we insist upon being as sure as is conceivable, in every step of our course, we must be content to creep along the ground, and can never soar.
— Cardinal John Newman
If you risk nothing then you risk everything.
— Geena Davis
When you take a risk and accept the challenge of change, you stretch yourself. You build reserves of courage that will grow with you. The next challenge isn’t as scary. The ground is more familiar, the obstacles don’t loom as large and you’re more agile in scaling them.
— Vickie Milazzo
Don’t hide your failures and mistakes. Bury them in full public view with due humility and contrition. Who has the heart to castigate a repentant sinner?
— Milton Roedel
To admit I have been in the wrong is but saying that I am wiser today than I was yesterday.
— Allan Picket
Any man worth his salt will stick up for what he believes right, but it takes a slightly bigger man to acknowledge instantly and without reservation that he is in error.
— General Peyton March
To err is human, to admit it, superhuman.
— Doug Larson
When you’re wrong, admit it. Many people feel it diminishes them to say, “I was wrong.” The truth is we increase our stature when we are big enough to admit mistakes. Leaders who can honestly admit they were wrong are the most respected and admired leaders of all.
— Pat Williams
To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.
— Marilyn vos Savant
Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification.
— Martin Fisher
The first degree of folly is to conceit one’s self wise; the second to profess it; the third to despise counsel.
— Benjamin Franklin
Wise men change their minds, fools never.
— English proverb
In seeking wisdom, the first step is silence, the second listening, the third remembering, the fourth practicing, the fifth – teaching others.
A great man is always willing to be little.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
Humility is wisdom’s prerequisite.
— Bobby Bowden
Humility leads to strength and not to weakness. It is the highest form of self-respect to admit mistakes and to make amends for them.
— John McCloy
A great man shows his greatness by the way he treats little men.
— Thomas Carlyle
When someone asked Saint Francis of Assisi why and how he could accomplish so much, he replied: “The Lord looked down from heaven upon the earth and said, ‘Where can I find the weakest, the littlest, the poorest man on the face of the earth?’ Then He saw me and said, ‘I will work through him. He won’t be proud of it. He’ll see that I am only using him because of his littleness and insignificance.’“
— C. Reuben Anderson