They cannot be avoided. They are a part of our lives from an early age. We welcome them every new year. Instead of pretending that they don’t exist, it’s worth seeing them, recognizing their presence in our lives and ourselves. The truth is we should all be grateful for them. What we are talking about? Mistakes. We all need them and what’s more, they have amazing power to transform into a rich, life experience. Here are some quotes that can help us understand mistakes better and thus understand better ourselves.

People become great by fixing their own mistakes.

William Shakespeare

Mistakes are an indispensable element of our lives. Making them teaches us far more than all theoretical knowledge of the world. When we get lost and go through difficult decisions, we learn many new things about ourselves and about the reality that surrounds us. Then we have a chance to choose what life we want and what mistakes we won’t make again.

To do a great right do a little wrong.

William Shakespeare

We often say: “Every cloud has a silver lining”. Well, it’s true. We won’t find out what’s good for us without looking at our mistakes and drawing conclusions from them. All mistakes we make should be a tool for us that shows the right path and through which we make better choices for ourselves over time.

Through error you come to the truth! I am a man because I err! You never reach any truth without making fourteen mistakes and very likely a hundred and fourteen.

Fyodor Dostoevsky

This sentence carries a very simple truth. It’s by making mistakes, we learn about ourselves the most. We enter our inside. We learn who we don’t want to be, what we don’t want to experience, what we will no longer tolerate – in ourselves or others. Thanks to our mistakes, we find answers to the questions bothering us and thus experience incredible relief.

The greatest mistake you can make in life is continually fearing that you’ll make one.

Elbert Green Hubbard

Sooner or later, mistakes will appear on our way. Fear makes no sense. We cannot think about making a mistake – we should always focus on action. How we perceive life depends on our interpretation of events. Perhaps what would be the wrong and unreasonable decision for others will prove to be a genuine liberation for us?

Most people discover too late that the only things one never regrets are one’s mistakes.

Oscar Wilde

Mistakes can be our luggage. They can also be a great path to a wise life we want to lead. The choice is ours. It would be great to live with confidence that we don’t regret anything and that all the choices we have made were right. Without our – sometimes wrong – decisions, we wouldn’t be who and where we are today. And although there are mistakes in everyone’s life, there are certainly no coincidences.

Man’s mistakes make him likable.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

We are all only human. It’s a very liberating thought. Sometimes our inner critic doesn’t allow us to spread our wings. We feel inferior to others, but only until we understand that these others lead a life similar to ours. They struggle and they fail. Mistakes allow us to free ourselves from the pressure of being perfect. They make us similar to others and they let us open to people.

Make a lot of mistakes – learn lessons.

Albert Einstein

I believe that these words are meant to encourage us to be brave and live fully. Regardless of our actions, mistakes will always be part of them. These are valuable lessons, and if we use them well, we will be the best version of ourselves.