Quite Mistaken

Sunday, November 29, 2009 – Quite Mistaken

The folly of mistaking a paradox for a discovery, a metaphor for a proof, a torrent of verbiage for a spring of capital truths, and oneself for an oracle, is inborn in us. ~ Paul Valery

A beautiful sunset that was mistaken for a dawn. ~ Claude Debussy

A journalist is a person who has mistaken their calling. ~ Otto von Bismarck

The printing press was at first mistaken for an engine of immortality by everybody except Shakespeare. ~ Marshall McLuhan

Back of every mistaken venture and defeat is the laughter of wisdom, if you listen. ~ Carl Sandburg

Buying books would be a good thing if one could also buy the time to read them in: but as a rule the purchase of books is mistaken for the appropriation of their contents. ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

Egotism – usually just a case of mistaken nonentity. ~ Barbara Stanwyck

He that speaks much, is much mistaken. ~ Benjamin Franklin

Lack of pep is often mistaken for patience. ~ Kin Hubbard

He was so benevolent, so merciful a man that, in his mistaken passion, he would have held an umbrella over a duck in a shower of rain. ~ Douglas William Jerrold

I can think that you are mistaken, but I have to be ready to give my life to maintain your right to make mistakes. I have to, though, have the right to say that you’re mistaken. This is the principal of the liberal society. ~ Rocco Buttiglione

I’ll never be mistaken for Pat Boone. ~ Sal Mineo

Seldom, very seldom, does complete truth belong to any human disclosure; seldom can it happen that something is not a little disguised, or a little mistaken. ~ Jane Austen

The man that thinks he loves his mistress for her own sake is mightily mistaken. ~ Francois de La Rochefoucauld

When two people are really happy about one another, one can generally assume that they are mistaken. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The individual is always mistaken. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do not judge, and you will never be mistaken. ~ Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Men are more apt to be mistaken in their generalizations than in their particular observations. ~ Niccolo Machiavelli

When men are most sure and arrogant they are commonly most mistaken, giving views to passion without that proper deliberation which alone can secure them from the grossest absurdities. ~ David Hume

Except in a few well-publicized instances (enough to lend credence to the iconography painted on the walls of the media), the rigorous practice of rugged individualism usually leads to poverty, ostracism and disgrace. The rugged individualist is too often mistaken for the misfit, the maverick, the spoilsport, the sore thumb. ~ Lewis H. Lapham

The young fancy that their follies are mistaken by the old for happiness; and the old fancy that their gravity is mistaken by the young for wisdom. ~ Charles Caleb Colton

Even when the experts all agree, they may well be mistaken. ~ Bertrand Russell

Perhaps misguided moral passion is better than confused indifference. ~ Iris Murdoch

Everyone goes astray, but the least imprudent are they who repent the soonest. ~ Voltaire

I have often met with happiness after some imprudent step which ought to have brought ruin upon me, and although passing a vote of censure upon myself I would thank God for his mercy. ~ Giacomo Casanova

There is nothing more imprudent than excessive prudence. ~ Charles Caleb Colton

We must question the story logic of having an all-knowing all-powerful God, who creates faulty Humans, and then blames them for his own mistakes. ~ Gene Roddenberry

There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality. ~ Pablo Picasso

Everybody lies, but it doesn’t matter because nobody listens. ~ Nick Diamos