We measure shadows, and we search among ghostly errors of measurement for landmarks that are scarcely more substantial.
Einsteins relativity work is a magnificent mathematical garb which fascinates, dazzles and makes people blind to the underlying errors. The theory is like a beggar clothed in purple whom ignorant people take for a king... its exponents are brilliant men but they are metaphysicists rather than scientists.nikola tesla
Do not hover always on the surface of things, nor take up suddenly with mere appearances; but penetrate into the depth of matters, as far as your time and circumstances allow, especially in those things which relate to your own profession. Do not indulge yourselves to judge of things by the first glimpse, or a short and superficial view of them; for this will fill the mind with errors and prejudices, and give it a wrong turn and ill habit of thinking, and make much work for retraction.Isaac Watts
His [Champlain's] books mark the man,—all for his theme and his purpose, nothing for himself. Crude in style, full of the superficial errors of carelessness and haste, rarely diffuse, often brief to a fault, they bear on every page the palpable impress of truth.francis parkman
I leave comparisons to history, claiming only that I have acted in every instance from a conscientious desire to do what was right, constitutional, within the law, and for the very best interests of the whole people. Failures have been errors of judgment, not of intent.ulysses s. grant
silver bullet (SIL-vuhr BOOL-it) noun: A quick solution to a thorny problem. [From the belief that werewolves could be killed when shot with silver bullets.] "Writing code, he (Stuart Feldman) explains, is like writing poetry: every word, each placement counts. Except that software is harder, because digital poems can have millions of lines which are all somehow interconnected. Try fixing programming errors, known as bugs, and you often introduce new ones. So far, he laments, nobody has found a silver bullet to kill the beast of complexity."
Irrationally held truths may be more harmful than reasoned errors.thomas henry huxley
Our errors perish before we do. Let's not mummify them and keep them around.Émile chartier
There are sadistic scientists who hurry to hunt down errors instead of establishing the truth.marie curie
But this same process of the old teaching the young can also cause errors and false conclusions to accumulate with the passage of time. One should therefore study ancient writings, not so much in the hope of finding lost wisdom as in the hope of locating the origin of errors that have been, and still are, accepted truths.carl eckart
There have been errors in the administration of the most enlightened men.law, edward, 1st baron ellenborough
Nothing is more dangerous in practice, than an obstinate, unbending adherence to a system, particularly in its application to the wants and errors of mankind.jean-baptiste say
The connection between the language in which we think/program and the problems and solutions we can imagine is very close. For this reason restricting language features with the intent of eliminating programmer errors is at best dangerous.bjarne stroustrup
The tasks are done and the tears are shed.Yesterday’s errors let yesterday cover;Yesterday’s wounds, which smarted and bled,Are healed with the healing that night has shed.sarah chauncey woolsey
Frazer's account of the magical and religious views of mankind is unsatisfactory; it makes these views look like errors .ludwig wittgenstein
There are many more shining qualities in the mind of man, but there is none so useful as discretion; it is this, indeed, which gives a value to all the rest, which sets them at work in their proper times and places, and turns them to the advantage of the person who is possessed of them. Without it, learning is pedantry, and wit impertinence:;; virtue itself looks like weakness; the best parts only qualify a man to be more sprightly in errors, and active to his own prejudice.joseph addison
Ideas , and even the detection of errors , require more than care and caution.ernest gellner
The invalid assumption that correlation implies cause is probably among the two or three most serious and common errors of human reasoning.stephen jay gould
It is important that we forgive ourselves for making mistakes. We need to learn from our errors and move on.steve maraboli
Men of science have made abundant mistakes of every kind; their knowledge has improved only because of their gradual abandonment of ancient errors, poor approximations, and premature conclusions.george sarton
Sometimes we may learn more from a man's errors than from his virtues.Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
There have been errors in the administration of the most enlightened men.
Marx and Engels themselves can never be taken simply at their word: the errors of their writings on the past should not be evaded or ignored, but identified and criticized. To do so is not to depart from historical materialism, but to rejoin it. (...) To take 'liberties' with the signature of Marx is in this sense merely to enter into the freedom of Marxism.
Defeatism about the feasibility of plans for disarmament and ordered peace has been the most calamitious of all the errors made by democratic governments in modern times.
It is easier to criticize than to correct our past errors.
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