At half-past two o'clock of a moonlit morning in March, I was awakened by a tremendous earthquake, and though I hadn't ever before enjoyed a storm of this sort, the strange thrilling motion could not be mistaken, and I ran out of my cabin, both glad and frightened, shouting, "A noble earthquake! A noble earthquake" feeling sure I was going to learn something.
Inquire often, but judge rarely, and thou wilt not often be Mistaken.william penn
He replied that I must needs be Mistaken, or that I said the thing which was not. (For they have no word in their language to express lying or falsehood.)jonathan swift
The demands of a free populace, too, are very seldom harmful to liberty, for they are due either to the populace being oppressed or to the suspicious that it is going to be oppressed... and, should these impressions be false, a remedy is provided in the public platform on which some man of standing can get up, appeal to the crowd, and show that it is Mistaken. And though, as Tully remarks, the populace may be ignorant, it is capable of grasping the truth and readily yields when a man, worthy of confidence, lays the truth before it.
... if anyone thinks they can get an accurate picture of anyplace on the planet by reading news reports, they're sadly Mistaken.bruce schneier
If I have taken the word, by any reason, it has been because I think it is grave to kill men, under the pretext that they are Mistaken on the interpretation of some point, for we know that even the chosen ones are not exempt from sometimes being wrong.michael servetus
Every historian loves the past or should do. If not, he has Mistaken his vocation; but it is a short step from loving the past to regretting that it has ever changed. Conservatism is our greatest trade-risk; and we run psychoanalysts close in the belief that the only "normal" people are those who cause no trouble either to themselves or anybody else.a. j. p. taylor
Headmaster: Clad in the magnificent white silk robes of an Arab prince, with in his belt the short curved, gold sword of the Ashraf descendants of the Prophet, he hoped to pass unnoticed through London. Alas, he was Mistaken. "Who am I?" he would cry despairingly. "You are Lawrence of Arabia" passers-by would stop him and say, "And I claim my five pounds."Alan Bennett
Nature is more subtle, more deeply intertwined and more strangely integrated than any of our pictures of her than any of our errors. It is not merely that our pictures are not full enough; each of our pictures in the end turns out to be so basically Mistaken that the marvel is that it worked at all.jacob bronowski
I am willing to believe that my unobtainable sixty seconds within a sponge or a flatworm might not reveal any mental acuity that I would care to call consciousness. But I am also confident […] that vultures and sloths, as close evolutionary relatives with the same basic set of organs, lie on our side of any meaningful (and necessarily fuzzy) border and that we are therefore not Mistaken when we look them in the eye and see a glimmer of emotional and conceptual affinity.stephen jay gould
"I beseech ye in the bowels of Christ, think that ye may be Mistaken." I should like to have that written over the portals of every church, every school, and every courthouse, and, may I say, of every legislative body in the United States. I should like to have every court begin, "I beseech ye in the bowels of Christ, think that we may be Mistaken."learned hand
Before we can try to remould society intelligently, we must understand its functioning; we must realise that, even when we believe that we understand it, we may be Mistaken. What we must learn to understand is that human civilisation has a life of its own, that all our efforts to improve things must operate within a working whole which we cannot entirely control, and the operation of whose forces we can hope merely to facilitate and assist so far as we can understand them.friedrich hayek
[M]ost of Marx' theories which are not Mistaken are meaningless. Marx remained influential, however: his influence never was based on the scientific truth-content of his theories but on their psychological appeal.karl marx
Of course, fanatical Communists and Russophiles generally can be respected, even if they are Mistaken.:; But for people like ourselves, who suspect that something has gone very wrong with the Soviet Union, I consider that willingness to criticize Russia and Stalin is the test of intellectual honesty.:; It is the only thing that from a literary intellectual's point of view is really dangerous.george orwell
A child might be overawed by a great city, but a civil engineer knows that he might demolish it and rebuild it himself. Husserl's philosophy has the same aim: to show us that, although we may have been thrust into this world without a 'by your leave,' we are Mistaken to assume that it exists independently of us. It is true that reality exists apart from us; but what we mistake for the world is actually a world constituted by us, selected from an infinitely complex reality.colin wilson
After all these years, I see that I was Mistaken about Eve in the beginning; it is better to live outside the Garden with her than inside it without her.mark twain
There are many counterfeits of character, but the genuine article is difficult to be Mistaken.Samuel Smiles
A mistake, as it seems to me, is none the less a mistake because it is made deliberately in the pursuance of a Mistaken intention.
After all these years I see that I was Mistaken about Eve in the beginning; it is better to live outside the Garden with her than inside it without her.
You know, I think many people have the Mistaken impression that Congress regulates Wall Street. In truth that's not the case. The real truth is that Wall Street regulates the Congress.
For some identify happiness with virtue, some with practical wisdom, others with a kind of philosophic wisdom, others with these, or one of these, accompanied by pleasure or not without pleasure; while others include also external prosperity. Now ... it is not probable that these should be entirely Mistaken, but rather that they should be right in at least some one respect or even in most respects.
Faith strikes me as intellectual laziness, but I don't argue with it especially as I am rarely in a position to prove that it is Mistaken. Negative proof is usually impossible.
It is true that the Muslim world is not totally Mistaken when it reproaches the West of Christian tradition of moral decadence and the manipulation of human life. ... Islam has also had moments of great splendor and decadence in the course of its history.