Magician sawing a woman in half

May you — and your friends — outlive all your mistakes.

  • “Do it while you’re young. You may never have another chance to do anything this stupid again!”

  • “It is easier to do a job right than to explain why you didn’t.”

  • “A computer isn’t smart enough to make a mistake. Computers are dumb. Fast and efficient and dumb. No computer ever had an idea.”

  • “A good many young writers make the mistake of enclosing a stamped, self-addressed envelope, big enough for the manuscript to come back in. This is too much of a temptation for the editor.”

  • “A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.”

  • “A lot of people mistake a short memory for a clear conscience.”

  • “A mistake is simply another way of doing things.”

  • “A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery.”

  • “Allowing an unimportant mistake to pass without comment is a wonderful social grace.”

  • “The invention of the teenager was a mistake. Once you identify a period of life in which people get to stay out late but don’t have to pay taxes — naturally, nobody wants to live any other way.”