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William Ellery Channing

We smile at the ignorance of the savage who cuts down the tree in order to reach its fruit; but the same blunder is made by every person who is over eager and impatient in the pursuit of pleasure.

Ignorance | Order | Pleasure | Smile | Wisdom |

Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

Grief is the agony of an instant: the indulgence of grief the blunder of a life.

Agony | Grief | Indulgence | Life | Life |

Joseph Addison

An ostentatious man will rather relate a blunder or an absurdity he has committed, than be debarred from talking of his own dear person.

Man | Talking | Will | Absurdity |

Lewis Thomas

The capacity to blunder slightly is the real marvel of DNA. Without this special attribute, we would still be anaerobic bacteria and there would be no music.

Capacity | Music |

Carolyn Wells

A blunder at the right moment is better than cleverness at the wrong time.

Better | Right | Time | Wrong |

Michel de Montaigne, fully Lord Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

In true education, anything that comes to our hand is as good as a book: the prank of a page-boy, the blunder of a servant, a bit of table talk, they are all part of the curriculum.

Good |

Mohamed Iqbal or Sir Muhammad Iqbal, aka Allama Iqbal

I advise you to guard against atheism and materialism. The biggest blunder made by Europe was the separation of Church and State. This deprived their culture of moral soul and diverted it to the atheistic materialism.

Atheism | Church | Culture | Soul |

Prentice Mulford

It is a stupid blunder to look back at the little we know of the past, and say that it is the unerring index finger telling us what is to be in the future.

Little |

Prentice Mulford

Soon other questions and demands are to be answered, questions ever going out in silence from multitudes; and, in answering them, in at first attempting to carry out and prove the answers and the means shown to accomplish or realize many things deemed impossible or visionary, there will be mistake and stupidity, and blunder and silliness, and breakdowns and failures, and consequent ridicule; just as there were ten smashes on railways, and ten bursted boilers in the earlier era of the use of steam, to one of today.

Era | Means | Mistake | Silence | Will |

Robert Burns, aka Rabbie Burns, Scotland's favourite son, the Ploughman Poet, Robden of Solway Firth, the Bard of Ayrshire and in Scotland as simply The Bard

O, wad some Power the giftie gie us To see oursels as others see us! It wad frae monie a blunder free us, An' foolish notion.

Power |

Stephen Hawking

I would like to be thought of as a scientist who just happens to be disabled, rather than a disabled scientist.

Change | Think |

Whittaker Chambers, born Jay Vivian Chambers, aka Jay David Whittaker Chambers

It is part of the failure of the West to understand that it is at grips with an enemy having no moral viewpoint in common with itself, that two irreconcilable viewpoints and standards of judgment, two irreconcilable moralities, proceeding from two irreconcilable readings of man’s fate and future are involved, and, hence, their conflict is irrepressible.

Day | Effort | Enemy | Exaggeration | Play | Terror | Will |

Vita Sackville-West, fully The Hon Victoria Mary Sackville-West, Lady Nicolson

It is incredible how essential to me you have become. I suppose you are accustomed to people saying these things. Damn you, spoilt creature; I shan't make you love me any the more by giving myself away like this — But oh my dear, I can't be clever and stand-offish with you: I love you too much for that. Too truly. You have no idea how stand-offish I can be with people I don't love. I have brought it to a fine art. But you have broken down my defenses. And I don't really resent it.

Sense | Will |

Vita Sackville-West, fully The Hon Victoria Mary Sackville-West, Lady Nicolson

The young men strained upon the crank to wring the last reluctant inch. They laughed together, fair and frank, and threw their loins across the winch.

Sense | Will |

Vernon Howard, fully Vernon Linwood Howard

No one loves me? What has that to do with me?

Right | Thinking |