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“Mistakes can’t be erased but they move you from your present position.”

Richard Diebenkorn

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“There was never a plan. There was just a series of mistakes.”

Robert Caro

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source: Caro on how he became a historian and biographer, in “Robert Caro’s Big Dig,” by Charles McGrath, New York Times, April 12, 2012.

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“Older and less planned quarters of cities and towns are profoundly woodlike, and especially in this matter of the mode of their passage through us, the way they unreel, disorientate, open, close, surprise, please. The stupidest mistake of all the many stupid mistakes of twentieth-century architecture has been to forget this ancient model in the more grandiose town-planning. Geometric, linear cities make geometric, linear people; wood cities make human beings.”

John Fowles

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source: The Tree (New York: Ecco, 1983), 61.

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“How little is needed for happiness! The note of a bagpipe. — Without music life would be a mistake.”

Friedrich Nietzsche

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source: Twilight of the Idols and The Anti-Christ (London: Penguin Books, 2003), 36.

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“You must understand your mistakes. Study the hell out of them. You’re not going to have the chance of making the same mistake again—you can’t step into the river again at the same place and the same time—but you will have the chance of making a similar mistake.”

Andrew Grove

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source: “What I’ve Learned: Andy Grove,” by Mike Sager, Esquire, May 1, 2000.

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