"A man should never be ashamed to own
that he has been in the wrong,
which is but saying, in other words,
that he is wiser today than he was yesterday."
by:
Alexander Pope
(1688-1744) English poet
Source:
Thoughts on Various Subjects; published in Swift's Miscellanies (1727)
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Well said.
 -- Logan, Memphis, TN     
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    Any time a quote can turn the mind of a person from a negative thought to a positive outcome, it rates five stars.
     -- Gary Bell, Jericho Center, Vermont     
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     -- Mike, Norwalk      
    I love Popisms. I have a collection of them which I cannot find. Wiser every day now that is a life well lived.
     -- Waffler, Smith, Arkansas     
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     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US      
    We call the collection of prejudices held at age 21 'common knowledge.' Those that truly honor the 'Truth' and are willing to seek it out, no matter the cost to personal reputation, may finally find some relief, for carrying untruth around as if it were truth is a heavy burden. There is no real learning without making mistakes.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    In this day and age when people are quick to call "flip flop" We should ask our selves if the person has genuinely come to a new realization, or is simply trying to please the majority.
     -- Travelingsponge, Media PA     
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    Well said.
     -- RKA, Wasilla, AK     
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    Good comparison to "flip-flop" travelingsponge. Emerson said that the sign of a genius is someone who learns from mistakes and changes. I grew up in Woodlyn, Pa. Delaware County and graduated from Widener. Nice to hear from Media, Pa.
     -- Waffler, Smith, Arkansas     
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    The wise man will doubt himself and change his mind often, for he is wise enough to know his own limitations. The fool will not doubt himself and will never change his mind. Because in his mind, he believes he knows all things. The only thing that he dosn't know, is his own ignorance. Ancient book of wisdom, Unto Thee I Grant
     -- Ken, Milford Pa     
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    There is very little cost and great benefit to admitting a mistake. The mistake has already been made and the consequences are coming regardless. You might as well admit to your poor choices and maybe prevent someone else from making them again.
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
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    Too bad our elected officials don't follow this advice.
     -- Anonymous, Austin     
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     -- warren, olathe      
     -- jim k, Austin      
     
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