if you don’t make mistakes you don’t make anything

1896 CONRAD Outcast of Islands III. ii. It’s only those who do nothing that make no mistakes, I suppose.

1925 Times 9 Nov. 17 The comforting assurance that ‘a man who never makes mistakes never makes anything.’

1980 M. DRABBLE Middle Ground 86 If you don’t make mistakes you don’t make anything, she said, a motto which Hugo seemed to remember having seen pinned over the desk.


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