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Quotations: Correction Is Positive

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Correction Is Positive when Not Personalized

  • Ego will help you to recognize, remove, and replace your ego: a.k.a. self-esteem.

Quotations from Various Sources

Organized Alphabetically

“A fool is only a fool because he won’t admit he is a fool.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“A fool is only a fool because he won’t see he is a fool.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.” —George Bernard Shaw (1856 – 1950)

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

“Abhor flatterers as you would deceivers; for both, if trusted, injure those who trust them. If you admit as friends men who seek your favor for the lowest ends, your life will be lacking in friends who will risk your displeasure for the highest good.” —Isocrates, letter to Demonicus

“Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn’t.” —Erica Jong

“As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.” —Revelation 3:19

“Be your own worst crtitic, but also recognize your successes.” —Dhammapada: The Holy Person, verse 379

“But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.” —Hebrews 12:8

“By honestly acknowledging your past errors, but never damning yourself for them, you can learn to use your past for your own future benefit.” —Albert Ellis and Robert A. Harper, A Guide to Rational Living, Third Edition, p. 194

“Correction is either your friend or your enemy.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: and he that hateth reproof shall die.” —Proverbs 15:5

“Correction is your enemy if you engage in self-esteem styles of thinking and false being: ego. Self-esteem thinking occurs whenever you identify with the knowledge of your comparisons of your self with others.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Correction is your friend when you engage in USE or USA. USE is unconditional self-esteem meaning that you do not identify with comparisons of your self and others: either high or low, either good or bad. USA is unconditional self-acceptance meaning that you accept yourself independently of your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Correction of self is pain and leads to: anger, rebellion, lying, defensiveness, phoniness, contented conforming cows. Correction of thinking is curative and leads to wisdom.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Correction that contains emotional violence is manipulation, not correction.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Do not look at the faults of others, or what others have done or not done; observe what you yourself have and have not done.” —Dhammapada, 4:4

“Don’t see others’ faults, see your own. For if you dwell on others’ faults, your own get stronger.” —Dhammapada: Flaws, verses 252-253

“Don’t try to cover your mistakes with false words. Rather, correct your mistakes with examination.” —Pythagoras, fragment

“Failure doesn’t have anything to do with your intrinsic value as a person.” —Albert Ellis and Robert A. Harper, A Guide to Rational Living, Third Edition, p. 206

“Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.” —Proverbs 27:6

“For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:” —Proverbs 6:23

“For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.” —I Peter 2:20

“For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.” —Hebrews 12:6

“I never lose. I either win or learn.” —Nelson Mandela

“If people never did silly things, nothing intelligent would ever get done.” —Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889 – 1951)

“If we eliminated all errors, we would also eliminate much discovery, art, insight, learning, and creativity that results from facing errors.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?” —Hebrews 12:7

“In ancient times elephants were used in battle and withstood the onslaught of many arrows. In your life, accept criticism whether it is justified or not.” —Dhammapada: The Elephant, verse 320

“Justifying a fault doubles it.” —French proverb

“My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction:” —Proverbs 3:11

“No one wants advice–only corroboration.” —John Steinbeck

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” —James Baldwin

“People ask you for criticism, but they only want praise.” —William Somerset Maugham

“Regard as your most faithful friends, not those who praise everything you say or do, but those who criticize your mistakes.” —Isocrates, speech to Nicoles

“Some people like my advice so much that they frame it upon the wall instead of using it.” —Gordon R. Dickson

“The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.” —Confucius

“The greatest explorer on this earth never takes voyages as long as those of the man who descends to the depth of his heart.” —Julien Green

“The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.” —Norman Vincent Peale

“There is no point to correction unless there is there is the possibility of correction.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Therefore, you must resist correction in order to resist the ego pain and self-damning that it will result in. For to you, correction = condemnation.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Therefore, you seek correction in order to improve your thinking so that you can perform better in the future. For to you, correction = support to succeed.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.” —Elbert Hubbard (1856 – 1915)

“To become self-educated you should condemn yourself for all those things that you would criticize others.” —Diogenes of Sinope

“To me no profitable speech sounds ill.” —Sophocles, Electra

“Trained elephants used to carry kings into battle. Train your mind to carry the weight of criticism.” —Dhammapada: The Elephant, verse 321

“When receiving correction, the wise seeks to learn and the fool seeks to justify with excuses.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.” —Anonymous


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