I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.

So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.

— Neil Gaiman


Here are a few other quotes on failure. Please contribute your thoughts and favorite quotes in the comment box below.

The most important thing to teach your kids is how to pick themselves up and dust themselves off after they fall down.

— Bjorn, father of four boys


Remember that failure is an event, not a person.

— Zig Ziglar


If you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you’re not doing anything very innovative.

— Woody Allen


It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.

— J. K. Rowling


A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.

— John Burroughs