Phrases with "error"

Bram Stoker What did it all meanwhat could it mean, except that there was an error of fact somewhere. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

Nathaniel Hawthorne She determined to redeem her error so far as it might yet be possible. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1850]

Thomas Love Peacock The Reverend Doctor Gaster. It is an error of which I am seldom guilty. Headlong Hall by Thomas Love Peacock

Bram Stoker The statecraft of England, France, the Papacy, and the German Empire were either unsuspicious or in error — or both. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

H. G. Wells It is the constant error of youth to over-estimate the Will in things. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

George Gissing It was the fault of his character, and, thus far on his life’s journey, in recognising the error might he not correct it? Unbalanced ambition explained his ineffectiveness. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

The other guests occupied themselves, each in his own mind, in devising some plan of remedying the mistake, and making a diversion; but the silence thus occasioned only made the error more apparent. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

Anthony Trollope The error lay in the parson and his wife. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Carlyle Cannot we conceive that Odin was a reality? Error indeed, error enough: but sheer falsehood, idle fables, allegory aforethought, — we will not believe that our Fathers believed in these. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

G. K. Chesterton Lord Shaftesbury seldom appeared in the character and costume of the archer on the Shaftesbury Fountain; and it is an error to suppose that he is there represented. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

G. K. Chesterton But the greatest error of all lies in the mere act of cutting up the teaching of the New Testament into five rules. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Barker, who had served on board a whaler, strove to convince the mutineers that the temperature of such latitudes was too warm for such an error to escape us. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Charles Stur This appeared to me to be the most satisfactory way of computing our distances and position, for the latitude necessarily correcting both, the amount of error could not be very great. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Thomas Hardy It was quite true; within was affection, union, error forgiven: outside was the inexorable. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

We must accordingly reject the so deep-set error about this so mad and furious a celestial velocity, and the forced retardation of the rest of the heavens. On the Magnet by William Gilber

In that first season of life which is full of error and presumption, I despised all the world except myself. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

William Henry Bragg But it is scarcely worth while to look carefully into these sources of error and others which are also present, such as the variations in quality of returned β radiations. Studies in Radioactivity by William Henry Bragg [1912]

And this takes away that vanity from under the sun, which is an error proceeding more or less from all other rulers under heaven but an equal commonwealth. The Commonwealth of Oceana by James Harrington

Robert Louis Stevenson To suspect Shakespeare in his maturity of a superficial touch savours of paradox; yet he was surely in error when he attributed insensibility to the digger of the grave. Memories and Portraits by Robert Louis Stevenson

Arnold Bennett Horrible! Of course there was nothing to prevent her from going back to Bursley and repairing the grand error of her girlhood. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

That is the essential error of the specialist philosopher, the specialist teacher, the specialist publicist. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

George Gissing No doubt that error is committed by the ordinary foreign journalist, a man who knows less than little of English civilization. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

William Godwin One night the servant, from an error in judgment, teazed her with idle expostulations, but she complained of it grievously, and it was corrected. Memoirs of the Author of a Vindication of the Rights of Woman by William Godwin [1798]

We consider the Judge’s anger at so trifling an error very ridiculous and insulting, and shall shoot him the first time he comes to town. The Fiend’s Delight by Ambrose Bierce [1873]

But, as a general rule, the branches of error were disregarded, and the roots only attacked. The System of the Heavens as Revealed by Lord Rosse’s Telescope by Thomas De Quincey [1846]

Andrew Lang Hogg’s error would have lain, as Scott’s did, in being, as Scott said of Mrs. Hemans, too poetical. Sir Walter Scott and the Border Minstrelsy by Andrew Lang [1910]

Richard Burton A fertile source of error to home geographers, computing distances in Arabia, is their neglecting the difference between the slow camel travelling and the fast dromedary riding. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

It was a fatal error — an error which they themselves, before many weeks were over, were to be forced by the hard logic of events to admit. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

Edmund Burke But, after all, this was an error of opinion, which a conflicting opinion would have rectified. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

Walter Scott This error had a doubly bad effect, both as degrading the immediate department in which it occurred, and as affording a protection for falsehood in other branches of science. Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft by Walter Scott [1831]

Charles Stur I only wish however to record my own ideas, and if I am in error in any particular, I shall thank any one of the many who are better versed in these matters than myself to correct me. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Those were in error who derived their name from a cross of roses, or called them drunkards. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

E. F. Benson Combat in your mind every sign of error that you see in him, and never allow yourself to be discouraged, because to be discouraged means that for the moment you doubt. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

Joseph Furphy The error in the text unfortunately escaped observation. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Edmund Burke Before I read that sermon, I really thought I had lived in a free country; and it was an error I cherished, because it gave me a greater liking to the country I lived in. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

Victor Hugo Under the reign of such a prince it is natural that meteors of error and of perdition should arise. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Anthony Trollope But that trouble did not gall him nearly so severely as the necessity which was on him to rectify an error made by himself. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

George Eliot Arthur was in the wretched position of an open, generous man who has committed an error which makes deception seem a necessity. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

I suppose this is an error of his guide, which his short stay hindered him from rectifying, for I have, in other matters, a very just esteem for his veracity. Letters from Turkey by Mary Wortley Montagu [1725]

D.H. Lawrence It is better to go forward into error than to stay fixed inextricably in the past. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

Charles Dickens The similarity in the brands, we suppose, caused a mistake to be made in sending the consignment from Neuchatel. The error has not been found to extend beyond six cases. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

Nathaniel Hawthorne He observed that such was their devilish obstinacy in error that even the little children, the sucking babes, were hardened and desperate heretics. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Elizabeth Gaskell But it was not alone those who were less fortunate in obtaining wealth than himself that he visited with severity of judgment; every moral error or delinquency came under his unsparing comment. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

G. K. Chesterton There are one or two errors in the play; and they are all due to the primary error of despising the mental attitude of romance, which is the only key to real human conduct. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Watkin Tench And here I beg leave to correct an error which crept into my former publication wherein I asserted that, “the teats of the kangaroo never exceed two in number. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

Jean-Jacques Rousseau This error is due to a lack of exact notions concerning the Sovereign authority, and to taking for parts of it what are only emanations from it. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Robert Louis Stevenson This may have been an error from the first, or he may have estranged her by subsequent misconduct or temerity. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

I assure you that you were never more in error in your life. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Edith Wharton Step by step she had seen, as in some old allegorical painting, error fly before the shafts of truth. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

George Gissing Yet confession of error was impossible in her present mood. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

H. G. Wells Just now I wrote Peccavi because I had written God the Invisible King, but after all I do not think it was so much a sin to use that phrase, God the Invisible King, as an error in expression. What are we to do with our lives? by H. G. Wells [1928]

Benjamin Disraeli You are in error in supposing that your friends do not sympathize with you, or that their answers are dilatory or evasive. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

He was ashamed of it as an error of intelligence. Signa by Ouida

Olaf Stapledon My error consists in ignorance. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Jane Austen He did not enter into any remonstrance with his other children: he was more willing to believe they felt their error than to run the risk of investigation. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

In the second he admits that his past conduct had been wrong, but concludes by repeating his error and enclosing a song addressed to her in the most exaggerated strain of love. Robert Burns by John Campbell Shairp [1879]

We exchanged little conversation, and he halted at the entrance of Thrushcross Park, saying, I could make no error there. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

Ease alone, Catullus, alone afflicts thee; Ease alone breeds error of heady riot; Ease hath entomb'd princes of old renown and Cities of honour. Poems and Fragments by Catullus

H. G. Wells But a lot of us have come to believe that it is an almost fundamental error in human thought. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

It is only when the doctor looks death in the face that he realizes his error and seeks to know by faith in the Bible the truths of the far country of the soul. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Olaf Stapledon Nor does the error consist in passively accepting the photograph. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Wilkie Collins The discovery that I have committed such an error in judgment as this makes me hesitate about everything else. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Arnold Bennett He had the illusion that if only he could maintain a silence sufficiently august his error of fact and of manner would cease to be an error. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Rudyard Kipling An intelligent bureau asserted that it could not be laid down for less than — but the error shall be glossed over. Letters of Marque by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

He was the first to study and describe the mediastinum, correcting the error of the ancients, who believed that this duplicature of the pleura contained a portion of the lungs. Fathers of Biology by Charles McRae [1890]

A great lawyer-statesman and philosopher of a former age — I mean Francis Bacon — said that truth came out of error much more rapidly than it came out of confusion. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

Guy de Maupassan He was again rendered uncomfortable for fear of committing some error in the conventional management of his fork, his spoon, or his glasses, of which he had four. Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassan

G. K. Chesterton Probably she was right and Browning wrong, but it was an error which every man would desire to have made. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

It is the weakest of the three—perhaps it is the weakest of all: but the weakness is due rather to an error of judgment than to a lack of power. The English Novel by George Saintsbury [1913]

Theodore Dreiser Material error in the first place was now being complicated with spiritual error. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

T. H. Huxley The error lies in extending a principle which is perfectly applicable to deposits in the same vertical line to deposits which are not in that relation to one another. Essays by T. H. Huxley

Anthony Trollope Lady Lufton, however, had woman-craft enough not to be led into any egregious error by Lucy’s silence. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing I should have passed from error into baseness. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Mark Twain The error is, indeed, a venial one, but it is just one of those little things which at once enable a lawyer to know if the writer is a layman or “one of the craft. Is Shakespeare Dead? by Mark Twain

Charles Dickens I have observed an error into which you have fallen, and which I have not mentioned before. The Haunted House by Charles Dickens [1859]

George Gissing Home Rule did not in the least commend itself to her sedate, practical mind, but she would never have committed such an error in taste as to proclaim divergence from her husband’s views. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Thomas Hardy If I am wrong, and you do still hold to that ancient error — well, my story will seem rather queer. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

H. G. Wells The one main strand of error in that theory is the facile assumption that the people at a disadvantage will be stirred to anything more than chaotic and destructive expressions of resentment. What are we to do with our lives? by H. G. Wells [1928]

Henry Fielding This threw me into an error the other way, and I sometimes fell into a levity in my behavior that was afterwards made use of to my disadvantage. A journey from this world to the next by Henry Fielding

Edgar Allan Poe I am not more certain that I breathe, than that the assurance of the wrong or error of any action is often the one unconquerable force which impels us, and alone impels us to its prosecution. The Imp of the Perverse by Edgar Allan Poe [1845]

Edgar Allan Poe This is the one charm, all potent, which alone would suffice to compensate for a world more of error than Mr. Dickens ever committed. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe The reviewer has fallen into what we conceive the error of citing, by themselves, (that is to say insulated from the context) such verses as The night-wind with a desolate moan swept by. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

I never said you were to blame; but you may be in error respecting Mr. Wylder. You may have taken steps, Captain Lake, under a mistake. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Andrew Lang Said the Alcalde:— “At last, Vincente, you begin to understand the enormity of your offence?” “Ah, Senor Alcalde, my error was clumsy indeed. The Library by Andrew Lang

Jules Verne Who could have expected such an error in calculation? Barbicane would not believe it. Round the Moon by Jules Verne [1873]

I may have been guilty — I have been guilty — of an error of judgment, but not of a crime. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Arthur Schopenhauer This is an error of the intellect as inevitable as that error of the eye which lets us fancy that on the horizon heaven and earth meet. Studies in Pessimism by Arthur Schopenhauer

Leon Trotsky The error in the strategic calculations in the Polish war had great historical consequences. My Life by Leon Trotsky

She should be called Maraquita, not Maraquito. That little grammatical error doubtless escaped her notice. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

For it is surely an error to judge and to condemn the latinisms without reference to the whole style of which they form a necessary part. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

In this and in all complicated matters we must remember a saying of Bacon, which may be freely translated thus: “Consistent error is very often vastly more useful than muddle-headed truth. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

I have sometimes thought that Mr. James’s danger was to do more, but when I have been ready to declare this excess an error of his method I have hesitated. Henry James by William Dean Howells

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch Therefore to leave you in error concerning my purpose would be cheating: and, Sir, I have never cheated in my life. D’Arfet’s Vengeance by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

George Meredith The error may be in the choice of an object: it is not in the passion. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Whatever the nature of that girlish error which made the mystery of her life, it was not to be undone. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Elizabeth Gaskell But it was not for her to undo what was done, and to reveal the error and shame of a father. A Dark Night’s Work by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Charles Dickens It was about the last place in the world in which we had any business or reason to be, but a sudden fog, and some error on the pilot’s part, were the cause. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

John Locke I cannot but own, that men’s sticking to their past judgment, and adhering firmly to conclusions formerly made, is often the cause of great obstinacy in error and mistake. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Nay, the Hour is their promised time! and the Hour is most severe and bitter! Verily, the sinners are in error and excitement. The Qur'an by translated by E. H. Palmer

Robert Louis Stevenson Yet it would be an error to regard this marriage as unfortunate. Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin by Robert Louis Stevenson

Algernon Blackwood This error of the past we would set right was but an episode along the stupendous journey of our climbing souls. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Edith Wharton A moment before she had prayed that he might be spared the error of a vain return upon the past. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

Anthony Trollope Calumny or error has thrown an unmerited disgrace over his last wretched days. La Vendée by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells And they will have avoided the immeasurable error of making their control of the drink traffic a source of public revenue. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

Edith Wharton He felt himself drawn to her by obscure feelings of jealousy and pity, as if her dumbly-confessed error had put her at his mercy, humbling yet endearing her. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

Arnold Bennett But I see, my friend, that you fall into the common error of putting champagne first among wines. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

Alexander Pope IV. The pride of aiming at more knowledge, and pretending to more perfection, the cause of Man’s error and misery. An Essay on Man by Alexander Pope [1734]

He fell into the natural error of the inexperienced teacher, that of supposing that the remedy was the ingestion of much and diversified intelligible matter. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

George Gissing You and others are wildly in error in calling it dissipation, profligacy, recklessness, and so on. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Sinclair Lewis Cleo had not been more obnoxiously colorless than usual, but she had been seasick, and Elmer saw that it had been an error to bring her along. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

Among the many good things to be found in Lord Bacon’s works, none is more full of wisdom than the saying that “truth more easily comes out of error than out of confusion. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

George Meredith The error was in supposing that an hour’s sharp conflict would settle it, as he saw. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Charles Dickens I had been murmuring that there was no sorrow like my sorrow; but my mother’s error had been graver, and her trials deeper than mine. The Haunted House by Charles Dickens [1859]

George Gissing A natural, inevitable, error was that she imagined a scene of mutual declaration between the two. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Pu Songling Peaceful-union at last began to see her error and regretted bitterly what she had done. Strange Stories from the Lodge of Leisures by Pu Songling [1740]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Eying Anthony with a green and ancient stare he hesitated between confessing his error and covering it up. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

For “it is,” says he, “another error of Aristotle’s politics that in a well-ordered commonwealth, not men should govern, but the laws. The Commonwealth of Oceana by James Harrington

We all believe, when our ideas work satisfactorily; but we don’t yet know who of us is infallible; so that the problem of truth and that of error are EBENBURTIG and arise out of the same situations. The Meaning of Truth by William James

Commenting on George Sand’s generous panegyric of her brother, she adds: “It is an error to speak of his extreme moderation. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

Algernon Blackwood There was an error to be set right first. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Sir Walter Scott It is an error which will soon be removedindeed it shall, for I will live with spotless fame, or I shall cease to live. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

Henry James I do wrong, however, to insist upon these things, for I fall thereby into the error of treating the work as if it had been cast into its ultimate form and acknowledged by the author. Hawthorne by Henry James [1879]

Anthony Trollope A man could not wear his hat, or carry his umbrella, or mount his horse, without falling into some error of snobbism before his hypercritical eyes. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Anthony Trollope I think you are in error there. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

It would be a most serious error to regard the rhubarb that will appear in Covent Garden Market next October as belonging to the autumn then supposed to be current. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

H. G. Wells There is no real distinction between political, social and economic control, that is an error that has crept into social life as it has developed. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Their error was of another sort: they had no pickets. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

It would be an error to believe that the great quarrel which in recent times has arisen between Cuvier and Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire is concerned with a scientific innovation. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

Charles Dickens He said that after an interval of cool reflection (four months) he now felt this blow to have been an error of judgment, and that he wished to apologise for the same. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

Olaf Stapledon If I were to dwell upon their fortunes I should commit the same error as a historian who should try to describe every private life and neglect the pattern of the whole community. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Theodore Dreiser The type of the latter’s escorts suggested error — a lack of social discrimination. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

That’s the standing error of politicians. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Richard Burton Forbiggen translates it Sonnen-gott, an error of gender, as the final consonant proves. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Percy Bysshe Shelley I appeal to the greatest poets of the present day, whether it is not an error to assert that the finest passages of poetry are produced by labour and study. A Defence of Poetry and other essays by Percy Bysshe Shelley

Francis Bacon For as knowledges are now delivered, there is a kind of contract of error between the deliverer and the receiver. The Advancement of Learning by Francis Bacon [1605]

It is an error to imagine that we might have had better books on these subjects if, for example, George Moore, or Gissing, or Thomas Hardy, had had Kipling’s opportunities. Rudyard Kipling by George Orwell [1942]

There is no error more absurd, and yet more rooted in the heart of man, than the belief that his sufferings will promote his spiritual safety. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Thomas Paine Neither will the error continue long. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

T. H. Huxley Still more should we be in error if we supposed the upper bed at A to be younger than the continuation of the lower bed at Bl; for A was deposited long before B1. Essays by T. H. Huxley

Jane Austen I do not know where the error lies. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

They asserted that, by an error (a very slight one,) of a little figure, they had fixed the date of this awful inundation a whole century too early. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

But he did forgive me, saying that my constancy in my error was its only excuse. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Anatole France Be informed from the outset, my son, that the sense of the Bible is figurative, and that the capital error of the theologians was to take it literally, whereas it is to be understood as symbolical. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

Algernon Blackwood It was, indeed, months since they had met, yet his knowledge of her appearance was so accurate and detailed that such an error seemed incredible. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

John Ruskin Othello is, I believe, “the careful;” all the calamity of the tragedy arising from the single flaw and error in his magnificently collected strength. Munera Pulveris by John Ruskin

Edgar Allan Poe The error here is identical with one which has been too long permitted to disgrace the initial page of every one of our school grammars. The Rationale of Verse by Edgar Allan Poe [1848]

As for the third message, it referred to a very simple error which could be set right in a couple of minutes. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

George Meredith My Philosopher’s error is to deem the sugar, born of the cane, inseparable from it. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

George Gissing Let me lay before you the plain truth; let me show you how my error was brought on. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

George Meredith I saw his error from the first; and I went on dreaming and singing; and now this night has come!” Vittoria shadowed her eyes. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Such comments also point to the common error of trying to make men other than they are by lecturing them. Byron by John Nichol [1880]

A yet graver, not uncommon, source of error arises when a great writer misapplies the maxims of his own philosophy, or states them in such a manner that they are sure to be misapplied. Carlyle by John Nichol [1892]

It is the greatest error possible to suppose that a trouble is increased by discussion. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

Bram Stoker At best such can only be an assertion minus the possibility of testing whence an error might come. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

Anatole France The eyes, and all our senses, are messengers of error and couriers of lies. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

H. G. Wells We try to catch every epidemic of error for fear of singularity . Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

This argues an error of nearly sixty miles by the geographer or his copyists. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

Theodore Dreiser Those who look upon Hurstwood’s Brooklyn venture as an error of judgment will none the less realise the negative influence on him of the fact that he had tried and failed. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Mark Twain I committed an error which I find myself repeating every day of my life. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Sir Walter Scott In such a case, a false step or error like yours, which I shall be happy to consider as involuntary, may be atoned for, and I would willingly act as intercessor. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

Jules Verne No one, however, would have thought of reproaching him for an error so pardonable. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

But that moderation was an error in tactics. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

Henry James But he saw his error immediately, and blushed. Washington Square by Henry James [1880]

Wilkie Collins Mistaken in supposing that Horace had left the house, Julian had, beyond all doubt, been equally in error in concluding that he had been entrapped into breaking off the engagement upstairs. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

G. K. Chesterton This slow and awful self-hypnotism of error is a process that can occur not only with individuals, but also with whole societies. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

E. F. Benson I have had fears of some violent access of error coming upon him, and I have no reason for fearing. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

THAT is how you can help!” “You overestimate me sadly,” protested Theron, though with considerable tolerance for her error in his tone. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

A deathly silence had seemed to hover round him, as if he had made an error in magic and could not recover himself. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Sinclair Lewis She made it all clear: “If this class of people had an understanding of Science and that we are the children of God and nothing can harm us, they wouldn’t be in error and poverty. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Others deviated into error in ways he would not approve of, but he represented them as fitting to the special time. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

Wilkie Collins I lighted my candle at last, and searched through my old journals to see what my share in the fatal error of her marriage had really been, and what I might have once done to save her from it. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Nathaniel Hawthorne There were both truth and error in the impression; the child and mother were estranged, but through Hester’s fault, not Pearl’s. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1850]

George Meredith It was an error in me to think her heartless. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

I feel, therefore, how necessary it is to beg you to forget the personality of him who has thus ventured to address you, and to consider only the truth or error in what has been said. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

Jeremy Bentham An irregularity, and that but a superficial one, is a less evil than continual error and contradiction. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Algernon Blackwood Next to him, however, stood a woman carrying a baby there was no error there. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

G. K. Chesterton He added in a low, hoarse voice: “It began as an example of Arboreal Atavism.” It is an error for the man of science to lapse into being intelligible. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

Arthur Conan Doyle With poor marks in botany and zoology, such an error in chemistry was irreparable. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Thomas Wolfe There was no need to count it up, because there never had been a cheat or error in their reckoning. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

That error arose, as you have doubtless perceived, from the lawyer’s incurable habit of underestimating the scientific expert. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

G. K. Chesterton The Puritans in the great struggles of the reign of Charles I. may have possessed more valuable ideals than the Royalists, but it is a very vulgar error to suppose that they were any more idealistic. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

F. Scott Fitzgerald It was all very well to wait a week, she said, for that would give his grandfather’s violent animosity time to cool — but to wait longer would be an error — it would give it a chance to harden. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

John Locke If this be so, the foundation of error will lie in wrong measures of probability; as the foundation of vice in wrong measures of good. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

E. F. Benson Though Tilling said nothing about that, it was felt that the error was productive of a very suitable effect, if a symbolic meaning was interpreted into it. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

Bruno’s error was too great haste of temper and strength of hatred; that all the country knew. Signa by Ouida

Anthony Trollope Some error must have crept in somewhere, my lord. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Elizabeth Gaskell She had no penitence, no consciousness of error or offence; no knowledge of any one circumstance but that he was gone. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

But, on the other hand, the slightest error in execution shows more in the small than in the large, and a fault of conception is more evident. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

Rudyard Kipling The error in geography came from a head-wound picked up at Festubert, which had affected his co-ordinations. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

No possible fractional error in this calculation can render the chance a working probability. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

To insult a man with whom you are not in a position to quarrel is, in my opinion, John, an error of judgment. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Wilkie Collins The error is evidently in what he told me yesterday. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Andrew Lang This error Elizabeth overlooked, and with it the innocent authorship of the piece, ‘now olde and outworne. The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

Walter Scott But the Countess’s error led to a more precipitate disclosure. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

William Shakespeare If this be error and upon me prov’d, I never writ, nor no man ever lov’d. The Sonnets by William Shakespeare

Andrew Lang Death came into the world by a blunder, an accident, an error in ritual, a decision of a god who was before Death was. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

Wilkie Collins I could not endure the inaction of the next day, the Sunday, without having done my best on the spot to repair the error into which my own folly had led me. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

A sect He guides, and for a sect of them was error due; verily, they did take the devils for their patrons instead of God, and they did count that they were guided. The Qur'an by translated by E. H. Palmer

Jean-Jacques Rousseau For it is an error to take the government of Venice for a real aristocracy. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Theodore Dreiser Mrs. Gerhardt, long weighed upon by the misery which Jennie’s error had entailed, was for taking measures for carrying out this plan at once. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser