A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from April 23, 2018
“Mistakes are proof that you are trying”

"Mistakes are proof that you are trying” is a motivational saying that has been printed on many images. “Mistake...That’s proof that you were trying to do something” was printed in a 1959 newspaper.

“Mistakes are proof that you’re trying” was printed in a 2002 newspaper. “Mistakes are proof that you are trying” was printed in a 2005 newspaper. Authorship is unknown.

“Mistakes just mean you’re trying” and “Making mistakes does not mean you’re a failure. It just means you’re trying and learning in life” are related sayings from 2011.


15 October 1959, Battle Creek (MI) Enquirer and News, “The Watchman,” sec. 3, pg. 6, col. 1:
Mistake...That’s proof that you were trying to do something.

Google Books
Parenting
By Jane B. Brooks
Mountain View, CA: Mayfield Publishing Company
1997
Pg. 78:
Mistakes are proof that the child is trying to do something but may not be quite ready to achieve the goal. Mistakes are incompletions, not failures.

5 August 2002, Daily Press (Newport News, VA), pg. A8, col. 3:
TRAFFIC TALK
“Mistakes are proof that you’re trying.”
So learn from your mistakes, and dust yourself off and try again.

6 September 2005, Daily Mail (London, UK), “It’s a man’s world,” pg. 46:
MISTAKES are proof that you are trying.
Mrs M. Shrive, Mansfield, Notts.

Twitter
Francis Orante
@shdowchsr
Mistakes are proof that you are trying…
3:51 AM - 21 Nov 2007

Twitter
lulablue
@lulablue
Bumper sticker: mistakes are proof that you are trying.
10:21 PM - 22 Jun 2008

Google Books
Title Mistakes Are Proof That You Are Trying: Coloring Book
Volume 2 of Doodle Art Alley Books
Illustrated by Samantha Snyder
Publisher aka associates, 2015
ISBN 0692459928, 9780692459928
Length 104 pages

Google Books
The Creative Fight:
Create Your Best Work and Live the Life You Imagine

By Chris Orwig
Peachpit Press
2015
Pg. ?:
As the cliché goes, “Mistakes are proof that you are trying.”

Google Groups: Flamy’s Daily Quote
Quote of the Day 07/19/17
Amy
7/19/17
Mistakes are proof that you are trying.

Twitter
Amazing Facts
@FactSoup
Mistakes are proof that you’re trying.
5:24 PM - 23 Apr 2018

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • Monday, April 23, 2018 • Permalink