she expostulated in a trembling voice, "the mistake was not such a terrible thing!
No one could be mistaken as to his greatness.
Of course, people do get carried away and make mistakes, but one must have indulgence; those mistakes are merely evidence of enthusiasm for the cause and of abnormal external environment.
For most of us the person before us is only “A, suspected of x.” But our man is rather more than that, and especially he was rather more before he became “A suspected of x.” Hence, the greatest mistake, and, unfortunately, the commonest, committed by the judge, is his failure to discuss with the prisoner his more or less necessary earlier life.
The mistake regularly made in such a case is the immediate and superficial search for the personality of the criminal instead of what should properly proceed—the study of the causal conditions of the crime.
The ensuing mistake is the fact that we overlook the alternations between activity and pas-Das Wahrnehmungsproblem von Standpunkte des Physikers, Physiologen und Philosophen.
Mistakes in observation are positive or negative, wrong observation or oversight.
There was no mistaking it as an article of dress.
Now, even if averages are almost always wrong, either because they appear too high or too low, the mistake is not more than half a mistake.
But theythought the want of moral virtues was so far from being supplied bysuperior endowments of the mind, that employments could never beput into such dangerous hands as those of persons so qualified;and, at least, that the mistakes committed by ignorance, in avirtuous disposition, would never be of such fatal consequence tothe public weal, as the practices of a man, whose inclinations ledhim to be corrupt, and who had great abilities to manage, tomultiply, and defend his corruptions.