Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.

Scott Adams

This quotation is one of those which is frequently misattributed to a few people—or subtly misquoted. I’ve never had the pleasure of reading any of his books, but the crowd-sourced internet seems to confirm Mr. Adams as coining the phrase from his first book, The Dilbert Principle1.


  1. Adams, Scott. The Dilbert Principle. HarperCollins, 1997.