Everybody knows if you are too careful you are so occupied in being careful that you are sure to stumble over something.
No doubt I shall go on writing, stumbling across tundras of unmeaning, planting words like bloody flags in my wake. Loose ends, things unrelated, shifts, nightmare journeys, cities arrived at and left, meetings, desertions, betrayals, all manner of unions, adulteries, triumphs, defeats... these are the facts.
We're all stumbling towards the light with varying degrees of grace at any given moment.
Nobody trips over mountains. It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble. Pass all the pebbles in your path and you will find you have crossed the mountain.
Those who love thy law have great peace, and nothing causes them to stumble. Psalms 119:165
We live thick and are in each other's way, and stumble over one another, and I think we thus lose some respect for one another.
One cannot be always laughing at a man without now and then stumbling on something witty.
It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at best, knows the triumph of high achievement; and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.
Very often we are our own worst enemy as we foolishly build stumbling blocks on the path that leads to success and happiness.
One of the secrets of life is to make stepping stones out of stumbling blocks.
Writing a story or a novel is one way of discovering sequence in experience, of stumbling upon cause and effect in the happenings of a writer's own life.
Our incomes are like our shoes; if too small, they gall and pinch us; but if too large, they cause us to stumble and to trip.
Men stumble over pebbles, never over mountains.
Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.
Racism may be as systemic as it always was.
It is the great problem of America. It's the one stumbling block that I don't believe was ever smoothed over.
For many people religion can be so easy they stumble right over it.
Road of life is rocky and you may stumble too, so while you talk about me, someone else is judging you.
For nearly five years the present Ministers have harassed every trade, worried every profession, and assailed or menaced every class, institution, and species of property in the country. Occasionally they have varied this state of civil warfare by perpetrating some job which outraged public opinion, or by stumbling into mistakes which have been always discreditable, and sometimes ruinous. All this they call a policy, and seem quite proud of it; but the country has, I think, made up its mind to close this career of plundering and blundering.