the error of (one's) ways

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the error of (one's) ways

What has been wrong, hurtful, or unfair about one's behavior or way of life. He'll never see the error of his ways if he keeps being rewarded for the bad decisions he's made. I'm afraid it took me too long to realize the error of my ways. But it's not too late for you.
See also: error, of, way

the ˌerror of your ˈways

(formal or humorous) what is wrong and should be changed about the kind of life you are leading: While he was in prison, a social worker visited him in an attempt to make him see the error of his ways.
See also: error, of, way
References in classic literature ?
Bell was not in a good humor, and only gave Tom a severe lecture on the error of his ways, which sent him home much depressed, and caused the horizon to lower again.
But the wantaway forward has now deleted both posts in a hint that he is finally starting to calm down and realise the error of his ways.
But Jake only found out the error of his ways after surprising Emily, who said on Twitter: "Jake tried to surprise me with 1D/ McBusted tickets for Cardiff but he booked flights to Ireland because he thought Cardiff was in Ireland," before later adding: "I'm screaming.
If you think his apologies are genuine and he really has seen the error of his ways, then perhaps it's not too late to try again.
Stating that Liverpool will always consider any 'stepping out of the line' as an issue as the club is a 'huge tradition', Ayre further said that Suarez has been made to see the error of his ways just like naughty children, although he admitted that Suarez's controversial behaviour has done damage to the club's brand.
ADRIAN Sutil claims to have learned the error of his ways and insists he is worthy of his second chance with Force India.
It's not like it was a Paolo Di Canio moment with Paul Allcock and straight away Pardew realised the error of his ways and apologised to the official.
PAUL COOKE has learned from the error of his ways and wants to help youngsters avoid the pitfalls that blighted his career.
But he soon learns the error of his ways when he gets visits from the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future on Christmas Eve.
He said each case was judged on its own merits and a maximum 300-hour sentence of community service would give Hamilton time to consider the error of his ways.
But if Mica begins to see the error of his ways, fine.
It's taken Mr Sharp one and a half matches to destroy Jensen's confidence, and with it the team's chances in two matches, before realising the error of his ways.
Adaptation of Dickens'A Christinas Carol, starring Alastair Sim as the hardhearted miser taught the error of his ways by a succession of spectral visitors.
Realising the error of his ways he set about barring the troublemakers and turning it once more into a village pub, helping organise and sponsor the newly-formed village football team, running charity nights for good causes, a pool team and, this season, a darts team.
The story is told in the book Amazing Grace by writer Steve Turner who claims Newton saw the error of his ways while seeking refuge in the calm waters of Lough Swilly.