the error of your ways

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 ?
You are an unbeliever now," she continued gently, "but should we be fortunate enough to escape the clutches of the black pirates and come again to the court of Matai Shang I think that we shall find an argument to convince you of the error of your ways.
Do you mean to turn from the error of your ways, and be a good husband, a good father, and so forth; as I do, when I get shut of you and all these rollicking devils you call your friends?
Wise voters showed you the error of your ways, Coun Wilson, failing to give you and the Conservatives their trust That's democracy
I appreciate that you think you've seen the error of your ways but it's taken you six years to realise.
You seem to have recognised the error of your ways,but only time will tell.
He believes he is The Man, and if you don't agree, he will work overtime to prove to you the error of your ways.