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Faber says this to Montag through the two-way earpiece. Montag has just read the poem, "Dover Beach", to Mildred and her two friends. One of the friends started to cry so Montag says that maybe he's wrong and books really do make people unhappy. Montag says maybe it would be a mistake to try to bring down the system as he and Faber have planned. Faber tells him that a person learns by making mistakes. He says that when someone makes a mistake, that person is figuratively hit by people who don't like the mistake. He goes on to say that the person who made the mistake learns to avoid making that mistake again in an effort not to get "hit" again. Furthermore, Faber says that a person's skills become sharpened through repeated attempts and repeated efforts to avoid being "hit". He says to hide one's ignorance just to avoid trying something and possibly making a mistke, keeps one from learning. In other words, Faber says we learn by making mistakes.
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