Experience Quotes

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If we could sell our experiences for what they cost us, we'd all be millionaires.
What we gain by experience is not worth that we lose in illusion.
Believe one who has tried it.
Experience is a great teacher.
Deep experience is never peaceful.
Experience teaches only the teachable.
Experience is never at a bargain price.
Experience is the extract of suffering.


Experience is the teacher of all things.
All experience is an arch, to build upon.
Breathe-in experience, breathe-out poetry.
It's hard to teach a young dog old tricks.


The only source of knowledge is experience.


Experience is the only prophecy of wise men.
Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude.


All that I know I learned after I was thirty.

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Experience, the universal Mother of Sciences.


Some people have nothing else but experience.
Only the wearer knows where the shoe pinches.


To know the road ahead, ask those coming back.

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The years teach much which the days never know.

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What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing.
The fruit of life is experience, not happiness.
Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced.
Experience is one thing you can't get for nothing.
Conviction without experience makes for harshness.
You cannot create experience. You must undergo it.
Experience is a good school. But the fees are high.
Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.
Experience is what you get looking for something else.


All genuine knowledge originates in direct experience.
Experience is the one thing you can't get for nothing.
— New Outlook: A Digest of Ideas and Ideals
Sometimes you earn more doing the jobs that pay nothing.
An optimist is a guy that has never had much experience.

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Wisdom is not wisdom when it is derived from books alone.
It is disgraceful to stumble against the same stone twice.
— Greek proverb

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Experience—A comb life gives you after you lose your hair.
If you shut the door to all errors, truth will be shut out.
Stop accumulating stuff and start accumulating experiences.


Experience is what you get when you don't get what you want.
Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.
Each man can interpret another's experience only by his own.
Experience keeps a dear school, yet fools learn in no other.
Information's pretty thin stuff unless mixed with experience.
That experience which does not make us better makes us worse.
Mistakes are the usual bridge between inexperience and wisdom.

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Experience is a good teacher, but she sends in terrific bills.
Everything is discursive opinion instead of direct experience.
Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted.


Not the fruit of experience, but experience itself, is the end.
Experience comprises illusions lost, rather than wisdom gained.
A rolling stone gathers no moss, but it gains a certain polish.
One thorn of experience is worth a whole wilderness of warning.
There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.


Experience is a good teacher, though her fees are terribly high.
Experience is an excellent doctor, though he never has a diploma.
Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other.
The meaning of life cannot be told; it has to happen to a person.

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Our experience comprises illusions lost, rather than wisdom gained.


The value of experience is not in seeing much, but in seeing wisely.


Experience enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.

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Experience, the name men give to their mistakes.  I never commit any.


Judgment comes from experience—and experience comes from bad judgment.


A man has no ears for that to which experience has given him no access.
Experience is the child of thought, and thought is the child of action.
Experience is the best of schoolmasters, only the school-fees are heavy.
Experience teaches us in a millennium what passion teaches us in an hour.


When you fall in a river, you're no longer a fisherman; you're a swimmer.


It is the true nature of mankind to learn from mistakes, not from example.


Judgment comes from experience and great judgment comes from bad experience.
There is nothing so easy to learn as experience and nothing so hard to apply.
When you have really exhausted an experience you always reverence and love it.
Anybody who profits from the experience of others probably writes biographies.


We know nothing of what will happen in future, but by the analogy of experience.


Knowledge is the distilled essence of our intuitions, corroborated by experience.

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A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.


Getting results through people is a skill that cannot be learned in the classroom.

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Good judgment comes from experience, and often experience comes from bad judgment.
Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterward.
The knowledge of the world is only to be acquired in the world, and not in a closet.


Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards.
Bad times have a scientific value.  These are occasions a good learner would not miss.

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Half, maybe more, of the delight of experiencing is to know what you are experiencing.
What we learn from experience depends on the kind of philosophy we bring to experience.
A man begins cutting his wisdom teeth the first time he bites off more than he can chew.


Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him.
Perhaps the angels who fear to tread where fools rush in used to be fools who rushed in.


One thing about experience is that when you don't have very much you're apt to get a lot.


The only thing more painful than learning from experience is not learning from experience.
Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience.
When we shift attention from experience to the spacious consciousness that knows, wisdom arises.

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Experience is a wonderful thing; it enables you to recognize a mistake every time you repeat it.
— The Associated Press


Few people even scratch the surface, much less exhaust the contemplation of their own experience.
Just when you think you've graduated from the school of experience, someone thinks up a new course.
Most of the images of reality on which we base our actions are really based on vicarious experience.
A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.

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Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences. No one can eliminate prejudices, just recognize them.


You want to learn from experience, but you want to learn from other people's experience when you can.
Bitter experience has taught us how fundamental our values are and how great the mission they represent.
You know more of a road by having traveled it than by all the conjectures and descriptions in the world.
The person who has had a bull by the tail once has learned 60 or 70 times as much as a person who hasn't.
We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.

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People learn something every day, and a lot of times it's that what they learned the day before was wrong.
"Time yields experience," yes, but only if one takes the opportunity to "make experience out of experience."
The main thing experience has taught me is that one has to sort of hone their relationship to time, you know.
One may be old in experience who is young in time, just as another may be young in experience and old in time.


My experiences have taught me a lot and I'm happy with my learnings, if not with what I went through to learn.
Experience isn't interesting till it begins to repeat itself—in fact, till it does that it hardly is experience.
We learn by example and by direct experience because there are real limits to the adequacy of verbal instruction.

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There are many truths of which the full meaning cannot be realized until personal experience has brought it home.
There's a beauty to wisdom and experience that cannot be faked. It's impossible to be mature without having lived.
The follies which a man regrets the most in his life are those which he didn't commit when he had the opportunity.
Everyone journeys through character as well as through time. The person one becomes depends on the person one has been.


Morals are an acquirement — like music, like a foreign language, like piety, poker, paralysis — no man is born with them.


All experience is an arch wherethrough gleams that untravelled world whose margin fades for ever and forever when I move.
Experience—the wisdom that enables us to recognize in an undesirable old acquaintance the folly that we have already embraced.
Experience has two things to teach: the first that we must correct a great deal; the second, that we must not correct too much.
It's a wise man who profits by his own experience, but it's a good deal wiser one who lets the rattlesnake bite the other fellow.
At every step the child should be allowed to meet the real experiences of life; the thorns should never be plucked from his roses.


Experience, n. The wisdom that enables us to recognize in an undesirable old acquaintance the folly that we have already embraced.
That which we have not been forced to decipher, to clarify by our own personal effort, that which was made clear before, is not ours.
I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided; and that is the lamp of experience.  I know no way of judging the future but by the past.
I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. I know no way of judging of the future but by the past.
Do you know the difference between education and experience? Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't.


You know what a learning experience is?  A learning experience is one of those things that say, "You know that thing you just did?  Don't do that."
Everything you experience is what constitutes you as a human being, but the experience passes away and the person's left.  The person is the residue.
A strong and well-constituted man digests his experiences (deeds and misdeeds) just as he digests his meats, even when he has some tough morsels to swallow.
Experience unveils too late the snares laid for youth; it is the white frost which discovers the spider's web when the flies are no longer there to be caught.
Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.
No matter how vital experience might be while you lived it, no sooner was it ended and dead than it became as lifeless as the piles of dry dust in a school history book.
By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is the easiest; and third, by experience, which is the bitterest.

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If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability.

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Every generous illusion of youth leaves a wrinkle as it departs. Experience is the successive disenchanting of the things of life; it is reason enriched with the heart's spoils.


I like to think of my behavior in the sixties as a "learning experience."  Then again, I like to think of anything stupid I've done as a "learning experience."  It makes me feel less stupid.
Recently, I was asked if I was going to fire an employee who made a mistake that cost the company $600000. No, I replied, I just spent $600000 training him. Why would I want somebody to hire his experience?
If men could learn from history, what lessons it might teach us!  But passion and party blind our eyes, and the light which experience gives is a lantern on the stern, which shines only on the waves behind us.


Experience is never limited and it is never complete; it is an immense sensibility, a kind of huge spider-web of the finest silken threads, suspended in the chamber of consciousness and catching every air-borne particle in its tissue.
Man learns through experience, and the spiritual path is full of different kinds of experiences. He will encounter many difficulties and obstacles, and they are the very experiences he needs to encourage and complete the cleansing process.
We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it — and stop there; lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove-lid. She will never sit down on a hot stove-lid again — and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore.


A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.

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What I like about experience is that it is such an honest thing. You may take any number of wrong turnings; but keep your eyes open and you will not be allowed to go very far before the warning signs appear. You may have deceived yourself, but experience is not trying to deceive you. The universe rings true wherever you fairly test it.