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Learn all you can from the mistakes of others. You won't have time to make them all yourself. ~Alfred Sheinwold


Experience is not what happens to a man. It is what a man does with what happens to him. ~Aldous Leonard Huxley, Texts and Pretexts, 1932


Experience is a comb which nature gives us when we are bald. ~Proverb


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. ~Douglas Adams, Last Chance to See


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. ~Mark Twain, Pudd'nhead Wilson's New Calendar, Following the Equator, 1897


The trouble with using experience as a guide is that the final exam often comes first and then the lesson. ~Author Unknown


No physician is really good before he has killed one or two patients. ~Hindu Proverb


Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely. ~Auguste Rodin


God will not look you over for medals, degrees or diplomas, but for scars. ~Elbert Hubbard


Life is like playing a violin solo in public and learning the instrument as one goes along. ~Samuel Butler, "Speech at the Somerville Club," 27 February 1895


Experience is what you got by not having it when you need it. ~Author Unknown


Good judgment comes from experience, and often experience comes from bad judgment. ~Rita Mae Brown


If experience was so important, we'd never have had anyone walk on the moon. ~Doug Rader


Axioms in philosophy are not axioms until they are proved upon our pulses: We read fine things but never feel them to the full until we have gone the same steps as the Author. ~John Keats


If you want to understand democracy, spend less time in the library with Plato, and more time in the buses with people. ~Simeon Strunsky


You cannot help but learn more as you take the world into your hands. Take it up reverently, for it is an old piece of clay, with millions of thumbprints on it. ~John Updike


Experience is the name everyone gives to his mistakes. ~Oscar Wilde, Lady Windemere's Fan, 1896


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. ~Pete Seeger


Life can only be understood backward, but it must be lived forward. ~Søren Kierkegaard


Looking back, you realize that everything would have explained itself if you had only stopped interrupting. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


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


 
 
Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. ~Chinese Proverb


Experience makes more timid men than it does wise ones. ~Josh Billings


Idealism is what precedes experience; cynicism is what follows. ~David T. Wolf


A happy childhood is poor preparation for human contacts. ~Colette


Many a man in love with a dimple makes the mistake of marrying the whole girl. ~Stephen Leacock, Literary Lapses, 1910


Experience is what causes a person to make new mistakes instead of old ones. ~Author Unknown


The problem is that when you get it, you're too damned old to do anything about it. ~Jimmy Connors, on experience


In youth we learn; in age we understand. ~Marie Ebner-Eschenbach


You start making progress in life when you realize that you don't always have to resume where you left off. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


A man begins cutting his wisdom teeth the first time he bites off more than he can chew. ~Herb Caen


Wisdom before experience is only words; wisdom after experience is of no avail. ~Mark van Doren


As important as it is to keep picking yourself up and brushing yourself off, it's also important to stop tripping over your own two feet. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Life is the art of drawing without an eraser. ~John Gardner


Life, not the parson, teaches conduct. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.


Tell Youth to play with Wine and Love
     and never bear away the scars!
I may as well tilt up the sky
     and yet try not to spill the stars.
~Frederic Ridgely Torrence, The House of a Hundred Lights: A Psalm of Experience After Reading a Couplet of Bidpai, 1899


I learned more about economics from one South Dakota dust storm than I did in all my years in college. ~Hubert Humphrey, speech, 1960


The experience I gained at age 21 would be useful if I were ever 21 again. But I'm 71 and new at it and keep making age 71 mistakes. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


All that I know I learned after I was thirty. ~Georges Clemenceau


There is only one thing more painful than learning from experience, and that is not learning from experience. ~Laurence J. Peter


You couldn't get hold of the things you'd done and turn them right again. Such a power might be given to the gods, but it was not given to women and men, and that was probably a good thing. Had it been otherwise, people would probably die of old age still trying to rewrite their teens. ~Stephen King, The Stand


The difference between education and know-how is that one you pay for, the other you charge for. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Who then can so softly bind up the wound of another as he who has felt the same wound himself. ~Thomas Jefferson


The road to wisdom?—Well, it's plain and simple to express:
Err
and err
and err again
but less
and less
and less.
~Piet Hein, "The Road to Wisdom"


Life is trying things to see if they work. ~Ray Bradbury


We have two lives — the one we learn with and the life we live after that. ~Bernard Malamud, The Natural


The world is your school. ~Martin H. Fischer


We receive three educations, one from our parents, one from our schoolmasters, and one from the world. The third contradicts all that the first two teach us. ~Charles Louis de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu


Anything we tell our kids about life is a placemarker until they figure it out for themselves. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


If we could sell our experiences for what they cost us, we'd all be millionaires. ~Abigail Van Buren


Information's pretty thin stuff unless mixed with experience. ~Clarence Day, The Crow's Nest


Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens we have to keep going back and beginning all over again. ~Andre Gide, Le traite du Narcisse, 1891



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