Experience Quotes

Our wisdom comes usually from our experience, and our experience comes largely from our experience.
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The yearning for an afterlife is the opposite of selfish it is love and praise for the world that we are privileged, in this complex interval of light, to witness and experience.
John Updike
I had learned to respect the intelligence, integrity, creativity and capacity for deep thought and hard work latent somewhere in every child they had learned that I differed from them only in years and experience, and that as I, an ordinary human being, loved and respected them, I expected payment in kind.
Sybil Marshall
Experience becomes possible because of language.
Noam Chomsky, Ruth Anshen, Biography of an Idea (Mt. Kisco, NY: Moyer Bell Limited, 1986), pg. 196

It is innocence that is full and experience that is empty. It is innocence that wins and experience that loses.
Charles Peguy
Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err. It passes my comprehension how human beings, be they ever so experienced and able, can delight in depriving other human beings of that precious right.
Ghandi, 1931
Experience is the comb that nature gives us when we are bald.
Belgian Prove
Thanks to his constant habit of shaking the bottle in which life handed him the wine of experience, he presently found the taste of the lees rising as usual into his draught.
Henry James, "The Ambassadors", Book Fourth, Chapter 2
Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgement.
Unknown, quoted by Jim Horning
There is only one blasphemy, and that is the refusal to experience joy.
Paul Rudnick
Character can not be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.
Helen Kelle
Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experience.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Time lost is time when we have not lived a full human life, time unenriched by experience, creative endeavor, enjoyment, and suffering.
Dietrich Bonhoeffe
Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience.
James Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson, 1791
There is nothing so easy to learn as experience and nothing so hard to apply.
Josh Billings
I have never found in a long experience of politics that criticism is ever inhibited by ignorance.
Harold Macmillan, British prime minister (1957 - 1963)
Never let inexperience get in the way of ambition.
Terry Josephson
Men are wise in proportion not to their experience but to their capacity for experience.
Samuel Johnson
Idealism is what precedes experience cynicism is what follows.
David T. Wolf
Good habits, which bring our lower passions and appetites under automatic control, leave our natures free to explore the larger experiences of life. Too many of us divide and dissipate our energies in debating actions which should be taken for granted.
Ralph W. Sockman
It is time I stepped aside for a less experienced and less able man.
Professor Scott Elledge on his retirement from Cornell
If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience.
George Bernard Shaw
All truly wise thoughts have been thought already thousands of times but to make them truly ours, we must think them over again honestly, till they take root in our personal experience.
Johann von Goethe
People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.
Eleanor Roosevelt, My Day
Education is what you get from reading the fine print. Experience is what you get from not reading it.
Unknown
Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences. No one can eliminate prejudices - Just recognize them.
Edward R. Murrow, television broadcast, December 31, 1955
The wise are instructed by reason ordinary minds by experience the stupid, by necessity and brutes by instinct.
Cicero
Experience is not what happens to a man it is what a man does with what happens to him.
Aldous Huxley
Short sentences drawn from long experiences.
Cervantes
The most beautiful thing to experience is the mysterious. It is the true source of life, art and science.
Michael Talbot
The greatest gift is a passion for reading. It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites, it gives you knowledge of the world and experience of a wide kind. It is a moral illumination.
Elizabeth Hardwick
Religious experiences which are as real as life to some may be incomprehensible to others.
William Orville Douglas
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
Cyberspace A consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate operators, in every nation.
William Gibson
Play is a uniquely adaptive act, not subordinate to some other adaptive act, but with a special function of its own in human experience.
Johann Huizinga
A fool cannot be protected from his folly. If you attempt to do so, you will not only arouse his animosity but also you will be attempting to deprive him of whatever benefit he is capable of deriving from experience. Never attempt to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and annoys the pig.
Robert A. Heinlein
I have had enough experience in all my years, and have read enough of the past, to know that advice to grandchildren is usually wasted.
Harry S Truman
Judgment is forced upon us by experience.
Johnson