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Quotes about Experience


  • ...what we call education and culture is for the most part nothing but the substitution of reading for experience, of literature for life, [and] of the obsolete fictitious for the contemporary real...
  • nothing can be sole or whole, that has not been rent.
  • When you teach a man you teach a person – when you teach a woman you learn a lesson.


  • Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other.
    • Benjamin Franklin
  • "A black eye makes one more clear-sighted." ~ Leonid S. Sukhorukov
  • "Experience can be merely the repetition of same error often enough." ~ John G. Azzopardi
  • "Experience is something you get just after you needed it." ~ Anonymous
  • "Experience is what we get when we do not get what we want." ~ Anonymous
  • "Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgement." ~ Will Rogers
  • "Only the foolish learn from experience - the wise learn from the experience of others." ~ Attributed to Rumanian folk wisdom as recorded by Rolf Hochhuth
  • Refusal to believe until proof is given is a rational position; denial of all outside of our own limited experience is absurd.
    • Annie Besant
    • Quoted in Theodore Schick and Lewis Vaughn: How to Think about Weird Things: Critical Thinking for a New Age. Boston, McGraw Hill, 2002 (3rd edition), page 121
  • "We begin by being foolish and we become wise by experience." ~ Anonymous
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