Quotes About Experience

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

Judgment comes from experience and great judgment comes from bad experience.
Robert Packwood

If you shut your door to all errors, truth will be shut out.
Rabindranath Tagore

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

A man has no ears for that to which experience has given him no access.
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

You know more of a road by having traveled it than by all the conjectures and descriptions in the world.
William Hazlitt

That which we have not been forced to decipher, to clarify by our own personal effort, that which was made before, is not ours.
Marcel Proust

The knowledge of the world is only to be acquired in the world, and not in a closet.
Lord Chesterfield

You cannot create experience.  You must undergo it.
Albert Camus

Experience is not what happens to a man.  It is what a man does with what happens to him.
Aldous Huxley

What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing.

It is 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.
Josh Billings

Men are wise in proportion not to their experience but to their capacity for experience.
Samuel Johnson

Experience keeps a dear school, yet fools will learn in no other.
Benjamin Franklin

The follies which a man regrets most in his life are those which he didn’t commit when he had the opportunity.
Helen Rowland

I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience.  I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past.
Patrick Henry

One thorn of experience is worth a whole wilderness of warning.
James Russell Lowell

All genuine knowledge originates in direct experience.
Mao Tse-tung

A rolling stone gathers no moss, but it gains a certain polish.
Oliver Herford

Wisdom is not wisdom when it is derived from books alone.

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

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

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

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


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