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Quotes about Experience

Updated on March 19, 2013

Life Lessons

Experience begins the moment we are old enough to takes those first steps. Learning to roller skate, ride a bike, or swim are all experiences that begin in childhood that taught us that sometimes you have to fail before you accomplish a goal. Simple things such as these are a part of what is known as experiential learning.

John Dewey (1859-1952) was an American psychologist, philosopher, and educational reformer whose experiential learning theory that states that all things occur within a social environment. Knowledge comes from real life experiences, how you handle the knowledge gained from personal experiences is up to you.

~A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.~ Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

~ It takes half your life before you discover life is a do-it-yourself project. ~ Napoleon Hill


~ All life is an experiment. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

~ I know by my own pot how the others boil. ~ French Proverb

~ Experience is one thing you can't get for nothing. ~ Oscar Wilde

~ He who has been bitten by a snake fears a piece of string. ~ Persian Proverb

~ I know of no way of judging the future but by the past. ~ Patrick Henry

~ Experience is not what happens to you. It is what you do with what happens to you. ~ Aldous Huxley

~ Experience is a great advantage. The problem is that when you get the experience, you're too damned old to do anything about it. ~ Jimmy Connors

~ Everybody experiences far more than he understands. Yet it is experience, rather than understanding, that influences behavior. ~ Marshall Mcluhan

~ Experience is a comb which nature gives to men when they are bald. ~ Chinese Proverb


~ The world is your school. ~ Martin H. Fischer

~ The fool knows after he's suffered. ~ Hesiod

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

~ An enormous part of our mature experience cannot not be expressed in words. ~ Alfred North Whitehead

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

~ Take time to gather up the past so that you will be able to draw from your experience and invest them in the future. ~ Jim Rohn

~ 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

~ Everything happens to everybody sooner or later if there is time enough. ~ George Bernard Shaw


~ Two things control men's nature, instinct and experience.~ Blaise Pascal

~ The school of hard knocks is an accelerated curriculum. ~ Menander of Athens

~ Whatever you dwell on in the conscious grows in your experience. ~ Brian Tracy

~ The only source of knowledge is experience. ~ Albert Einstein

~ You can't create experience. You must undergo it. ~ Albert Camus

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

~ There are many truths of which the full meaning cannot be realized until personal experience has brought it home. ~ John Stuart Mill

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

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


~ Deep experience is never peaceful. ~ Henry James

~ No man's knowledge here can go beyond his experience. ~ John Locke

~ An optimist is a guy that has never had much experience. ~ Don Marquis

~ It is all right letting yourself go, as long as you can get yourself back. ~ Mick Jagger

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

~ The cat, having sat upon a hot stove lid, will not sit upon a hot stove lid again. But he won't sit upon a cold stove lid, either. ~ Mark Twain

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

~ One of the greatest moments in anybody's developing experience is when he no longer tries to hide from himself but determines to get acquainted with himself as he really is. ~ Norman Vincent Peale

~ A strong and secure man digests his experiences (deeds and misdeeds alike) just as he digests his meat, even when he has some bits to swallow. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

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


~ Experience is the teacher of all things. ~ Julius Caesar

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

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

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

~ Experience enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again. ~ Franklin P. Jones

~ If you take all the experience and judgment of men over fifty out of the world, there wouldn't be enough left to run it. ~ Henry Ford

~ Experience is what keeps a man who makes the same mistake twice from admitting it the third time around. ~ Terry Mccormick

~ If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must man be of learning from experience? ~ George Bernard Shaw

~ The years teach much which the days never know. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

~ Experience is the name everyone gives to his mistakes.~ Oscar Wilde

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

~ There is nothing so easy to learn as experience and nothing so hard to apply. ~ Josh Billings

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

~ What one has not experienced, one will never understand in print. ~ Isadora Duncan

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

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

~ There's a beauty to wisdom and experience that cannot be faked. It's impossible to be mature without having lived. ~ Amy Grant


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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      LOL@ "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way." So very, very true.