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Experience only can teach men not to prefer what strikes them for the present moment, to what will have much greater weight with the them hereafter.
      - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope

Young men are as apt to think themselves wise enough, as drunken men are to think themselves sober enough. They look upon spirit to be a much better thing than experience; which they call coldness. They are but half mistaken; for though spirit without experience is dangerous, experience without spirit is languid and ineffective.
      - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope

To most men, experience is like the stern lights of a ship, which illumine only the track it has passed.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

A sadder and a wiser man,
  He rose the morrow morn.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge,
        The Ancient Mariner (pt. VII, last st.)

Too high an appreciation of our own talents is the chief cause why experience preaches to us all in vain.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

In her experience all her friends relied,
  Heaven was her help and nature was her guide.
      - George Crabbe, Parish Register (pt. III)

To show the world what long experience gains,
  Requires not courage, though it calls for pains;
    But at life's outset to inform mankind
      Is a bold effort of a valiant mind.
      - George Crabbe, The Borough
         (letter VII, l. 47)

The ever-burning lamp of accumulated wisdom.
      - George William Curtis

Thou shalt know by experience how salt the savor is of other's bread, and how sad a path it is to climb and descend another's stairs.
  [It., Tu proverai si come sa di sale
    Lo pane altrui, e com e duro calle
      Lo scendere e'l salir per l'altrui scale.]
      - Dante ("Dante Alighieri"), Paradiso
         (XVII, 58)

Alas, could experience be bought for gold!
      - Dorothee DeLuzy

Great men never require experience.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

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

I think there are stores laid up in our human nature that our understandings can make no complete inventory of.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

The poorest experience is rich enough for all the purposes of expressing thought.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Only so much do I know, as I have lived.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson,
        Oration--The American Scholar

Experience is the common schoolhouse of fools and ill men. Men of wit and honesty be otherwise instructed.
      - Desiderius Gerhard Erasmus

As between mileage and experience choose experience.
      - Clifton Fadiman

Experience is a keen knife that hurts while it extracts the cataract that blinds.
      - J. de Finod

All reasoning is retrospect; it consists in the application of facts and principles previously known. This will show the very great importance of knowledge, especially that kind which is called experience.
      - John Foster (1)

Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other, and scarcely in that; for it is true, we may give advice, but we cannot give conduct. Remember this; they that will not be counseled cannot be helped. If you do not hear reason she will rap you over your knuckles.
      - Benjamin Franklin

We read the past by the light of the present, and the forms vary as the shadows fall, or as the point of vision alters.
      - James Anthony Froude,
        Short Studies on Great Subjects,
        Society in Italy in the Last Days of the Roman Republic

Experience is no more transferable in morals than in art.
      - James Anthony Froude,
        Short Studies on Great Subjects--Education

Experience teaches slowly, and at the cost of mistakes.
      - James Anthony Froude,
        Short Studies on Great Subjects--Party Politics

History should be to the political economist a wellspring of experience and wisdom.
      - Edward Gibbon

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