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The further one advances in experience, the closer one comes to the unfathomable; the more one learns to utilize experience, the more one recognizes that the unfathomable is of no practical value.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I learn several great truths; as that it is impossible to see into the ways of futurity, that punishment always attends the villain, that love is the fond soother of the human breast.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

Man little knows what calamities are beyond his patience to bear till he tries them; as in ascending the heights of ambition, which look bright from below, every step we rise shows us some new and gloomy prospect of hidden disappointment; so in our descent from the summits of pleasure, though the vale of misery below may appear, at first, dark and gloomy, yet the busy mind, still attentive to its own amusement, finds, as we descend, something to flatter and to please. Still as we approach, the darkest objects appear to brighten, and the mortal eye becomes adapted to its gloomy situation.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

Experience join'd with common sense,
  To mortals is a providence.
      - Matthew Green, The Spleen (l. 312)

Nobody will use other people's experience, nor have any of his own till it is too late to use it.
      - Nathaniel Hawthorne

Experience makes us wise.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

You know more of a road by having traveled it than by all the conjectures and descriptions in the world.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

Experience is the extract of suffering.
      - Sir Arthur Helps

I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience.
      - Patrick Henry,
        in a speech at the Virginia Convention

You can't step twice into the same river.
      - Heraclitus of Ephesus, Cratylus (402a)

A man who does not learn to live while he is getting a living is a poorer man after his wealth is won than he was before.
      - Josiah Gilbert Holland (used pseudonym Timothy Titcomb)

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

Experience is the only prophecy of wise men.
      - Alphonse de Lamartine

I scarcely exceed the middle age of man; yet between infancy and maturity I have seen ten revolutions!
      - Alphonse de Lamartine

Experience is our only teacher both in war and peace.
      - Walter Savage Landor

Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards.
      - Vernon Law

I've seen the elephant, heard the owl and flown the screaming eagle.
      - Bob Lemon

It may serve as a comfort to us in all our calamities and afflictions that he that loses anything and gets wisdom by it is a gainer by the loss.
      - Sir Roger L'Estrange

Not only the individual experience slowly acquired, but the accumulated experience of the race, organized in language, condensed in instruments and axioms, and in what may be called the inherited intuitions--these form the multiple unity which is expressed in the abstract term "experience."
      - George Henry Lewes

Experience is the teacher of fools.
  [Lat., Stultorum eventus magister est.]
      - Titus Livy, Annales (XXII, 39)

Experience: in that all our knowledge is founded; and from that it ultimately derives itself. Our observation employed either about external or sensible objects or about the internal operations of our minds, perceived and reflected on by ourselves, is that which supplies our understandings with all the materials of thinking.
      - John Locke (1)

One thorn of experience is worth a whole wilderness of warning.
      - James Russell Lowell,
        Among My Books--Shakespeare Once More

Every man's experience of to-day is that he was a fool yesterday and the day before yesterday. To-morrow he will most likely be of exactly the same opinion.
      - Charles Mackay

Experience is always sowing the seed of one thing after another.
  [Lat., Semper enim ex aliis alia proseminat usus.]
      - Manilius (Manlius or Mallius) (Marcus or Caius),
        Astronomica (I, 90)

The petty cares, the minute anxieties, the infinite littles which go to make up the sum of human experience, like the invisible granules of powder, give the last and highest polish to a character.
      - William Matthews

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