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What matters it that a soldier has a sword of dazzling finish, of the keenest edge, and finest temper, if he has never learned the art of fence.
      - William Matthews

We gain justice, judgment, with years, or else years are in vain.
      - Owen Meredith (pseudonym of Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, Lord Lytton)

Experience, next, to thee I owe,
  Best guide; not following thee, I had remain'd
    In ignorance; thou open'st wisdom's way,
      And giv'st access, though secret she retire.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. IX, l. 807)

Experience is the name men give to their follies or their sorrows.
      - Louis Charles Alfred de Musset

Men use a new lesson or experience later on as a ploughshare or perhaps also as a weapon; women at once make it into an ornament.
      - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

What man would be wise, let him drink of the river
  That bears on his bosom the record of time;
    A message to him every wave can deliver
      To teach him to creep till he knows how to climb.
      - John Boyle O'Reilly, LL.D.,
        Rules of the Road

Who heeds not experience, trust him not.
      - John Boyle O'Reilly, LL.D.,
        Rules of the Road

The value of experience is not in seeing much, but in seeing wisely.
      - Sir William Osler

Not the fruit of experience but experience itself, is the end.
      - Walter Horatio Pater

Experience unveils too late the snares laid for youth; it is the white frost which discovers the spider's web when the flies are no longer there to be caught.
      - Jean-Antoine Petit-Senn

That experience which does not make us better makes us worse.
      - Jean-Antoine Petit-Senn

What we gain by experience is not worth that we lose in illusion.
      - Jean-Antoine Petit-Senn

Experience is a safe light to walk by, and he is not a rash man who expects to succeed in future from the same means which have secured it in times past.
      - Wendell Phillips

There are many arts among men, the knowledge of which is acquired bit by bit by experience. For it is experience that causeth our life to move forward by the skill we acquire, while want of experience subjects us to the effects of chance.
      - Plato (originally Aristocles}

To some purpose is that man wise who gains his wisdom at another's expense.
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus)

What is every year of a wise man's life but a censure or critic on the past?
      - Alexander Pope

In almost everything, experience is more valuable than precept.
  [Lat., Nam in omnibus fere minus valent praecepta quam experimenta.]
      - Quintilian (Marcus Fabius Quintilianus),
        De Institutione Oratoria (II, 5, 5)

Ah! the youngest heart has the same waves within it as the oldest; but without the plummet which can measure their depths.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

It is the nature of experience to come to us only when too late for use.
      - Madame de Chateauneuf Rieiux (Renee de Rieux)(called "La Belle")

Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.
      - Auguste Rodin

Our experience is composed rather of illusions that of wisdom acquired.
      - Joseph Roux

Our ancestors have travelled the iron age; the golden is before us.
      - Bernadin de St. Pierre

Education is when you read the find print; experience is what you get when you don't.
      - Pete Seeger, Loose Talk, by L. Botts

Experience is a jewel, and it had need be so, for it is often purchased at an infinite rate.
      - William Shakespeare

Experience is by industry achieved,
  And perfected by the swift course of time.
      - William Shakespeare

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