Experience Quotes


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

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.
– Confucius

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

Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment.
– Barry LePatner
Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.
– Douglas Adams
The trouble with this country is that there are too many politicians who believe, with a conviction based on experience, that you can fool all of the people all of the time.
– Franklin P. Adams
Observation more than books and experience more than persons, are the prime educators.
– Amos Bronson Alcott
Common sense is the measure of the possible; it is composed of experience and prevision; it is calculation applied to life.
– Henri Frederic Amiel
Difficult times always create opportunities for you to experience more love in your life.
– Barbara de Angelis
Most people go through life dreading they'll have a traumatic experience. Freaks were born with their trauma. They've already passed their test in life. They're aristocrats.
– Diane Arbus
My mind withdrew its thoughts from experience, extracting itself from the contradictory throng of sensuous images, that it might find out what that light was wherein it was bathed... And thus, with the flash of one hurried glance, it attained to the vision of That Which Is.
– Saint Augustine
Natural abilities are like natural plants, that need pruning by study; and studies themselves do give forth directions too much at large, except they be bounded in by experience.
– Sir Francis Bacon
The questions which one asks oneself begin, at least, to illuminate the world, and become one's key to the experience of others.
– James A. Baldwin
Most of the images of reality on which we base our actions are really based on vicarious experience. This has increased with the tremendous technological advances in communications. We have a vast new world of images brought into our sitting-rooms electronically.
– Albert Bandura
Age is only a number, a cipher for the records. A man can't retire his experience. He must use it. Experience achieves more with less energy and time.
– Bernard Baruch
Memory is not an instrument for exploring the past but its theatre. It is the medium of past experience, as the ground is the medium in which dead cities lie interred.
– Walter Benjamin
If you want plenty of experience in dealing with difficult people, then have kids.
– Bo Bennett
Refusal to believe until proof is given is a rational position; denial of all outside of our own limited experience is absurd.
– Annie Besant
It is an axiom, enforced by all the experience of the ages, that they who rule industrially will rule politically.
– Aneurin Bevan
Experience is a revelation in the light of which we renounce our errors of youth for those of age.
– Ambrose Bierce