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.
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– Auguste Rodin
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– Barry LePatner
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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
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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
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– Amos Bronson Alcott
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Common sense is the measure of the possible; it is composed of experience and prevision; it is calculation applied to life.
– Henri Frederic Amiel
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– Barbara de Angelis
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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– Bo Bennett
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Refusal to believe until proof is given is a rational position; denial of all outside of our own limited experience is absurd.
– Annie Besant
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It is an axiom, enforced by all the experience of the ages, that they who rule industrially will rule politically.
– Aneurin Bevan
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– Ambrose Bierce
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– Josh Billings
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