The position that I take partly as a result of living in Asia is where you stop living according to your expectations and you become available to experience things as they are.
– Martha Beck
The plain man is familiar with blindness and deafness, and knows from his everyday experience that the look of things is influenced by his senses but it never occurs to him to regard the whole world as the creation of his senses.
– Ernst Mach
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– Gloria Swanson
– Chinua Achebe
– Milton Friedman
The new spirituality is that it will produce an experience in human encounters in which we become a living demonstration of the basic spiritual teaching 'We are all one.'
– Neale Donald Walsch
The most important training, though, is to experience life as a writer, questioning everything, inventing multiple explanations for everything. If you do that, all the other things will come if you don't, there's no hope for you.
– Orson Scott Card
The most experience I had in the criminology field is playing a thug as an actor. That was my first paid job. The police academy at the college was paying people to reenact the calls that potential cops would get. So I got to play thugs and people who were unruly.
– Jeremy Renner
The more you are getting older, you lose a little something. Of course there is another advantage, because of your long experience you can use it.
– Haile Gebrselassie
– Henri Poincare
The main thing experience has taught me is that one has to sort of hone their relationship to time, you know.
– John Frusciante
The impulse to dream was slowly beaten out of me by experience. Now it surged up again and I hungered for books, new ways of looking and seeing.
– Richard Wright
The immediacy of mystic experience simply means that we know God just as we know other objects. God is not a mathematical entity or a system of concepts mutually related to one another and having no reference to experience.
– Muhammad Iqbal
The greatest way for people to experience a comedy is to go in not knowing anything about it. But because of marketing, it's impossible. Marketing meaning that in order to get people to come you can't just go, 'Hey, there's a great movie - we're not going to show you anything from it but trust us!'
– Paul Feig
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The first essential in writing about anything is that the writer should have no experience of the matter.
– Isadora Duncan
The fact that I am a writer comes from the experience of being cut away from my roots and living in Venezuela, where I couldn't find a place for myself, for years and years.
– Isabel Allende
The experience gathered from books, though often valuable, is but the nature of learning whereas the experience gained from actual life is one of the nature of wisdom.
– Samuel Smiles
The experience is fundamentally different for buying from local businesses than it is for buying consumer goods.
– Andrew Mason
The experience and behavior that gets labeled schizophrenic is a special strategy that a person invents in order to live in an unlivable situation.
– R. D. Laing
– Gary Gygax
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– Rainer Maria Rilke
The crucial question one comes back to is the examination without that experience is meaningless. And I think it's true that society is becoming more and more passive, less and less fired up with enthusiasm, in many spheres.
– Peter Hammill
The course of the flight up and down was exceedingly erratic, partly due to the irregularity of the air, and partly to lack of experience in handling this machine. The control of the front rudder was difficult on account of its being balanced too near the center.
– Orville Wright
The character and history of each child may be a new and poetic experience to the parent, if he will let it.
– Margaret Fuller
The bullied straight kid goes home to a shoulder to cry on and support and can talk freely about his experience at school and why he's being bullied. I couldn't go home and open up to my parents.
– Dan Savage
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The amount of meetings I've been in - people would be shocked. But that's how you gain experience, how you can gain knowledge, being in meetings and participating. You learn and grow.
– Tiger Woods
The American experience influenced my understanding of individuality, basic human rights, freedom of expression and the rights and responsibilities of citizens.
– Ai Weiwei
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The aim of all commentary on art now should be to make works of art - and, by analogy, our own experience - more, rather than less, real to us. The function of criticism should be to show how it is what it is, even that it is what it is, rather than to show what it means.
– Susan Sontag
The act of writing... is the act of trying to understand why my opinion is what it is. And ultimately, I think that's the same experience the reader has when they pick up one of my books.
– Jodi Picoult
That's one of the benefits of working on big budget films. You work with people who have a lot of experience and you get to learn a lot.
– Liev Schreiber
That's not to say that women's priorities are better than men's. Rather, when women are empowered, when they can speak from the experience of their own lives, they often address different, previously neglected issues. And families and whole communities benefit.
– Dee Dee Myers
Taste every fruit of every tree in the garden at least once. It is an insult to creation not to experience it fully. Temperance is wickedness.
– Stephen Fry
– Bill Watterson
Sure, I suffered a lot. But it's not like the end of the world and it's not who I am. I lead quite a pleasant life and I'm able to divorce a perceived reality from my actual experience of life.
– Ben Affleck
Stories have always been the things that entertain me and make me feel happy and sad and move me and give me the experience of being able to live many lives in one lifetime. It's the best thing about being alive.
– Michael Sheen
Sometimes you recognize that there is a category of human experience that has not been identified but everyone knows about it. That is when I find a term to describe it.
– Brian Eno
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Sometimes when we weep in the movies we weep for ourselves or for a life unlived. Or we even go to the movies because we want to resist the emotion that's there in front of us. I think there is always a catharsis that I look for and that makes the movie experience worthwhile.
– Edward Zwick
Sometimes I get so bold and I'm so confident about what I'm doing that I actually try to be more of a dork because it's a really liberating feeling to experience what it's like to not care.
– John Mayer
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Something happens to us all when we experience something as a unit that doesn't occur when we're on our couches or holding our little portable DVD players.
– David Ogden Stiers
Some writers can only deal with childhood experience, because it's complete. For another kind of writer, life goes on, and he's able to keep processing that as well.
– V. S. Naipaul
Some of us are interested in directors, but really the vast majority of us are interested in actors. You experience the films through the actors, so they're all locked into your imagination in some kind of layer of fantasy or hatred or wherever they settle into your imagination.
– Danny Boyle
So when you do your family tree and Margaret Cho does hers, and... Wanda Sykes and John Legend... we're adding to the database that scholars can then draw from to generalize about the complexity of the American experience. And that's the contribution that family trees make to broader scholarship.
– Henry Louis Gates
So that ends my first experience of matrimony, which I always thought a highly over-rated performance.
– Isadora Duncan
So if I have two pieces of cake, do I have twice as good an experience as the first piece of cake? One of the things I've found in life is that the first piece of cake is the best.
– David Frum
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So I've seen life as one long learning process. And if I see - you know, if I fly on somebody else's airline and find the experience is not a pleasant one, which it wasn't in - 21 years ago, then I'd think, well, you know, maybe I can create the kind of airline that I'd like to fly on.
– Richard Branson
– W. C. Fields
Simplicity is the most difficult thing to secure in this world it is the last limit of experience and the last effort of genius.
– George Sand
Screaming at children over their grades, especially to the point of the child's tears, is child abuse, pure and simple. It's not funny and it's not good parenting. It is a crushing, scarring, disastrous experience for the child. It isn't the least bit funny.
– Ben Stein
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– J. Paul Getty
Reading the play at home, however fulfilling, can never be the vivacious experience that Shakespeare intended.
– Arthur Smith
– Arnold Palmer
Progress is measured by richness and intensity of experience - by a wider and deeper apprehension of the significance and scope of human existence.
– Herbert Read
– Ashley Tisdale
Practical wisdom is only to be learned in the school of experience. Precepts and instruction are useful so far as they go, but, without the discipline of real life, they remain of the nature of theory only.
– Samuel Smiles
– Kinky Friedman
Poets are the only people to whom love is not only a crucial, but an indispensable experience, which entitles them to mistake it for a universal one.
– Hannah Arendt
– Ernst Mach
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Performing is a profound experience, at least for me. It's not as if I sit down and play 'Fire and Rain' by myself, just to hear it again. But to offer it up... the energy that it somehow summons live takes me right back, and I do get a reconnection to the emotions.
– James Taylor
People who run for president seriously and people who become president enter a bizarre secret society in which they have had an experience that none of us will ever have.
– John Hodgman
People were being so mean as a result of my ability - a gift, really. So I think that's what makes me fight harder to provide an option to aspiring kids or artists. I wouldn't want anyone to go through what I went through... to see a little girl or a little dancer experience such unnecessary rejection.
– Laurieann Gibson
Past experience with fiscal austerity at home and overseas strongly suggests that it is best for the economy's long-run performance to restrain government spending rather than raise taxes.
– Mark Zandi
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Parents, it seems, have an almost Olympian persistence when it comes to suggesting more secure and lucrative lines of work for their children who have the notion that writing is an actual profession. I say this from experience.
– Susan Orlean
Parents of recovered children, and I've met hundreds, all share the same experience of doubters and deniers telling us our child must have never even had autism or that the recovery was simply nature's course. We all know better, and frankly we're too busy helping other parents to really care.
– Jenny McCarthy
Parents lend children their experience and a vicarious memory children endow their parents with a vicarious immortality.
– George Santayana
– Sacha Guitry
Our thoughts have an order, not of themselves, but because the mind generates the spatio-temporal relationships involved in every experience.
– Robert Lanza
Our theory is, if you need the user to tell you what you're selling, then you don't know what you're selling, and it's probably not going to be a good experience.
– Marissa Mayer
Our subjective experience of time is highly variable. We all know that days can pass like weeks and months can feel like years, and that the opposite can be just as true: A month or year can zoom by in what feels like no time at all.
– Joshua Foer
Our science fails to recognize those special properties of life that make it fundamental to material reality. This view of the world - biocentrism - revolves around the way a subjective experience, which we call consciousness, relates to a physical process. It is a vast mystery and one that I have pursued my entire life.
– Robert Lanza
Our DNA is as a consumer company - for that individual customer who's voting thumbs up or thumbs down. That's who we think about. And we think that our job is to take responsibility for the complete user experience. And if it's not up to par, it's our fault, plain and simply.
– Steve Jobs
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Ordinary professionalism and 20 years' experience can accomplish a lot, but it can't access the hidden places.
– Jeanette Winterson
Optimism with some experience behind it is much more energizing than plain old experience with a certain degree of cynicism.
– Twyla Tharp
One of the things in the back of my mind is that, after my sports experience, I never want to be, totally consumed by any one endeavor, other than my family life.
– Julius Erving
One nice thing about being a woman in Hollywood is that the women tend to be very close-knit. All of us writers and directors know each other and cling to each other for safety and support, and it's really a completely different vibe than the men experience out here, where they're all trying to murder each other.
– Diablo Cody
Once you're in a particular country, and you're surrounded by musicians who are so adept at traditional music, you suddenly realize how much there is to explore and digest and learn and experience.
– Evelyn Glennie
Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.
– e. e. cummings
On the one hand, we'll never experience childbirth. On the other hand, we can open all our own jars.
– Bruce Willis
Of two pleasures, if there be one which all or almost all who have experience of both give a decided preference, irrespective of any feeling of moral obligation to prefer it, that is the more desirable pleasure.
– John Stuart Mill
– Christopher Walken
Now, having had this experience, I can't say really what they were looking for. I don't know their minds. But every time I see a reality show, it seems that the most entertaining parts on other reality shows are when they make their guests look foolish.
– Liza Minnelli
– Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach
– Walter Pater
Not only did I avoid speaking of Salinger I resisted thinking about him. I did not reread his letters to me. The experience had been too painful.
– Joyce Maynard
Normally, I love to go to the movies and when I see a character portrayed by different actors at different ages, it kind of pops a little bit for me. It brings me out of the movie experience. Now we have the technology to cure that.
– Jeff Bridges
None of us feels the true love of God till we realize how wicked we are. But you can't teach people that - they have to learn by experience.
– Dorothy L. Sayers
No student of Chinese history can say that the Chinese are incapable of religious experience, even when judged by the standards of medieval Europe or pious India.
– Hu Shih
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– Michael Bloomberg
No one ever pretended that shopping for anything is a rational experience. If it were, would there be Fluffernutter? Laceless sneakers? Porkpie hats? Would the Chia Pet even exist?
– Jeffrey Kluger
No matter what his position or experience in life, there is in everyone more latent than developed ability far more unused than used power.
– James Cash Penney
No matter how close to personal experience a story might be, inevitably you are going to get to a part that isn't yours and, actually, whether it happened or not becomes irrelevant. It is all about choosing the right words.
– Roddy Doyle
No experience is a cause of success or failure. We do not suffer from the shock of our experiences, so-called trauma - but we make out of them just what suits our purposes.
– Alfred Adler
No characters in 'Stay Close,' including the leads, are black and white. I want them to be grey. I think that makes for a much more interesting reading experience, something that will stay with you a little bit longer.
– Harlan Coben
No 27-year-old has the experience to run a company that does a quarter of a billion dollars a year in sales.
– Calvin Klein
Mysteriously and in ways that are totally remote from natural experience, the gray drizzle of horror induced by depression takes on the quality of physical pain.
– William Styron
My worst hair experience was when I was trying to relax my hair and my grandmother did it. It went all straight and I looked like a black Bee Gee.
– Jamie Foxx
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– Jack Kevorkian
My time at Shell was a most valuable experience because it taught me to look at the world in a long-term way. Shell takes a 20-year view on events and plans for different scenarios. It makes you see the world as a kind of large matrix.
– Vince Cable
– Jane Pauley
My own life has in some ways been a decades-long tour of the sibling experience. I have full sibs, I have half-sibs, and for a time I had step-sibs.
– Jeffrey Kluger
My own experience is use the tools that are out there. Use the digital world. But never lose sight of the need to reach out and talk to other people who don't share your view. Listen to them and see if you can find a way to compromise.
– Colin Powell