Experience Quotes

One of the most lasting pleasures you can experience is the feeling that comes over you when you genuinely forgive an enemy - whether he knows it or not.

O. A. Battista

Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.

Henry David Thoreau

Quality is a direct experience independent of and prior to intellectual abstractions.

Robert M. Pirsig

The only source of knowledge is experience

Albert Einstein

The short lesson that comes out of long experience in political agitation is something like this: all the motive power in all of these movements is the instinct of religious feeling. All the obstruction comes from attempting to rely on anything else. Conciliation is the enemy.

John Jay Chapman

The great difficulty in education is to get experience out of ideas.

George Santayana

The human race has had long experience and a fine tradition in surviving adversity. But we now face a task for which we have little experience, the task of surviving prosperity.

Alan Gregg

I have found life an enjoyable, enchanting, active, and sometime terrifying experience, and I've enjoyed it completely. A lament in one ear, maybe, but always a song in the other.

Sean O'Casey

Marriage is the triumph of hope over experience.

Samuel Johnson

The friendship between a man and a woman which does not lead to marriage or desire for marriage may be a life long experience of the greatest value to themselves and to all their circle of acquaintance and of activity; but for this type of friendship both a rare man and a rare woman are needed. Perhaps it should be added that either the man or the woman thus deeply bound in lifelong friendship who seeks marriage must find a still rarer man or woman to wed, to make such a three cornered comradeship a permanent success.

Anna Garlin Spencer

People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Experience is the worst teacher. It always gives the test first and the instruction afterward.


Our experience is composed rathery of illusions that of wisdom acquired.

Joseph Roux

Experience is a good teacher, but she sends in terrific bills.

Minna Antrim

For just experience tells, in every soil, That those who think must govern those who toil

Oliver Goldsmith

Not the fruit of experience but experience itself, is the end

Walter H. Pater

Experience needs distance and what you write of at a distance tells not so much what you were like as what you have discovered since.

David Wade

You cannot inherit experience


Experience is a school where a man learns what a big fool he has been

Josh Billings

Experience is largely non-transferable.


Experience is what causes a person to make new mistakes instead of old ones.


Experience teaches us that it is much easier to prevent an enemy from posting themselves than it is to dislodge them after they have got possession

George Washington

Experience is by far the best teacher. You know, ever since I was a little girl I knew that if you look both ways when you cross the street, you'll see a lot more than traffic.

Mae West

Given the choice between the experience of pain and nothing, I would choose pain

William Faulkner
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