Subjects — E

Experience Quotations

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.

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

Experience is a private, and a very largely speechless affair.

Experience that destroys innocence also leads one back to it.

You should make a point of trying every experience once, excepting incest and folk dancing.

Experience is determined by yourself — not the circumstances of your life.

Only he who can view his own past as an abortion sprung from compulsion and need can use it to full advantage in the present. For what one has lived is at best comparable to a beautiful statue which has had all its limbs knocked off in transit, and now yields nothing but the precious block out of which the image of one’s future must be hewn.

Bad experience is a school that only fools keep going to.

Experience, n.: The wisdom that enables us to recognize in an undesirable old acquaintance the folly that we have already embraced.

Experience increases our wisdom but doesn’t reduce our follies.