Experience—making all futures, fruits of all the pasts.
He hazardeth much who depends for his learning on experience.—An unhappy master is he who is made wise only by many shipwrecks; a miserable merchant, who is neither rich nor wise till he has been bankrupt.—By experience we find out a short way by long wandering.
In all instances where our experience of the past has been extensive and uniform, our judgment as to the future amounts to moral certainty.
Life consists in the alternate process of learning and unlearning, but it is often wiser to unlearn than to learn.
Adversity is the first path to truth. He who hath proved war, storm, or woman's rage, whether his winters be eighteen or eighty, hath won the experience which is deemed so weighty.
Experience takes dreadfully high school-wages, but he teaches like no other.
To most men experience is like the stern lights of a ship, which illumine only the track it has passed.
Experience is the common school-house of fools and ill men.—Men of wit and honesty are otherwise instructed.
Experience is the shroud of illusions.
Experience keeps a dear school; but fools will learn in no other, and scarce in that; for it is true, we may give advice, but we cannot give conduct.
Experience teaches slowly, and at the cast of mistakes.
Experience has convinced me that there is a thousand times more goodness, wisdom, and love in the world than men imagine.
Experience joined with common sense, to mortals is a providence.
Nobody will use other people's experience, nor has any of his own till it is too late to use it.
Experience is the extract of suffering.
It may serve as a comfort to us in all our calamities and afflictions, that he who loses anything and gets wisdom by it, is a gainer by the loss.
Every man's experience of today, is that he was a fool yesterday and the day before yesterday.—Tomorrow he will most likely be of exactly the same opinion.
Experience is the name men give to their follies or their sorrows.
Experience is the Lord's school, and they who are taught by Him usually learn by the mistakes they make that in themselves they have no wisdom; and by their slips and falls, that they have no strength.
Experience is the successive disenchantment of the things of life.—It is reason enriched by the spoils of the heart.
Experience is a safe light to walk by, and he is not a rash man who expects success in the future by the same means which secured it in the past.
That man is wise to some purpose who gains his wisdom at the expense and from the experience of another.
He cannot be a perfect man, not being tried and tutored in the world.—Experience is by industry achieved, and perfected by the swift course of time.
To wilful men, the injuries that they themselves procure must be their schoolmasters.
Experience is a jewel, and it had need be so, for it is often purchased at an infinite rate.
I know the past, and thence will assay to glean a warning for the future, so that man may profit by his errors, and derive experience from his folly.
All is but lip-wisdom which wants experience.
It is foolish to try to live on past experience. It is a very dangerous, if not a fatal habit to judge ourselves to be safe because of something that we felt or did twenty years ago.
The rules which experience suggests are better than those which theorists elaborate in their libraries.
We are often prophets to others, only because we are our own historians.
Each succeeding day is the scholar of that which went before it.
No man was ever so completely skilled in the conduct of life, as not to receive new information from age and experience.
No man was ever endowed with a judgment so correct and judicious, but that circumstances, time, and experience, would teach him something new, and apprise him that of those things with which he thought himself the best acquainted, he knew nothing; and that those ideas which in theory appeared the most advantageous were found, when brought into practice, to be altogether impracticable.
When I was young I was sure of everything; in a few years, having been mistaken a thousand times, I was not half so sure of most things as I was before; at present, I am hardly sure of anything but what God has revealed to me.
However learned or eloquent, man knows nothing truly that he has not learned from experience.
Experience, if wisdom's friend, her best; if not, her foe.