Experience Quotes

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Experience Quotes

It is foolish to try to imitate the skills of others.


It pays to be prepared.


It takes a heap of licks to hit a nail in the dark.

African American (on common sense)

You cannot acquire experience by making experiments. You cannot create experience. You must undergo it.

Albert Camus

Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what he does with what happens to him.

Aldous Huxley

Ask the experienced rather than the learned.

Arab Saying

The tongue of experience has the most truth.

Arab Sayings

Well begun is half done.


Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.

Auguste Rodin

After crosses and losses, men grow humbler and wiser.

Benjamin Franklin

The most exquisite folly is made of wisdom spun too fine.

Benjamin Franklin

We are usually convinced more easily by reasons we have found ourselves than by those which have occurred to others.

Blaise Pascal

An ounce of application is worth a ton of abstraction.

Booker T. Washington

Only the sufferers know how their bellies ache.

Burmese (on experience)

If you are not a fish, how can you tell if the fish are happy?

Chinese (on experience)

To know the road ahead, ask those coming back.

Chinese Saying

The pilgrims didn’t have any experience when they first arrived here. Hell, if experience was that important, we’d never have had anybody walking on the moon.

Doug Rader

The grand instructor, time.

Edmund Burke

A stumble may prevent a fall.

English (on experience)

The buyer needs a hundred eyes, the seller but one.

George Herbert

By crawling, a child learns to stand.

Hausa (West African) (on experience)

Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.

Helen Keller

If youth knew, if age could.

Henri Estienne

Experience teaches only the teachable.


Experience teaches slowly and at the cost of mistakes.

James Anthony Froude

We learn the rope of life by untying the knots.

Jean Toomer

With the ancient is wisdom, and in length of days understanding.

Job 12:12

When the bird and the book disagree, always believe the bird.

John James Audubon

There are many truths of which the full meaning cannot be realized until personal experience has brought it home.

John Stuart Mill

Experience is a grindstone and it is lucky for us if we get brightened by it— not ground.

Josh Billings

If you have not lived through something, it is not true,


Everything we do is sowing, and all of our experiences are harvests.

Khemetic Saying

I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand.


Experience is the best teacher.

Latin Proverb

Knowledge of the world is only to be acquired in the world, and not in the closet.

Lord Chesterfield

Experience is a dim lamp which only lights the one who bears it.

Louis Celine

Nothing has happened to you unless you make much of it.


I was told by a very smart man a long time ago that talent always beats experience. Because by the time you get experience, the talent’s gone.

Pat Corrales

As the eye needs light to see, so the soul needs labor to comprehend.

Philo of Alexandria

Practice is the supreme teacher.

Publilius Syrus

The years teach much what the days never know.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The years teach much which the days never know.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The person with burnt fingers asks for tongs.

Samoan (on experience)

Practical wisdom is only to be learned in the school of experience.

Samuel Smiles

The light which experience gives is a lantern on the stern, which shines only on the waves behind us.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

An old ox makes a straight furrow.

Spanish (on experience)

The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.

Steve Jobs

Never give up what you have seen for what you have heard.

Swahili Saying

We shall have to learn to refrain from doing things merely because we know how to do them.

Theodore Fox

Experience is the best of schoolmasters, only the school fees are heavy.

Thomas Carlyle

But all theory must lead to experience, and every constitution has its own laws.

Thomas Jefferson

Forty years of experience in government is worth a century of book-reading.

Thomas Jefferson

The ground I have already passed over enables me to see my way into that which is before me.

Thomas Jefferson

Each man can interpret another’s experience only by his own.


All experience is education for the soul.


Experience is the mother of wisdom.


If you’ve never run aground, you’ve never been anywhere!


Learn from other peoples mistakes.


Learn from your mistakes.


Learning is best when put into practice.


You cannot put an old head on young shoulders.


Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lessons afterward.

Vernon Law

Knowledge can only be got in one way, the way of experience. There is no other way to know.


The early bird catches the worm.

William Camden

The best lessons, the best sermons, are those that are lived.

Yolanda King

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