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  • Don't learn to do, but learn in doing. Let your falls not be on a prepared ground, but let them be bona fide falls in the rough and tumble of the world.
    * Samuel Butler


  • Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.
    * Ralph Waldo Emerson


  • Only the wearer knows where the shoe pinches.
    * English Proverb


  • Scalded cats fear even cold water.
    * Thomas Fuller


  • A moment's insight is sometimes worth a life's experience.
    * Oliver Wendell Holmes


  • Experience is never limited, and it is never complete; it is an immense sensibility, a kind of huge spider-web of the finest silken threads suspended in the chamber of consciousness, and catching every air-borne particle in its tissue.
    * Henry James


  • Many people know so little about what is beyond their short range of experience. They look within themselves--and find nothing! Therefore they conclude that there is nothing outside themselves either.
    * Helen Keller


  • What is the good of drawing conclusions from experience? I don't deny we sometimes draw the right conclusions, but don't we just as often draw the wrong ones?
    * G. C. Lichtenberg


  • One thorn of experience is worth a whole wilderness of warning.
    * James Russell Lowell


  • When one has finished building one's house, one suddenly realizes that in the process one has learned something that one really needed to know in the worst way--before one began.
    * Friedrich Nietzsche


  • Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience.
    * George Bernard Shaw


  • To regret one's own experiences is to arrest one's own development. To deny one's own experiences is to put a lie into the lips of one's life. It is no less than a denial of the soul.
    * Oscar Wilde