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  • "The way I was raised, if something wasn't tough it was not a valuable or enriching experience."
    Lynn Forrester, Lady de Rothschild (1954–), US business executive
    Source: Sunday Times (London) (June 2000)
  • "I try to avoid experience if I can. Most experience is bad."
    E. L. Doctorow (1931–), US novelist
    Source: Interview, Writers at Work (1988)
  • "In the business world, everyone is paid in two coins: cash and experience. Take the experience first; the cash will come later."
    Harold S. Geneen (19101997), US telecommunications entrepreneur and CEO of ITT
    Source: Managing (cowritten with Alvin Moscow, 1984)
  • "Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't."
    Pete Seeger (1919–), US singer and songwriter
    Source: Quoted in Loose Talk (L. Botts, 1980)
  • "I have learned the novice can often see things that the expert overlooks."
    Tom Peters (1942–), US management consultant and author
    Source: Eupsychian Management (1965)
  • "You cannot acquire experience by making experiments. You cannot create experience. You must undergo it."
    Albert Camus (19131960), French novelist and essayist
    Source: Notebooks 1935–1942 (1962)
  • "The process of maturing is an art to be learned, an effort to be sustained. By the age of fifty you have made yourself what you are, and if it is good, it is better than your youth."
    Marya Mannes (19041990), US essayist and journalist
    Source: More in Anger (1958)
  • "And the end of all our exploring
    Will be to arrive where we started
    And know the place for the first time.
    "
    T. S. Eliot (18881965), US-born British poet, dramatist, and critic
    Source: “Little Gidding,” Four Quartets (1943)
  • "Experience isn't interesting until it begins to repeat itself—in fact, till it does that, it hardly is experience."
    Elizabeth Bowen (18991973), Irish writer
    Source: The Death of the Heart (1938), pt. 1, ch. 1
  • "a man who is so dull
    that he can learn only by personal experience
    is too dull to learn
    anything important by experience
    "
    Don Marquis (18781937), US journalist and humorist
    Source: “archy on this and that,” archy does his part (1935)
  • "Experience, n. The wisdom that enables us to recognise as an undesirable old acquaintance the folly that we have already embraced."
    Ambrose Bierce (18421914?), US journalist and writer
    Source: The Devil's Dictionary (1911)
  • "Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience."
    George Bernard Shaw (18561950), Irish writer and critic
    Source: “Maxims for Revolutionists,” Man and Superman (1903)
  • "Experience is a good teacher, but she sends in terrific bills."
    Minna Antrim (18561950), US writer
    Source: Naked Truth and Veiled Illusions (1902)
  • "Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes."
    Oscar Wilde (18541900), Irish writer and wit
    Source: Lady Windermere's Fan (1892), Act 3
  • "Experience is never limited, and it is never complete; it is an immense sensibility, a kind of huge spider-web … suspended in the chamber of consciousness, and catching every air-borne particle in its tissue."
    Henry James (18431916), US novelist
    Source: “The Art of Fiction,” Partial Portraits (1888)
  • "A moment's insight is sometimes worth a life's experience."
    Oliver Wendell Holmes (18091894), US surgeon, teacher, and writer
    Source: The Professor at the Breakfast-Table (1860), ch. 10
  • "I do not see how any man can afford … to spare any action in which he can partake. Drudgery, calamity, exasperation, want, are instructors in eloquence and wisdom."
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (18031882), US essayist, lecturer, and poet
    Speech to the Phi Beta Kappa Society, Cambridge Divinity College, Harvard.
    Source: “American Scholar” (August 31, 1837)
  • "To most men, experience is like the stern lights of a ship, which illumine only the track it has passed."
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge (17721834), British poet
    Source: Table Talk (1836)
  • "Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced … even a proverb is no proverb till your life has illustrated it."
    John Keats (17951821), British poet
    Source: Letter to George and Georgiana Keats (March 19, 1819)
  • "Learn every day, but especially from the experiences of others. It's cheaper!"
    John Clifton Bogle (1929–), US investment analyst, founder and CEO of the Vanguard Group
    Source: Attributed
  • "The only thing experience teaches us is that experience teaches us nothing."
    André Maurois (18851967), French biographer and critic
    Source: Attributed

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