Selected Quotes about Experience

There is science, logic, reason; there is thought verified by experience. And then there is California. -- Edward Abbey

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. -- Douglas Adams

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. -- Douglas Adams

Every dogma, every philosophic or theological creed, was at its inception a statement in terms of the intellect of a certain inner experience. -- Felix Adler

Money is one of the most important subjects of your entire life. Some of life's greatest enjoyments and most of life's greatest disappointments stem from your decisions about money. Whether you experience great peace of mind or constant anxiety will depend on getting your finances under control. -- Robert G Allen

The men of experiment are like the ant, they only collect and use; the reasoners resemble spiders, who make cobwebs out of their own substance. But the bee takes the middle course: it gathers its material from the flowers of the garden and field, but transforms and digests it by a power of its own. Not unlike this is the true business of philosophy (science); for it neither relies solely or chiefly on the powers of the mind, nor does it take the matter which it gathers from natural history and mechanical experiments and lay up in the memory whole, as it finds it, but lays it up in the understanding altered and disgested. Therefore, from a closer and purer league between these two faculties, the experimental and the rational (such as has never been made), much may be hoped. -- Francis Bacon

By far the best proof is experience. -- Sir Francis Bacon

You must learn day by day, year by year, to broaden your horizon. The more things you love, the more you are interested in, the more you enjoy, the more you are indignant about, the more you have left when anything happens. -- Ethel Barrymore

The link between my experience as an entrepreneur and that of a politician is all in one word: freedom. -- Silvio Berlusconi

If you do build a great experience, customers tell each other about that. Word of mouth is very powerful. -- Jeff Bezos

There is nothing so easy to learn as experience and nothing so hard to apply. -- Josh Billings

You see a lot over 30 years and you try to be professional and responsible. A lot of the interviews you do can be very haunting. -- Wolf Blitzer

Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience. -- James Boswell

Few people even scratch the surface, much less exhaust the contemplation of their own experience. -- Randolph Bourne

Good judgment comes from experience, and often experience comes from bad judgment. -- Rita Mae Brown

Behind every successful man there's a lot of unsuccessful years. -- Bob Brown

One faces the future with one's past. -- Pearl S. Buck

Can you really explain to a fish what it's like to walk on land? One day on land is worth a thousand years of talking about it, and one day running a business has exactly the same kind of value. -- Warren Buffett

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

It is naive to believe you will always get a favorable reaction from other persons when you use kind approaches, but the experience of most people shows that you are more likely to change attitudes this way than by not using the kind approach. -- Dale Carnegie

I never like to say that I 'believe' anything. There are no ideas worth believing. -- Jacques Chirac

I don't think about the reaction of the Americans before I say things. I just speak my mind -- which is trained in the world's best schools, and refined by a thousand years of French cultural superiority. -- Jacques Chirac

We measure our reality according to our experience. As our experience expands, our reality is also altered. -- Chin-Ning Chu

Our negative experiences in life are essential elements for us to fulfill our intended destiny. -- Chin-Ning Chu

No one can understand history without continually relating the long periods which are constantly mentioned to the experiences of our own short lives. -- Winston Churchill

To make a small business work you need considerable knowledge, skill, management, experience, as well as a high level of commitment, plenty of hard work, access to finance, and some good luck. -- Paul Clitheroe

The only prerequisites are past experience, a suitable personality and good communication skills: you need to be able to communicate adequately in English. -- Paul Clitheroe

These days people seek knowledge, not wisdom. Knowledge is of the past, wisdom is of the future. -- Vernon Cooper

Keeping a personal journal a daily in-depth analysis and evaluation of your experiences is a high-leverage activity that increases self-awareness and enhances all the endowments and the synergy among them. -- Stephen Covey

It is all too easy to become trapped under the glass ceiling of a job and to stop growing. To be able to experience flow throughout life, it is necessary to become the master of one's psychic energy. -- Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Don't be afraid to fail. Get out there and experiment and learn and fail and get a rate based on the experiences you have. Go for it and when you go for it you'll learn what you're capable of, what the potential is, where the opportunities are, but you can't be afraid to fail because that's when you learn. -- Michael Dell

Education, therefore, is a process of living and not a preparation for future living. -- John Dewey

What one has not experienced, one will never understand in print. -- Isadora Duncan

Succeeding is not really a life experience that does that much good. Failing is a much more sobering and enlightening experience. -- Michael Eisner

It has been a fantastic ride for the past 20 years. Ups and downs, to be sure, but filled with great satisfaction in building this wonderful creator of classic American culture into one of the premier entertainment-orientated companies in the world. -- Michael Eisner

As experience widens, one begins to see how much upon a level all human things are. -- Joseph Farrell

Advertisers in general are demanding a more and more relevant experience. The more we know about a user, where they are located, what their interests are, the more we can match the right ad to the right time. -- David Filo

Let’s forget the reunification, let’s just shut up and don't talk about that topic for the next 20 years. -- Joschka Fischer

Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other. -- Benjamin Franklin

Experience teaches slowly and at the cost of mistakes. -- James A. Froude

I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. I know no way of judging of the future but by the past. -- Edward Gibbon

Instinct is the gift of experience. The first question you have to ask yourself is, 'On what basis am I making a judgment?' ... If you have no experience, then your instincts aren't any good. -- Malcolm Gladwell

PEOPLE are experience rich and theory poor. People who are busy doing things as opposed to people who are busy sitting around, like me, reading and having coffee in coffee shops don't have opportunities to kind of collect and organize their experiences and make sense of them. -- Malcolm Gladwell

Most of the stockbrokers, financial analysts, investment advisers, etc., are above average in intelligence, business honesty and sincerity. But they lack adequate experience with all types of security markets and an overall understanding of common stocks--of what I call "the nature of the beast". -- Ben Graham

Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him. -- Aldous Huxley

Experience teaches only the teachable. -- Aldous Huxley

Experience is not what happens to you; it's what you do with what happens to you. -- Aldous Huxley

Steve waited until Bindi was about one month old before he took her in with the crocodiles. But she was two weeks old before she met her first snake, she was three months old when she met her first venomous snake. -- Terri Irwin

Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again. -- Franklin P. Jones

If you can learn from hard knocks, you can also learn from soft touches. -- Carolyn Kenmore

Once a person gains experience and a good reputation, it takes less and less money to create bigger and bigger investments. -- Robert Kiyosaki

Experience is more important than money. -- Robert Kiyosaki

Our business practices are no different than those of our competitors, but we are bigger, and thus more visible, so we get more flack. -- Phil Knight

Experiences are savings which a miser puts aside. Wisdom is an inheritance which a wastrel cannot exhaust. -- Karl Kraus

In my experience, good executives don't make mistakes. -- Ray Kroc

Although i speak from my own experience, i feel that no one has the right to impose his or her beliefs on another person. -- Dalai Lama

Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment. -- Barry LePatner

Experience has proved to me that real money made in speculating has been in commitments in a stock or commodity showing a profit right from the start. -- Jesse Livermore

I know from experience that nobody can give me a tip or series of tips that will make money for me than my own judgement. -- Jesse Livermore

If I hadn’t made money some of the time I might have acquired market wisdom quicker. -- Jesse Livermore

Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile. -- Vince Lombardi

Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another and suffer the indignity of being the skunk of the world. Let freedom reign! -- Nelson Mandela

Through books and experience I have learned not to worry about business problems, not to let them overwhelm me. I prefer to compartmentalize - to mentally isolate the problems and put each into its own imaginary folder, just like a filing cabinet or computer program. -- Max Markson

Mankind always sets itself only such tasks as it can solve; since, looking at the matter more closely, we will always find that the task itself arises only when the material conditions necessary for its solution already exist or are at least in the process of formation. -- Karl Marx

From (this) experience we have learned that in a big party it is important to have the necessary and often controversial discussions on policy issues such as the health system while in opposition. -- Angela Merkel

If you want to be constructive in politics, the less you look back, the better. If you do look back, then it can only be to learn for yourself through the events that have taken place. -- Angela Merkel

I had lots of hurt and lots of pain, lots of woundedness, bruises, broken heartedness in my life. I was abused sexually by my father, abused mentally, emotionally. My mom didn't know what to do about it, and she was being hurt in the process. So she just didn't deal with it. And I can guarantee you, just because you don't deal with something, that doesn't make it go away. -- Joyce Meyer

For those of us who have lost loved ones in their prime - as I did when my father and other relatives succumbed - even one of those years would have been a precious gift. -- Michael Milken

Everyone experiences tough times, it is a measure of your determination and dedication how you deal with them and how you can come through them. -- Lakshmi Mittal

Despite the enormous variety of human experience and beliefs, we are all fundamentally interested in the pursuit of a better quality of life for ourselves, our children, and our families. -- Pierre Omidyar

The path towards a free society has not been simple. There are tragic and glorious pages in our history. -- Vladimir Putin

There are no bad experiences. No matter what I go through in life - whether it's a challenging experience or a pleasurable one- every experience provides me something of value if I look for it. -- Tony Robbins

It's not just getting a goal that matters, but the quality of life your experience along the way. -- Tony Robbins

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do. -- Eleanor Roosevelt

Our experience is composed rathery of illusions that of wisdom acquired. -- Joseph Roux

Experienced investors will tell you there' s no ideal time to buy investment and, if there was, most people only recognize it with hindsight. -- Annette Sampson

Education is when you read the fine print. Experience is what you get if you don't. -- Pete Seeger

Most of the most important experiences that truly educate cannot be arranged ahead of time with any precision. -- Harold Taylor

I see God in every human being. When I wash the leper's wounds, I feel I am nursing the Lord himself. Is it not a beautiful experience? -- Mother Teresa

No matter how smart you are, no matter how comprehensive your education, no matter how wide-ranging your experience, there's simply no way to acquire all the wisdom you need to make your business thrive. -- Donald Trump

Experience comes in two different flavors: your own and the experience of others. Most people can learn from their own experiences quite well, but many people simply ignore the experiences and lessons of others. -- Donald Trump

Pay attention, people! There's no excuse for making the same mistakes that others have made. If you do, it's your own fault and you should expect no sympathy, no compassion. -- Donald Trump

Learning from experience is a faculty almost never practiced. -- Barbara Tuchman

Life is the only real counselor; wisdom unfiltered through personal experience does not become a part of the moral tissue. -- Edith Wharton

Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes. -- Oscar Wilde

Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes. -- Oscar Wilde

Experience is one thing you can't get for nothing. -- Oscar Wilde

Love is what we were born with. Fear is what we learned here. -- Marianne Williamson

You can take from every experience what it has to offer you. And you cannot be defeated if you just keep taking one breath followed by another. -- Oprah Winfrey

With every experience, you alone are painting your own canvas, thought by thought, choice by choice. -- Oprah Winfrey

I want to apologize for our unfulfilled dreams. What we thought would be easy has proved painfully difficult. I would like to apologize for having failed to justify the hopes of the people who believed that we would be able to make a leap from the gloomy and stagnant totalitarian past to a bright, prosperous and civilized future at just one go. -- Boris Yeltsin

We are grateful to those who at difficult times showed solidarity with us, with what the people of Russia are going through, and still are doing so. -- Boris Yeltsin

I understand that it's hard for everyone, but one cannot give in to emotions... we'll have to draw lessons from the current crisis and now we'll have to work on overcoming it. -- Boris Yeltsin

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