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Experience Quotes

Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision and its ultimate expression.

Author: Cleveland Amory

Profession: American Animal Rights Activist

Experience is a good teacher, but she sends in terrific bills.

Author: Minna Antrim (1861)

Profession: American Epigrammist

My mind withdrew its thoughts from experience, extracting itself from the contradictory throng of sensuous images, that it might find out what that light was wherein it was bathed.... And thus, with the flash of one hurried glance, it attained to the vision of That Which Is.

Author: St. Augustine (354-430)

Profession: Numidian-born Bishop of Hippo, Theologian

Experience is a private, and a very largely speechless affair.

Author: James Baldwin (1924-1987)

Profession: American Author

Experience that destroys innocents also leads one back to it.

Author: James Baldwin (1924-1987)

Profession: American Author

You should make a point of trying every experience once, excepting incest and folk dancing.

Author: Arnold Bax (1883-1953)

Profession: British Composer

Experience is determined by yourself -- not the circumstances of your life.

Author: Gita Bellin

Profession:

Only he who can view his own past as an abortion sprung from compulsion and need can use it to full advantage in the present. For what one has lived is at best comparable to a beautiful statue which has had all its limbs knocked off in transit, and now yields nothing but the precious block out of which the image of one's future must be hewn.

Author: Walter Benjamin (1982-1940)

Profession: German Critic, Philosopher

Bad experience is a school that only fools keep going to.

Author: Ezra Taft Benson (1899-1994)

Profession: American Government Official and Religious Leader

Experience is a revelation in the light of which we renounce our errors of youth for those of age.

Author: Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Profession: American Author, Editor, Journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary"

Experience. The wisdom that enables us to recognize in an undesirable old acquaintance the folly that we have already embraced.

Author: Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Profession: American Author, Editor, Journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary"

Experience increases our wisdom but doesn't reduce our follies.

Author: Josh Billings (1815-1885)

Profession: American Humorist, Lecturer

Experience is a school where a man learns what a big fool he has been.

Author: Josh Billings (1815-1885)

Profession: American Humorist, Lecturer

Experience isn't interesting until it begins to repeat itself. In fact, till it does that, it hardly is experience.

Author: Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973)

Profession: Anglo-Irish Novelist

Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the Government's purposes are beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal well meaning but without understanding.

Author: Louis D. Brandeis (1856-1941)

Profession: American Judge