Experience

Everything is discursive opinion instead of direct experience.
- A. R. Ammons
Few people even scratch the surface, much less exhaust the contemplation of their own experience.
- Randolph Bourne
Most of the images of reality on which we base our actions are really based on vicarious experience.
- Albert Bandura
Judgment comes from experience - and experience comes from bad judgment.
- Walter Wriston
I think we are a product of all our experiences.
- Sanford I. Weill
Color is an intense experience on its own.
- Jim Hodges
Not the fruit of experience, but experience itself, is the end.
- Walter Pater
By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.
- Confucius
We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face... we must do that which we think we cannot.
- Eleanor Roosevelt
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.
- Helen Keller
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.
- Albert Einstein
Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.
- Helen Keller
It was the experience of mystery - even if mixed with fear - that engendered religion.
- Albert Einstein
Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.
- Thomas Jefferson
Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.
- Denis Waitley
Experience demands that man is the only animal which devours his own kind, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor.
- Thomas Jefferson
Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another.
- Nelson Mandela
The more connections you and your lover make, not just between your bodies, but between your minds, your hearts, and your souls, the more you will strengthen the fabric of your relationship, and the more real moments you will experience together.
- Barbara de Angelis
I had rather have a fool to make me merry than experience to make me sad and to travel for it too!
- William Shakespeare
My experience has been that work is almost the best way to pull oneself out of the depths.
- Eleanor Roosevelt
I speak to the black experience, but I am always talking about the human condition.
- Maya Angelou
Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.
- Paulo Coelho
It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.
- John Steinbeck
Like success, failure is many things to many people. With Positive Mental Attitude, failure is a learning experience, a rung on the ladder, a plateau at which to get your thoughts in order and prepare to try again.
- W. Clement Stone
Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.
- George Washington
I believe that anyone can conquer fear by doing the things he fears to do, provided he keeps doing them until he gets a record of successful experience behind him.
- Eleanor Roosevelt
If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience.
- George Bernard Shaw
Unwearied ceaseless effort is the price that must be paid for turning faith into a rich infallible experience.
- Mahatma Gandhi
The marvelous richness of human experience would lose something of rewarding joy if there were no limitations to overcome. The hilltop hour would not be half so wonderful if there were no dark valleys to traverse.
- Helen Keller
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
Experience teaches us that it is much easier to prevent an enemy from posting themselves than it is to dislodge them after they have got possession.
- George Washington
Beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy. Human beings have the awesome ability to take any experience of their lives and create a meaning that disempowers them or one that can literally save their lives.
- Tony Robbins
Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.
- Will Rogers
There are three methods to gaining wisdom. The first is reflection, which is the highest. The second is limitation, which is the easiest. The third is experience, which is the bitterest.
- Confucius
I probably hold the distinction of being one movie star who, by all laws of logic, should never have made it. At each stage of my career, I lacked the experience.
- Audrey Hepburn
I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.
- Robert Fulghum
Experience, as a desire for experience, does not come off. We must not study ourselves while having an experience.
- Friedrich Nietzsche
Sex without love is a meaningless experience, but as far as meaningless experiences go its pretty damn good.
- Woody Allen
The wise are instructed by reason, average minds by experience, the stupid by necessity and the brute by instinct.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.
- Henry David Thoreau
We should not look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dearly bought experience.
- George Washington
Take time to gather up the past so that you will be able to draw from your experience and invest them in the future.
- Jim Rohn
Experience has shown, and a true philosophy will always show, that a vast, perhaps the larger portion of the truth arises from the seemingly irrelevant.
- Edgar Allan Poe
We learn from experience that men never learn anything from experience.
- George Bernard Shaw
Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience.
- George Bernard Shaw
Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.
- e. e. cummings
A failure is a man who has blundered, but is not able to cash in the experience.
- Elbert Hubbard
Is there anyone so wise as to learn by the experience of others?
- Voltaire
What each must seek in his life never was on land or sea. It is something out of his own unique potentiality for experience, something that never has been and never could have been experienced by anyone else.
- Joseph Campbell
Enlightened leadership is spiritual if we understand spirituality not as some kind of religious dogma or ideology but as the domain of awareness where we experience values like truth, goodness, beauty, love and compassion, and also intuition, creativity, insight and focused attention.
- Deepak Chopra
I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience.
- Patrick Henry
There can be no greater error than to expect, or calculate, upon real favors from nation to nation. It is an illusion which experience must cure, which a just pride ought to discard.
- George Washington
Sleep - the most beautiful experience in life - except drink.
- W. C. Fields
And so you touch this limit, something happens and you suddenly can go a little bit further. With your mind power, your determination, your instinct, and the experience as well, you can fly very high.
- Ayrton Senna
The only real security that a man can have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience and ability.
- Henry Ford
Lying in bed would be an altogether perfect and supreme experience if only one had a colored pencil long enough to draw on the ceiling.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
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