Experience Sayings and Quotes
Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous
old experience quotes, experience sayings, and experience proverbs, collected over the years from a variety
A stumble may prevent a fall.
English (on experience)
After crosses and losses, men grow humbler and wiser.
All experience is education for the soul.
An old ox makes a straight furrow.
Spanish (on experience)
By crawling, a child learns to stand.
Hausa (West African) (on experience)
Experience is the best teacher.
Experience is the mother of wisdom.
Experience teaches slowly and at the cost of mistakes.
James Anthony Froude
If you are not a fish, how can you tell if the fish are happy?
Chinese (on experience)
If youth knew, if age could.
If you've never run aground, you've never been anywhere!
It is foolish to try to imitate the skills of others.
It pays to be prepared.
It takes a heap of licks to hit a nail in the dark.
African American (on common sense)
Learn from other peoples mistakes.
Learn from your mistakes.
Learning is best when put into practice.
Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.
Only the sufferers know how their bellies ache.
Burmese (on experience)
The buyer needs a hundred eyes, the seller but one.
The early bird catches the worm.
The grand instructor, time.
The most exquisite folly is made of wisdom spun too fine.
The person with burnt fingers asks for tongs.
Samoan (on experience)
The years teach much which the days never know.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Well begun is half done.
You cannot put an old head on young shoulders.
Everything we do is sowing, and all of our experiences are harvests.
I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand.
To know the road ahead, ask those coming back.
Practice is the supreme teacher.
As the eye needs light to see, so the soul needs labor to comprehend.
Philo of Alexandria
If you have not lived through something, it is not true,
We are usually convinced more easily by reasons we have found ourselves than by those which have occurred to others.
Knowledge of the world is only to be acquired in the world, and not in the closet.
When the bird and the book disagree, always believe the bird.
John James Audubon
Never give up what you have seen for what you have heard.
The years teach much what the days never know.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
There are many truths of which the full meaning cannot be realized until personal experience has brought it home.
John Stuart Mill
Experience is a grindstone and it is lucky for us if we get brightened by it— not ground.
An ounce of application is worth a ton of abstraction.
Booker T. Washington
Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.
Knowledge can only be got in one way, the way of experience. There is no other way to know.
Experience is a dim lamp which only lights the one who bears it.
Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what he does with what happens to him.
Experience teaches only the teachable.
We learn the rope of life by untying the knots.
You cannot acquire experience by making experiments. You cannot create experience. You must undergo it.
Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lessons afterward.
The best lessons, the best sermons, are those that are lived.
Nothing has happened to you unless you make much of it.
Each man can interpret another's experience only by his own.
Practical wisdom is only to be learned in the school of experience.
With the ancient is wisdom, and in length of days understanding.
Experience is the best of schoolmasters, only the school fees are heavy.
The light which experience gives is a lantern on the stern, which shines only on the waves behind us.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
We shall have to learn to refrain from doing things merely because we know how to do them.
I was told by a very smart man a long time ago that talent always beats experience. Because by the time you get experience, the talent's gone.
The pilgrims didn't have any experience when they first arrived here. Hell, if experience was that important, we'd never have had anybody walking on the moon.
Ask the experienced rather than the learned.
The tongue of experience has the most truth.
The ground I have already passed over enables me to see my way into that which is before me.
But all theory must lead to experience, and every constitution has its own laws.
Forty years of experience in government is worth a century of book-reading.
The broader one's understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.