Experience is retrospect knowledge.
HOSEA BALLOU, Edge-Tools of Speech
Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him.
ALDOUS HUXLEY, Texts & Pretexts
Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment.
RITA MAE BROWN, Alma Mater
To wish that others should learn by our experience, is sometimes as idle as to think that we can eat and they be filled; but when we find that we have eaten poison, it is doubtless mercy to warn others against the dish.
Experience, the universal Mother of Sciences.
MIGUEL DE CERVANTES, Don Quixote
Present experience has, I am afraid, always found us "absent-minded": we cannot give our hearts to it--not even our ears! Rather, as one divinely preoccupied and immersed in himself into whose ear the bell has just boomed with all its strength the twelve beats of noon suddenly starts up and asks himself: "what really was that which just struck?" so we sometimes rub our ears afterward and as, utterly surprised and disconcerted, "what really was that which we have just experienced?"
FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE, preface, Genealogy of Morals
That’s the way people go. They have a powerful experience and they use it to interpret, rightly or wrongly, what happens later in the rest of the world.
JAMES FENTON, Paris Review, fall 2012
Experience is a pocket-compass that few think of consulting until they have lost their way.
There are those who imagine that the unlucky accidents of lifelife's "experiences"are in some way useful to us. I wish I could find out how. I never know one of them to happen twice. They always change off and swap around and catch you on your inexperienced side.
MARK TWAIN, Taming the Bicycle
All experience is an arch to build upon.
You are the sum total of everything you've ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot -- it's all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive.
MAYA ANGELOU, interview, O Magazine, Apr. 2011
Experience is primarily the ability to restrain our fleeting impulses.
SERGEI LUKYANENKO, Day Watch
Experience is the only prophesy of wise men.
Individual experiences being limited and individual spontaneity feeble, we are strengthened and enriched by assimilating the experience of others.
GEORGE HENRY LEWES, Problems of Life and Mind
Experience is another word for mistakes.