Notable Quotes
Browse quotes by subject | Browse quotes by author


Experience is what really happens to you in the long run; the truth that finally overtakes you.


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.


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.

ELIZA COOK, Diamond Dust

Experience, the universal Mother of Sciences.


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.

ELIZA COOK, Diamond Dust

There are those who imagine that the unlucky accidents of life—life'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.

HENRY ADAMS, The Education of Henry Adams

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

I cannot experience your experience. You cannot experience my experience. We are both invisible men.

R. D. LAING, The Politics of Experience

Experience is primarily the ability to restrain our fleeting impulses.


Experience is the only prophesy of wise men.

ALPHONSE DE LAMARTINE, speech at Mâcon, 1847

I only ask to drink experience deep;
And, in the sad, sweet goblet of my years,
To find love poured with all its smiles and tears,
And quaffing this, I too shall sweetly sleep.

HENRY ABBEY, "While the Days Go By"

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.

KEN ALSTAD, Savvy Sayin's

Back to Experience Quotes

Read Hilaire Belloc's essay: On Experience


Life Quotes

Love Quotes

Death Quotes

God Quotes

Wisdom Quotes

Hope Quotes

Success Quotes

Women Quotes

Happiness Quotes

Shakespeare Quotes