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Just as a tested and rugged virtue of the moral hero is worth more than the lovely, tender, untried innocence of the child, so is the massive strength of a soul that has conquered truth for itself worth more than the soft peach-bloom faith of a soul that takes truth on trust.
      - Francis E. Abbott

Suffering brings experience.
      - Aeschylus, Agamemnon (185)

Experience converts us to ourselves when books fail us.
      - Amos Bronson Alcott

Behold, we live through all things,--famine, thirst,
  Bereavement, pain; all grief and misery,
    All woe and sorrow; life inflicts its worst
      On soul and body,--but we cannot die,
        Though we be sick, and tired, and faint, and worn,--
          Lo, all things can be borne!
      - Elizabeth Akers Allen ("Florence Percy"),

Making all futures fruits of all the pasts.
      - Sir Edwin Arnold, Light of Asia
         (bk. V, l. 432)

He hazardeth much who depends for his learning on experience. An unhappy master, he that is only made wise by many shipwrecks; a miserable merchant, that is neither rich nor wise till he has been bankrupt. By experience we find out a short way by a long wandering.
      - Roger Ascham

By experience we find out a shorter way by a long wandering. Learning teacheth more in one year than experience in twenty.
      - Roger Ascham, Schoolmaster

It is costly wisdom that is bought by experience.
      - Roger Ascham, Schoolmaster

Years teach us more than books.
      - Berthold Auerbach

This is one of the sad conditions of life, that experience is not transmissible. No man will learn from the suffering of another; he must suffer himself.
      - James H. Aughey

Experience is retrospect knowledge.
      - Hosea Ballou

The experience of others adds to our knowledge, but not to our wisdom; that is dearer-bought.
      - Hosea Ballou

Theories are very thin and unsubstantial; experience only is tangible.
      - Hosea Ballou

Would they could sell us experience, though at diamond prices, but then no one would use the article second-hand!
      - Honore de Balzac

In all instances where our experience of the past has been extensive and uniform, our judgment concerning the future amounts to moral certainty.
      - James Beattie

God sends experience to paint men's portraits.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

A proof that experience is of no use, is that the end of one love does not prevent us from beginning another.
      - Paul Bourget

Good judgment comes from experience, and often experience comes from bad judgment.
      - Rita Mae Brown

If I might venture to appeal to what is so much out of fashion at Paris, I mean to experience, I should tell you that in my course I have known and, according to my measure, have cooperated with great men; and I have never yet seen any plan which has not been mended by the observations of those who were much inferior in understanding to the person who took the lead in the business.
      - Edmund Burke

Believe Robert who has tried it.
  [Lat., Experto crede Roberto.]
      - Robert Burton, Anatomy of Melancholy,
        a proverb quoted by him in the introduction

Experience, that chill touchstone whose sad proof reduces all things from their hue.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Oh, who can tell, save he whose heart hath tried?
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        The Corsair (canto I, st. 1)

Experience does take dreadfully high school-wages, but he teaches like no other.
      - Thomas Carlyle

Taught by experience to know my own blindness, shall I speak as if I could not err, and as if others might not in some disputed points be more enlightened than myself?
      - William Ellery Channing

Everything is worth seeing once, and the more one sees the less one either wonders or admires.
      - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope

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