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If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience!

In the revolt against idealism, the ambiguities of the word experience have been perceived, with the result that realists have more and more avoided the word.
In a person who is open to experience each stimulus is freely relayed through the nervous system, without being distorted by any process of defensiveness.
Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.
If you've seen one redwood, you've seen them all.
He who has been bitten by a snake fears a piece of string.
I know by my own pot how the others boil.
One of the greatest moments in anybody's developing experience is when he no longer tries to hide from himself but determines to get acquainted with himself as he really is.
Not the fruit of experience but experience itself, is the end.
Two things control men's nature, instinct and experience.
There are many truths of which the full meaning cannot be realized until personal experience has brought it home.
The school of hard knocks is an accelerated curriculum.
Experience is what keeps a man who makes the same mistake twice from admitting it the third time around.
One thorn of experience is worth a whole wilderness of warning.
Experience praises the most happy the one who made the most people happy.
What is the good of drawing conclusions from experience? I don't deny we sometimes draw the right conclusions, but don't we just as often draw the wrong ones?
Perhaps the single most important element in mastering the techniques and tactics of racing is experience. But once you have the fundamentals, acquiring the experience is a matter of time.
Experience is the only prophecy of wise men.
It is not necessary that you leave the house. Remain at your table and listen. Do not even listen, only wait. Do not even wait, be wholly still and alone. The world will present itself to you for its unmasking, it can do no other, in ecstasy it will writhe at your feet.
If what happens does not make us richer, we must welcome it if it makes us wiser.
Experience is never limited, and it is never complete; it is an immense sensibility, a kind of huge spider-web of the finest silken threads suspended in the chamber of consciousness, and catching every air-borne particle in its tissue.
The power to guess the unseen from the seen, to trace the implications of things, to judge the whole piece by the pattern, the condition of feeling life in general so completely that you are well on your way to knowing any particular corner of it --this cluster of gifts may almost be said to constitute experience.
From their experience or from the recorded experience of others (history), men learn only what their passions and their metaphysical prejudices allow them to learn.
I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided; and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging the future but by the past.
Experience is the extract of suffering.
Oh, how bitter it is to look into happiness through another man's eyes.
No matter how vital experience might be while you lived it, no sooner was it ended and dead than it became as lifeless as the piles of dry dust in a school history book.
My experience has taught me, and it has become a principle with me, that it is never any benefit to give out and out, to man or woman, money, food, clothing, or anything else, if they are able-bodied and can work and earn what they need, when there is anything on earth for them to do. This is my principle and I try to act upon it. To pursue a contrary course would ruin any community in the world and make them idlers.
If you take all the experience and judgment of men over fifty out of the world, there wouldn't be enough left to run it.
I had a lot of experience with people smarter than I am.
Is it not rather what we expect in men, that they should have numerous strands of experience lying side by side and never compare them with each other?
You learn from a conglomeration of the incredible past -- whatever experience gotten in any way whatsoever.
I try to avoid experience if I can. Most experience is bad.
Common experience is the gold reserve which confers an exchange value on the currency which words are; without this reserve of shared experiences, all our pronouncements are checks drawn on insufficient funds.
Experience is a great advantage. The problem is that when you get the experience, you're too damned old to do anything about it.
Experience which was once claimed by the aged is now claimed exclusively by the young.
There is a sort of veteran woman of condition, who, having lived always in the grand monde, and having possibly had some gallantries, together with the experience of five and twenty or thirty years, form a young fellow better than all the rules that can be given him. Wherever you go, make some of those women your friends; which a very little matter will do. Ask their advice, tell them your doubts or difficulties as to your behavior; but take great care not to drop one word of their experience; for experience implies age, and the suspicion of age, no woman, let her be ever so old, ever forgives.
Nothing which has entered into our experience is ever lost.
The notion of a universality of human experience is a confidence trick and the notion of a universality of female experience is a clever confidence trick.
I don't have to have faith, I have experience.

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