Experience Quotes

experience quotes

Sometimes we get down on ourselves for our mistakes.  But we ought to remember what lessons they teach us and look at them as constructive experiences.  These experience quotes will help you to look at your circumstances in a new light:

Experience is the name everyone gives to his mistakes. -Oscar Wilde (1856-1900)

There are no failures – just experiences and your reactions to them. -Tom Krause

Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience. -Paulo Coelho

Experience is a school where a man learns what a big fool he has been. -Josh Billings (1815-1885)

The only source of knowledge is experience. -Albert Einstein

The school of hard knocks is an accelerated curriculum. -Menander of Athens (BC342-291)

When a person with money meets a person with experience, the person with the experience winds up with the money and the person with the money winds up with the experience. -Harvey McKay

Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards. -Unknown

I think we all wish we could erase some dark times in our lives. But all of life’s experiences, bad and good, make you who you are. Erasing any of life’s experiences would be a great mistake. -Luis Miguel

The trouble with using experience as a guide is that the final exam often comes first and then the lesson. -Unknown

To reach something good it is very useful to have gone astray, and thus acquire experience. -St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582)

One of the most important lessons that experience teaches is that, on the whole, success depends more upon character than upon either intellect or fortune. -William Edward Hartpole

But human experience is usually paradoxical, that means incongruous with the phrases of current talk or even current philosophy. -George Eliot (1819-1880)

Where you are in consciousness has everything to do with what you see in experience. -Eric Butterworth

Experience tells you what to do; confidence allows you to do it. -Stan Smith

Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experience. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Experience teaches only the teachable. -Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)

One of the most valuable things any person can learn is the art of using the knowledge and experience of others. -Napoleon Hill (1883-1970)

To regret one’s own experiences is to arrest one’s own development. To deny one’s own experiences is to put a lie into the lips of one’s life. It is no less than a denial of the soul. -Oscar Wilde

Experience is a comb that life gives you after you lose your hair. -Judith Stern

Everything happens to everybody sooner or later if there is time enough. -George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Experience is one thing you can’t get for nothing. -Oscar Wilde

Experience is not what happens to you. It is what you do with what happens to you. -Aldous Huxley

Human beings hardly ever learn from the experience of others. They learn; when they do, which isn’t often, on their own, the hard way. -Robert Heinlein (1907-1988)

One is taught by experience to put a premium on those few people who can appreciate you for what you are. -Gail Godwin

Experience is the best teacher, but the tuition is high. -Norweigen Proverb

Good judgment comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgment. -Bob Packwood

Experience is something you get too late to do anything about the mistakes you made while getting it. -Unknown

There are many truths of which the full meaning cannot be realized until personal experience has brought it home. -John Stuart Mill (1806-1873)

Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced — even a proverb is no proverb to you till your life has illustrated it. -John Keats (1795-1821)

Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again. -Franklin P. Jones

There’s no substitute for experience. -Proverb

Mistakes are painful when they happen, but years later a collection of mistakes is what is called experience. -Denis Waitley

Every moment is an experience. -Jake Roberts

Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other. -Benjamin Franklin

Few people even scratch the surface, much less exhaust the contemplation of their own experience. -Randolph Bourne

I think we are a product of all our experiences. -Sanford I. Weill

Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely. -Auguste Rodin

The only source of knowledge is experience. -Albert Einstein

What one has not experienced, one will never understand in print. -Isadora Duncan

Have these helped you to re-evaluate how you see your life experiences?

Which of these quotes do you like the most?  Have any other “experience quotes” you can share?  Please write them below in the comments section.


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    • Jeremy White
    • June 8, 2010

    The definition of experience is the accumulation of mistakes

    • fathi
    • June 8, 2010

    Dear Shawn

    I really loved all of them – experience is what everyone is trying to reach in order to achieve higher ground in this life- the real definition lies in this quote “Good judgment comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgment. -Bob Packwood”

    • Sayali
    • June 8, 2010

    Thank you very much Shawn for sharing so valuable quotes… definitely give a new angle to look at same thing but in a positive way… I liked all of them !!

    Once again .. Thanks a lottttt !!!!

    • David Parrish
    • June 9, 2010

    These a good reminders Shawn but they do make one begin to wonder whatever happened to the idea that success breeds success if all of our “experience” comes from our learning from our mistakes. While learning from mistakes is the right way to benefit from them, perhaps some of our good experiences; the ones that taught us “we can do this!” deserves just a little recognition in our overall understanding of the value of experience.

    • Santos
    • June 10, 2010

    Shawn, great quotes. However, I have to agree with David on his point. A collection of mistakes is known as “experience”, but a collection of successes is also known as experience.

    1. Reply

      Yes, it was a very good point. I didn’t quite know how to say that…so I’ve been letting his words simmer in my mind for a day. It’s so true, but there seems to be almost no material out there for me to quote. Do you guys know where I can get some quotations that reflect that direction of thought?

    • Lee
    • June 11, 2010

    Hi Shawn, life is all about experiences, good or bad, happy or sad it teaches us many things. Thank you for sharing your quotes.

    Here are a few quotes I also found interesting:

    You cannot help but learn more as you take the world into your hands. Take it up reverently, for it is an old piece of clay, with millions of thumbprints on it. ~John Updike

    “Experience is not a matter of having actually swum the Hellespont, or danced with the dervishes, or slept in a doss-house. It is a matter of sensibility and intuition, of seeing, and hearing the significant thing, of paying attention at the right moments, of understanding and coordinating. Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him.” — Aldous Huxley

    “Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.” –Douglas Adams

    “We should come home from adventures, and perils, and discoveries every day with new experience and character.” –Henry David Thoreau

    ”It is not how much you know about life but how you live your life that counts. Those who can avoid mistakes by observing the mistakes of others are most apt to keep free from sorrow. In a world full of uncertainties, the record of what has gone before–human experience–is as sure and reliable as anything of which we know.” —

    ”To live means to experience–through doing, feeling, thinking. Experience takes place in time, so time is the ultimate scarce resource we have. Over the years, the content of experience will determine the quality of life. Therefore one of the most essential decisions any of us can make is about how one’s time is allocated or invested.” –Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

    “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” –Eleanor Roosevelt

    “A writer needs three things, experience, observation, and imagination, any two of which, at times any one of which, can supply the lack of the others.” –William Faulkner

    “It is possible to make each year bring with it a lasting gift to add to the fullness of experience, to be treasured up, savored, and remembered. They need not be startling, these gifts of the years; they may be things that lie within the reach of all.” –Grenville Kleiser

    As the traveler who has once been from home is wiser than he who has never left his own doorstep, so a knowledge of one other culture should sharpen our ability to scrutinize more steadily, to appreciate lovingly, our own.” –Margaret Mead

    “When it’s time to die, let us not discover that we have never lived.” –Henry David Thoreau

    Take care, enjoy your weekend

    • Victor
    • June 11, 2010

    Most great achievers learnt through trial and error. They did not have many success story to read before plunging into the world of unknown. Moreover, they were not afraid to make mistakes hence they have more testimonials than those who achieve by following success story.

    • Sayali
    • June 11, 2010

    That’s indeed a good point… But when I thought over it, I found no one will write a quote on achieving Success .. as being a Winner they no more need it …
    But the one who looses couple of times in a row does sit down and introspect himself. He needs motivation during this examination to come back in battle field …so are all quotes show us how to take failure in positive sense …

    **This is what came to my mind while thinking and searching for success quotes…

    • Abundant Robert AWOLUGUTU
    • June 11, 2010

    Hi Shawn,
    Thank you for such great quotes.They help me to stay motivated when I enter into some lousy states.
    Failure is certainly a terrible experience, but we can learn the lessons from it and go on to achieve a life of success and abundance. More grease to your elbows

    • Laurie
    • June 12, 2010

    I liked all of these quotes, they hit home. I have one to add:
    Mistakes are painful when they happen, but years later a collection of mistakes is what is called experience. Denis Waitley. Thanks for the eye openers Shawn!

    • Daves Dremace
    • September 4, 2010

    Shawn you the best.
    There is a mail i have to check daily and that is your mail.
    everyday i get to my mail i always know i have a duty to read something inspiring.
    thanks a lot.

      • shawn
      • September 4, 2010

      Thanks Daves. I’m glad I can help out in some small way. BTW, I like your blog; good info there.

    • Rohit
    • May 28, 2017

    Experience simply means unachieved or achieved work

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