|Suffering brings experience.|
|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 AllenEndurance.
| By experience we find out a shorter way by a long wandering. Learning teacheth more in one year than experience in twenty.|
|It is costly wisdom that is bought by experience.|
|Oh, who can tell, save he whose heart hath tried?|
ByronThe Corsair. Canto I. St. 1.
|A sadder and a wiser man,|
He rose the morrow morn.
ColeridgeThe Ancient Mariner. Pt. VII. Last St.
|To show the world what long experience gains,|
Requires not courage, though it calls for pains;
But at lifes outset to inform mankind
Is a bold effort of a valiant mind.
CrabbeBorough. Letter VII. L. 47.
|In her experience all her friends relied,|
Heaven was her help and nature was her guide.
CrabbeParish Register. Pt. III.
|Tu proverai si come sa di sale|
Lo pane altrui, e com è duro calle
Lo scendere el salir per laltrui scale.
Thou shalt know by experience how salt the savor is of others bread, and how sad a path it is to climb and descend anothers stairs.
DanteParadiso. XVII. 58.
|Only so much do I know, as I have lived.|
EmersonOration. The American Scholar.
| Experience is no more transferable in morals than in art.|
FroudeShort Studies on Great Subjects. Education.
| Experience teaches slowly, and at the cost of mistakes.|
FroudeShort Studies on Great Subjects. Party Politics.
| We read the past by the light of the present, and the forms vary as the shadows fall, or as the point of vision alters.|
FroudeShort Studies on Great Subjects. Society in Italy in the Last Days of the Roman Republic.
|Experience joind with common sense,|
To mortals is a providence.
Matthew GreenThe Spleen. L. 312.
| I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience.|
Patrick HenrySpeech at Virginia Convention. March 23, 1775.
|Stultorum eventus magister est.|
Experience is the teacher of fools.
LivyAnnales. XXII. 39.
| One thorn of experience is worth a whole wilderness of warning.|
LowellAmong my Books. Shakespeare Once More.
|Semper enim ex aliis alia proseminat usus.|
Experience is always sowing the seed of one thing after another.
ManiliusAstronomica. I. 90.
| Experience, next, to thee I owe,|
Best guide; not following thee, I had remaind
In ignorance; thou openst wisdoms way,
And givst access, though secret she retire.
MiltonParadise Lost. Bk. IX. L. 807.
|What man would be wise, let him drink of the river|
That bears on his bosom the record of time;
A message to him every wave can deliver
To teach him to creep till he knows how to climb.
John Boyle OReillyRides of the Road.
|Who heeds not experience, trust him not.|
John Boyle OReillyRules of the Road.
| Nam in omnibus fere minus valent præcepta quam experimenta.|
In almost everything, experience is more valuable than precept.
QuintilianDe Institutione Oratorio. II. 5. 5.
|I shall the effect of this good lesson keep,|
As watchman to my heart.
Hamlet. Act I. Sc. 3. L. 45.
| I know|
The past and thence I will essay to glean
A warning for the future, so that man
May profit by his errors, and derive
Experience from his folly;
For, when the power of imparting joy
Is equal to the will, the human soul
Requires no other heaven.
ShelleyQueen Mob. III. L. 6.
TacitusAnnales. Bk. V. 6.
|I am a part of all that I have met;|
Yet all experience is an arch wherethro
Gleams that untravld world whose margin fades
Forever and forever when I move.
TennysonUlysses. (Free rendering of Dantes Inferno. Canto XVI.)
|And others follies teach us not,|
Nor much their wisdom teaches,
And most, of sterling worth, is what
Our own experience preaches.
TennysonWill Waterproof; Lyrical Monologue.
Believe one who has tried it.
VergilÆneid. XI. 283.
|Experto crede Roberto.|
Believe Robert who has tried it.
A proverb quoted by BurtonIntroduction to Anatomy of Melancholy. Common in the middle ages. Experto crede Ruberto is given as a saying in a discourse of Ulricus Meliter to Sigismond, Archduke of Austria. (1489). Same in CoronisApolog. pro Erasmus Coll. First version is in an epitaph in an old chapel of Exeter College. (1627). Le Roux de Lincy traces it to Gomès de TrierJardin de Recreation. (1611).
| Learn the lesson of your own painlearn to seek God, not in any single event of past history, but in your own soulin the constant verifications of experience, in the life of Christian love.|
Mrs. Humphry WardRobert Elsmere. Ch. XXVII.
|Da dacht ich oft: schwatzt noch so hoch gelehrt,|
Man weiss doch nichts, als was man selbst erfährt.
I have often thought that however learned you may talk about it, one knows nothing but what he learns from his own experience.
WielandOberon. II. 24.