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It’s one thing to design in the pristine starchiness of a laboratory; it’s altogether another to create from the tangible grasp of bitter or beautiful experience. Experience is about reality and truth. Experience can also give you the motivation to do something about it, because when you get your hands muddy, you find so much that need changing and needs you to change it.

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‘Experience is the mother of science.’

Henry Bohm

‘Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience.’

James Boswell

‘You cannot create experience. You must undergo it.’

Albert Camus

‘The fact is that if you have not developed language, you simply don’t have access to most of human experience, and if you don’t have access to experience, then you’re not going to be able to think properly.’

Noam Chomsky

‘Experience does not ever err; it is only your judgement that errs in promising itself results which are not caused by your experiments.’

Leonardo Da Vinci

‘The act of painting is not a duplication of experience but the extension of experience on the plane of formal invention.’

Stuart Davis

‘Experience alone can decide on truth.’

Albert Einstein

‘The most beautiful experience is the mysterious. He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand wrapped in awe is as good as dead. His eyes are closed.’

Albert Einstein

Imagination is a poor substitute for experience.’

Havelock Ellis

‘Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though sometimes it is hard to realize this.’

Henry Ford

‘The eye of the master will do more work than both his hands.’

Benjamin Franklin

‘In times of rapid change, experience could be your worst enemy.’

J. Paul Getty

‘All truly wise thoughts have been thought already thousands of times; but to make them truly ours, we must think them over again honestly, till they take root in our personal experience.’

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

‘The further one advances in experience, the closer one comes to the unfathomable; the more one learns to utilize experience, the more one recognizes that the unfathomable is of no practical value.’

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

‘If you don’t experience dark clouds, rain and storms, there is no way of measuring sunshine.’

James Hardy

‘Humans 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

‘The wise learn from the experience of others, and the creative know how to make a crumb of experience go a long way.’

Eric Hoffer

‘To the creative individual all experience is seminal–all events are equidistant from new ideas and insights.’

Eric Hoffer

‘The wise learn from the experience of others, and the creative know how to make a crumb of experience go a long way.’

Eric Hoffer

‘The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.’

Oliver Wendell Holmes

‘A failure is a man who has blundered but is not able to cash in the experience.’

Elbert Hubbard

‘Experience teaches only the teachable.’

Aldous Huxley

‘A moment’s insight is sometimes worth a life’s experience.’

Oliver Wendell Holmes

‘Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him.’

Aldous Huxley

Innovation is usually the result of connections of past experiences. But if you have the same experiences as everyone else, you are unlikely to look in a different direction.’

Steve Jobs

‘Human beings are like tea-bags. You don’t know your own strength until you get into hot water.’

Bruce Laingen

‘The human mind cannot create anything. It produces nothing until having been fertilized by experience and meditation; its acquisitions are the germs of its production.’

George-Louis Leclerc de Buffon

Wisdom is the daughter of experience.’

Leonardo Da Vinci

‘No man's knowledge here can go beyond his experience.’

John Locke

‘One thorn of experience is worth a whole wilderness of warning.’

James Russell Lowell

‘We are apt to think that our ideas are the creation of our own wisdom but the truth is that they are the result of the experience through outside contact.’

Konosuke Matsushita

‘Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences. No one can eliminate prejudices–just recognize them.’

Edward Murrow

‘Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.’

Auguste Rodin

‘You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience by which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, “I can take the next thing that comes along”.’

Eleanor Roosevelt

‘I believe that anyone can conquer fear by doing the things he fears to do, provided he keeps doing them until he gets a record of successful experiences behind him.’

Eleanor Roosevelt

Failure is not the enemy, but a life-changing experience. It is a human experience, and it prepares the way for us to grow and transform our lives.’

Sobonfu Somé

‘To hold the same views at forty as we held at twenty is to have been stupefied for a score of years, and take rank, not as a prophet, but as an unteachable brat, well birched and none the wiser.’

Robert Louis Stephenson

‘All experience is an arch wherethrough gleams that untravelled world whose margin fades for ever and for ever when I move.’

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

‘No man was ever so completely skilled in the conduct of life, as not to receive new information from age and experience.’

Publius Terence

‘We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it--and stop there; lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove lid. She will never sit on a hot stove lid again—and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore.’

Mark Twain

‘The tragedy of the world is that those who are imaginative have but slight experience, and those who are experienced have feeble imaginations.’

Alfred North Whitehead

‘Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.’

Oscar Wilde

‘To regret one’s own experiences is to arrest one’s own development.’

Oscar Wilde



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