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"Progress comes from the intelligent use of experience."
"Follow that will and that way which experience confirms to be your own."
"Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again."
"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 down on a hot stove-lid again - and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore."
"Good judgment comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgment."
"If one is only to talk from first-hand experience, conversation would be a very poor business."
"The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life."
"In wisdom gathered over time I have found that every experience is a form of exploration."
"Experience proves this, or that, or nothing, according to the preconceptions we bring to it."
"The man who carries a cat by the tail learns something that can be learned in no other way."
"Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to that arrogant oligarchy who merely happen to be walking around."
"Great ability develops and reveals itself increasingly with every new assignment."
"I don't embrace trouble; that's as bad as treating it as an enemy. But I do say meet it as a friend, for you'll see a lot of it and had better be on speaking terms with it."
Oliver Wendell Holmes
"Americans learn only from catastrophe and not from experience."
"Experience teaches only the teachable."
"Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him."
"I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened."
"If you hold a cat by the tail you learn things you cannot learn any other way."
"For having lived long, I have experienced many instances of being obliged, by better information or fuller consideration, to change opinions, even on important subjects, which I once thought right but found to be otherwise."
"Experience is a dear teacher, but fools will learn at no other."
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