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Speaking - Experience Quotes

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Personal Experience - Quotes


Read the quotes. Discuss them:

  • Do you like them? Which do you agree with, which not? Why?
  • Do you know their authors? Who were / are they?
  • Which one you like the best? Why?
  • Discuss them with you partner: is there some typical logic behind some quotes; are some quotes similar?
  • Which one you find the strangest? Why?
  • Do you know some good quote about life experience that was not included here? Tell it to your classmates.
  • What kind of quotes about experience are the most popular or typical?
  • Why are some quotes so contradictory? Could you divide these quotes into the opposing groups? What would these groups be like?



Experience is not what happens to you. It is what you do with what happens to you.

Aldous Huxley


If experience was so important, we'd never have had anyone walk on the moon.

Doug Rader


Experience is what you get when you don't get what you want.

Dan Stanford


Deep experience is never peaceful.

Henry James


Experience is what causes a person to make new mistakes instead of old ones.

Author Unknown


Experience is a comb which nature gives to men when they are bald.

Chinese Proverb


Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.

John Gardner


Good judgment comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgment.

Bob Packwood


A happy childhood is poor preparation for human contacts.



Experience is the name every one gives to their mistakes.

Oscar Wilde


All that I know I learned after I was thirty.

Georges Clemenceau


We can teach from our experience, but we cannot teach experience.

Sasha Azevedo


There is only one thing more painful than learning from experience, and that is not learning from experience.

Laurence J. Peter


The difference between school and life? In school, you're taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson.

Tom Bodett


We receive three educations, one from our parents, one from our schoolmasters, and one from the world.  The third contradicts all that the first two teach us.

Charles Louis de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu


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

Tom Krause


If we could sell our experiences for what they cost us, we'd all be millionaires.

Abigail Van Buren


Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.

Paulo Coelho


Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens we have to keep going back and beginning all over again.

Andre Gide


It is strange how often a heart must be broken before the years can make it wise.

Sara Teasdale


An optimist is a guy that has never had much experience.

Don Marquis


The only source of knowledge is experience.

Albert Einstein


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,


No physician is really good before he has killed one or two patients.

Hindu Proverb


Life is like playing a violin solo in public and learning the instrument as one goes along.

Samuel Butler


Experience is what you got by not having it when you need it.

Author Unknown


Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.

Chinese Proverb


Learn all you can from the mistakes of others.  You won't have time to make them all yourself.

Alfred Sheinwold


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


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 Lecky


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 is one thing you can't get for nothing.

Oscar Wilde


To live you have to experiment, to have the ability to experiment you have to have confidence, to have confidence you have to be loved, to be loved you have to love


Do you know the difference between education and experience? Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't.

Pete Seeger


Experience is the best teacher, but the tuition is high.

Norwegian Proverb


I've learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances.

Martha Washington


All life is an experiment.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


Idealism is what precedes experience; cynicism is what follows.

David T. Wolf

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