167 Experience Quotes and Sayings

What you experience is the result of the choices you’ve made. And all the moments you’ve experienced have shaped you to be the unique individual that you are today. Check out these 167 inspirational experience quotes.

Experience Quotes

1. All experience is an arch to build upon. – Henry Brook Adams

2. Experience is a safe light to walk by, and he is not a rash man who expects to succeed in future from the same means which have secured it in times past. – Wendell Phillips

3. Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment. – Rita Mae Brown

4. Experience teaches slowly and at the cost of mistakes. – James Anthony Froude

5. The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience. – Eleanor Roosevelt

6. Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted. And experience is often the most valuable thing you have to offer. – Randy Pausch

7. The reward of suffering is experience. – Harry S. Truman

8. Experience is the best teacher. – Latin Proverb

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

10. Experience is the thorn-lined road to success. – Terri Guillemets

11. Our ability to achieve success depends on the strength of our wings gained through knowledge and experience. The greater our knowledge and experience, the higher we can fly. – Catherine Pulsifer

12. If you are candid, you will discover that each experience in your life was absolutely necessary in order to have gotten you to the next place, and the next, up until this very moment. – Wayne Dyer

13. View life as a continuous learning experience. – Denis Waitley

14. Our time here on Earth is a learning experience and no one is exempt! – Angela Agranoff

15. Success is simply beeing on your path. Only through experience can we expand beyond our limited bee perspective and start to see the larger picture of things. – John Penberthy

16. I guess the more I have done, the less fearful I have become, because experience has taught me that the worst case is rarely likely to occur. – Tony Clark

17. Experience is not something you’re born with, and it’s not something you can buy. Experience is something you earn. – Fred Juliusson

18. Experience is a grindstone; and it is lucky for us, if we can get brightened by it, and not ground. – Josh Billings

19. And when something is best understood through experience, it’s best taught through stories. Stories bring you into an experience. – Kyle Idleman

20. Experience has shown, and a true philosophy will always show, that a vast, perhaps the larger, portion of truth arises from the seemingly irrelevant. – Edgar Allan Poe

21. Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience. – George Bernard Shaw

22. Each new experience is a risk. – Fran Watson

23. How we see and hold the full range of our experiences in our minds and in our hearts makes an enormous difference in the quality of this journey we are on, and what it means to us. – Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn

24. Experience is not what happens to a man: it is what a man does with what happens to him. – Aldous Huxley

Experience Quotes

25. Practical wisdom is only to be learned in the school of experience. Precepts and instruction are useful so far as they go, but, without the discipline of real life, they remain of the nature of theory only. – Samuel Smiles

26. Life is a series of experience, each of which makes us bigger even though it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and griefs which we endure help us in our marching onward. – Henry Ford

27. Age is only a number, a cipher for the records. A man can’t retire his experience. He must use it. Experience achieves more with less energy and time. – Bernard Baruch

28. There is nothing more satisfying than living an experience that you worked hard to create. – Michelle C. Ustaszeski

29. You cannot acquire experience by making experiments. You cannot create experience. You must undergo it. – Albert Camus

30. With every experience, you alone are painting your own canvas, thought by thought, choice by choice. – Oprah Winfrey

31. Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment. – Eckhart Tolle

32. Never regret. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it’s experience. – Victoria Holt

33. A new experience can be extremely pleasurable, or extremely irritating, or somewhere in between, and you never know until you try it out. – Lemony Snicket

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

35. You need to screw up to learn. You need to experience to create greatness. – Laurie Faria Stolar

36. Experience had taught me that even the most precious memories fade with the passage of time. – Nicholas Sparks

37. In wisdom gathered over time I have found that every experience is a form of exploration. – Ansel Adams

38. The law is simple. Every experience is repeated or suffered till you experience it properly and fully the first time. – Ben Okri

39. A baby has brains, but it doesn’t know much. Experience is the only thing that brings knowledge, and the longer you are on earth the more experience you are sure to get. – L. Frank Baum

40. Sometimes maybe you need an experience. The experience can be a person or it can be a drug. The experience opens a door that was there all the time but you never saw it. Or maybe it blasts you into outer space…All that negative stuff. All the pain…It just floted away from me, I just floated away from it…up and away… – Melvin Burgess

41. Experience is not worth the getting. It’s not a thing that happens pleasantly to a passive you–it’s a wall that an active you runs up against. – F. Scott Fitzgerald

42. Many times what we perceive as an error or failure is actually a gift. And eventually we find that lessons learned from that discouraging experience prove to be of great worth. – Richelle E. Goodrich

43. Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other, and scarce in that. – Benjamin Franklin

44. The error of youth is to believe that intelligence is a substitute for experience, while the error of age is to believe experience is a substitute for intelligence. – Lyman Bryson

45. Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience. – Paulo Coelho

Experience Quotes

46. Experience is more important than knowledge. – Santosh Kalwar

47. Experience is what you get when you didn’t know what you wanted. – Jill Shalvis

48. Our experience is coloured through and through by books and plays and the cinema, and it takes patience and skill to disentangle the things we have really learned from life for ourselves. – C.S. Lewis

49. The closer you come to knowing that you alone create the world of your experience, the more vital it becomes for you to discover just who is doing the creating. – Eric Micha’el Leventhal

50. …talent means nothing, while experience, acquired in humility and with hard work, means everything. – Patrick Süskind

51. Every adversity brings new experiences and new lessons. – Lailah Gifty Akita

52. An optimist is a man who has never had much experience. – Don Marquis

53. But although all our knowledge begins with experience, it does not follow that it arises from experience. – Immanuel Kant

54. Your life experience is a moving picture, of which you are writer, director, performer, producer and critic. – T.F. Hodge

55. Experience is never at bargain price. – Alice B. Toklas

56. Give your all to every experience, feel it breathe it appreciate it, nothing lasts forever, when it’s gone you’ll remember the feeling it once gave you and sometimes that’s enough. – Nikki Rowe

57. I am a student of life, and don’t want to miss any experience. There’s poetry in this sort of thing, you know–or perhaps you don’t know, but it’s all the same. – H.P. Lovecraft

58. YOU are the creator of your experience, therefore: all problems must be met within YOU. – Vivian Amis

59. …ordinary experience has to be made extraordinary in order to become accessible to reflection. – Shoshana Zuboff

60. Experience will tell you if you need more of it. – Jack Gardner

Experience Quotes

61. Experience prefers humility. – Toba Beta

62. Take no one’s word for anything, including mine – but trust your experience. – James Baldwin

63. It is not about whether you have free will, rather it is about whether you have enough experience to make the best possible wilful decision in the current moment of life. – Abhijit Naskar

64. Life experience is work experience. – Richie Norton

65. With age comes acumen. With experience comes insight. – Chris Bohjalian

66. Books deliver information so that experience has a chance to exercise creativity. – Richard Diaz

67. You cannot experience something if you don’t have the necessary sensitivity, and you cannot develop your sensitivity except by undergoing a long string of experiences. – Yuval Noah Harari

68. It is possible to change your entire life experience simply by altering the way you view life itself. – Steven Redhead

69. The more you experience, the more you are able to understand. – Matt Fox

70. Experience is the pain that brings pleasure. – Roger Ferrer

71. Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterward. – Vernon Law

72. The experience you fear the most
teaches you the most.
– Yarro Rai

73. There is nothing called failure, everything is experience. – Sukant Ratnakar

74. Experience has been the only teacher of any consequence I have ever had. – Jose R. Coronado

75. Life is a much better experience without the minds definitions, assumptions and interpretations. – Steve Leasock

76. There is no issue or experience that does not have a valid place in our unique story. – Jack Angelo

77. We sacrifice our youth in order to gain needed experience. When we gain experience, we continue to grind just as hard as we did during our apprenticeships. – Kilroy J. Oldster

78. Within every good experience is the promise for more; within every bad experience is the promise for better times. – Foster Kinn

79. Experience is what we do with what we learn. The one who has experience uses intelligence to change his life with what he has learned. – Alan Maiccon

80. We can teach from our experience, but we cannot teach experience. – Sasha Azevedo

81. One thorn of experience is worth a whole wilderness of warning. – James Russell Lowell

82. Experience is like medicine; some persons require larger doses of it than others, and do not like to take it pure, but a little disguised and better adapted to the taste. – Lord Acton

83. Experience is a safe guide. – William Penn

84. The trouble with learning from experience is that you never graduate. – Doug Larson

85. That’s the way people go. They have a powerful experience and they use it to interpret, rightly or wrongly, what happens later in the rest of the world. – James Fenton

86. No man’s knowledge can go beyond his experience. – John Locke

87. We learn of great things by little experiences. – Bram Stoker

88. To a great experience one thing is essential, an experiencing nature. It is not enough to have opportunity, it is essential to feel it. Some occasions come to all men; but to many they are of little use, and to some they are none. – Walter Bagehot

89. The field of experience is the whole universe in all directions. Theory remains shut up within the limits of human faculties. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

90. What’s essential is that we learn what an experience is like by having it, we gain abilities to remember, imagine and recognize. – David Lewis

91. What we write is fiction; what we experience, truth. – Marty Rubin

92. The world of immediate experience-the world in which we find ourselves living-must be comprehended, transformed, even subverted in order to become that which it really is. – Herbert Marcuse

93. It’s not what you experience, it’s how you experience it. – Akiroq Brost

94. I have made mistakes, more than anyone else can but I am fearless, bold and more wise than I could have been. Life is an experience not a mistake. – Pushpa Rana

95. Experiences expand understanding and when understanding expands you naturally experience more. – Drishti Bablani

96. Most people learn nothing from experience except confirmation of their own prejudices. – Bertrand Russell

97. Wisdom does not always come with age. It comes from Experience. – Kailin Gow

98. Experience is not the best teacher. The consequence from experience is the best teacher. No consequence no lesson. – Ford Taylor

99. Every experience you have in this lifetime was meant for you to grow into the person you were meant to become. – Suzy Kassem

100. People can talk about their personal experience and it can be true for them and for their life whatever they learned from that; because what they tell to themselves will always be true for themselves. But they can always change the way they think and talk to themselves and realize that the experience they have been having is not a universal law. – E. Christian Trejo

101. Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced. – John Keats

102. Every experience, good or bad, is a priceless collector’s item. – Isaac Marion

Experience Quotes

103. Experiences are savings which a miser puts aside. – Karl Kraus

104. Learning from experience is a faculty almost never practised. – Barbara W. Tuchman

105. A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions. – Oliver Wendell Holmes

106. The value of experience is not in seeing much, but in seeing wisely. – William Osler

107. Experience is a good school. But the fees are high. – Heinrich Heine

108. Go for it. No matter how it ends, it was an experience. – Anonymous

109. Every experience in your life is being orchestrated to teach you something you need to know to move forward. – Brian Tracy

110. The way we experience the world around us is a direct reflection of the world within us. – Gabrielle Bernstein

111. The marvelous richness of human experience would lose something of rewarding joy if there were no limitations to overcome. The hilltop hour would not be half so wonderful if there were no dark valleys to traverse. – Helen Keller

112. And so you touch this limit, something happens and you suddenly can go a little bit further. With your mind power, your determination, your instinct, and the experience as well, you can fly very high. – Ayrton Senna

113. Experience is a dim lamp, which only lights the one who bears it. – Louis-Ferdinand Celine

114. When we shift our perception, our experience changes. – Lindsay Wagner

115. Every experience, good or bad, you have to learn from. – Patrick Mahomes

116. Life it is not just a series of calculations and a sum total of statistics, it’s about experience, it’s about participation, it is something more complex and more interesting than what is obvious. – Daniel Libeskind

117. The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience. – Emily Dickinson

118. One of the greatest moments in anybody’s developing experience is when he no longer tries to hide from himself but determines to get acquainted with himself as he really is. – Norman Vincent Peale

119. Every experience is a paradox in that it means to be absolute, and yet is relative; in that it somehow always goes beyond itself and yet never escapes itself. – T. S. Eliot

120. If you want to know the taste of a pear, you must change the pear by eating it yourself. If you want to know the theory and methods of revolution, you must take part in revolution. All genuine knowledge originates in direct experience. – Mao Zedong

121. We should not look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dearly bought experience. – George Washington

122. It is important to expect nothing, to take every experience, including the negative ones, as merely steps on the path, and to proceed. – Ram Dass

123. Experience is like a comb that life gives you when you are bald. – Navjot Singh Sidhu

124. Good judgement comes from experience. Sometimes, experience comes from bad judgement. – Christian Slater

125. Experience – the wisdom that enables us to recognise in an undesirable old acquaintance the folly that we have already embraced. – Ambrose Bierce

Experience Quotes

126. To me the arcade experience is the ultimate gaming experience. – Eugene Jarvis

127. 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

128. The sky is the limit. You never have the same experience twice. – Frank McCourt

129. The best thing we can do with rejection is to make it a learning experience – rejection is a great teacher. – Adena Friedman

130. The prism through which you experience life is so unique. There is no objective experience. – Sterling K. Brown

131. A few years’ experience will convince us that those things which at the time they happened we regarded as our greatest misfortunes have proved our greatest blessings. – George Mason

132. When we learn from experience, the scars of sin can lead us to restoration and a renewed intimacy with God. – Charles Stanley

133. Experience is something you don’t get until just after you need it. – Steven Wright

134. I cannot experience your experience. You cannot experience my experience. We are both invisible men. – R. D. Laing

135. God sends experience to paint men’s portraits. – Henry Ward Beecher

136. Experience is what really happens to you in the long run; the truth that finally overtakes you. – Katherine Anne Porter

137. Experience is the only prophesy of wise men. – Alphonse de Lamartine

138. Experience is retrospect knowledge. – Hosea Ballou

139. Experience is primarily the ability to restrain our fleeting impulses. – Sergei Lukyanenko

140. Experience is never limited, and it is never complete; it is an immense sensibility, a kind of huge spider-web of the finest silken threads suspended in the chamber of consciousness, and catching every air-borne particle in its tissue. – Henry James

141. Experience never errs; it is only your judgments that err by promising themselves effects such as are not caused by your experiments. – Leonardo da Vinci

142. Reasoning draws a conclusion, but does not make the conclusion certain, unless the mind discovers it by the path of experience. – Roger Bacon

143. With experience comes improvement. – Wayne Gerard Trotman

Experience Quotes

144. Experience is making mistakes and learning from them. – Bill Ackman

145. Experience, already reduced to a group of impressions, is ringed round for each one of us by that thick wall of personality through which no real voice has ever pierced on its way to us, or from us to that which we can only conjecture to be without. – Walter Pater

146. Experience is what you get while looking for something else. – Federico Fellini

147. One of the great cosmic laws, I think, is that whatever we hold in our thought will come true in our experience. When we hold something, anything, in our thought, then somehow coincidence leads us in the direction that we’ve been wishing to lead ourselves. – Richard Bach

148. If you realize all the time what’s kind of wonderful – that is, if we expand our experience into wilder and wilder regions of experience – every once in a while, we have these integrations when everything’s pulled together into a unification, in which it turns out to be simpler than it looked before. – Richard P. Feynman

149. You can never regret anything you do in life. You kind of have to learn the lesson from whatever the experience is and take it with you on your journey forward. – Aubrey O’Day

150. All experience is an arch wherethrough gleams that untravelled world whose margin fades for ever and for ever when I move. – Alfred Lord Tennyson

151. When we recognise that countless others experience similar and painful hardships, the blow is softened. – Dee Waldeck

152. Waiting for an experience elicits more happiness than waiting for a material good… When we spend money on experiences, those purchases are also more associated with our identity, connection and social behavior. – Jacob Morgan

153. Things don’t provide us with joy; it is experiencing the thing that brings us joy. – Melissa Heisler

154. If knowledge is the ammunition of reform, experience is the wick to ignite it. – Mudit Handa

155. When you think about it, everything has been said before, in one way or another. It’s only our experience of it that makes it new. – Lauren Willig

156. Your first experience could be the most wonderful thing or the most devastating. – Thabiso Monkoe

157. Experience teaches us that the world is not a nursery. – Sigmund Freud

158. Experience is the catalyst for all great stories. – Richelle E. Goodrich

159. Nobody can experience everything, so you need to borrow the experience of others. – Amber Hurdle

160. The experiences you get from failures early in life, will carry you for the rest of your life. – Tarun Sharma

161. There’s no substitute for imagination, but creativity is only enhanced when forged with life experience. – John Ridley

162. The road may be rough, the journey may be tough and the experience may be bitter, but they are stepping stones to our future thrones. – Bamigboye Olurotimi

163. We need to live our experience as it is and with our eyes open. The universe is the way it is, whether we like it or not. – Lawrence M. Krauss

164. See your hard times through the spectacles of your experiences. They, too, shall pass away. – Ogwo David Emenike

165. What you envision for yourself is far more likely to become a lifelong passion than anything someone can drop into your lap. This is a reminder that pursuing my vision for my life is not a waste of time. Detours happen. They become experience. With experience, accomplishment is only a matter of time. – Lashawnda Jones

166. Take control of your consistent emotions and begin to consciously and deliberately reshape your daily experience of life. – Tony Robbins

167. Have no regrets in life because of the choices you make. Good or bad, they are a learning experience, to help you grow. The only regret in life, is to never make a choice at all. – James Hauenstein

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