Quotes with experience
They were not the same eyes with which he had last looked out at this particular scene, and the brain which interpreted the images the eyes resolved was not the same brain. There had been no surgery involved, just the continual wrenching of experience.
So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish (1984)
I am a Liberal, yet I am a Liberal tempered by experience, reflexion, and renouncement, and I am, above all, a believer in culture.
Culture and Anarchy (1869)
To jump and break the sound barrier will not be a mere record breaking experience or another extreme event that ends once the mission is accomplished. This is an experience that will simulate the first human landing on the moon, and will benefit scientific research.
Einstein said that "the most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious." So why do so many of us try to explain the beauty of music, thus depriving it of its mystery?
The Unanswered Question (1976)
It is the paradox of life that the way to miss pleasure is to seek it first. The very first condition of lasting happiness is that a life should be full of purpose, aiming at something outside self. As a matter of experience, we find that true happiness comes in seeking other things, in the manifold activities of life, in the healthful outgoing of all human powers.
Culture and Restraint (1901)
The best scientist is open to experience and begins with romance - the idea that anything is possible.
The close-up says everything, it's then that an actor's learned, rehearsed behavior becomes most obvious to an audience and chips away, unconsciously, at its experience of reality. In a close-up, the audience is only inches away, and your face becomes the stage.
New York Times (July 2, 2004)
Lying in bed would be an altogether perfect and supreme experience if only one had a colored pencil long enough to draw on the ceiling.
I experience true freedom when I can accept, understand, and move on from the conditioning of the past.
Only in men's imagination does every truth find an effective and undeniable existence. Imagination, not invention, is the supreme master of art as of life. An imaginative and exact rendering of authentic memories may serve worthily that spirit of piety towards all things human which sanctions the conceptions of a writer of tales, and the emotions of the man reviewing his own experience.
Some Reminiscences (1912)
If the true essence of life is the accumulation of experience through generations, then one may perhaps suspect that the key problem in biology from the physicists point of view is how living matter manages to record and perpetuate its experience.
A human being is part of the whole called by us universe , a part limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty...We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.
How can it be that mathematics, being after all a product of human thought which is independent of experience, is so admirably appropriate to the objects of reality?
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom the emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand wrapped in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed. The insight into the mystery of life, coupled though it be with fear, has also given rise to religion. To know what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty, which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their most primitive forms-this knowledge, this feeling is at the center of true religiousness.
When people speak to you about a preventive war you tell them to go and fight it. After my experience I have come to hate war. War settles nothing.
My own experience and development deepen everyday my conviction that our moral progress may be measured by the degree in which we sympathize with individual suffering and individual joy.
Letter to Charles Bray (November 15, 1857)
I believe that the experience of love is the most human and humanizing act that it is given to man to enjoy and that it, like reason, makes no sense if conceived in a partial way.
History maketh a young man old without either wrinkles or gray hairs, privileging him the experience of age without either the inconveniences or infirmities thereof.
In the business world, everyone is paid in two coins: Cash and Experience. Take the experience first. The cash will come later.
The evils we experience flow from the excess of democracy. The people do not want virtue, but are the dupes of pretended patriots.
Constitutional Convention, May 31, 1787
My experience is that people who have been through painful, difficult times are filled with compassion.
What experience and history teach is this -- that people and governments never have learned anything from history or acted on the principles deduced from it.
Philosophy of History
The Critique of Pure Reason is a continual sermon against the use of the category of thought beyond the limits of actual experience.
Education as we have it does as much to thwart the recognition of individual experience as lack of education limits it.
The Art Spirit (1984)
You hear stories about me beating my brains out practicing, but... I was enjoying myself. I couldn't wait to get up in the morning, so I could hit balls. When I'm hitting the ball where I want, hard and crisply, it's a joy that very few people experience.
Experience is not what happens to you. It is what you do with what happens to you.
Experience has taught me that manufacturers are now as necessary to our independence as to our comfort.
The historical experience of socialist countries has sadly demonstrated that collectivism does not do away with alienation but rather increases it, adding to it a lack of basic necessities and economic inefficiency.
But although all our knowledge begins with experience, it does not follow that it arises from experience.
Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.
I see nothing wrong with giving Robert some legal experience as Attorney General before he goes out to practice law.
January 21, 1961
I had the fortunate experience of being the first person with the right idea and the right resources available at the right time in history.
Autobiography from Les Prix Nobel. The Nobel Prizes 2000, Editor Tore Frängsmyr, [Nobel Foundation], Stockholm, 2001
I have learned by some experience, by many examples, and by the writings of countless others before me, also occupied in the search, that certain environments, certain modes of life, certain rules of conduct are more conducive to inner and outer harmony than others. There are, in fact, certain roads that one may follow. Simplification of life is one of them.
Gift from the Sea (1955)
If experience teaches us anything at all, it teaches us this: that a good politician, under democracy, is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar.
I am a cautious Whig by temperament, I am a Liberal by training, and I am a thorough Radical by observation and experience.
The Eastern European Jews arrived in New York bringing with them a thousand years of experience of living in cities as merchants, combined with a similarly urban attitude that held that there is nothing unmanly about operating a sewing machine: the result of these, and a number of other factors, was Seventh Avenue.
I think I'm basically the same guy I always was. Maybe I've learned, through experience, to rein in some of the anger and temper they say redheads normally have. My grandmother used to tell me that a hard head makes a sore ass.
What we experience in dreams -- assuming that we experience it often -- belongs in the end just as much to the over-all economy of our soul as anything experienced "actually": we are richer or poorer on account of it.
Beyond Good and Evil
I think it’s important to recognize that the African-American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that — that doesn’t go away. There are very few African-American men in this country who haven’t had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store. That includes me.
During a statement on race in America following Zimmerman verdict, July 19, 2013.
Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man, there's no boundary line to art.
EXPERIENCE IS what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted.
The Last Lecture
I believe history has a habit of repeating itself, that's for sure, but one of things I'm critical of my country on is that we don't seem to take note of the lessons that history teaches us. My country is pretty prone to everything wanting to be black and white, or red, white and blue. And in my experience of life, nothing was ever that simple. No one was dealing with the grey areas. So I decided to become a filmmaker so I could deal with that.
It may be said that the vices await us in the journey of life like hosts with whom we must successively lodge; and I doubt whether experience would make us avoid them if we were to travel the same road a second time.
To eke out the most happiness from an experience, we must anticipate it, savor it as it unfolds, express happiness, and recall a happy memory.
The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun
A beautifully constructed borsch, such as you are going to experience presently, ought not only to banish conversation but almost to annihilate thought.
Beasts and Super-Beasts (1914)
When experience (which is history) is not retained...infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
Acting is a question of absorbing other people's personalities and adding some of your own experience.
We learn from experience that men never learn anything from experience.
The old saw says -- "let a sleeping dog lie." Experience knows better; experience says, If you want to convince do it yourself.
Written in Clara Clemens's copy of The Gilded Age
Nature is full of infinite causes that have never occurred in experience.
The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
Surfing soothes me, it's always been a kind of zen experience for me. The ocean is so magnificent, peaceful, and awesome. The rest of the world disappears for me when I'm on a wave.
I've learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances.
It is important to point out that the mathematical formulation of the physicist’s often crude experience leads in an uncanny number of cases to an amazingly accurate description of a large class of phenomena.
The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Natural Sciences (1960)
I've been a lucky lady. I've had three exciting careers. Before films I had the experience of competitive swimming, with the incredible fun of winning. ... I had a movie career with all the glamor that goes with it. That was ego-fulfilling, but it was like the meringue on the pie. My marriage with Fernando — that was the filling, that was the apple in the pie.
Interview with The Associated Press, 1984
Faith isn't based on logic and experience.
House, Damned If You Do. By Dr. Gregory House.