Quotes for
the Journey:


What one has not experienced
one will never understand in print.

Isadora Duncan


Strong and well-constituted people digest their experiences--deed and misdeeds--just as they digest their meats, even when they have some tough morsels to swallow.       -Friedrich W. Nietzsche


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

Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions.  All life is an experience.       -Ralph Waldo Emerson

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


To regret one's own experiences is to arrest one's own development.
To deny one's own experiences is to put a lie into the lips of one's life.
It is no less than a denial of the soul.       -Oscar Wilde

If you will call your troubles experiences, and remember that every experience develops some latent force within you, you will grow vigorous and happy, however adverse your circumstances may seem to be.       -John Heywood
Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced.  Even a proverb is no proverb to you till your life has illustrated it.       -John Keats

To live means to experience--through doing, feeling, thinking.  Experience takes place in time, so time is the ultimate scarce resource we have.  Over the years, the content of experience will determine the quality of life.  Therefore one of the most essential decisions any of us can make is about how one's time is allocated or invested.       -Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi


Experience is how life catches up with us and teaches us to love and forgive each other.      -Judy Collins

It is not how much you know about life but how you live your life that counts.  Those who can avoid mistakes by observing the mistakes of others are most apt to keep free from sorrow.  In a world full of uncertainties, the record of what has gone before--human experience--is as sure and reliable as anything of which we know.       -Ray Lyman Wilbur
We learn by example and by direct experience because there are real limits to the adequacy of verbal instruction.       -Malcolm Gladwell

A Zen master was once asked, "What is the key to happiness?"
He answered, "Good judgment."
"How do I gain good judgment?" he was questioned.
"Experience," was the reply.
"How then do I get experience?" the student further probed.
"Bad judgment," were his final words.
     -Christina Feldman



Experience is not a matter of having actually swum the Hellespont, or danced with the dervishes, or slept in a doss-house.  It is a matter of sensibility and intuition, of seeing, and hearing the significant thing, of paying attention at the right moments, of understanding and coordinating. Experience is not what happens to you; it is what you do with what happens to you.        -Aldous Huxley

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

Often I feel I go to some distant region of the world to be reminded of who I really am.  There is no mystery about why this should be so.  Stripped of your ordinary surroundings, your friends, your daily routines, . . . You are forced into direct experience.  Such direct experience inevitably makes you aware of who it is that is having the experience.  Thatís not always comfortable, but it is always invigorating.       -Michael Crichton


What is most necessary for people and what is given us in great abundance, are experiences, especially experiences of the forces within us.  This is our most essential food, our most essential wealth.  If we consciously receive all this abundance, the universe will pour into us what is called life in Judaism, spirit in Christianity, light in Islam, power in Taoism.       -Jacob Needleman


Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.       -Rodin


We should come home from adventures, and perils, and discoveries every day with new experience and character.         -Henry David Thoreau


People are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience.        -George Bernard Shaw



Be brave.  Take risks.  Nothing can substitute experience.        -Paulo Coelho


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


I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided; and that is the lamp of experience.  I know of no way of judging the future but by the past.        -Patrick Henry


Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn.       -C.S. Lewis


The only source of knowledge is experience.       -Albert Einstein



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A lot of people talk about life.  Some love it.  Some disparage it.  And a few realize that life can be what you make it because they have learned from past experiences.  Lessons learned from these experiences have often contributed greatly toward seeing the possibilities in what some people call "the game of life."  When we've "been there" and "done that," we can have as good of an idea of what we don't want as what we do want.  Experience is certainly an excellent teacher!     -John Marks Templeton, Worldwide Laws of Life
Experience is what really happens to you in the long run; the truth that finally overtakes you.     -Katherine Anne Porter
What happens to us in life is less important; the real question can be whether or not we use the experience to grow.     -John Marks Templeton

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