Experience (quotes)

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What is experience?

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Experience is the process of personally observing, encountering, or undergoing something …

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… and the knowledge or practical wisdom gained from doing that

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Life is a nonstop feast of experiences

  • Life is a conspiracy to shower you with a nonstop feast of interesting experiences, all of which are designed to help you grow your intelligence, shed your pretensions, and master the art of ingenious love. Rob Brezsny
  • Life’s worth is not defined by external success, but by your collection of experiences. Tim Hansel
  • All life is an experience. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced. Soren Kierkegaard
  • We can have in life but one great experience at best, and the secret of life is to reproduce that experience as often as possible. Oscar Wilde
  • Every moment is an experience. Jake Roberts
  • 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
  • Life is a transformative process that involves a vast spectrum of experiences. Tim Free
  • Life is a succession of experiences. Anthony Lambert
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Experience is the ultimate teacher

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Experience is the ultimate teacher …

  • Experience is not always the kindest of teachers, but it is surely the best. Spanish Proverb
  • Experience is the teacher of all things. Julius Caesar
  • We learn of great things by little experiences. Bram Stoker
  • From the experience of the past we derive instructive lessons for the future. John Quincy Adams
  • Don’t just learn something from every experience; learn something positive. Allen H. Neuharth
  • All of life’s experiences are teachers in some sense, challenging us to grow and evolve. David Emerald
  • We learn by example and by direct experience because there are real limits to the adequacy of verbal instruction. Malcolm Gladwell
  • Time is not the great teacher. Experience is. A man may live a whole life, but if he never leaves his home to experience that life, he dies knowing nothing. A mere child who has suffered and lived can be the wiser of the two. Lynsay Sands
  • This world is your best teacher. There is a lesson in everything. There is a lesson in each experience. Learn it and become wise. Every failure is a stepping stone to success. Every difficulty or disappointment is a trial of your faith. Every unpleasant incident or temptation is a test of your inner strength. Therefore, nil desperandum. March forward hero! Sivananda Saraswati
  • Everything that is past is either a learning experience to grow on, a beautiful memory to reflect on, or a motivating factor to act upon. Denis Waitley
  • Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • The point is that whatever one is trying to learn, it is necessary to have first-hand experience, rather than learning from books or from teachers or by merely conforming to an already established pattern. Chogyam Trungpa
  • 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 is how life catches up with us and teaches us to love and forgive each other. Judy Collins
  • Every experience in your life is being orchestrated to teach you something you need to know to move forward. Brian Tracy
  • Education is a lifelong experience. Experience is a lifelong education. Education plus experience equals expertise. Michael Bugeja
  • The years teach much which the days never know. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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… although the lesson always comes after the test

  • 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
  • Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first the lesson afterwards. Vernon Law
  • Experience is a comb that life gives you after you’ve lost all your hair. Judith Stern
  • Experience is a comb which nature gives us when we are bald. Proverb
  • Experience is something you don’t get until just after you need it. Proverb
  • The trouble with learning from experience is that you never graduate. Doug Larson
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The lessons taught by experience can be painful at times…

  • There is only one thing more painful than learning from experience and that is not learning from experience. Archibald MacLeish
  • Experience is a school where a man learns what a big fool he has been. Josh Billings
  • One thorn of experience is worth a whole wilderness of warning. James Russell Lowell
  • Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn. C. S. Lewis
  • Learning by experience often is painful – and the more it hurts, the more you learn. Ralph Banks
  • Suffering is but another name for the teaching of experience, which is the parent of instruction and the schoolmaster of life. Horace
  • All knowledge hurts. Cassandra Clare
  • The law is simple. Every experience is repeated or suffered till you experience it properly and fully the first time. Ben Okri
  • Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first the lesson afterwards. Vernon Law
  • Experience: What you get from being inexperienced.
  • Experience: What you get when you didn’t get what you wanted.
  • Good judgment comes from experience; experience comes from poor judgment. Higdon’s Law
  • Deep experience is never peaceful. Henry James
  • And, always, remember, even when the memories pinch your heart. Because the pain of all your experience is what makes you the person you are now. And without your experience—you are an empty page, a blank notebook, a missing lyric. Alysha Speer
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… and the fees can be high

  • If we could sell our experiences for what they cost us, we’d all be millionaires. Abigail Van Buren
  • Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other. Benjamin Franklin
  • Experience, if we only learn by it, is cheap at any price. Ivan Pann
  • Experience is a good teacher, but she sends in terrific bills. Minna Antrim
  • Experience is one thing you can’t get for nothing. Oscar Wilde
  • Experience is a good teacher but the fees are very high. William R. Inge
  • It is costly wisdom that is bought by experience. Roger Ascham
  • By experience we find out a short way by a long wandering. Roger Ascham
  • Experience is a jewel, and it had need be so, for it is often purchased at an infinite rate. William Shakespeare
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The value of difficult experiences

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Never regret or deny difficult experiences …

  • All experience is an enrichment rather than an impoverishment. Eudora Welty
  • Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely. Auguste Rodin
  • 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
  • Most people have come to prefer certain of lifes experiences and deny and reject others, unaware of the value of the hidden things that may come wrapped in plain and even ugly paper. In avoiding all pain and seeking comfort at all costs, we may be left without intimacy or compassion; in rejecting change and risk we often cheat ourselves of the quest; in denying our suffering we may never know our strength or our greatness. Rachel Remen
  • Never regret. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it’s experience. Victoria Holt
  • Nothing which has entered into our experience is ever lost. William Ellery Channing
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… for difficult experiences provide the best opportunities of all for growth and learning

  • The difficulties we experience always illuminate the lessons we need most.
  • Each circumstance is a gift, and in each experience is hidden a treasure. Neale Donald Walsch
  • Man learns through experience, and the spiritual path is full of different kinds of experiences. He will encounter many difficulties and obstacles, and they are the very experiences he needs to encourage and complete the cleansing process. Sai Baba
  • Difficulties are opportunities to better things. They are stepping stones to greater experience. Perhaps someday you will be thankful for some failure in a particular direction. When one door closes another one opens… as a natural law it has to balance. Brian Adams
  • Through difficult experiences, life sometimes becomes more meaningful. The Dalai Lama
  • The period of greatest gain in knowledge and experience is the most difficult period in one’s life. The Dalai Lama
  • Essence loves undesirable experiences as much as it loves desirable ones, sometimes even more because of their potential for growth. Gina Lake
  • Trouble brings experience, and experience brings wisdom.
  • The reward of suffering is experience. Aeschylus
  • 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
  • Deep experience is never peaceful. Henry James
  • Life is a series of experiences, 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
  • 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
  • Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and achieved. Helen Keller
  • Scared and sacred are spelled with the same letters. Awful proceeds from the same root word as awesome. Terrify and terrific. Every negative experience holds the seed of transformation. Alan Cohen
  • There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm. Willa Cather
  • Everyone and everything that we experience in life is in service to our healing, personal growth, and evolution. Lorraine Cohen
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Mistakes and failure are particularly good learning experiences

  • We’re not making mistakes. We’re making experiences. Dan Bergstein
  • Mistakes are the usual bridge between inexperience and wisdom. Phyllis Therous
  • Mistakes are painful when they happen, but years later a collection of mistakes is what is called experience. Denis Waitley
  • 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
  • You need to screw up to learn. You need to experience to create greatness. Laurie Faria Stolarz
  • Experience is what causes a person to make new mistakes instead of old ones.
  • A failure is a man who has blundered but is not able to cash in the experience. Elbert Hubbard
  • Our wisdom comes from our experience, and our experience comes from our foolishness. Sacha Guitry
  • To rectify past blunders is impossible, but we might profit by the experience of them. George Washington
  • If at first you don’t succeed, you’re doing it wrong. Learn from the experience. Try again, but with a different approach. Steve Maraboli
  • There are no failures – just experiences and your reactions to them. Tom Krause
  • Experience is the the name everyone likes to give to their mistakes. Oscar Wilde
  • Every crucial experience can be regarded as a setback – or the start of a new kind of development. Mary Roberts Kinehart
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However, we only learn from experience if we consciously choose to

  • Experience teaches only the teachable. Aldous Huxley
  • Experience fails to teach where there is no desire to learn. George Bernard Shaw
  • We learn from experience that men never learn anything from experience. George Bernard Shaw
  • Experience, if we only learn by it, is cheap at any price. Ivan Panin
  • Almost anything can become a learning experience if there is enough caring involved. Mary MacCracken
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Otherwise we’re bound to experience repeating our mistakes

  • Experience is that marvellous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again. Franklin P. Jones
  • Experience is what allows us to repeat our mistakes, only with more finesse. Derwood Fincher
  • Experience is what makes you pause briefly before going ahead and making the same mistake. Alfred E. Neuman
  • The law is simple. Every experience is repeated or suffered till you experience it properly and fully the first time. Ben Okri
  • Experience: What causes a person to make new mistakes instead of the same old ones.
  • We all learn by experience but some of us have to go to summer school. Peter De Vries
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Realise that experience is not about what happens to you.  It is what you do with what happens to you.

  • 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
  • People are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience. George Bernard Shaw
  • It’s not the events that shape my life that determine how I feel and act, but, rather, it’s the way I interpret and evaluate my life experiences. Tony Robbins
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More rewards that experience brings

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There is no substitute for experience

  • The only real security that a man can have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience and ability. Henry Ford
  • There’s no substitute for experience. Proverb
  • …talent means nothing, while experience, acquired in humility and with hard work, means everything. Patrick Süskind
  • To ‘choose’ dogma and faith over doubt and experience is to throw out the ripening vintage and to reach greedily for the Kool- Aid. Christopher Hitchens
  • Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely. François Auguste René Rodin
  • The education of circumstances is superior to that of tuition. William Wordsworth
  • All experience is an arch to build upon. Henry Brook Adams
  • Every experience, good or bad, is a priceless collectors item. Isaac Marion
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Experience is a great guide and counsellor …

  • 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 is a truer guide than the words of others. Leonardo da Vinci
  • Life is the only real counselor; wisdom unfiltered through personal experience does not become a part of the moral tissue. Edith Wharton
  • I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. Patrick Henry
  • One thorn of experience is worth a whole wilderness of warning. James Russell Lowell
  • By experience we find out a short way by a long wandering. Roger Ascham
  • 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
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… although some disagree

  • Experience is a poor guide to man and is seldom followed. What really teaches a man is not experience, but observation. H. L. Mencken
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Experience is a way to explore and discover

  • In wisdom gathered over time I have found that every experience is a form of exploration. Ansel Adams
  • All life is an experiment. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Faith begins as an experiment and ends as an experience. William Ralph Inge
  • Past is experience, Present is experiment and Future is expectation. So, use your experience in your experiments to achieve your expectations.  Lily Annabelle Boon
  • That without experimentation, a willingness to ask questions and try new things, we shall surely become static, repetitive, moribund. Anthony Bourdain
  • Experience is the past tense of experiment. Gegory Alan Elliot
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Experience brings real practical wisdom and understanding …

  • All teachings are mere references. The true experience is living your own life. Then, even the holiest of words are only words. Deng Ming-Dao
  • Axioms in philosophy are not axioms until they are proved upon our pulses: We read fine things but never feel them to the full until we have gone the same steps as the Author.  John Keats
  • By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest. Confucius
  • Experience is the only prophecy of wise men. Alphonse de Lamartine
  • How many things have to happen to you before something occurs to you? Robert Frost
  • In the deep, unwritten wisdom of life there are many things to be learned that cannot be taught. We never know them by hearing them spoken, but we grow into them by experience and recognize them through understanding. Anthony Hope
  • In wisdom gathered over time I have found that every experience is a form of exploration. Ansel Adams
  • Nothing becomes real till it is experienced. Even a proverb is no proverb to you till your Life is illustrated by it.  John Keats
  • Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced. Even a proverb is no proverb to you till your life has illustrated it. John Keats
  • People never learn anything by being told, they have to find out for themselves. Paulo Coelho
  • There are many truths of which the full meaning cannot be realized until personal experience has brought it home. John Stuart Mill
  • What one has not experienced one will never understand in print. Isadora Duncan
  • Wisdom is meaningless until your own experience has given it meaning…and there is wisdom in the selection of wisdom. Bergen Evens
  • Wisdom is the daughter of experience. Leonardo da Vinci
  • Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. It is a question of experiencing everything. At present you need to live the question. Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day. Rainer Maria Rilke
  • We can teach from our experience, but we cannot teach experience. Sasha Azevedo
  • 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
  • Wisdom comes from experience. Experience is often a result of lack of wisdom.
  • All truly wise thoughts have been thought already thousands of times; but to make them truly ours, we must think them over again honestly, till they take root in our personal experience. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • Experience comprises illusions lost, rather than wisdom gained. Joseph Roux
  • Knowledge = Experiences × Sensitivity. If we wish to know the answer to any ethical question, we need to connect to our inner experiences and observe them with the utmost sensitivity. In practice, this means that we seek knowledge by spending years collecting experiences and sharpening our sensitivity so we can understand these experiences correctly. Yuval Noah Harari
  • Humanism thus sees life as a gradual process of inner change, leading from ignorance to enlightenment by means of experiences. The highest aim of humanist life is to fully develop your knowledge through a wide variety of intellectual, emotional and physical experiences. Yuval Noah Harari
  • We had the experience, but we missed the meaning. S. Elliot
  • Proverbs are the daughters of daily experience. Dutch Proverb
  • Quotations embody the concentrated experience of the race, and the man who orders his life according to their teaching cannot go far wrong. Norman Douglas
  • Quotations are the offspring of experience, instinct with blood and breath and vitality. They are not propositions, conceived in the understanding and addressed to life, but propositions born of life itself, and addressed to the heart. They were not conceived in the minds of the great few, but they sprang from the life of the people.   Timothy Titcomb
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… far more than books and theoretical knowledge …

  • The only source of knowledge is experience. Albert Einstein
  • Experience is more important than knowledge. Santosh Kalwar
  • The experience to be gathered from books, though often valuable, is but of the nature of learning whereas the experience gained from actual life, is of the nature of wisdom and a small store of the latter is worth vastly more than a stock of the former. Samuel Smiles
  • No man’s knowledge here can go beyond his experience. John Locke
  • Unless the knowledge gained from experience is reconditioned in each new situation, it is a rigid and a dangerous guide.
  • Knowledge must come through action; you can have no test, which is not fanciful; save by trial. Sophocles
  • The knowledge of the world is only to be acquired in the world, and not in a closet. Lord Philip Chesterfield
  • Wisdom is knowledge which is experience and therefore life; the quest of wisdom is in reality the quest of life. J. van der Leeuw
  • Information’s pretty thin stuff unless mixed with experience. Clarence Day
  • What is all knowledge too but recorded experience? Thomas Carlyle
  • Experience is retrospect knowledge. Hosea Ballou
  • Nothing that is worth knowing can be taught. Oscar Wilde
  • Experience without theory is blind, but theory without experience is mere intellectual play. Immanuel Kant
  • A brain is only capable of what it could conceive, and it couldnt concieve what it hasnt experienced. Graham Greene
  • A little experience often upsets a lot of theory.
  • People never learn anything by being told, they have to find out for themselves. Paulo Coelho
  • There is no perfect knowledge which can be entitled ours, that is innate; none but what has been obtained from experience, or derived in some way from our senses. William Harvey
  • Knowledge gained through experience is far superior and many times more useful than bookish knowledge. Mahatma Gandhi
  • That learning which thou gettest by thy own observation and experience, is far beyond that which thou gettest by precept; as the knowledge of a traveler exceeds that which is got by reading. Thomas à Kempis
  • Memorizing someone else’s explanation of the truth isn’t the same as seeing the truth for yourself. It is what it is—the memorization of second-hand knowledge. It is not your experience. It is not your knowledge. And no matter how much material is learned by rote, and no matter how eloquently we can speak about the memorized information, we’re clinging to a description of something that’s not ours. What’s more, the description is never the item itself. By holding onto our impression of certain descriptions, we frequently are unable to see the real thing when it’s right before our eyes. We are conditioned by memorizing and believing concepts—the truth of which we’ve never genuinely seen for ourselves. E. Davey
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… and far more than faith and dogma

  • Although nature commences with reason and ends in experience it is necessary for us to do the opposite, that is to commence with experience and from this to proceed to investigate the reason. Leonardo da Vinci
  • To ‘choose’ dogma and faith over doubt and experience is to throw out the ripening vintage and to reach greedily for the Kool- Aid. Christopher Hitchens
  • I don’t have to have faith, I have experience. Joseph Campbell
  • Abandon the urge to simplify everything, to look for formulas and easy answers, and to begin to think multidimensionally, to glory in the mystery and paradoxes of life, not to be dismayed by the multitude of causes and consequences that are inherent in each experience — to appreciate the fact that life is complex. M. Scott Peck
  • Experience is the universal mother of sciences. Miguel de Cervantes
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Experience brings good judgement, often stemming from bad judgement

  • Success is the result of good judgement, good judgment is a result of experience, experience is often the result of bad judgment. Tony Robbins
  • Judgment is forced upon us by experience. Samuel Johnson
  • Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment. Rita Mae Brown
  • Our wisdom comes from our experience, and our experience comes from our foolishness. Sacha Guitry
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Experience reveals truth

  • Truth is what stands the test of experience. Albert Einstein
  • Truth does not need argument, agreement, theories or beliefs. There is only one test for it and that is to ask yourself ‘Is the statement true or false in my experience? Barry Long
  • There are many truths of which the full meaning cannot be realized until personal experience has brought it home. John Stuart Mill
  • Study the heart and the mind of man and begin with your own. Meditation and reflection must lay the foundation of that knowledge, but experience and practice must, and alone can, complete it. Lord Chesterfield
  • Experience is the oracle of truth; and where its responses are unequivocal, they ought to be conclusive and sacred. James Madison
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New experiences allow us to broaden our perspective

  • We need continued new experiences throughout our life in order to develop a broader perspective. The world is constantly changing and how we see the world should also be changing.  Our perceptions can sometimes stop us from moving forward, so they need to be challenged and changed if necessary.  Phyllis Reardon
  • The only source of knowledge is experience. Albert Einstein
  • A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never return to its old dimensions.
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Our experiences shape who we are …

  • I think we are a product of all our experiences. Sanford I. Weill
  • We are all born with a unique genetic blueprint, which lays out the basic characteristics of our personality as well as our physical health and appearance… And yet, we all know that life experiences do change us. Joan D. Vinge
  • Every experience is a stitch in the fabric of your character. Gary Clausing
  • Everyone and everything that we experience in life is in service to our healing, personal growth, and evolution. Lorraine Cohen
  • People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built. Eleanor Roosevelt
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… and help us to recognise the forces within us

  • 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.  That’s 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
  • 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
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Experiences help us to mature

  • Experience life in all possible ways; good-bad, bitter-sweet, dark-light, summer-winter. Experience all the dualities. Don’t be afraid of experience, because the more experience you have, the more mature you become. Osho
  • A mature soul filled with scars of life experiences. Toba Beta
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Experiences cultivate creativity

  • Creativity comes from looking for the unexpected and stepping outside your own experience. Masaru Ibuka
  • Creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvelous. Bill Moyers
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Go out there and create experiences

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Search out and create new experiences …

  • Explore the unknown. Be open to new experiences. Wayne Dyer
  • Without new experiences, something inside of us sleeps. The sleeper must awaken. Frank Herbert
  • It’s essential to keep an open mind, and to be willing–better yet, eager–to try new things. Michael Abrash
  • Experiences change the brain. How many new experiences are you having?  Dr Joe Dispenza
  • I think it is necessary to have many experiences for the sake of feeling something; for the sake of being challenged, and for the sake of being expressive, to offer something to someone else, to learn what we are capable of. Jason Mraz
  • 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
  • When you have the choice of two exciting things, choose the one you haven’t tried Jackson Brown Jr.
  • Make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. Jon Krakauer
  • We should come home from adventures, and perils, and discoveries every day with new experience and character. Henry David Thoreau
  • Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted; some should only be sipped, but with others, drink the whole bottle. Paulo Coelho
  • 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
  • Please be a traveller, not a tourist. Try new things, meet new people, and look beyond what’s right in front of you. Those are the keys to understanding this amazing world we live in. Andrew Zimmern
  • I want to experience as many different tastes, sights, emotions, conflicts, and cultures as possible, so that I can expand the canvas of my memory and enrich my comedy. Patton Oswalt
  • Creative experiences can be produced regularly, consistently, almost daily in people’s lives. It requires enormous personal security and openness and a spirit of adventure. Stephen Covey
  • Creativity comes from looking for the unexpected and stepping outside your own experience. Masaru Ibuka
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… especially experiences that make you feel fully alive …

  • To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest. To live fully is to be always in no- man’s-land, to experience each moment as completely new and fresh. To live is to be willing to die over and over again. Pema Chodron
  • A man practices the art of adventure when he heroically faces up to life; When he has the daring to open doors to new experiences and to step boldly forth to explore strange horizons. Wilfred A. Peterson
  • People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances with our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive. Joseph Campbell
  • Take the path that runs along the cliff–that one, the one without any guardrails. Take that path and know the exhilaration of the ride and the pride you feel when you reach the end will inspire you to take that path again and again. And that experience … every day, will make you more fulfilled, more complete, and more alive. Harry Beckwith
  • And only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live in every experience, painful or joyous; to live in gratitude for every moment, to live abundantly. Dorothy Thompson
  • Appreciate again and again, freshly and naively, the basic goods of life, with awe, pleasure, wonder and even ecstasy, however stale these experiences may have become to others. Abraham Maslow
  • Adding sparkle to our lives doesn’t come from seeking fresh experiences, but from feeling the freshness of each experience. Behram
  • All experience is an arch to build upon. Henry Adams
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… even if that means taking risks…

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… for experiencing life in its fullness is what life is all about

  • Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experience. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive. Joseph Campbell
  • Wealth is the ability to fully experience life. Henry David Thoreau
  • Find life experiences and swallow them whole.   Meet many people.  Go down some dark alleys.  Try everything. Exhaust yourself in the glorious pursuit of life.  Lawrence K. Fish
  • 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
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Make maximum use of your experiences

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For maximum value, reflect on and digest experiences

  • 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 Nietzsche
  • No matter what has happened in your life, you have the power to change what that event means to you and thus, change your experience, both emotionally and physically. Therein lies your power to heal. Christiane Northrup
  • The free person is not one who defies the rules but one who, recognizing the compulsions inherent in his or her being, seeks rather to read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest each day’s experience. Bernard I. Bell
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Turn your experiences into insight and inspiration

  • My life. The life I’m living that’s where all my inspiration comes from. Real life experiences. Fred Durst
  • A single idea, if it is right, saves us the labor of an infinity of experiences. Jacques Maritain
  • A moment’s insight is sometimes worth a life’s experience. Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • Many of the insights of the saint stem from his experience as a sinner. Eric Hoffer
  • Reflective thinking turns experience into insight. John Maxwell
  • The experience of bliss will give you an insight into the very phenomenon of beauty. Not only does it make you beautiful, it suddenly transforms the whole world. The whole world becomes beautiful because the world reflects you, it is a mirror. Osho
  • To the artist is sometimes granted a sudden, transient insight which serves in this matter for experience. A flash, and where previously the brain held a dead fact, the soul grasps a living truth! At moments we are all artists. Arnold Bennett
  • We cannot will to have insights. We cannot will to have creativity, but we can will to give ourselves to the creative experience with intensity of dedication and commitment. Rollo May
  • The moment of inspiration can come from memory, or language, or the imagination, or experience – anything that makes an impression forcibly enough for language to form. Carol Ann Duffy
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Turn your experiences into meaning

  • Beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy. Human beings have the awesome ability to take any experience of their lives and create a meaning that disempowers them or one that can literally save their lives. Tony Robbins
  • It is not the experiences of your life that determine your outcome. It is the meaning you attach to each experience. Jim Hartness
  • The essence of intelligence is skill in extracting meaning from everyday experience.
  • There is no meaning to anything save the meaning you can give it. Life is meaningless. I give you the opportunity to decide what anything and everything means. Choose why it is happening. Decide why. Do not search for life’s meaning of any event. Give it its meaning. Then announce, declare, express and experience who You Choose to Be in relationship to it. Nothing in your world is real. The meaning of everything is the meaning you give it. You are who you say you are, and your experience is what you say it is. Neale Donald Walsch
  • Love is the essential reality and our purpose on earth. To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life. Meaning does not lie in things. Meaning lies in us. Marianne Williamson
  • We had the experience, but we missed the meaning. S. Elliot
  • Wisdom is meaningless until your own experience has given it meaning…and there is wisdom in the selection of wisdom. Bergen Evens
  • It’s not the events that shape my life that determine how I feel and act, but, rather, it’s the way I interpret and evaluate my life experiences. Tony Robbins
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Turn your experiences into creativity

  • Creativity comes from looking for the unexpected and stepping outside your own experience. Masaru Ibuka
  • Creativity seems to emerge from multiple experiences, coupled with a well-supported development of personal resources, including a sense of freedom to venture beyond the known. Loris Malaguzzi
  • Creative experiences can be produced regularly, consistently, almost daily in people’s lives. It requires enormous personal security and openness and a spirit of adventure. Stephen Covey
  • Out of an intuitive experience of the world comes a continuous flow of novel distinctions. Purely rational understanding, on the other hand, serves to confirm old mindsets, rigid categories. Artists, who live in the same world as the rest of us, steer clear of these mindsets to make us see things anew. Ellen Langler
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Turn your experiences into memories worth savouring

  • Happiness isn’t something you experience, it’s something you remember. Oscar Levant
  • Buried under the years and experiences of your life is a memory of a dream, a forgotten wanting, a simple whim. Capture the memory once again and make it a reality.  Stephen Covey
  • I want to experience as many different tastes, sights, emotions, conflicts, and cultures as possible, so that I can expand the canvas of my memory and enrich my comedy. Patton Oswalt
  • Memory is not an instrument for exploring the past but its theatre. It is the medium of past experience, as the ground is the medium in which dead cities lie interred. Walter Benjamin
  • Money is just a symbol we use to facilitate the gathering of memories and experiences. Stuart Wilde
  • Obviously, the facts are never just coming at you but are incorporated by an imagination that is formed by your previous experience. Memories of the past are not memories of facts but memories of your imaginings of the facts. Philip Roth
  • Rather than merely reacting to positive events when they occur, people can learn to savour proactively – to consciously anticipate positive experiences, to mindfully accentuate and sustain pleasurable moments, and to deliberately remember these experiences in ways that rekindle enjoyment after they end. Fred Bryant and Joseph Verdoff
  • All our lives we are engaged in preserving our experiences and keeping them fresh by artificially sprinkling the water of memory over them. They have ceased to retain their original smell and fragrance. Do you call it life— this effort at the preservation of a phantom freshness in something that is withered and gone? Vimala Thakar
  • In effect, the brain is like Velcro for negative experiences, but Teflon for positive ones. That shades implicit memory—your underlying feelings, expectations, beliefs, inclinations, and mood—in an increasingly negative direction. Rick Hanson
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Let your experiences guide your actions

  • Most of the images of reality on which we base our actions are really based on vicarious experience. Albert Bandura
  • Experience is the child of thought, and thought is the child of action. Benjamin Disraeli
  • Everybody experiences far more than he understands. Yet it is experience, rather than understanding, that influences behavior. Marshall McLuhan
  • A little reflection will show us that every belief, even the simplest and most fundamental, goes beyond experience when regarded as a guide to our actions. William Kingdon Clifford
  • Experience tells you what to do; confidence allows you to do it. Stan Smith
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Learn from the experience of others

  • 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
  • Quotations embody the concentrated experience of the race, and the man who orders his life according to their teaching cannot go far wrong. Norman Douglas
  • The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages are perpetuated by quotations. Isaac Disraeli
  • The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages is preserved into perpetuity by a nation’s proverbs, fables, folk sayings and quotations. William Feather
  • Experiencing life through a book can help you learn without all the pain of going through the experiences first hand. Bette Greene
  • 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
  • Is there anyone so wise as to learn by the experience of others? Voltaire
  • It’s a wise man who profits by his own experience but it’s a good deal wiser one who lets the rattlesnake bite the other fellow. Josh Billings
  • It is good to learn what to avoid by studying the misfortunes of others. Publius Syrius
  • If you would know the road ahead, ask someone who has traveled it. Chinese Proverb
  • The experience of others adds to our knowledge, but not to our wisdom; that is dearer bought. Hosea Ballou
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Realise you have the power to shape and transform your experience of life

  • Every one of us has the power to create in our lives whatever it is that we choose to experience. Clare Wilde
  • We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them. Khalil Gibran
  • Creative experiences can be produced regularly, consistently, almost daily in people’s lives. It requires enormous personal security and openness and a spirit of adventure. Stephen Covey
  • You have the power in the present moment to change limiting beliefs and consciously plant the seeds for the future of your choosing. As you change your mind, you change your experience. Serge Kahili King
  • By focusing on the most positive and productive elements of any situation, you can shape your inner experience and expand your world. Winifred Gallagher
  • If you will bring yourself to a more deliberate control of your own thought, you will bring yourself to a more deliberate control of your own life experience. Esther and Jerry Hicks
  • Your life experience is a moving picture, of which you are writer, director, performer, producer and critic. F. Hodge
  • You cannot create experience. You must undergo it. Albert Camus
  • Fill your life with as many moments and experiences of joy and passion as you humanly can. Start with one experience and build on it. Marcia Wieder
  • Remember that nothing has to change in the world for us to transform our own life experience. Laura van Dernoot Lipsky
  • I recreate my beliefs. Thus, I have the power to recreate my reality. For what I believe, I experience. This is original power. I change beliefs that don’t belong. Like beliefs of need, separateness, scarcity, failure, judgement, conditionality of love, condemnation and superiority. Neale Donald Walsch
  • The essence of life is finding something you really love and then making the daily experience worthwhile. Denis Waitley
  • There’s always something beautiful to be experienced wherever you are. Right now, look around you and select beauty as your focus. Wayne Dyer
  • Placing the blame or judgment on someone else leaves you powerless to change your experience; taking responsibility for your beliefs and judgments gives you the power to change them. Byron Katie
  • The joy you experience will be the joy you bring. If you are waiting for joy to be brought to you, you do not understand what you are doing here. Neale Donald Walsch
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Capitalise on the experience that comes with age

  • A youth without fire is followed by an old age without experience. Charles Caleb Colton
  • It is a pity that, as one gradually gains experience, one loses one’s youth. Vincent van Gogh
  • Experience is a revelation in the light of which we renounce our errors of youth for those of age. Ambrose Bierce
  • Listen to your elder’s advice, not because they are always right, but because they have more experiences of being wrong.
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Be open to life experiences

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Be open to experiences of true happiness …

  • Happiness cannot be travelled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude. Denis Waitley
  • Attaining lasting happiness requires that we enjoy the journey on our way toward a destination we deem valuable. Happiness is not about making it to the peak of the mountain nor is it about climbing aimlessly around the mountain; happiness is the experience of climbing toward the peak. Tal Ben- Shahar
  • Happy people know that regardless of what happened yesterday, last month, years ago—or what might happen later today, tomorrow, or next year—now is the only place where happiness can actually be found and experienced. Richard Carlson
  • Inner success is the ongoing experience of love, happiness, fulfilment and well-being… the experience of joy in your everyday life. Michael Neill
  • Nothing outside of ourselves will ever make us happy, because happiness is an inside- out experience. Robert Anthony
  • The way I define happiness is being the creator of your experience, choosing to take pleasure in what you have, right now, regardless of the circumstances, while being the best you that you can be. Leo Babauta
  • The Zen of doing anything is doing it with a particular concentration of mind, a calmness and simplicity of mind, that brings the experience of enlightenment and, through that experience, happiness. Chris Prentiss
  • With repeated practice, we give up our restless search for happiness in the next moment and learn that by inhabiting each moment with full awareness, we experience a deepening sensory aliveness and richness. Ronald S. Miller
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… knowing that experiences bring greater happiness than material things

  • Research shows that material purchases only boost your happiness levels temporarily. Experiences bring more overall joy. Enjoy safari holidays, learn a language, join a dancing group. Richard Carlson
  • Studies show that investing in experiences rather than material goods creates greater lasting happiness. Karl Moore
  • It’s better to spend money on life experiences than on expensive things, for memories can be savoured for a life time, whereas the “joy” of possessing a new thing is only short lived. Anthony Lambert
  • Buy fewer things. When you feel the need to splurge, buy knowledge and experiences instead. Marc and Angel Chernoff
  • Fill your life with experiences, not things, Have stories to tell, not stuff to show.
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Be open to the experience of love and intimacy

  • Fear and love can never be experienced at the same time. It is always our choice as to which of these emotions we want. Gerald Jampolsky
  • If we don’t allow ourselves to experience joy and love, we will definitely miss out on filling our reservoir with what we need when hard things happen. Brené Brown
  • Love is an emotion experienced by the many and enjoyed by the few. George Jean Nathan
  • The spiritual path can only be travelled through the daily experience of love. Paulo Coelho
  • Love is the essential reality and our purpose on earth. To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life. Meaning does not lie in things. Meaning lies in us. Marianne Williamson
  • Real intimacy is a sacred experience. It never exposes its secret trust and belonging to the voyeuristic eye of a neon culture. Real intimacy is of the soul, and the soul is reserved. John O’Donohue
  • Certain things in life simply have to be experienced and never explained. Love is such a thing. Paulo Coelho
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Open to experiences of awe and wonder

  • 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. Albert Einstein
  • The first act of awe, when man was struck with the beauty or wonder of Nature, was the first spiritual experience. Henryk Skolimowski
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Be open to all experiences of emotion, including painful ones

  • The truth is that in order for you to experience true happiness in your life, you must experience sadness. It’s required. Without sadness, we really can’t even understand what happiness is. Karl Moore
  • What is joy without sorrow? What is success without failure? What is a win without a loss? What is health without illness? You have to experience each if you are to appreciate the other. There is always going to be suffering. It’s how you look at your suffering, how you deal with it, that will define you. Mark Twain
  • Take control of your consistent emotions and begin to consciously and deliberately reshape your daily experience of life. Tony Robbins
  • He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness. Alexandre Dumas
  • To spare oneself from grief at all cost can be achieved only at the price of total detachment, which excludes the ability to experience happiness. Erich Fromm
  • But by throwing yourself into these emotions, by allowing yourself to dive in, all the way, over your head even, you experience them fully and completely. You know what pain is. You know what love is. You know what grief is. And only then can you say, ‘All right. I have experienced that emotion. I recognize that emotion. Now I need to detach from that emotion for a moment’. Mitch Albom
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Be open to spiritual experiences …

  • I think any spiritual experience that’s worthwhile is not about ego and it will humble you in some way. And also, a Zen monk once said to me, ‘If you’re not laughing, then you’re not getting it.” David O. Russell
  • Feel the Presence within you as the background to every experience. Eckhart Tolle
  • The invitation for you as a meditator is to become very engaged with where awareness wants to go, with what it wants to experience, with what it wants to look at. Adyashanti
  • Personal experience, therefore, is everything in Zen. No ideas are intelligible to those who have no backing of experience. T. Suzuki
  • Enlightened understanding is not knowledge about the universe, but the living experience of the nature of the universe. Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
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… for we are spiritual beings having a human experience …

  • We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience. Teilhard de Chardin
  • In order to experience everyday spirituality, we need to remember that we are spiritual beings spending some time in a human body. Barbara de Angelis
  • As a spirit having a human experience, you can choose to not merely exist but to be fully conscious and aware of living in a limited world. When you take a conscious part in life and its multitudes of choices, you won’t let life happen to you – you will make life happen for you.  James Van Praagh
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… and spiritual experiences are amongst the most sublime of all experiences

  • The great awareness comes slowly, piece by piece. The path of spiritual growth is a path of lifelong learning. The experience of spiritual power is basically a joyful one. M. Scott Peck
  • Certain experiences may be transmitted by language, others–more profound– by silence; and then there are those that cannot be transmitted, not even by silence. Elie Wiesel
  • The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience. Emily Dickinson
  • To feel one’s faculties expanding the soul is one of life’s most sublime experiences. David McKay
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Open to an experience of divinity

  • I deepen my experience of God through prayer, meditation, and forgiveness. Marianne Williamson
  • People substitute tradition for the living experience of the love of God. They talk and think as though walking with God was attained by walking in the footsteps of people who walked with God.  Francis Howgill
  • When we begin to experience our life as the miraculous expression of divinity — not occasionally, but all the time — then we will know the true meaning of success. Deepak Chopra
  • There is absolutely nothing in ordinary human experience to compare with the joy of the presence of the Love of God. No sacrifice is too great nor effort too much in order to realize that Presence. David R. Hawkins
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Open to a direct experience of the present moment

  • Mindfulness means being in the present moment, but slightly detached. It means fully absorbing your thoughts, feelings, and experiences without being swept away by them.  Richard O’Connor
  • Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience. It isn’t more complicated than that. It is opening to or receiving the present moment, pleasant or unpleasant, just as it is, without either clinging to it or rejecting it. Sylvia Boorstein
  • This type of present moment-focus is part of yoga, meditation, and even some therapies for anxiety disorders. The goal is to get the person out of their head, halt the vicious cycle of worries and ruminations, and to show the person what is right in front of them—that the present moment is a precious one and one that you will not get to experience again. Amy Przeworski, Ph.D.
  • When we are mired in the relative world, never lifting our gaze to the mystery, our life is stunted, incomplete; we are filled with yearning for that paradise that is lost when, as young children, we replace it with words and ideas and abstractions – such as merit, such as past, present, and future – our direct, spontaneous experience of the thing itself, in the beauty and precision of this present moment. Peter Matthiessen
  • You have the power in the present moment to change limiting beliefs and consciously plant the seeds for the future of your choosing. As you change your mind, you change your experience. Serge Kahili King
  • Get out of our heads and learn to experience the world directly, experientially, without the relentless commentary of our thoughts. We might just open ourselves up to the limitless possibilities for happiness that life has to offer us . Mark Williams
  • We have no present. Our consciousness is almost completely preoccupied with memory and expectation. We do not realize that there never was, is, nor will be any other experience than present experience. We are therefore out of touch with reality. We confuse the world as talked about, described, and measured with the world which actually is. Alan Watts
  • We spend most of our time in a kind of horizontal thinking. We move along the surface of things going from one quick base to another, often with a frenzy that wears us out.  We collect data, things, people, ideas, “profound experiences,” never penetrating any of them. . . But there are other times.  There are times when we stop.  We sit still.  We lose ourselves in a pile of leaves or its memory.  We listen and breezes from a whole other world begin to whisper.  James Carroll
  • Your life as it is happening is only half lived while half awake, lost in thoughts of the future and neglecting your real and true-life experience by failing to give it the quality of attention that is warranted. You are never fully where your life is, yet you cannot be anywhere else. This is a life of limbo, the in- between place that does not exist, except in the space of your busy mind. Aaron McNaught
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Open to a direct experience of who you really are in essence

  • Awakening to the truth is a deep realization of what you are as an experience. What is it that is listening? What is it that is feeling? Feel it. Sense it. Welcome it. Adyashanti
  • And we’re seeing a higher level of consciousness and many more opportunities for people to challenge their present ways of thinking and move into a grander and larger experience of who they really are. Neale Donald Walsch
  • Life is a constant process of limitless creation. It is about recreating Who You are, by remembering all you have always known, and choosing what you want to experience of your Self. Go therefore into this magnificent world of your creation and make your lifetime an extraordinary statement of and a breathtaking experience of the greatest idea that you have ever had of yourself. Neale Donald Walsch
  • What part of my Self do I wish to experience now in the face of this calamity? What aspect of being do I choose to call forth? For all of life exists as a tool of your own creation, and all of its events merely present themselves as opportunities for you to decide and be, Who You Are. Neale Donald Walsch
  • I remember I am simply using illusions to create a localised contextual field within which I can experience, and not merely conceptualise, any one of the myriad aspects of Who I Am. I use this contextual field like an artist using a paint brush, producing wonderful pictures and creating powerful and extraordinary moments – moments of grace – in which I may know myself experientially. Neale Donald Walsch
  • He who experiences the unity of life sees his own self in all beings, and all beings in his own self, and looks on everything with an impartial eye. Buddha
  • It is only this immediate awakening to the deepest levels of ourselves, to the conscious source that connects us all, that will enable us to experience and manifest real harmony, intelligence, kindness, love, and compassion in our lives and bring about the transformation in the world that we all wish for. Dennis Lewis
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Open to a direct experience of your Oneness with All

  • Unconditional love is the experience of being; there is no “I” and “other,” and anyone or anything it touches is experienced in love. You cannot unconditionally love someone.  You can only be unconditional love.  It is not a dualistic emotion.  It is a sense of oneness with all that is.  The experience of love arises when we surrender our separateness into the universal.  It is a feeling of unity.  You don’t love another, you are another.  There is no fear because there is no separation.  Stephen Levine
  • Each soul in entering the material experience does so for those purposes of advancement towards that awareness of being fully conscious of the oneness with the Creative Forces. Edgar Cayce
  • It does not matter what name you attach to it, but your consciousness must ascend to the point through which you view the universe with your God-centered nature. The feeling accompanying this experience is that of complete oneness with the Universal Whole.  One merges into a euphoria of absolute unity with all life.  Peace Pilgrim
  • Zen goes directly to your own experience of the oneness of the universe, of your interconnectedness with all things. You learn to distrust whatever you clung to in your old sense of separation, and that realization can be the most liberating thing in your life, a freedom beyond anything you could have imagined. Jean Smith
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Open to your life experiences though practicing equanimity

  • Equanimity describes a complete openness to experience, without being lost in reactions of love and hate. Shaila Catherine
  • Essentially, life develops equanimity as we open more and more to our day to day experiences, present for both the things that we like and those things that we don’t like. Shaila Catherine
  • The final quality that supports equanimity is freedom, which comes as we begin to let go of our reactive tendencies. We can get a taste of what this means by noticing areas in which we were once reactive but are no longer. In Buddhist practice, we work to expand the range of life experiences in which we are free. Gil Fronsdal
  • Equanimity describes a complete openness to experience, without being lost in reactions of love and hate and ego and rumination. Moses Ma
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See Life as giving you the experiences you need to awaken

  • 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
  • Man learns through experience, and the spiritual path is full of different kinds of experiences. He will encounter many difficulties and obstacles, and they are the very experiences he needs to encourage and complete the cleansing process. Sai Baba
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On a lighter note

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Humorous definitions of experience

  • Experience is a comb which nature gives us when we are bald. Proverb
  • Experience is a good teacher, but she sends in terrific bills. Minna Antrim
  • Experience is a good teacher, but the fees are very high. William R. Inge
  • Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first the lesson afterwards. Vernon Law
  • Experience is something you don’t get until just after you need it. Proverb
  • Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again. Franklin P. Jones
  • Experience is the the name everyone likes to give to their mistakes. Oscar Wilde
  • Experience is what allows us to repeat our mistakes, only with more finesse. Derwood Fincher
  • Experience is what makes you pause briefly before going ahead and making the same mistake. Alfred E. Neuman
  • Experience is what you get when you don’t get what you wanted. Ann Landers
  • Experience is what you get while looking for something else. Federico Fellini
  • Experience is what you have left after you have forgotten her name. John Barrymore
  • Experience: A form of knowledge acquired only two ways: by doing and being done.
  • Experience: Something you don’t get until just after you need it.
  • Experience: That marvellous thing that enables you recognize a mistake when you make it again. P. Jones
  • Experience: The name an older man gives to his mistakes.
  • Experience: what allows us to repeat our mistakes, only with more finesse.
  • Experience: What causes a person to make new mistakes instead of the same old ones.
  • Experience: What you get from being inexperienced.
  • Experience: What you get when you didn’t get what you wanted.
  • Experience: A comb that life gives you after you’ve lost all your hair.  Judith Stern
  • Experience: What you have left after you have forgotten her name.    John Barrymore
  • Experience: The name men give to their mistakes.
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Age, youth and experience

  • 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
  • The young are always ready to give to those who are older than themselves the full benefits of their inexperience. Oscar Wilde
  • Adolescence is the best substitute ever invented for experience.
  • He talks not probably enough yet because of the experience he hasn’t got. Chris Waddle
  • Senility: The pleasantly rueful experience of forgetting what we’ve forgotten.
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Learning from experience

  • There are three kinds of men. The ones that learn by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves. Will Rogers
  • The trouble with learning from experience is that you never graduate. Doug Larson
  • It’s a wise man who profits by his own experience but it’s a good deal wiser one who lets the rattlesnake bite the other fellow. Josh Billings
  • If we could sell our experiences for what they cost us we’d all be millionaires. Abigail Van Buren
  • Good judgment comes from experience; experience comes from poor judgment. Higdon’s Law
  • Education is when you read the fine print. Experience is what you get if you don’t. Pete Seeger
  • Wisdom comes from experience. Experience is often a result of lack of wisdom. Terry Pratchett
  • I think I’m really learning a lot from my creative writing classes; the entire experience is just indescribable. Stewart Francis
  • Experience – the wisdom that enables us to recognise in an undesirable old acquaintance the folly that we have already embraced. Ambrose Bierce
  • Experience teaches you that the man who looks you straight in the eye particularly if he adds a firm handshake is hiding something. Clifton Fadiman
  • Youth: A good substitute for experience.
  • Zeal: A certain nervous disorder afflicting the young and inexperienced. Ambrose Bierce
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Sex, love and experience

  • Sex is one of the most wholesome, beautiful and natural experiences that money can buy. Steve Martin.
  • Sex without love is an empty experience but as empty experiences go, it’s a pretty good empty experience. Woody Allen
  • All men look at Dr. Ruth and wonder how she has gained all that sexual experience. Rita Rudner
  • Love is an emotion experienced by the many and enjoyed by the few. George Jean Nathan
  • It takes a lot of experience for a woman to kiss like a beginner. Joan Rivers
  • I’m an experienced woman. I’ve been around. Well maybe not around but I’ve been nearby. Mary Tyler Moore
  • I think men who have a pierced ear are better prepared for marriage. They’ve experienced pain and bought jewelry. Rita Rudner
  • Remarriage is the triumph of hope over experience. Samuel Johnson
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More light-hearted quotes

  • A pessimist is a person who has not had enough experience to be a cynic. Mary Pettibone Poole
  • Amateur: One who is always willing to give you the benefit of his inexperience Anonymous
  • An optimist is a man who has never had much experience. Don Marquis
  • Calling upon my years of experience I froze at the controls. Stirling Moss
  • Confucius say optimist is a man who hasn’t had many experiences yet. Confucius
  • Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.
  • Rational, adj. Devoid of all delusions save those of observation, experience and reflection. Ambrose Bierce
  • Everything I’ve ever done, ever thought, ever experienced, and ever felt, has led me up to this moment in my life. And after accumulating and culminating it, all I can say is, “Ahhhhh!” Jarod Kintz
  • Hindsight: What one experiences from changing too many diapers.
  • I am having an out of money experience.
  • I’m not 40, I’m eighteen with 22 years experience.
  • It is impossible to experience one’s death objectively and still carry a tune. Woody Allen
  • 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. K. Chesterton
  • A little experience often upsets a lot of theory
  • One of the best things in the world to be is a boy; it requires no experience but needs some practice to be a good one. Charles Dudley Warner
  • Technology: The knack of so arranging the world that we need not experience it. Max Frisch
  • The trouble with being a parent is that by the time you are experienced, you are unemployed.
  • They say men can never experience the pain of childbirth; but they can if you hit them in the goolies with a cricket bat for 14 hours. …Jo’ Brand
  • WAITRESS NEEDED. Must be 18 years old with 20 years experience.
  • We experience moments absolutely free from worry. These brief respites are called panic.  Cullen Hightower
  • We just had a near – life experience! Chuck Palahniuk
  • We learn from experience that men never learn from experience. George Bernard Shaw
  • We stayed with my in-laws which on life’s list of experiences ranks right below sitting in a tub full of scissors. Jeff Foxworthy
  • When a person with money meets a person with experience, the person with the experience winds up with the money and the person with the money winds up with the experience. Harvey MacKay
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