Experience Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old experience quotes, experience sayings, and experience proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

A stumble may prevent a fall.      

English (on experience)

After crosses and losses, men grow humbler and wiser.      

Benjamin Franklin

All experience is education for the soul.      


An old ox makes a straight furrow.      

Spanish (on experience)

By crawling, a child learns to stand.      

Hausa (West African) (on experience)

Experience is the best teacher.      

Latin Proverb

Experience is the mother of wisdom.      


Experience teaches slowly and at the cost of mistakes.      

James Anthony Froude

If you are not a fish, how can you tell if the fish are happy?     

Chinese (on experience)

If youth knew, if age could.      

Henri Estienne

If you've never run aground, you've never been anywhere!      


It is foolish to try to imitate the skills of others.      


It pays to be prepared.      


It takes a heap of licks to hit a nail in the dark.      

African American (on common sense)

Learn from other peoples mistakes.      


Learn from your mistakes.      


Learning is best when put into practice.      


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

Auguste Rodin

Only the sufferers know how their bellies ache.      

Burmese (on experience)

The buyer needs a hundred eyes, the seller but one.      

George Herbert

The early bird catches the worm.      

William Camden

The grand instructor, time.      

Edmund Burke

The most exquisite folly is made of wisdom spun too fine.      

Benjamin Franklin

The person with burnt fingers asks for tongs.      

Samoan (on experience)

The years teach much which the days never know.      

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Well begun is half done.      


You cannot put an old head on young shoulders.