Robin Sharma Page

“There are no mistakes in life, only lessons. There is no such thing as a negative experience, only opportunities to grow, learn and advance along the road of self-mastery. From struggle comes strength. Even pain can be a wonderful teacher.”

- Robin Sharma

Source/Notes: The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari (1998)
Louis D. Brandeis Page

“Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the Government's purposes are beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.”

- Louis D. Brandeis

Source/Notes: Olmstead v. United States (1928)
Charlie Parker Page

“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.”

- Charlie Parker

Source/Notes: As quoted in Bird : The Legend Of Charlie Parker (1977) by Robert George Reisner, p. 27
Eleanor Roosevelt Page

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.... You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”

- Eleanor Roosevelt

Source/Notes: p. 29 - 30 - You Learn by Living (1960)
Sigmund Freud Page

“I have found little that is "good" about human beings on the whole. In my experience most of them are trash, no matter whether they publicly subscribe to this or that ethical doctrine or to none at all. That is something that you cannot say aloud, or perhaps even think.”

- Sigmund Freud

Source/Notes: Psycho-analysis and faith: the letters of Sigmund Freud & Oskar Pfister (1963 edition)


Helen Keller Page

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”

- Helen Keller

Henry David Thoreau Page

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life... I wanted to live so sturdily and so Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life... to drive life into a corner to know it by experience and be able to give an account of it in my next excursion.”

- Henry David Thoreau

Source/Notes: Walden: Or, Life in the Woods (1854)
Nelson Mandela Page

“Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another and suffer the indignity of being the skunk of the world. Let freedom reign! The sun shall never set on so glorious a human achievement! God bless Africa!”

- Nelson Mandela

Source/Notes: Inaugural celebration address (1994)
James Allen Page

“Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom. It is the result of long and patient effort in self-control. Its presence is an indication of ripened experience, and of a more than ordinary knowledge of the laws and operations of thought.”

- James Allen

Source/Notes: As A Man Thinketh (1902)
Dalai Lama Page

“If a person's basic state of mind is serene and calm, then it is possible for this inner peace to overwhelm a painful physical experience. On the other hand, if someone is suffering from depression, anxiety, or any form of emotional distress, then even if he or she happens to be enjoying physical comforts, he will not really be able to experience the happiness that these could bring.”

- Dalai Lama


George Harrison Page

“It's being here now that's important. There's no past and there's no future. Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever, is the now. We can gain experience from the past, but we can't relive it; and we can hope for the future, but we don't know if there is one.”

- George Harrison

Steve Jobs Page

“You've got to start with the customer experience and work back toward the technology - not the other way around.”

- Steve Jobs

Source/Notes: May 1997, World Wide Developers Conference
Abba Eban Page

“It is our experience that political leaders do not always mean the opposite of what they say.”

- Abba Eban

Khaled Mashal Page

“Before Israel dies, it must be humiliated and degraded. Allah willing, before they die, they will experience humiliation and degradation every day.”

- Khaled Mashal

Albert Einstein Page

“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 and stand wrapped in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.”

- Albert Einstein

Source/Notes: Mein Weltbild (My World-view) (1931)


Aldous Huxley Page

“Experience teaches only the teachable.”

- Aldous Huxley

Source/Notes: Tragedy and the Whole Truth - Music at Night and Other Essays (1931)
George Washington Page

“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