All experience is an arch to build on.Henry Brooks Adams: 1907 The Education of Henry Adams, ch.6.
When a woman ceases to alter the fashion of her hair, you guess that she has passed the crisis of her experience.1903 The Land of Little Rain,'The Basket Maker'.
The act of living had been enjoyable; at some point when I was not paying attention, it had turned into a different sort of experience, to whose grimness I had grown so accustomed that I now took it for granted.Paul Frederick Bowles: 1972 Without Stopping: An Autobiography, ch.17.
If there is a distinctive Irish experience, it is one of division, exacerbated by the fact that division in a country so small seems perverse.But the scale doesn't matter.1986 We Irish.
It is my belief,Watson, founded upon my experience, that the lowest and vilest alleys in London do not present a more dreadful record of sin than does the smiling and beautiful countryside.SirArthur Conan Doyle: 1892 The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes,'The Copper Beeches'.
When a poet's mind isperfectlyequipped for its work, it is constantly amalgamating disparate experiencein the mind of the poet these experiences are always forming new wholes.T(homas) S(tearns) Eliot: 1921Selected Essays (1932),'The Metaphysical Poets'.
Experience and history teachthat nations and governments have never learned anything from history, or acted upon any lessons they might have drawn from it.Simon Heffer: 1830 Lectures on the Philosophy of World History, introduction.
The mathematical is that evident aspect of things within which we are always already moving and according to which we experience them as things at all, and as such things. The mathematical is this fundamental position we take toward things by which we take up things as already given to us, and as they must and should be given. Therefore, the mathematical is the fundamental presupposition of the knowledge of things.Martin Heidegger: 'Modern Science, Metaphysics and Mathematics', collected in Basic Writings (1977).
Experience has taught me, when I am shaving of a morning, to keep watch over my thoughts, because, if a line of poetry strays into my memory, my skin bristles so that the razor ceases to act. 416A(lfred) E(dward) Housman: 1933 'The Name and Nature of Poetry', Lecture at Cambridge, 9 May.
I have spoken so far only of the blissful visionary experience But visionary experience is not always blissful. It's sometimes terrible. There is hell as well as heaven.Aldous Leonard Huxley: 1956 Heaven and Hell.
Our reverence for the nobility of manhood will not be lessened by the knowledge that man is in substance and in structure, one with the brutes; for he alone possesses the marvellous endowment of intelligible and rational speech wherebyhe has slowlyaccumulated and organized the experience which is almost wholly lost with the cessation of individual life in other animals; so that he now stands raised above it as on a mountain-top, far above the level of his humble fellows, and transfigured from his grosser nature by reflecting, here and there, a ray from the infinite source of truth.T(homas) H(enry) Huxley: 1880 Man's Place in Nature.
To charge all unmerited praise with the guilt of flattery, and to suppose that the encomiast always knows and feels the falsehood of his assertions, issurely to discover great ignorance of human nature and human life. In determinations depending not on rules, but on experience and comparison, judgement is always to some degree subject to affection.Very near to admiration is the wish to admire.Samuel known as Dr Johnson Johnson: 1779-81 Lives of the English Poets,'Halifax'.
Ist es schwer und kann es ein AuÞenseiter begreifen,dass man eine Geschichte von ihrem Anfang in sich erlebt, vom fernen Punkt bis zu der heranfahrenden Lokomotive aus Stahl, Kohl und Dampf, sie aber auchjetzt noch nicht verl a« sst, sondern von ihr gejagt wird und aus eigenem Schwung vor ihr l a« uft, wohin sie nur st o« Þt und wohin man sie lockt. It is so difficult and can an outsider understand that you experience a story within yourself from its beginning, fromthe distant point up to theapproaching locomotive of steel, coal and steam, and you don't abandon it even now, but want to be pursued by it and have time for it, therefore are pursued by it and of your own volition run before it wherever it may thrust and wherever you may lure it.Franz Kafka: 1911Diary entry, Aug. Collected in Max Brod (ed) The Diaries of Franz Kafka,1910-1913 (1948).
It is not a correct deduction from the Principles of Economics that enlightened self-interest always operates in the public interest Experience does not show that individuals when they make up a social unit are always less clear-sighted than when they act separately.Keynes (of Tilton),John Maynard, 1st Baron: 1931Essays in Persuasion.
Poetry can communicate the actual quality of experience with a subtletyand precision unapproachable by any other means.F(rank) R(aymond) Leavis: 1932 New Bearings in English Poetry, ch.2.
With equality of experience and of general faculties, a woman usually sees much more than a man of what is immediately before her.john stuart mill: 1869 The Subjection of Women, ch.3.
The artist does not tinker with the universe; he recreates it out of his own experience and understanding of life.Henry Valentine Miller: 1939 The Cosmological Eye,'An Open Letter to Surrealists Everywhere'.
All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous unpremeditated act without benefit of experience.Henry Valentine Miller: 1947 The Wisdom of the Heart,'The Absolute Collective'.
The assaying of tea is an art and not a science. It is the man, and not his instruments, which is the most important.There can be no substitute for myexperience and intuited knowledge.Timothy Mo: 1986 An Insular Possession, ch.4.
When you have had a glimpse of such a disaster as thisthe result is not necessarily disillusionment and cynicism.Curiously enough, the whole experience has left me with not less but more belief in the decency of human beings.George pseudonym of Eric Arthur Blair Orwell: 1938 Homage to Catalonia, ch.14.
A good simulation, be it a religious myth or scientific theory, gives us a sense of mastery over experience. To represent something symbolically, as we do when we speak or write, is somehow to capture it, thus making it one's own. But with this appropriation comes the realization that we have denied the immediacy of reality and that in creating a substitute we have but spun another thread in the web of our grand illusion.Heinz R(udolf) Pagels: 1988 The Dreams of Reason.
He took her up in his arms in the way of a bachelor who has had amateur experience of the carrying of nieces.W(illiam) Pett Ridge: 1902 Lost Property, pt.1, ch.8.
I cannot rest from travel: I will drink Life to the lees: all times I have enjoyed Greatly, have suffered greatly, both with those That loved me, and alone; on shore, and when Through scudding drifts the rainy Hyades Vext the dim sea: I am become a name; For always roaming with a hungry heart Much have I seen and known; cities of men And manners, climates, council, governments, Myself not least, but honoured of them all; And drunk delight of battle with my peers, Far on the ringing plains of windyTroy. I am part of all that I have met; Yet all experience is an arch wherethrough Gleams that untravelled world, whose margin fades For ever and for ever when I move. How dull it is to pause, to make an end, To rust unburnished, not to shine in use! As though to breathe were life.Tennyson: 1833 Poems,'Ulysses' (published1842), l.6-24.
The dirty nurse, Experience, in her kind Hath fouled me.Tennyson: 1871Idylls of the King,'The LastTournment', l.317-18.
It had never occurred to Giles that there was something perfectly sensible about wanting to hold onto innocence. He had alwaysgone in for the idea that since we only pass this way once, experience counts for everything.A(ndrew) N(orman) Wilson: 1982 WiseVirgins, ch.6.