Axioms in philosophy are not axioms until

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

Human beings who are almost unique in

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, Last Chance to See

You cannot help but learn more as

You cannot help but learn more as you take the world into your hands.  Take it up reverently, for it is an old piece of clay, with millions of thumbprints on it.  ~John UpdikeSG

You couldnt get hold of the things

You couldn’t get hold of the things you’d done and turn them right again.  Such a power might be given to the gods, but it was not given to women and men, and that was probably a good thing.  Had it been otherwise, people would probably die of old age still trying to rewrite their teens.  ~Stephen King, The Stand

Many a man in love with dimple

Many a man in love with a dimple makes the mistake of marrying the whole girl.  ~Stephen Leacock, Literary Lapses, 1910

Experience is not what happens to a

Experience is not what happens to a man.  It is what a man does with what happens to him.  ~Aldous Leonard Huxley, Texts and Pretexts, 1932, p. 5MBT

Life is like playing a violin solo

Life is like playing a violin solo in public and learning the instrument as one goes along.  ~Samuel Butler, "Speech at the Somerville Club," 27 February 1895MBT