Experience Quotes

We don’t describe the world we see – we see the world we describe

Thursday, November 24th, 2011
woman against the dark with birthday candles

Language, as the single most fundamental force of the human intellect, has the power to alter perception. We think in words, and these words have the power to limit us or to set…

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Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving

Monday, October 17th, 2011
deep blue water ripples

Silence spread around Tiffany, a living silence, while the sheep danced with their lambs and the world turned.

Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see…

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I am a part of all that I have met

Thursday, September 29th, 2011
high altitude sky

Yet all experience is an arch wherethro’
Gleams that untravell’d world, whose margin fades
For ever and for ever when I move.
How dull it is to pause, to make an end…

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You never know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011
flood - standing water

Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night.
He who has suffer’d you to impose on him, knows you.
As the plow follows words, so God rewards prayers.
The tygers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.
Expect poison from the standing water…

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The gift of an inquisitive nature to the young can be greater than the wisdom which comes of age

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010
boy with book

Remember when Redwall was at its height? Twelve years ago, nine out of ten bookish eleven year-olds were carrying around some book from the Redwall series. Die hard fans requested scones with meadowcream and…

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The test of all beliefs is their practical effect in life

Monday, January 25th, 2010
crystal ball

It be true that optimism compels the world forward, and pessimism retards it, them it is dangerous to propagate a pessimistic philosophy. One who believes that the pain in the world outweighs the joy, and expresses that unhappy…

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It would indeed be a herculean task to teach the words if the ideas did not already exist in the child’s mind

Friday, October 16th, 2009
small parts spelled with alphabet block beads

He asked me how I had taught Helen adjectives and the names of abstract ideas like goodness and happiness. These same questions had been asked me a hundred times by the learned doctors. It seems strange that people…

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Scholars need to go outside and sniff around – walk through the grass, talk to animals.

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009
chicks in the grass

But sometimes the knowledge of the scholar is a bit hard to understand because it doesn’t seem to match up with our own experience of things. In other words, Knowledge and Experience do not necessarily speak the same language. But isn’t the knowledge that comes from experience more valuable than the knowledge that doesn’t?

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