Experience Quotations


The weight of present woe will express the sweetness of past experiences.—Journal, 3 April 1842
I look out at my eyes, I come to my window, and feel and breathe the fresh air. It is a fact equally glorious with the most inward experience.—Journal, 23 August 1852
Who is old enough to have learned from experience?—Journal, 21 March 1842
My only integral experience is in my vision.—Thoreau to H.G.O. Blake, 2 May 1848
All we have experienced is so much gone within us and there lies. It is the company we keep.—Journal, 8 February 1841
In the summer we lay up a stock of experiences for the winter, as the squirrel of nuts. Something for conversation in winter evenings.—Journal, 4 September 1851
Surely one may as profitably be soaked in the juices of a swamp for one day as pick his way dry-shod over sand. Cold and damp,—are they not as rich experience as warmth and dryness?—A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers 
The poet deals with his privatest experience.—Journal, 8 April 1854
The chief want is ever a life of deep experiences.—Journal, 8 June 1854
Our mother's faith has not grown with her experience. Her experience has been too much for her. The lesson of life was too hard for her to learn.—A Week on the Concord and Merrimack RIvers
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