Experience Quotations


All we have experienced is so much gone within us and there lies. It is the company we keep.

Journal, 8 February 1841

Do not tread on the heels of your experience. Be impressed without making a minute of it.

Journal, 23 July 1851

Who is old enough to have learned from experience?

Journal, 21 March 1842

The value of any experience is measured, of course, not by the amount of money, but the amount of development we get out of it.

Journal, 26 November 1860

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

I think that no experience which I have today comes up to, or is comparable with, the experiences of my boyhood.

Journal, 16 July 1851

Going a-berrying implies more things than eating the berries.


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

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