Experience Quotations


Ah dear nature—the mere remembrance, after a short forgetfulness, of the pine woods! I come to it as a hungry man to a crust of bread.—Journal, 12 December 1851
Beauty and music are not mere traits and exceptions. They are the rule and character. It is the exception that we see and hear.—Journal, 11 December 1855
Can there be any greater reproach than an idle learning? Learn to split wood, at least.—A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers
The weight of present woe will express the sweetness of past experiences.—Journal, 3 April 1842
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
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
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