Frank J. Wilstach, comp. A Dictionary of Similes. 1916.
It is costly wisdom that is bought by experience. We know by experience itself, that it is a marvelous pain, to find out but a short way by long wandering. And surely, he that would prove wise by experience, he may be witty indeed, but even like a swift runner, that runneth fast out of his way, and upon the night, he knoweth not whither. Roger Ascham
Experience, like a pale musician, holds A dulcimer of patience in his hand, Whence harmonies, we cannot understand, Of Gods will in his worlds, the strain unfolds In sad, perplexed minors: deadly colds Fall on us while we hear, and countermand Our sanguine heart back from the fairyland With nightingales in visionary worlds. Elizabeth Barrett Browning