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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
 
Experience
 
  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
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Experience, like a pale musician, holds
A dulcimer of patience in his hand,
Whence harmonies, we cannot understand,
Of God’s 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
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  Human experience, like the stern lights of a ship at sea, too often illuminates only the path we have passed over.
            —Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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