Good judgment comes from experience, and often experience comes from bad judgment. ~Rita Mae Brown

God will not look you over for medals, degrees or diplomas, but for scars. ~Elbert Hubbard

We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it — and stop there; lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove-lid. She will never sit down on a hot stove-lid again — and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore. ~Mark Twain, Pudd’nhead Wilson’s New Calendar, Following the Equator, 1897

Experience is what you got by not having it when you need it. ~Author Unknown

Axioms in philosophy are not axioms until they are proved upon our pulses: We read fine things but never feel them to the full until we have gone the same steps as the Author. ~John Keats

A happy childhood is poor preparation for human contacts. ~Colette

The problem is that when you get it, you’re too damned old to do anything about it. ~Jimmy Connors, on experience

Life is the art of drawing without an eraser. ~John Gardner

I learned more about economics from one South Dakota dust storm than I did in all my years in college. ~Hubert Humphrey, speech, 1960

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Tom Holmes

Tom's been writing about religion – broadly defined – for years in the Journal. Tom's experience as a retired minister and his curiosity about matters of faith will make for an always insightful exploration...