"We come altogether fresh and raw into the several stages of life, and often find ourselves without experience, despite our years."
"Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards."Francois de La Rochefoucauld on Soren Kierkegaard
"The only source of knowledge is experience."Francois de La Rochefoucauld on Albert Einstein
"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn."Francois de La Rochefoucauld on C. S. Lewis
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."Francois de La Rochefoucauld on Oscar Wilde
"A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way."Francois de La Rochefoucauld on Mark Twain
"It is with an old love as it is with old age a man lives to all the miseries, but is dead to all the pleasures."
"Old age is a tyrant, who forbids, under pain of death, the pleasures of youth."
"The defects of the mind, like those of the face, grow worse with age."
"It is great folly to wish to be wise all alone."
"Though nature be ever so generous, yet can she not make a hero alone. Fortune must contribute her part too and till both concur, the work cannot be perfected."
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