Quotes / Taught by Experience

"Your first child is like your first car. You love it! You can't believe you have it! ...But you're going to put some dents in it."

"Don't ever be afraid to fail. Look at me! I haven't failed, I've succeeded in finding what doesn't work."
Christopher Titus

"I wish they had won. You learn a lot more from a loss than a tie."
Coach O'Ryan, D3: The Mighty Ducks

"Jarvis. Sometimes you've got to run before you can walk."

"We failed our way, hopefully, to success."
Ken Levine, on BioShock Infinite

Experience is a good teacher, not a kind one.
Battlewise Aven, Magic: The Gathering

Even a small, inept street-fighter has a tremendous advantage over the average middle-class American, who hasn't had a fight since puberty. It is a simple matter of accumulated experience, of having been hit or stomped often enough to forget the ugly panic that nice people associate with a serious fight. A man who has had his nose smashed three times in brawls will risk it again with hardly a thought. No amount of instruction in any lethal art can teach this — not unless the instructor is a sadist, and even then it would be difficult because the student's experience would be artificially warped and limited.

San Francisco is a big karate town: in 1965 there were roughly seven thousand full-time fee-paying karate students roaming around the Bay Area... but in any active bar you can hear a story about a bartender who "busted up a guy who tried to pull some karate stuff." It hardly matters how many of the stories are true. The point is valid: the difference between survival and wipe-out in a physical crisis is nearly always a matter of conditioned reflexes. A bartender with scar tissue all over his knuckles will hit faster and harder than a karate-trained novice who has never been bloodied. For the same reason, a Hell's Angel who has been over the high side often enough to joke about it will ride a motorcycle with a style and abandon that comes only with painful experience.
Hunter S. Thompson, Hell's Angels: A Strange And Terrible Saga

Bishop: Good judgement comes from experience and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.

James Bond: At least tell me the details of your plan for world domination!
Blofeld: (chuckling) Oh no, I'm not falling for that one again!
The Simpsons, "$pringfield (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling)"

Titan: You're so pathetic! No matter what side you're on, you're always the loser!
Megamind: There's a benefit to losing; you get to learn from your mistakes.

Also, I took the liberty of watching the tapes of you killing her, and I'm not going to make the same mistakes. Four part plan is this: One, no portal surfaces; two, start the neurotoxin immediately; three, bomb-proof shields for me, leading directly into number four: bombs for throwing at you. You know what, this plan is so good, I'm going to give you a sporting chance and turn off the neurotoxin! I'm joking, of course. Goodbye.
Wheatley, Portal 2

No, no, no! How many times have we been through this?! We've got to learn from our mistakes! There will be no air ducts big enough for hero-sized people to crawl through! It's just asking for trouble.
And if I may remind you, no giant trash compactor! When heroes fall in, they always have enough time to figure a way out! Make it an incinerator!

You see, Harry, after you've been through a few adventures you tend to catch the hang of these things. You start to see the pattern, hear the rhythm of the world. You begin to harbour suspicions before the moment of revelation.

Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted.
Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

Once burned, twice shy.

"In my book, experience outranks everything."
Captain Rex, Star Wars: The Clone Wars

"Pass on what you have learned. Strength, mastery. But weakness, folly, failure also. Yes, failure most of all. The greatest teacher, failure is.
Yoda, The Last Jedi

"Don't move, you! Master Babadi didn't know you were dangerous, but I've got my eye on you! My Juniors are at full power!"