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“We do not learn from our experiences; we learn by reflecting on our experiences.”

John Dewey

“The purpose of a course on thinking is to enhance student’s abilities to face new challenges and to attack novel problems confidently, rationally and productively.”

Marilyn J. Adams

"The work will teach you how to do it."

Estonian proverb

“You are today where your thoughts have brought you, you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.”

James Allen, author

"We often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do; and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery."

Samuel Smiles

"We learn the rope of life by untying its knots."

Jean Toomer

"To look backward for a while is to refresh the eye, to restore it, and to render it the more fit for its prime function of looking forward."

Margaret Fairless Barber

"If you can react the same way to winning and losing, that's a big accomplishment. That quality is important because it stays with you the rest of your life."

Chris Evert

Ruth and Art Winter.

"I've never made a mistake. I've only learned from experience."


Thomas A. Edison

"Good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure." William Saroyan “People fall forward to success."


Mary Kay Ash

" Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood."


Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.”


Aldous Huxley

"The main fuel to speed the world's progress is our stock of knowledge, and the brake is our lack of imagination."

Julian Simon

"If I have learnt anything it is that life forms no logical patterns. It is haphazard and full of beauties which I try to catch as they fly by, for who knows whether any of them will ever return."

Margot Fonteym

"It is only after a fair portion of one's life that one really knows what are the things that matter, the things that will remain until the end."

Esther Meynell

"Those who succeed and do not push on to greater failure are the spiritual middle-classers."


Eugene O'Neill

"Once people learn something, they're reluctant to let it go"


Robert Easton

"The top of the hill is but the bottom of another mountain."


Ankit Jamwal

"An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made in a very narrow field."

Niels Bohr

"There are no mistakes. The events we bring upon ourselves, no matter how unpleasant, are necessary in order to learn what we need to learn; whatever steps we take, they're necessary to reach the places we've chosen to go."

Richard David Bach,

"Notice the difference between what happens when a man says to himself,

'I have failed three times’, and what happens when he says, 'I'm a failure.'"


S. I. Hayakawa

"God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December."


Italo Svevo

"I got a fortune cookie that said, 'To remember is to understand.'

I have never forgotten it.

A good judge remembers what it was like to be a lawyer

A good editor remembers being a writer.

A good parent remembers what it was like to be a child."


Anna Quindlen

"As important as your past is related to your current performance, it is not nearly as important as how you see your future."

Denis Waitley

"The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it is the same problem you had last year."

John Foster Dulles

"Some days you must learn a great deal. But you should also have days when you allow what is already in you to swell up and touch everything. If you never let that happen, then you just accumulate facts, and they begin to rattle around inside of you."

E. L. Konigsburg,

"Everything we do seeds the future. No action is an empty one."

Joan Chittister

"A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing."

George Bernard Shaw

"It is necessary for us to learn from others' mistakes. You will not live long enough to make them all yourself."


Hyman Rickover

"Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life. "


Sophia Loren

"The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything."


Bishop W. C. Magee

"There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, learning from failure."

Colin Powell

"Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it's useless."

Thomas Edison

"You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have truly lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love."


Henry Drummond

“Your past is not your potential. In any hour you can choose to liberate the future.”


Marilyn Ferguson

“Knowledge is the rediscovering of our own insight.”



"Nothing we learn in this world is ever wasted."


Eleanor Roosevelt

"I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers."

Kahlil Gibran

“It is from the fond memories of our past that we gather courage to face the future.”

Elizabeth Andrews

"The past is a guidepost, not a hitching post."

L. Thomas Holdcroft

"Look back to learn how to look forward."

Joe Girard

"Life can be real rough and over."

you can either learn from your problems, or keep repeating them over

Marie Osmond

"When I want to understand what is happening today or tryto decide what will happen tomorrow, I look back."

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr,

"Life must be understood backwards. But it must be lived forward."

Soren Kierkegaard

Professional Football Player

"There is only one thing more painful than learning from experience and that is not learning from experience."

Archibald McLeish

"A failure is a man who has blundered but is not able to cash in on the experience. "

Elbert Hubbard

"The only time you don't fail is the last time you try anything -- and it works."

William Strong

"We can chart our future clearly and wisely only when we know the path which has led to the present."

Adlai E. Stevenson,

"No amount of sophistication is going to allay the fact that all your knowledge is about the past and all your decisions are about the future."

Ian E. Wilson

“Any man can make mistakes, but only an idiot persists in his error.”



"What you know is just a point of departure. So let’s move!"

Keorapetse Kgositsile, South African Poet

"The improvement of understanding is for two ends: first, our own increase of knowledge; secondly, to enable us to deliver that knowledge to others."

John Locke

"There is glory in a great mistake"

Nathalia Crane, Writer and Poet

"Life is divided into three terms - that which was, which is, and which will be. Let us learn from the past to profit by the present, and from the present to live better in the future."



"Failures are but mileposts on the road to success."


Italian Proverb

"Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new."


Albert Einstein

James Joyce

"Experience is not always the kindest of teachers, but it is surely the best."

Spanish Proverb

"Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me."

Chinese Proverb

"Think about the impact of today's decisions, for tomorrow is much longer than today."


Don Raiff, Economist

"Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes."


-Oscar Wilde

"Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It's perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we've learned something from yesterday."


John Wayne

"I don’t avoid pain by not remembering something; I try to remember and it’s what gives you your sense of continuity in the world."

Memory is empowering,

Melinda W. Popham

"Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely."

--Auguste Rodin

"Learn all you can from the mistakes of others. You won't have time to make them all yourself."

--Alfred Sheinwold

"Do you know the difference between education and experience? Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't."

--Pete Seeger

"Education is knowing where to go to find out what you need to know; and it's knowing how to use the information you get."

William Feather, Author and Publisher

"Use the losses and failures of the past as a reason for action, not inaction."

Charles J. Givens, Businessman and Author

John Powell

"Mistakes are the usual bridge between inexperience and wisdom."

Phyllis Theroux

"Making mistakes simply means you are learning faster."

Weston H. Agor

The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it's the same problem you had last year."


John Foster Dulles

"The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see."


Winston Churchill

"Mistakes are a fact of life. It is the response to error that counts."


Nikki Giovanni, poet

"You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you."

James Allen, author