— George Bernard Shaw Irish playwright 1856 - 1950
— John Dewey American philosopher, psychologist, and educational reformer 1859 - 1952
„Now, there are two different attitudes towards learning from others. One is the dogmatic attitude of transplanting everything, whether or not it is suited to our conditions. This is no good. The other attitude is to use our heads and learn those things that suit our conditions, that is, to absorb whatever experience is useful to us. That is the attitude we should adopt.“
— Mao Zedong Chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China 1893 - 1976
„Although we all make mistakes in life, the problems occur when we try to hide our mistakes, to cover them up rather than to learn from them and allow other people to learn from them.“
— Ben Carson 17th and current United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; American neurosurgeon 1951
„Learning from experience, however, can be complicated. It can be much more difficult to learn from success than from failure. If we fail, we think carefully about the precise cause. Success can indiscriminately reinforce all our prior actions.“
— N. R. Narayana Murthy Indian businessman 1946
„It is in the character of growth that we should learn from both pleasant and unpleasant experiences.“
— Nelson Mandela President of South Africa, anti-apartheid activist 1918 - 2013
Nelson Mandela on character, Foreign Correspondent's Association's Annual Dinner, Johannesburg, South Africa (21 November 1997). Source: From Nelson Mandela By Himself: The Authorised Book of Quotations © 2010 by Nelson R. Mandela and The Nelson Mandela Foundation http://www.nelsonmandela.org/content/mini-site/selected-quotes
— Fausto Cercignani Italian scholar, essayist and poet 1941
„I think of evolution as an error-making and error-correcting process, and we are constantly learning from experience.“
— Jonas Salk Inventor of polio vaccine 1914 - 1995
Context: The idea of being constructive, creative, positive, in trying to bring out the best in one's own self and the best in others follows from what I've just been saying. Again, I repeat my belief in us, in ourselves, as the product of the process of evolution, and part of the process itself. I think of evolution as an error-making and error-correcting process, and we are constantly learning from experience. It's the need to dedicate one's self in that way, to one's own self, and to choose an activity or life that is of value not only to yourself but to others as well.
— Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here for?
„As a former denizen of Harvard, I’ve had to learn that a sense of reality doesn’t always flourish in elite institutions. It is the street virtue par excellence. Bus drivers can display a shrewder grasp of what’s what than Nobel Prize winners. The only way any of us can improve our grasp of reality is to confront the world every day and learn, mostly from our mistakes, what works and what doesn’t. Yet even lengthy experience can fail us in life and in politics. Experience can imprison decision-makers in worn-out solutions while blinding them to the untried remedy that does the trick.“
— Michael Ignatieff professor at Harvard Kennedy School and former Canadian politician 1947
Getting Iraq Wrong http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/05/magazine/05iraq-t.html?ei=5070&en=1c14886ef4740931&ex=1187409600&emc=eta1&pagewanted=print&_r=0, The New York Times, August 5, 2007.
— Plautus Roman comic playwright of the Old Latin period -254 - -184 до н.э.
Te de aliis, quam alios de te suaviu’st. Persa, Act IV, scene 3, line 70 Variant translation: ’Tis sweeter far wisdom to gain from other’s woes, than others should learn from ours. (translation by Bonnell Thornton)
„The only progress I can see is progress in organization. The ordinary human being does not live long enough to draw any substantial benefit from his own experience. And no one, it seems, can benefit by the experiences of others. Being both a father and teacher, I know we can teach our children nothing. We can transmit to them neither our knowledge of life nor of mathematics. Each must learn its lesson anew.“
— Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955