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.
Experience teaches us only one thing at at time -- and hardly that, in
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|When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly
stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was
astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.
- attributed by Reader's Digest, Sept. 1937. This quote has been attributed to Mark Twain, but until the attribution can be verified, the quote should not be regarded as authentic.
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