Experience is the only thing that brings knowledge. – Quote of the Day – English










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Experience is the only thing that brings knowledge.

L. Frank Baum (1856-1919)












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Too late ;(












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The quote was of its time but it’s wrong.












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The quotation is from the Wizard of Oz, himself, in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Ch 15:

“I think you are a very bad man,” said Dorothy.

“Oh, no, my dear; I’m really a very good man, but I’m a very bad Wizard, I must admit.”

“Can’t you give me brains?” asked the Scarecrow.

“You don’t need them. You are learning something every day. A baby has brains, but it doesn’t know much. Experience is the only thing that brings knowledge, and the longer you are on earth the more experience you are sure to get.”

“That may all be true,” said the Scarecrow, “but I shall be very unhappy unless you give me brains.”

The false Wizard looked at him carefully.

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“Well,” he said with a sigh, “I’m not much of a magician, as I said; but if you will come to me tomorrow morning, I will stuff your head with brains. I cannot tell you how to use them, however; you must find that out for yourself.”

“Oh, thank you–thank you!” cried the Scarecrow. “I’ll find a way to use them, never fear!”

So here we have a fragment presented as a complete sentence, and a quotation misattributed to the author when it is spoken by one of his characters. Does anyone feel duped?
 












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

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Theory = Understanding
Experience = Knowledge













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Quote MTC from ‘Wizard’ – “You don’t need them. You are learning something every day. A baby has brains, but it doesn’t know much. Experience is the only thing that brings knowledge, and the longer you are on earth the more experience you are sure to get.”

It seems to me it is rather hard to get experience without brains to remember! So it was a tongue-in-cheek statement in the play.

We had a discussion similar to this before (but I cannot remember the title) about the way the quote is presented here.













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But what is knowledge? Is it absolute truth? How do we know we can trust the knowledge we gain from experience? Is it any more valid than theory?












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I don’t think knowledge is absolute truth, but I think it is a step…stepping stones…perhaps a ledge on which we stand. I think it is a process of knowing. Arriving at the ultimate truth is like knowing God.












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I had good experiences and bad experiences too,

those things made me who I am today

and I feel really prepared.












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Experience is the “nurture” component of Abraham Maslow’s nature-nurture theory; there is the nature component too. In my opinion, experience is one way of acquiring information: which is mainly the feeling the experience generated. Knowledge can also be gained by internalizing information acquired using the other senses. You may not have personally experienced an incidence, but show empathy (and somethings as though real) by reading and understanding the event.













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