By three methods we may learn wisdom:
First, by reflection, which is noblest; 
Second, by imitation, which is easiest; 
and third by experience, which is the bitterest. 
- Confucius-

6 comments:

  1. Experience has always been my best teacher.
    Bitterness was never a part of it:
    Since experience taught me the value of reflection, leading to understanding and realizing there is nothing to be bitter about.
    Experience has also taught me to avoid imitation at all costs:

    Wish not to be like the master.
    Being like him, you will always be a copy.
    Become what you admire.
    Be the master.

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  2. Hi The Crow,
    I admire your insights:
    ...'experience taught me the value of reflection, leading to understanding and realizing there is nothing to be bitter about...''
    Thanks for sharing.
    God bless.

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  3. I walk side-by-side with The Crow. Experiences and reflections often come as one package. While imitation, in my opinion, do not teach wisdom--it teaches imitation of wisdom.

    It is said, one can learn knowledge by reading books; but one can only master wisdom only through experience.

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  4. Yes Rizal, I agree.Wisdom do come through experience.
    Thanks for sharing your insights.
    God bless.

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  5. May be the wisdom we earn through experience is the most valuable one-not easily forgotten

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  6. Yes Latha Nair, I fully agree with your views.
    Thanks for sharing.

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