experience keeps a dear school

1743 B. FRANKLIN Poor Richard’s Almanack (Dec.) Experience keeps a dear school, but Fools will learn in no other.

1897 C. C. KING Story of British Army vii. But the British leaders were to learn the fact, they might have foreseen, in the ‘only school fools learn in, that of experience’.

1938 E. O. LORIMER tr. W. Frischauer’s Twilight in Vienna vii. The various Governments had..to learn their lesson in blood and tears, for ‘experience keeps a dear school’.

2000 Washington Post 17 July C2 You are never going to be any of these people—for which it says here you should be eternally grateful—but that isn’t going to stop you from trying, is it? In the immortal words of (talk about success gurus) Benny Franklin: ‘Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other.’


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