A recent post tagged “aphorisms” led to a reader request for more like it. I’m a big fan of the form, and along with David Hsia I put together a small compendium called “Out of Context.”
Here’s a sample: a series of thoughts on learning from experience, and other, cheaper ways of achieving the same goal. These aren’t original (e.g., #4 is Poor Richard, and the last is a paraphrase of Popper) but we took the liberty of rewording to our own taste.
Good judgement comes from experience.
Experience comes from bad judgement.
Experience is the name
people give their mistakes.
Only slow learners get burned twice.
Fool me once, shame on you.
Fool me twice, shame on me.
Experience keeps a hard school,
but some fools will learn at no other.
Anyone can learn from a mistake;
it takes a genius
to learn from success.
Itâ€™s much cheaper to learn
from someone elseâ€™s mistakes.
Thatâ€™s called â€œhistory.â€
Science is a way of getting experience
without paying the full price.
We make our theories die in our stead.