a barber learns to shave by shaving fools
/ɐ bˈɑːɹbɚ lˈɜːnz tə ʃˈeɪv baɪ ʃˈeɪvɪŋ fˈuːlz/
used to emphasize the importance of practice and experience in developing expertise, and the value of learning from mistakes
bought wit is the best wit
/bˈɔːt wˈɪt ɪz ðə bˈɛst wˈɪt/
used to imply that knowledge or wisdom gained through education or experience is more valuable than innate intelligence or natural ability
the child is the father of the man
/ðə tʃˈaɪld ɪz ðə fˈɑːðɚɹ ʌvðə mˈæn/
used to imply that the experiences and influences of childhood shape a person's adult identity, emphasizing the importance of early childhood development in shaping a person's future
the man / he / one who has once been bitten by a snake, fears every piece of rope
/ðə mˈæn hiː wˈʌn hˌuː hɐz wˈʌns bˌɪn bˈɪʔn̩ baɪ ɐ snˈeɪk fˈɪɹz ˈɛvɹi pˈiːs ʌv ɹˈoʊp/
used to suggest that past experiences can influence a person's future behavior and attitudes, and that negative experiences can lead to unnecessary fear or caution
there is always a first time
/ðɛɹ ɪz ˈɔːlweɪz ɐ fˈɜːst tˈaɪm/
used to emphasize the idea that everyone starts from a point of inexperience before gaining knowledge or mastery in a certain area
to know the road ahead, ask those (who are) coming back
/tə nˈoʊ ðə ɹˈoʊd ɐhˈɛd ˈæsk ðoʊz hˌuː ɑːɹ kˈʌmɪŋ bˈæk/
used to suggest that learning from the experiences of others can be valuable in navigating new or unfamiliar situations
travel broadens the mind
/tɹˈævəl bɹˈɔːdənz ðə mˈaɪnd/
used to suggest that exposure to diverse people, ideas, and experiences can enhance a person's knowledge, empathy, and overall worldview
years know way / much more than books (alone)
/jˈɪɹz nˈoʊ wˈeɪ mˈʌtʃ mˈoːɹ ðɐn bˈʊks ɐlˈoʊn/
used to imply that experience gained over time and through life's challenges and lessons can be more valuable than knowledge gained solely from books or formal education
you cannot put an old head on young shoulders
/juː kænˈɑːt pˌʊt ɐn ˈoʊld hˈɛd ˌɑːn jˈʌŋ ʃˈoʊldɚz/
used to suggest that wisdom and maturity come with age and experience, and that they cannot be easily taught or forced onto someone who is young and inexperienced
an old dog barks not in vain
/ɐn ˈoʊld dˈɑːɡ bˈɑːɹks nˌɑːt ɪn vˈeɪn/
used to emphasize the importance of valuing the knowledge and experience of older individuals, as they often have valuable insights and reasons for their actions
an old dog for a hard road
/ɐn ˈoʊld dˈɑːɡ fɚɹə hˈɑːɹd ɹˈoʊd/
used to imply that an experienced and seasoned individual is better suited to handle challenging or difficult situations than a younger or less experienced person
experience is (always) the best teacher
/ɛkspˈiəɹɪəns ɪz ˈɔːlweɪz ðə bˈɛst tˈiːtʃɚ/
used to emphasize the value of learning through personal experience, which is often more effective than theoretical or academic knowledge
experience is the father / mother of wisdom
/ɛkspˈiəɹɪəns ɪz ðə fˈɑːðɚ mˈʌðɚ ʌv wˈɪsdəm/
used to imply that practical experience and learning from past mistakes is a valuable source of knowledge and understanding
experience is (deemed as) the mistress of fools
/ɛkspˈiəɹɪəns ɪz dˈiːmd æz ðə mˈɪstɹəs ʌv fˈuːlz/
used to imply that foolish individuals tend to learn from their own mistakes rather than heeding the advice or experiences of others
experience is the teacher of fools
/ɛkspˈiəɹɪəns ɪz ðə tˈiːtʃɚɹ ʌv fˈuːlz/
used to imply that some people may be unwilling or unable to learn from the advice of others and may only learn important lessons through personal experience and making mistakes
tell me and I will forget, show me, and I may not remember, involve me and I will understand
/tˈɛl mˌiː ænd aɪ wɪl fɚɡˈɛt ʃˈoʊ mˌiː ænd aɪ mˈeɪ nˌɑːt ɹɪmˈɛmbɚ ɪnvˈɑːlv mˌiː ænd aɪ wɪl ˌʌndɚstˈænd/
used to emphasize the importance of active learning in contrast to simply being told or shown
only the wearer knows where the shoe pinches
/ˈoʊnli ðə wˈɛɹɚ nˈoʊz wˌɛɹ ðə ʃˈuː pˈɪntʃᵻz/
used to imply that only the person who is directly experiencing a particular problem or difficulty can fully understand the extent of their discomfort or pain
they that live (the) longest see (the) most
/ðeɪ ðæt lˈaɪv ðə lˈɑːŋɡəst sˈiː ðə mˈoʊst/
used to imply that the longer people live, the more experiences and knowledge they gather, which can lead to a deeper understanding of life and the world around them
learn to say before you sing
/lˈɜːn tə sˈeɪ bɪfˌoːɹ juː sˈɪŋ/
used to imply that mastering the basics or fundamentals of a skill or subject is essential before attempting more advanced or complex aspects of it
learning is the eye of the mind
/lˈɜːnɪŋ ɪz ðɪ ˈaɪ ʌvðə mˈaɪnd/
used to imply that education and continuous learning are essential for gaining knowledge, understanding, and expanding one's mental horizons
experience without learning is far / way better than learning without experience
/ɛkspˈiəɹɪəns wɪðˌaʊt lˈɜːnɪŋ ɪz fˈɑːɹ wˈeɪ bˈɛɾɚ ðɐn lˈɜːnɪŋ wɪðˌaʊt ɛkspˈiəɹɪəns/
used to imply that practical experience and hands-on learning are more significant and impactful than acquiring knowledge solely through theoretical or academic means
when house and land are gone and spent, then learning is most excellent
/wˌɛn hˈaʊs ænd lˈænd ɑːɹ ɡɔn ænd spˈɛnt ðˈɛn lˈɜːnɪŋ ɪz mˈoʊst ˈɛksələnt/
used to imply that education and knowledge are the most important assets one can have, especially in difficult times when material possessions have been lost or no longer hold value
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