Inexperience Quotes

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Jon Krakauer
“It is easy, when you are young, to believe that what you desire is no less than what you deserve, to assume that if you want something badly enough, it is your God-given right to have it.”
Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild

Ian McEwan
“And though you think the world is at your feet, it can rise up and tread on you.”
Ian McEwan, Atonement

Brooks Atkinson
“The most fatal illusion is the settled point of view. Since life is growth and motion, a fixed point of view kills anybody who has one.”
Brooks Atkinson

Mercedes Lackey
“Inexperience can be overcome, ignorance can be enlightened, but prejudice will destroy you.”
Mercedes Lackey, The Black Gryphon

Patrick Rothfuss
“I should have been bolder and kissed her at the end. I should have been more cautious. I had talked too much. I had said too little.”
Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind

Wayne Gerard Trotman
“Optimists are usually inexperienced.”
Wayne Gerard Trotman, Veterans of the Psychic Wars

Stefan Zweig
“Arrived at an age when others had already long been married and had children and held important positions, and were obliged to produce the best that was in them with all their energy, I still regarded myself as youthful, a beginner who faced immeasurable time, and I was hesitant about final decisions of any kind.”
Stefan Zweig, The World of Yesterday

Robertson Davies
“But the character of the music emphasized the tale as allegory--humorous, poignant, humane allegory--disclosing the metamorphosis of life itself, in which man moves from confident inexperience through the bitterness of experience, toward the rueful wisdom of self-knowledge.”
Robertson Davies, A Mixture of Frailties

Lish McBride
“Sam, you need experts on this, and I love you, but—”
“I’m so new I have that new-car smell about me?”
Lish McBride, Necromancing the Stone

Siegfried Sassoon
“All the sanguine guesswork of youth is there, and the silliness; all the novelty of being alive and impressed by the urgency of tremendous trivialities.”
Siegfried Sassoon, Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man

Criss Jami
“You can never make someone like something they don't like, but you can always help them to better understand it.”
Criss Jami, Healology

“Younger colleagues tended to draw untested self-confidence from their bonuses and prestigious degrees.”
Ron Suskind, Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President

Patrick Rothfuss
“Vashet," I said. "It occurs to me it would be nice to fight someone whose ability is somewhat closer to my own."

Vashet laughed, shaking her head. "That is like throwing two virgins into a bed. Enthusiasm, passion, and ignorance are not a good combination. Someone is likely to get hurt.”
Patrick Rothfuss, The Wise Man's Fear

Dean Koontz
“Perhaps this was a day of firsts. The day one dies, of course, is a first in any life.”
Dean Koontz, Saint Odd

A.J. Liebling
“Cynicism is often the shamefaced product of inexperience.”
A.J. Liebling, Mollie and Other War Pieces

Wayne Gerard Trotman
“Foolish people laugh at things they do not understand, producing the sound of braying donkeys.”
Wayne Gerard Trotman

Sylvia Plath
“Mrs Guinea answered my letter and invited me to lunch at her home. That was where I saw my first finger-bowl.
The water had a few cherry blossoms floating in it, and I thought it must be some clear sort of Japanese after-dinner soup and ate every bit of it, including the crisp little blossoms. Mrs Guinea never said anything, and it was only much later, when I told a debutant I knew at college about dinner, that I learned what I had done.”
Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

John Steinbeck
“Aron's training in worldliness was gained from a young man of no experience, which gave him the ability for generalization only the inexperienced can have.”
John Steinbeck, East of Eden

Toba Beta
“Rookies talk rubbish.”
Toba Beta, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut

S.A. Tawks
“He held out a shaky and worn hand and she met it with one of her young and inexperienced ones.”
S.A. Tawks, The Spirit of Imagination

Emily Brontë
“To sneer at his imperfect attempt was very bad breeding.”
Emily Brontë

Eric Schmidt
“Supercomputer pioneer Seymour Cray used to deliberately hire for inexperience because it brought him people who "do not usually know what's supposed to be impossible.”
Eric Schmidt, How Google Works

Wallace Stevens
“Youngish artists have a way of being melancholy. It may be that this is merely a symptom of the distress they feel at the absence of definition. They have no very distinct outline either of themselves or of the abstractions that bedevil them. They are, in short, likely to be a bit baffled.”
Wallace Stevens

Maurice Druon
“Nothing moves an older man more than a confession of inexperience from a younger, particularly if the latter be his social superior.”
Maurice Druon, The Royal Succession

Azar Nafisi
“It was one of the only times in my teaching career that I got angry and showed it in class. I was young and inexperienced, and I thought certain standards were respected and understood.”
Azar Nafisi, Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books

Milan Kundera
“Einmal ist keinmal. What happens but once might as well not have happened at all. The history of the Czechs will not be repeated, nor will the history of Europe. The history of the Czechs and of Europe is a pair of sketches from the pen of mankind's fateful inexperience, unbearably light, light as a feather, as dust swirling into the air, as whatever will no longer exist tomorrow.”
Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Milan Kundera
“The genius of lyric poetry is the genius of inexperience.”
Milan Kundera, Life is Elsewhere