[Ads-l] Quote: The one thing more painful than learning from experience is not learning from experience

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Wed May 31 21:33:46 EDT 2017


Mal à propos:


CONSOLATION GROOK

Losing one glove
is certainly painful,
but nothing
   compared to the pain,
of losing one,
throwing away the other,
and finding
   the first one again.

-- Piet Hein
http://www.sophilos.net/GrooksofPietHein.htm


On May 18, 2017 11:42 AM, "ADSGarson O'Toole" <adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com>
wrote:

> Mardy Grothe inquired about the provenance of the saying in the
> subject line which has been attributed to the American poet Archibald
> MacLeish and quotation compiler Laurence J. Peter. Here is a quick
> analysis. Perhaps a list member can find earlier citations.
>
> In 1966 the expression appeared as an anonymous "Remembered quote" in
> the widely syndicated column of Earl Wilson:
>
> [ref] 1966 April 28, Reno Gazette-Journal, It Happened Last Night:
> Oscar-Winner Lee Marvin Has Bit of Bogart in His Style by Earl Wilson,
> Quote Page 17, Column 3, Reno, Nevada. (Newspapers_com)[/ref]
>
> [Begin excerpt]
> REMEMBERED QUOTE:
> "The only thing more painful than learning from experience is not
> learning from experience."
> --Anon.
> [End excerpt]
>
> In 1968 Evan Esar included the saying without ascription in one of his
> compilations:
>
> [ref] 1968, 20,000 Quips and Quotes by Evan Esar, Quote Page 286,
> Topic: Experience, Doubleday, Garden City, New York. (Verified on
> paper)[/ref]
>
> [Begin excerpt]
> There's only one thing more painful than learning from experience, and
> that is not learning from experience.
> [End excerpt]
>
> In 1978 Archibald MacLeish received credit in a newspaper filler item:
>
> [ref] 1978 November 12, Green Bay Press-Gazette, Quotes (Filler item),
> Quote Page B7, Column 5, Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Newspapers_com)[/ref]
>
> [Begin excerpt]
> There's only one thing more painful than learning from experience, and
> that is not learning from experience. -- Archibald MacLeish.
> [End excerpt]
>
> In 1982 Laurence J. Peter placed the saying in "Peter's Almanac" where
> it was grouped with miscellaneous unattributed remarks within the
> entry for September 21.
>
> [ref] 1982, Peter's Almanac by Laurence J. Peter, Date: September 21,
> William Morrow and Company, New York. (Verified with scans)[/ref]
>
> [Begin excerpt]
> A sense of humor makes the world a comedy—a sense of honor, a tragedy.
>
> There is one thing more painful than learning from experience, and
> that is not learning from experience.
>
> A fool and his money are soon parted—but were sure lucky to get
> together in the first place.
> [End excerpt]
>
> Below is a 1904 precursor written by Eleanor Hoyt in "Everybody's
> Magazine". The meaning is different, but the template is similar. It
> uses the phrase "only one thing more painful".
>
> [ref] 1904 September, Everybody's Magazine, Volume 11, Number 3, A
> Little Sister to the East Side by Eleanor Hoyt, Start Page 324, Quote
> Page 324, The Ridgway-Thayer Company, New York. (Google Books Full
> View) link [/ref]
>
> https://books.google.com/books?id=b8ZZAAAAYAAJ&q=%22to+
> be+understood%22#v=snippet&
>
> [Begin excerpt]
> To be misunderstood is always painful. Possibly there is only one
> thing more painful. That is to be understood.
> [End excerpt]
>
> Garson
>
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