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Daemon
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What a pity that in life we only get our lessons when they are of no use to us.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
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At a stretch, I'd say that a lesson earnt is a lesson l_earnt; with less_on learning and more towards earning.
monamagda
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Context from:LADY WINDERMERE’S FAN
A PLAY ABOUT A GOOD WOMAN


ACT IV
SCENE


Morning-room in Lord Windermere’s house.

(lying on sofa). ...

[Exit Rosalie.]

Lady Windermere. [Rising.] She is sure to tell him. I can fancy a person doing a wonderful act of self-sacrifice, doing it spontaneously, recklessly, nobly—and afterwards finding out that it costs too much. Why should she hesitate between her ruin and mine? . . . How strange! I would have publicly disgraced her in my own house. She accepts public disgrace in the house of another to save me. . . . There is a bitter irony in things, a bitter irony in the way we talk of good and bad women. . . . Oh, what a lesson! and what a pity that in life we only get our lessons when they are of no use to us! For even if she doesn’t tell, I must. Oh! the shame of it, the shame of it. To tell it is to live through it all again. Actions are the first tragedy in life, words are the second. Words are perhaps the worst. Words are merciless. . . . Oh! [Starts as Lord Windermere enters.]

Read more:https://www.gutenberg.org/files/790/790-h/790-h.htm

Bully_rus
Posted: Monday, August 20, 2018 12:20:17 PM
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Daemon wrote:
What a pity that in life we only get our lessons when they are of no use to us.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)


Yeah. Either lessons come too slow or learners go too fast it its search for new ways... What a pity.
renee talley 1
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We can use common sense to be our best friend; smile in overcoming what our mind can perceive ;apply liberally what can be salvaged; forage ahead ;Shame on you Applause benefit from what we're going through.
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