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Daemon
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Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)
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Women are disproportionately wise without any experience. There's something in their blood, like million lives.
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Nice
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good words
mustafa barakat 1
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I did not quite get it. please could any one , explaine the meaning.
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Neither men or women are wise. Some men and some women tend to have more luck in life than the others. A new experience wipes out the memory of an old one. So I don't agree.
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You are wise when you realise you have much yet to learn... no matter your age or experience.
2015Febechukwu E105
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semi true. You are wise when u actually use experience for practical purposes.
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Experiencing life's trials and tribulations can enhance our understanding of truth, but striving to put our experiences to the test and hold onto that which is true is defined by our capacity to accept what is truth without bias.
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Does Shaw suggest that men don't really learn from the expereince but experiences piled up has its lessons to teach, even to men. Just a guess. (Sorry for the sexist remark.
mustafa barakat 1
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Experiencing life's trials and tribulations can enhence our underestanding of truth................
was the best explanation I recieved for the quote.
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Posted: Saturday, March 29, 2014 7:50:01 PM
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Daemon wrote:
Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)


""Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience.
If we could learn from mere experience, the stones of London would be wiser than its wisest men. #127-128."" From "Maxims for Revolutionists", 1903, George Bernard Shaw.


In other words what really matters is the capability to absorb practical experience and make something of that by processing it and retaining conclusions.
Aldous Huxley put it this way: " Experience teaches only the teachable. " Sadly, some of us are not.

The same applies to the capability to understand knowledge, as opposed to glancing over it.

Finally, there is a good chance that the statement belonged to Samuel Johnson one century before Bernard Shaw, if we are to trust this very reputable source:
James Boswell, "The Life of Samuel Johnson", 1791.
And so, the same applies to intellectual curiosity: People are wise in proportion to their capacity for that.
Michael Roth
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I think Shaw is saying that wisdom comes from within, not without. Some propose that wisdom comes from experience. We all live in the world, but we react to the world based on our thoughts which are, of course, inside. And there are two places inside where our thoughts originate. One place is filled with ego. The other place is humble and it is our conscience. That is the source of wisdom.
jcbarros
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Most of the times experience comes too late.
Marguerite
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I agree with jbarros. Also a dollars short and a penny shy. or something like that. Or is it a day late and a dollar short?
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And I agree with Verbatim and Michael Roth. Ten people can have the same experience and take away the same knowledge, but how that knowledge is ruminated upon and digested will determine which ten shall garner wisdom.
thebuell
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Thanks to Verbatim for pointing out the plagiarism; Shaw "borrowed" but did not attribute. The first half of the quote is, indeed, from Boswell's "Life of Samuel Johnson" (1791). Shaw merely added the second part as a weak (in my opinion) attempt to explain Boswell's words. It's about learning from experiences... internalizing them... and using the knowledge thus gained to guide one's future decisions. Wisdom, like critical thinking, takes work.
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