Henry Adams quote about experience from The Education of Henry Adams - All experience is an arch, to build upon.
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All experience is an arch, to build upon.
 Henry Adams, The Education of Henry Adams (1906). copy citation

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“Possibly an education may be the wider and the richer for a large experience of the world; Raphael Pumpelly and Clarence King, at about the same time, were enriching their education by a picturesque intimacy with the manners of the Apaches and Digger Indians. All experience is an arch, to build upon. Yet Adams admitted himself unable to guess what use his second winter in Germany was to him, or what he expected it to be. Even the doctrine of accidental education broke down. There were no accidents in Dresden.” source

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