130+ Best Life Experience Quotes: Exclusive Selection

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Famous Life Experience Quotes

You have something unique that no one else has – your life experience. That’s the power of you. — Mel Robbins

My life experience confirms that the U.S. government frequently overclassifies data. But that’s a stronger argument for not dumping large volumes of government traffic on an unclassified personal server than it is a justification for retroactively challenging classification decisions. — Michael Hayden

There are people hell-bent on the idea that we’re a Christian band in disguise, and that we have some secret message. We have no spiritual affiliation with this music. It’s simply about life experience. — Amy Lee

With dancing, so much is about sexuality and sensuality and without life experience it becomes much more of a performance, rather than a living, breathing entity from the soul. — Nigel Lythgoe

I have represented farmers in federal court during the Iowa farm crisis. A farmer from Butler County. I don’t think Sen. Grassley had that life experience. It’s just a simple difference of who we are and where we’ve come from. — Bruce Braley

The idea that an author can extricate her or his own ongoing life experience from the tale being written is a conceit of very little worth. — Steven Erikson

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Hollywood is enamored of the 20- to 30-year-old actress, but by the very nature of the life experience of the character, the roles cannot be that rich. You can only have Angelina Jolie in a mental hospital so many times. — Rod Lurie

Ninety percent of my mentors have been male, most of them with very little in common with me on a personal level – from life experience, work experience, backgrounds, etc. — Ory Okolloh

You know, young actors say all the time, ‘Should I use my own life experience?’ And my response is, ‘What choice do you have?’ — David Mamet

At the end of the day, I think having some life experience is helpful to play any kind of music. — Joe Bonamassa

I try to go out, check out the town, and have a good time. It’s a life experience: not everyone gets the chance to see the world and play golf, do the thing you love while travelling. — Peter Uihlein

I think I subconsciously knew you needed life experience to direct, and the best films are directed by people who have really lived, with exceptions like Orson Welles, who just burst out of the gate. There are prodigies like that, but for me, personally, I thought I needed life experience. — Reed Morano

My life experience has made me realise what’s important and what is not. — Andrew Strauss

Like any other actor, I draw on life experience. — Donnie Yen

I’ve been taught through life experience that, like, I’d better open my mouth and quickly define myself in a new space and with new people because, if I don’t, I will be defined. — Justin Simien

The more life experience you have, the more comedy you can write. — Judy Gold

Americans have not only a right but a responsibility to consider the values of those who seek to lead them – whether they arise from life experience, political ideology or religious belief. — Gary Bauer

I don’t differentiate between black and Latino actors. We’re in the same struggle to be represented in a way that’s even close to honest. And I can tell you that the amount of Latino characters I can point at and say, ‘That’s what my life experience looks like’ – I can’t think of any off the top of my head besides Jimmy Smits in ‘Mi Familia.’ — Lin-Manuel Miranda

When you’re improvising, it’s fun to find something that you can lean on that is similar to your life experience. In my opinion, that’s very helpful. — Mark Duplass

Sound comes out of a life experience. — Bill Laswell

I look back at Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan, and especially Betty Carter, whom I admire the most, and I say, OK, they set a standard of excellence. I listen to them not for what they are doing, but to study where they are coming from because, for me, jazz is life experience. — Dianne Reeves

We’ve always been suburb people, and we lived in the East Bay when I was in Oakland. This time around, we’re staying in the city, and my kids are getting that city life experience, which is something you don’t get too much of in Alabama. — Tim Hudson

The kind of products you envision as an entrepreneur is a function of your life experience. — Mitch Kapor

Succeeding is not really a life experience that does that much good. Failing is a much more sobering and enlightening experience. — Michael Eisner

The basic answer is that I wasn’t happy or fulfilled by the job I had and I wanted my life to mean something to me, so I searched my life experience and realized that acting and performing were activities that I enjoyed all aspects of. — Gil Gerard

I got tired of Los Angeles, and I got tired of the game a bit. I wanted to have a different life experience, so I moved to England, and I lived in England for eight years, and I worked there. — Neve Campbell

I have very smart parents. I feel I learned a lot from both of my parents and life experience. — Julia Roberts

I have found, in my life experience with President Trump, when he’s out there himself and he’s being his fresh, authentic self, it’s very appealing to the people of the United States. — Anthony Scaramucci

If you look at the greatest performances of women, they’re usually older… Anne Bancroft in ‘The Graduate,’ Kathy Bates in ‘Misery.’ It’s a matter of characters having a life experience that makes them interesting. — Rod Lurie

The thing about being an actor is that as we get older, there are more and more characters to explore and, in general, they get more complicated, so you get to bring all your crazy life experience to the table. — Victoria Clark

Life experience is what defines our character, even if it means getting your heart broken or being lied to. You know, you need the downs to appreciate the ups. Going on the adventure or taking that risk is important. — Nev Schulman

Working on ‘King Of Texas’ was a life experience for me. — Marcia Gay Harden

Like anyone else in television, I like to explore my life experience. And I don’t think African-American artists see doing shows or art about African-Americans as something ‘less than.’ I think maybe the industry sometimes does. We don’t get as much attention, we don’t get critical acclaim and so on. — Salim Akil

Having read my share of tell-alls over the year, including some that were passed off as autobiographies, I mostly feel sad – sometimes for the writer and sometimes for all the people in his way. I hope that the process of writing the tell-all gives some release and closure on what clearly was an unpleasant and unfulfilling life experience. — Brad Feld

To want to be an actor is enough – you don’t need to tell us about it. The interesting person who comes with some life experience is always the person who is going to be chosen by me. — Kenny Ortega

Some of our life experience makes us weary of love and make it difficult to forgive others. — Parvathy

My time in documentaries was very educating, in terms of life experience as well as the filmmaking side of it. — Roger Deakins

Whether you chose a passive-aggressive husband, workaholic wife, or life of single motherhood, we are all officially allowed – and uniquely qualified – to critique our own life experience. Please don’t pretend you’re living mine. — Rachel Simmons

I don’t know a single woman in her 40s who isn’t incredibly full of life and sexuality and desire for everything. There’s nothing sexier than life experience, and there’s nothing sexier than knowing your own body and having a little bit of experience with that. — Connie Britton

If you’re a young person who wants to become an actor, it’s really important to walk into a casting room with a sense of yourself and some life experience. You can really delight a room and have them already choose you before you’ve even said a word! — Kenny Ortega

Remember, we really grew up separately; our life experience was very different because of segregation. So I think comedy is a good space to work those things out and educate everyone about the different experiences and different race groups in South Africa. — Riaad Moosa

Studying acting has been personally enriching because it has taught me to take the time to imagine what someone else’s life experience might be like. To look deeply at how our pasts and the circumstances of our early childhoods mold us as people. — Aja Naomi King

I have worked on Wall Street and on Bay Street. I started a charity and I’ve been doing it while raising four children. And I think that’s the kind of experience people want to see from their political leaders. It’s real life experience. — Caroline Mulroney

I’ve learnt from my life experience. — Niki Lauda

No, my profile has leaped over recent years, so has my life experience, and I look forward to the next 30 years being even more rewarding and satisfying than the previous 60! — Jonathan King

Basically, any time you have a real life experience, that can be a song. Because no matter how crazy or weird you are, somebody’s had an experience just like you, somewhere. — Benny Blanco

As an actor, your life experience is just as important as studying. — Jane Badler

I’m not sure what my material would have been if I’d have started earlier. I probably would have started with ‘Damsels in Distress’ kinds of films because that’s the kind of comedy I was writing in college. So I didn’t really have any life experience to work off of. — Whit Stillman

Our uniqueness, our individuality, and our life experience molds us into fascinating beings. I hope we can embrace that. I pray we may all challenge ourselves to delve into the deepest resources of our hearts to cultivate an atmosphere of understanding, acceptance, tolerance, and compassion. We are all in this life together. — Linda Thompson

To be a good director, you have to have good life experience. I’m getting there. — Thomas Brodie-Sangster

To have my mind racing and my heart beating fast over glorious possibilities is very close to the summit of life experience for me. — John Ortberg

Cinema is empathy machinery, and we multiply our life experience through cinema. When it is good cinema, it almost counts as a personal experience. — Sebastian Lelio

I wanted to escape Small Town U.S.A. To dismiss the boundaries, to explore. My life experience came from watching movies, TV, and reading books and magazines. When your culture comes from watching TV everyday, you’re bombarded with images of things that seem cool, places that seem interesting, people who have jobs and careers and opportunities. — Trent Reznor

I figure no matter how old you are, it’s always going to be your first marriage and no life experience is going to make you a better judge of who you should marry. — Utada Hikaru

I will direct one day. I need some more life experience before I feel like I can do something like that comfortably. It’d be a feature, it’d be something maybe that I had in writing as well. — Stana Katic

There is such a thing as old emotional pain living inside you. It is an accumulation of painful life experience that was not fully faced and accepted in the moment it arose. It leaves behind an energy form of emotional pain. — Eckhart Tolle

Adult characters are all the things they’ve encountered over time. But kids haven’t accumulated all the life experience, all the regrets. They tend to be more in the moment, more willing to play, to be joyful. — Viggo Mortensen

When I was doing stand-up, I was about twenty, and I really think that that’s a little too young. I didn’t have a whole lot of life experience to draw on. — Steve Buscemi

The success of any stand-up act comes out of life experience. — Howie Mandel

Reading asks that you bring your whole life experience and your ability to decode the written word and your creative imagination to the page and be a co-author with the writer, because the story is just squiggles on the page unless you have a reader. — Katherine Paterson

Hollywood looks to these young people now to say something to the world. I have nothing against that, I think a lot of people have things to say. But I think you need life experience. — Sasha Alexander

I feel like my life experience is that of an outsider. Let me explain: my parents are from Panama, and they moved to the United States the year after I was born. They moved into an all-white neighborhood, where the previous black family had a cross burned on their lawn. — J. August Richards

Open-heart surgery is now part of a typical life experience for many people. Folks talk casually about ‘having a stent put in,’ as if they had their tires rotated. — Roger Ebert

Acting is a life experience. I’m always learning things when I’m making a movie. So the fame part of it is fine when you consider what you get out of this job. — Kate Bosworth

It has been a very successful life experience for President Trump to be President Trump. So let’s let him do that… Let’s see where the chips fall. — Anthony Scaramucci

My life experience has taught me nothing happens by chance. Even the idea of the ball in a roulette game: it’s not chance it ends up in a certain place. It’s forces that are at play. — Andrea Bocelli

It’s fun chasing boys, especially when you’re young, but I think it takes time and life experience to notice the other boys. — Reese Witherspoon

A sense of freedom is something that, happily, comes with age and life experience. — Diane Keaton

I’ve been lucky enough – well, maybe unlucky enough – to have had a lot of friends who have had their ups and downs. And for an actor, that’s good. Life experience in any regard is good. So I’ve seen a lot and I’ve had my own experiences. — Chris Evans

Everyone’s life experience is different. — Billy Eichner

As I got older, I realized that my life experience, what I really had, was always going to be more valuable than what I pretended to have. — Eric McCormack

You know, the truth is that us actors would all like to believe we re-invent the wheel, every time we play a character. But, we’re human beings and our instruments are not violins, they are our bodies and our consciousness and our collective life experience. — John C. Reilly

We were a very small circle of writers. Everybody brought to the table their own life experience. — Howie Mandel

Life experience is not something to be denied, but to be celebrated. — Madeleine M. Kunin

As an actor, you get to sort of bounce back and forth in terms of the age range you play and the life experience that your characters have. — Jonathan Keltz

I don’t have to go to church. The church is within me and the experience is my own. It’s my life experience. — Mariel Hemingway

I always think of my father when I sing arias about loss and love and longing. It gave me that definite deep sorrow that one can only get from life experience, you know? — Sondra Radvanovsky

As we get more technically driven, the importance of people becomes more than it’s ever been before. You have to utilize who you are in your work. Nobody else can do that: nobody else can pull from your background, from your parents, your upbringing, your whole life experience. — David Carson

When child actors act well they’re just reacting to situations, and they’re acting very real because their life experience is so short; there’s no history to fall back on. — Mariel Hemingway

As our knees and hips and eyesight deteriorate, we become more dependable, less impulsive, kinder, and less moody. Psychologists call this the maturity principle. My own life experience fits this principle to a T. — Angela Duckworth

One can’t change one’s life experience, but even if I could, I wouldn’t change it because of all the wonderful things that have happened to me. — Shelley Fabares

In a way then, the Divine Principle, this new revelation, is the documentary of my life. It is my own life experience. The Divine Principle is in me, and I am in the Divine Principle. — Sun Myung Moon

I need time to do whatever I want to do. What happens to an actor that has no life experience? They don’t know how to act as a different role. So, that’s really important to do. — Finn Wolfhard

There’s something about somebody’s first screenplay: it’s like their whole life experience has kind of been bottled into it. They bring so much richness to it. And not that they won’t do that for their next script, but there is something about their first experience and the time that it’s been floating in their head. — Valerie Faris

For me personally, the way I’ve been trained, just through life experience – the harder something is, the harder you have to work for it, the more worthwhile it is, and you just have to know that going in. — Aldis Hodge

I think it’s important and I think it’s true that our life experience is going to be about our attitude, our thoughts, our beliefs, our speech and our actions. We can transform our life experience simply by changing our language. — Jason Mraz

Never negotiate with kids. They don’t have life experience, and they don’t have repercussions for bad decisions; they still get fed and housed. — Gene Simmons

I believe that being an actress or being involved in a movie has to be a life experience, otherwise why go for it? I have to change me, and I have to learn things, and I have to push me and my limits. By acting, I find a freedom inside of a prison in a way. — Juliette Binoche

It’s not good just to have life experience of film-making and that’s all. It’s hard to play a real person when you’ve been in jets and town cars for three years. — Ryan Gosling

No doubt one can, in light of further study and life experience, come to repudiate past convictions. — Norman Finkelstein

I’ve got research, I have my own life experience I can apply, and I have my imagination. — Chris Cooper

I have a wife, a son, and I’ve had some practical life experience. — Alex Meraz

Along with aging comes life experience, so in every way that is consistent with even being human, Leia has changed. — Carrie Fisher

The main thing is that I’ve been studying composition for the last four years. I’d say it’s the life experience combined with the lessons that enabled me to go much further. — Kip Winger

There are lots of things to do. Lots of movies to catch. Lots of places to visit… I try to bring in every real life experience into my acting. — Allu Arjun

I remember that when I got to NYU, everyone was writing scripts. But I was 18 at the time, and when you write a script, so much of it is about what you pull from life, and this sounds sort of cheesy, but I felt like I didn’t have enough life experience at that point to write a movie. — Todd Phillips

The experience of the human, male or female, cannot be completely defined by one startling, surprising, or gigantic life experience. — Jenny Slate

When you’re younger, you’re trying to understand and make sense of what your parents are trying to instill in you, which is ultimately life experience. I remember being 17 and my dad trying to teach me the importance of responsibility. — Jovan Adepo

I was one of those avid moviegoers as a kid, and we didn’t have video, so we went to see everything five times. I went to see every foreign film playing in my town. As times went on, I watched a lot less films. I have a different film school now. My film school now is my life experience. — Jodie Foster

I have a lot of real life experience that I can draw on. And I think that shows in the characters that I play because I’m always trying to find somebody – or find characters to play that I can identify with on a personal level or relate to. And I think it makes for a little bit more of an honest portrayal. — Mark Wahlberg

Our experience in fooling around with the genes of mice has taught us that many of the traits that interest us are not definite products of specific mutations but emergent phenomena arising from extremely complex interactions between genes, environment, and life experience. — Gary Wolf

We certainly want those at the top to do well, but if you base your entire presidency and your entire economic platform on helping them do even better, you’re missing what makes the economy tick. Because not everyone has been as fortunate as Mitt Romney, you cannot base your whole approach on a life experience as rarified as his. — Chuck Schumer

The next phase is to 2016, and yes, I want to be First Minister because I believe I have the life experience, and I’ve got a commitment to change. — Johann Lamont

When I think of the 1980s, the only color that comes to mind is a brown, yellowish color. I guess it’s coming from my life experience, and it’s melancholia and sadness and a bit of joy. — Denis Villeneuve

I grew up dancing and singing, and I pool together my life experience and relationships and put it into work. — Ashley Roberts

My whole life experience feeds into my writing. I think that must be true for every writer. Clearly the Army and combat were major influences; just the same, you need to understand that many of the writers we have now couldn’t load a revolver. — Gene Wolfe

Diversity is not a politically correct idea. Diversity in a boardroom or in a Parliament means that you just have different minds, different life experience, different ways of thinking about patients or customers or voters so that when you bring that intellect, you look at opportunity and risk, and then you have it in much better balance. — Jenny Shipley

U2 – that’s a band that never should have existed. There’s no life experience in any of their songs. — John Lydon

I quite like the idea – just as an abstract idea – of 12 people’s collective life experience and wisdom being this formidable thing. People say juries can be led – I think 12 people from different backgrounds, different races, different genders, different ages, it’s hard to hoodwink. — Peter Morgan

I think a lot of people are making music that shares their life experiences, and that’s what I choose to do, too, but in my life experience, I also choose to try to find the hope in the music, and I think a lot of it has to do with my Christian faith. — Andy Mineo

There is something discordant about a team of speechwriters and political operatives hammering away to create an image of the ‘real, inner’ candidate. And, to be blunt, there is no necessary connection between a moving life experience and the skills necessary for leadership. — Jeff Greenfield

The roles… the deep roles that I’ve gotten to play have turned my course. They’ve changed my life experience. — Sally Field

I came to the States less to find fortune and fame and more to kind of have a life experience of seeing something new. — O. T. Fagbenle

I think people who don’t go away to university are missing out on one of the great life experiences. You meet people from so many different places and it’s the shared life experience that helps you grow. — Anne Murray

I remember when I was 33 or 34, it was devastating because I realized I wasn’t a kid anymore. The great thing about 40 was that I really felt like I had life experience and knew what I was doing now. — Jennifer Lopez

It’s hard to conceive of someone who could work for at least a few hours each day for months and years on the same story without it being close enough to their life experience to fuel their commitment. — Rafael Yglesias

We live in a fast-paced culture where we’re asked to make snap decisions all day long, so I suppose cash-point donations feed into the immediacy of our life experience. So it’s a great idea. But I think it needs careful handling. — Tamsin Greig

The only reference in my life is my life, and it’s my life experience. It’s my environment. It’s my community. I’ve not made that for books. — John Kani

I just really love hanging out with really old people. They’re the best dinner dates you could ever have. All that life experience and understanding. — Mischa Barton

Cinematography is so much about instinct and intuition – you want the same range of experience going into behind the camera as what you see in front of it. Your life experience will come through the lens. — Rachel Morrison

I always say that improvisation is the utterance of one’s spirit, and it dictates your life experience, and that’s how you find your concepts and your way for painting your musical picture. — Dianne Reeves

Can you blame them? We have to filter so much information these days. But it does make it difficult for an artist. I’m 46 years old now. I’ve had a lot of life experience and my voice has changed. People who expect the same old me are bound to be disappointed. — Kathy Mattea

Painting is the most magical of mediums. The transcendence is truly amazing to me every time I go to a museum and I see how somebody figured another way to rub colored dirt on a flat surface and make space where there is no space or make you think of a life experience. — Chuck Close

I think the only reason I wanted to do modeling, really, was because I knew I wasn’t ready to act; I knew I didn’t have enough life experience, and I knew that doing photo shoots was a way of acting. Playing a character each shoot and being able to just emerge yourself in these awkward experiences – it was amazing. — Dree Hemingway

I think what happens to young writers is that they use up every life experience that they have had up to that point for their first novel. Then you have to come up with something for the second novel, but you really don’t have anything to say. — Lee Smith

Books have always helped me make sense of things. With any life experience, you can find someone who has documented it in a poetic way. — Kate Beckinsale

I came to politics later in life so I bring a different life experience to it. — Kathleen Wynne

I’m just so glad that I started acting when I did because I had this wealth of life experience. I don’t know if I’d have been able to handle it had I gone out to L.A. at 22. — Caitriona Balfe

A bit of perspective and life experience isn’t a bad thing. — Gail Honeyman

Life experience brings out different emotions and different perspectives on things. I just want to be constantly evolving. — Kiesza

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