”Experientia docet (experience teaches) is a Latin phrase. “Experience is the best teacher” is a proverb that has been cited since at least the 18th century.
The tuition cost was added to the saying in the 1890s. “Experience is the best teacher but she charges heavily for her services” was cited in 1895. “They say that experience is the best teacher but the price of tuition is pretty steep” was cited in 1896. “"Experience is the best teacher, but his tuition is a high one” was cited in 1920.
Wikipedia: List of Latin phrases
experientia docet (Latin) experience teaches (English)
(From a letter dated August 5, 1775 by Dr. Samuel Johnson.—ed.)
It is said, and said truly, that experience is the best teacher; and it is supposed that as life is lengthened experience is increased.
Essays, Moral and Religious
By Edward Thomson
Cincinnati, OH: R. P. Thompson, Printer
History is a valuable source of instruction; experience is the greatest teacher; let us profit by consulting the history of the past.
1 December 1895, Philadelphia (PA) Inquirer, “Editorial Wisdom” (from the N. Y. World), pg. 32, col. 2:
Experience is the best teacher but she charges heavily for her services.
October 1896, Medical Era (Chicago, IL), pg. 318, col. 1:
THAT experience is the best teacher but the price of tuition is pretty steep.
Old Fulton NY Post Cards
25 May 1911, Antioch (IL) News, pg. 8, col. 4:
“Experience is the best teacher.”
“Well, she ought to be; her teaching comes mighty high.”
15 February 1920, Washington (DC) Herald, “Group Clothes Plan Is Latest,” pg. 8, col. 2:
Pooling of dearly bought experience in buying yard goods of ready-made clothing by groups of women is advised by Miss Edith Strauss, of the Department of Justice.
“Experience is the best teacher, but his tuition is a high one,” says Miss Strauss.
15 August 1948, Seattle (WA) Times, Magazine, pg. 23, col. 4:
Experience is the best teacher but the tuition fee is often high.
20,000 Quips & Quotes
By Evan Esar
New York, NY: Barnes & Noble Books
Experience is the best teacher, but the tuition is much too high.
“Experience is the best teacher, but the tuition is high.” - #Norwegian #Proverb
8:22 AM - 10 May 2014