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by Ambrose Bierce
A transient
EXPOSTULATION

EXPERIENCE

n.

The wisdom that enables us to recognize as an undesirable old acquaintance the folly that we have already embraced.

   To one who, journeying through night and fog,
Is mired neck-deep in an unwholesome bog,
Experience, like the rising of the dawn,
Reveals the path that he should not have gone.

- Joel Frad Bink