"All life lessons are not learned at college," she thought. "Life teaches them everywhere."
~ Anne of the Island
by Lucy Maud Montgomery
"It seems to me now, if I was to find Father at home to-night, I should behave different; but there's no knowing--perhaps nothing 'ud be a lesson to us if it didn't come too late."
~ Adam Bede
by George Eliot
The past was nothing to her; offered no lesson which she was willing to heed. The future was a mystery which she never attempted to penetrate. The present alone was significant.
~ The Awakening
by Kate Chopin
"When you are older you will know that life is a long lesson in humility."
~ The Little Minister
by James M. Barrie
He was beaten (he knew that); but he was not broken. He saw, once for all, that he stood no chance against a man with a club. He had learned the lesson, and in all his after life he never forgot it. That club was a revelation. It was his introduction to the reign of primitive law, and he met the introduction halfway. The facts of life took on a fiercer aspect; and while he faced that aspect uncowed, he faced it with all the latent cunning of his nature aroused.
~ The Call of the Wild
by Jack London
"I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach. Oh, tell me I may sponge away the writing on this stone!"
~ A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens