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Some of the best advice feels cliche and empty to us. There are so many aphorisms that we would have done well to listen to in our youth, but it is only when we have made the mistakes they warn against that we truly belive and internalise them.

Mill putts it nicely in On Liberty

All languages and literatures are full of general observations on life, both as to what it is, and how to conduct oneself in it; observations which everybody knows, which everybody repeats, or hears with acquiescence, which are received as truisms, yet of which most people first truly learn the meaning, when experience, generally of a painful kind, has made it a reality to them.

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