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Experience keeps a dear school, but fools learn in no other.

What's the meaning of "keeps a dear school","learn in no other"?

What's the meaning of the idiom?
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Experience keeps a dear school, but fools learn in no other.

What's the meaning of "keeps a dear school","learn in no other"?

What's the meaning of the idiom?

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dear

(other meanings...)

–adjective, -er, -est. Archaic.
hard; grievous.


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This meaning of "dear" isn't used a lot now, at least where I live. But I think it is

the right meaning.

Experience keeps a dear school, but fools learn in no other.

I think this means something like:

Experience is a hard school, but fools don't learn in any other kind of school.

Learning from experience is not easy but it can be very effective, even for foolish people.
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But I'm still confused about the second part of the sentence.

Does that mean "fools don't learn experience"?
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No, it means that the only way that fools can learn is through experience.
I have got it, thank you both!
The fools don't learn in any school, including the school of life.

Or take the more positive view of Nona'sEmotion: smile
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Experience keeps a dear school, but fools learn in no other.

You can't interpret this as fools don't learn in any school.

No other - none apart from this.

I love you and no other =I love you and not anybody else. It doesn't mean I don't love at all.

I will eat no other brand of ice-cream = This is the only brand of icecream I eat. It doesn't mean I don't eat ice-cream at all.

Fools learn in no other school = this is the only school fools learn in. It doesn't mean fools don't learn at all.
Nona: you're right, and I stand corrected. It must be too early hereEmotion: smile
dear= costly
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