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"Saying" in Holland

 
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From another thread (so as not to hijack it):

Piet Souris wrote:gained an experience, lost an illusion, as we say in Holland...



What a cool saying.  Two questions:

* When would a Hollander say this?
* Is there a close saying In English like this?
 
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Older and wiser?
 
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Een ervaring rijker, een illusie armer.

It has a slightly negative connotation to it. You would say it when despite your best efforts, a result you hoped for didn't come to pass. Illusion in this context refers to a 'hope' or 'wish'.

However, it also has the positive side of adding to your experience.

I think the English idiom that is closest in meaning for me is "live and learn".
 
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That does sound better. Unless you want to be like the Ancient Mariner, “a sadder and a wiser man.”
 
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