Ut est rerum omnium magister usus

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Ut est rerum omnium magister usus (roughly "Experience is the teacher of all things" or more generally "experience is the best teacher") is a quote attributed to Julius Caesar in De Bello Civile, the war commentaries of the Civil War.[1][2] Since then the phrase has become a common saying in regards to learning and leadership.[3]


John C. Maxwell stated that the only way to learning from your experiences is to reflect on them, something he feels Caesar had done a lot of, which was the only way he was able to become successful and write down his thoughts.[4][5]

See also


  1. Michael Ekow Manuel; Maritime Risk and Organizational Learning. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2012. ISBN 9781409486718 - page: 59
  2. Stuart Berg Flexner; Wise Words and Wives' Tales: The Origins, Meanings and Time-honored Wisdom of Proverbs and Folk Sayings, Olde and New. Avon Books, 1993. ISBN 9780380762385 - page: 2
  3. Broadcasting, Volume 49. Broadcasting Publications., 1955
  4. John C. Maxwell; The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth: Live Them and Reach Your Potential. Hachette UK, 2012. ISBN 9781455518210
  5. Thomas G. Reid; Sustained Leadership WBS: A Disciplined Project Approach to Building You and Your Team into Better Leaders. Morgan James Publishing, 2017. ISBN 9781683505945

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