sadder but wiser
Unhappy but having learned from one's mistakes, as in Sadder but wiser, she's never going near poison ivy again. The pairing of these two adjectives was first recorded in Samuel Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1798).
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And more I cannot explain/but you, from what I did not say/will infer what I do not say.Sor Juana: Mexico’s Most Erotic Poet and Its Most Dangerous Nun|Katie Baker|November 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And there is always the easy-but-true charge of Hollywood hypocrisy.
It was the U2/iTunes team-up years before it happened, only far sadder.Prince Returns From the Wilderness and, Thankfully, Is as Restless as Ever|Keith Phipps|October 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Sheets of bright-but-not-too-bright blue streaked with thin clouds.Native American Basketball Team in Wyoming Have Hoop Dreams Of Their Own|Robert Silverman|August 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He describes himself as “lonelier, but wiser, with a bit of rage in me.”Meet Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, aka L. Jinny, the Ali G of Evil|Olivia Nuzzi|August 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
To be wiser than other men is to be honester than they; and strength of mind is only courage to see and speak the truth.Pearls of Thought|Maturin M. Ballou
Needless to say, the Worcestershire baronet had returned to his ancestral acres a sadder but a wiser man.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
Perhaps their course is wiser than that which hot impatience would prompt—nay, I believe it is.Glances at Europe|Horace Greeley
It was with the utmost difficulty that his wiser subordinates got him to disarm the sepoy regiments in Agra itself.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
It was well that Monsieur de Biancourt was wiser than many of his crew, whose sole cry was to kill them all.