It has been said, “Not everything that is learned is contained in books.” Compare and contrast knowledge gained from experience with knowledge gained from books. In your opinion, which source is more important? Why? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

It is controversial whether knowledge gained from books is more important than the knowledge gained from experience. Some people might think that knowledge from experiences is more essential because experience is trustworthy. I, however, utterly believe that knowledge written in books is more significant. I feel this way for two main reasons, and I will develop these ideas in the subsequent paragraphs. To begin with, the obvious advantage of books is that we can make a better world. Many people say that people should study history because history repeats overtimes. For example, my mom always had recommended me to read history books and I complied with her. The history books contained many interesting stories like ancestors making mistakes and becoming prosperous by dominating in another country’s territories. Therefore, I could see the wisdom of our ancestors. Understanding their fall and success, I have not only thought of the solutions for their mistakes but also their skills for flourishing. Therefore, I realized that learning history is so important for modern people that it can prevent people from repeating mistakes. Moreover, without the knowledge of history books, it is difficult and sometimes absolutely impossible to move forward and make unprecedented discoveries and inventions. Last but not the least, books enable people to overcome their problems readily. Knowledge from experiences is so limited that it is solely based on personal perspectives and emotions. According to the statistics of books, more than 90 percent of the books truly include many kinds of indirect and unlimited experiences. For example, I once got terrible grades and did not get any credit when I was a university student. At first, I was so frustrated because it was a lost cause. Therefore, I just came across a book named “Success depends on you” in the school library. In the book, there was a renowned proverb “Failure is the mother of success”. After reading the book, I cautiously eased my heart and equipped myself to study harder and to become a straight-A student in the university. I stepped up to study. Thus, I could get good grades next semester thanks to the proverb created from the author’s experience written in the book. To summarize, there is no reason to argue that knowledge from experience is more significant. Knowledge from books not only helps us enrich the world but also triumph over problems.
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