It is by surprises that experience teaches all she deigns to teach us.In all the works of pedagogy that ever I read,--and they have been many, big, and heavy,--I don't remember that any one has advocated a system of teaching by practical jokes, mostly cruel. That, however, describes the method of our great teacher, Experience. She says, Open your mouth and shut your eyes[C. S. Peirce, "On Phenomenology", The Essential Peirce, Volume 2 (1893-1915), Peirce Edition Project, ed. Indiana University Press (Indianapolis: 1998) p. 154.]
And I'll give you something to make you wise;and thereupon she keeps her promise, and seems to take her pay in the fun of tormenting us.