One thousand days to learn; ten thousand days to refine.
— Japanese Proverbs

What do I do when we're not taping? Sit in a dark room and refine my plans for someday ruling Earth from a blimp. And chess.
— Ryan Stiles

The more refined one is, the more unhappy.
— Anton Chekhov

Crises refine life. In them you discover what you are.
— Allan K. Chalmers

It is books that teach us to refine our pleasures when young, and to recall them with satisfaction when we are old.
— Leigh Hunt