I have learned…

by Stephen on January 22, 2009 · 226 comments

in Life

I’ve learned-

that you cannot make someone love you. All you can do is be someone who can be loved. The rest is up to them.

I’ve learned-

that no matter how much I care, some people just don’t care back.

I’ve learned-

that it takes years to build up trust, and only seconds to destroy it.

I’ve learned-

that no matter how good a friend is, they’re going to hurt you every once in a while and you must forgive them for that.

I’ve learned-

that it’s not what you have in your life but who you have in your life that counts.

I’ve learned-

that you should never ruin an apology with an excuse.

I’ve learned-

that you can get by on charm for about fifteen minutes. After that, you’d better know something.

I’ve learned-

that you shouldn’t compare yourself to the best others can do.

I’ve learned-

that you can do something in an instant that will give you heartache for life.

I’ve learned-

that it’s taking me a long time to become the person I want to be.

I’ve learned-

that you should always leave loved ones with loving words. It may be the last time you see them.

I’ve learned-

that you can keep going long after you can’t.

I’ve learned-

that we are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel.

I’ve learned-

that either you control your attitude or it controls you.

I’ve learned-

that regardless of how hot and steamy a relationship is at first, the passion fades and there had better be something else to take its place.

I’ve learned-

that heroes are the people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.

I’ve learned-

that money is a lousy way of keeping score.

I’ve learned-

that my best friend and I can do anything or nothing and have the best time.

I’ve learned-

that sometimes the people you expect to kick you when you’re down will be the ones to help you get back up.

I’ve learned-

that sometimes when I’m angry I have the right to be angry, but that doesn’t give me the right to be cruel.

I’ve learned-

that true friendship continues to grow, even over the longest distance. Same goes for true love.

I’ve learned-

that just because someone doesn’t love you the way you want them to doesn’t mean they don’t love you with all they have.

I’ve learned-

that maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you’ve had and what you’ve learned from them and less to do with how many birthdays you’ve celebrated.

I’ve learned-

that you should never tell a child their dreams are unlikely or outlandish. Few things are more humiliating, and what a tragedy it would be if they believed it.

I’ve learned-

that your family won’t always be there for you. It may seem funny, but people you aren’t related to can take care of you and love you and teach you to trust people again. Families aren’t biological.

I’ve learned-

that it isn’t always enough to be forgiven by others. Sometimes you are to learn to forgive yourself.

I’ve learned-

that no matter how bad your heart is broken the world doesn’t stop for your grief.

I’ve learned-

that our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become.

I’ve learned-

that a rich person is not the one who has the most, but is one who needs the least.

I’ve learned-

that just because two people argue, it doesn’t mean they don’t love each other. And just because they don’t argue, it doesn’t mean they do.

I’ve learned-

that we don’t have to change friends if we understand that friends change.

I’ve learned-

that you shouldn’t be so eager to find out a secret. It could change your life forever.

I’ve learned-

that two people can look at the exact same thing and see something totally different.

I’ve learned-

that no matter how you try to protect your children, they will eventually get hurt and you will hurt in the process.

I’ve learned-

that even when you think you have no more to give, when a friend cries out to you, you will find the strength to help.

I’ve learned-

that credentials on the wall do not make you a decent human being.

I’ve learned-

that the people you care about most in life are taken from you too soon.

I’ve learned-

that it’s hard to determine where to draw the line between being nice and not hurting people’s feelings, and standing up for what you believe.

I’ve learned-

that people will forget what you said, and people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

By Omer B. Washington

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{ 226 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Gem February 13, 2009 at 8:06 am

This is so true..

2 Kanaka Swetha April 3, 2009 at 9:44 pm


3 Jony April 7, 2009 at 12:49 am

Yea that is really true thankz

4 IMOLE JOSEPH April 25, 2009 at 5:40 pm

Wow! really inspiring

5 Imole Joseph April 25, 2009 at 5:41 pm

This is nice and great.

6 Sambit May 26, 2009 at 1:00 pm

Its been splendid going through the stories. This site has enough to make anyone’s day, no matter how depressed and down he is. Every story is a pearl of wisdom for me, simple, yet so sensational after internalising.

I am looking forward for more.

7 Sambit May 26, 2009 at 1:03 pm


8 Latha June 3, 2009 at 1:45 am

Very touching and great morals to learn.

9 Sindhu Sapna June 19, 2009 at 3:26 am

Great contribution of stories; really touched my heart and it enlightened me about the facts of life…

10 PANKAJ August 14, 2009 at 7:06 am

Very nice stories will help to create a positive attitude in life.

11 Satender September 12, 2009 at 10:16 am

Really fantastic.

12 Lacruiser September 30, 2009 at 6:00 am

My teacher became too frustrated with the Academy management. She asked me to say something which will give her a reason to remain strong and champion the things she just started. I share this sory to her and truly, her day is another day. Another day to embrace life’s goodness!

Thank you!

13 niTin October 13, 2009 at 10:48 am

It’s really great!! The words told here are THE TRUE WORDS OF WISDOM AND KNOWLEDGE. HATS-OFF to the author.

14 Poliquit, Van November 11, 2009 at 11:05 pm

All I can say in each sentence is “exactly” right..

15 Elly December 1, 2009 at 10:19 pm

Bless the writer. It’s so true, makes me realize what life is ^^

16 Afroditi February 12, 2010 at 9:29 am

Too good awesome and true wonderful amazing gajab sahi hai loved it……..:)

17 Vishianki March 27, 2010 at 1:43 am

It’s awesome and very true :-) :-) :-)

18 Khouloud Kleshko May 18, 2010 at 8:24 am

True especially when experienced…. it is a fantastic site… so rich with educational and inspirational material….

19 Joshua Tumukunde July 8, 2010 at 3:04 pm

This is sweat.

20 Sajith September 26, 2010 at 12:47 pm

I’ve learned-
that this message is thought provoking and this site is a blessing.

21 Auleen October 25, 2010 at 1:33 am

Very nice…I’ve learned more…

God bless to the writer….

22 Jonard January 6, 2011 at 10:37 am

I truly learned from all of this…

23 sneha rajju February 13, 2011 at 5:51 am

it is very nice. it really shows what we like

24 chad April 4, 2011 at 3:32 am

I am well appreciate how life is important……………more power to those people who shared the gifts of God wisdom to them….

25 Deepthi May 13, 2011 at 2:12 am

Each and every line is soo true…….and its very touching……

26 Stuff May 24, 2011 at 2:10 am

I have learned to live with no regrets because at the time it was exactly what I wanted.

27 lunadora May 24, 2011 at 6:02 am

So many things to be learned with patience…:)

28 Dragosh May 24, 2011 at 6:17 am

This is a Romanian author. “Octavian Paler – Am invatat” . Now, I’m proud to be from Romanian.

29 HaloMan May 24, 2011 at 11:34 pm

So many true things. I am really inspired by all that was learned by another. These will stay with me.

30 Vedette May 25, 2011 at 8:10 am

Words of wisdom which should always be remembered by everyone.

31 Daniel May 26, 2011 at 12:01 am


32 James Morgan May 29, 2011 at 1:23 am

I’ve learned-
all of this before I was born

33 gabe May 29, 2011 at 4:06 am

I’ve learned–
that somewhere, deep within the misery of daily life, love lies bleeding.

34 kar May 30, 2011 at 6:05 pm

I’ve learned-
that you can become best friend with the guy that you feel in love with… and one day something magical could happen

35 Aaron May 31, 2011 at 11:15 am

This is by far the best one of these lists I’ve ever read. All of it is true. Good job!

36 yvonne May 31, 2011 at 6:16 pm

This really touched me.

37 Dee June 1, 2011 at 7:16 pm

I’ve learned that married men are liars. To their wives AND their girlfriends. To everyone.

38 Aman saxena June 4, 2011 at 12:53 am

Today I have learned something thanks 4 that. I really like it.

39 BaileyAnn June 6, 2011 at 5:28 pm

This is great and very inspiring on a down day!

40 pranu June 7, 2011 at 5:39 pm

so many things to learn in life……:)

41 Michaelarizona June 8, 2011 at 8:29 am

I’ve learned that sometimes I actually enjoy these lists of life lessons when the term “I’ve learned” is used instead of the term “you should.”

42 SOADium20 June 8, 2011 at 8:30 am

We’re all just making our own meaning of this life in a meaningless universe and sharing our ideas with eachother to help us through it all, just to reach the end in the same way as everyone else. These lines make it more tangible, more realistic.

43 Abdul June 9, 2011 at 5:12 am

Yes, I’ve Learned. Thanks for posting.

44 Diana June 11, 2011 at 3:45 am

Thank you

45 Ian June 12, 2011 at 12:39 am

It made me so sad to read this. This one happened to me. And it did change my life. Still inspiring though.

I’ve learned-
that you shouldn’t be so eager to find out a secret, it could change your life forever.

46 Wiggie7 June 12, 2011 at 5:36 pm

I’ve learned-
to be vulnerable is not a weakness, but rather a strength.

47 Pooja June 13, 2011 at 5:57 pm

So very true…. We all have learned through our experiences….. only a small revision needs to be done….

48 Kasey June 13, 2011 at 7:53 pm

Every single one is 100% true. I couldn’t agree more.

49 Julito June 15, 2011 at 7:53 pm

It was amazing just going from one to another of these phrases and realizing life’s full of lessons… The important thing is knowing how to learn them and how to smile even though they’d be the hardest shit to deal with.. Thanks for sharing them!! =0)

50 Donna June 15, 2011 at 8:47 pm

I have learned-
that you cannot change the people around you, but you can change the people you are around.

51 Swapan Dey June 17, 2011 at 6:13 am

If I can adhere to at least 10% of what I have learnt above — believe me – no complaints henceforth from my aquaintances.

52 Karen S June 18, 2011 at 7:26 am

I have learned these things too. Some of them made me really sad. However, your story/stories inspired me. Keep writing…. you’re fabulous!

53 JONITA June 18, 2011 at 1:59 pm


54 Sarah June 18, 2011 at 11:21 pm

Nothing much

55 Melody June 19, 2011 at 5:25 pm

I’ve learned –
that just because you love someone, doesn’t mean you should be with them.

56 Madison B June 22, 2011 at 2:56 pm

I’ve learned-
that I never loved someone before I loved him, now he’s gone and there is a vast emptiness waiting there to be filled. I’ve learned how to never love again.

57 Jade Perkins June 25, 2011 at 4:21 pm

I’ve learned-
that the past won’t ever predict the future. You must learn to let it.

58 Divya Munjal June 29, 2011 at 9:07 am

Nice, loved it.. :)

59 GGK July 3, 2011 at 10:41 pm

I wish I had this sort of wisdom to share, truly inspiring.

60 Cosmin July 14, 2011 at 9:41 am

Written by romanian writer Ocatvian Paler…beautiful:)

61 Anshu July 18, 2011 at 6:23 am

Wonderful and very true…

62 Christine July 20, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Wow, you have articulated the depth and breadth of my own life’s lessons so precisely. Thank you!

63 Daniel July 23, 2011 at 9:31 pm

I have learned that life stands still if you don’t move within it.

64 Saima July 27, 2011 at 1:06 am

I am loving this site,,,,,,,,,,, it’s tooooo good to be praised

65 Aaron August 1, 2011 at 11:14 am

@ Donna (number 50): great addition to this list.

66 Jagadeesh Jampana August 3, 2011 at 11:39 am

I have gained knowledge.

67 Prabhat August 3, 2011 at 3:40 pm

really inspiring…!!!

68 Livelylad89 August 9, 2011 at 2:47 pm

These are all well depressing…

69 Bex August 30, 2011 at 9:04 pm

All you can do in life is live, that is really the only option you have.

70 Priyanka Kumari September 9, 2011 at 5:11 am

True for everyone… true for me!

71 Dapo September 13, 2011 at 10:55 am

I’ve learned,
that success is failure turned inside out.

72 Steve September 13, 2011 at 11:27 pm

I have learned,
that a person’s true personality is shown when he or she gets mad.

73 Jo September 19, 2011 at 6:19 am

No feelings of life could be better expressed than this .. thanks for sharing… it was very helpful for me to start loving a person again in my life and understanding him better… thanks and God Bless…

74 Amit October 3, 2011 at 2:04 am

Whoever you are..one thing is for sure you made me fall in love with you…to that anonymous person sitting there, lemme tell you I love you for this…..coz i have no other words to express the feelings for such a thing of beauty

75 Nikhil raj October 6, 2011 at 6:56 am

I have learned…

76 Mamtha October 15, 2011 at 4:32 am

i have learned lot in my life,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,its dam true

77 Gaurav_Luthra October 16, 2011 at 12:20 am

What a collection Omar B. Washington yar, If any1 will learn this in early age then he can understand life very easily. Thanx brod.

78 NOUFAL October 16, 2011 at 9:38 am

its nice, after i read dis iw’l be a changed man

79 Lokesh October 22, 2011 at 4:33 am

Awesome piece of writing

80 Sara November 6, 2011 at 8:22 pm

Very inspiring, this will open many minds. Thank you!

81 Isha November 11, 2011 at 11:17 am

a very inspiring & awesome work man……….

82 Don November 21, 2011 at 3:29 pm

I am very inspired by these real life thoughts…

83 Nadinne November 23, 2011 at 8:56 am

I’ve learned that life is a book and travelling to see the world is pages in that book.

84 Br. Emmanuel Tudu November 29, 2011 at 6:18 am

Words are truly experimented and lived by the great people. Many of them applies to me too. I liked them very much.

85 Yasir December 1, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Well these are experiences of our life

86 Ifedimma December 10, 2011 at 9:28 pm

I am going to memorize this!!! So great! and I will share!

87 Shadez December 11, 2011 at 6:35 am

Really nice, felt as if they r written exclusively 4 me :-)

88 Yugadi Luitel December 17, 2011 at 1:10 am

I am really inspired. Hope for further such inspirational quotes. Really, really helps me to live a happier life!!!!!!!

89 Angelo Carlo December 17, 2011 at 7:18 am

All of these are so true…..

90 Sohncarl December 17, 2011 at 9:07 pm

Very inspiring and great moral value to mirror on. Words are true and it happens it real time.

91 Rizzy December 19, 2011 at 4:52 am

Very inspiring. Sometimes it takes a matter of time to learn, especially if it involves a person. But once learned its embedded in the heart. I hope you write more.

92 Betty December 20, 2011 at 1:50 am

These are so true!!!!

93 Prathima December 20, 2011 at 7:26 am

Yes I have learned from this… Thankz soooooooo much!!!!

94 Captn January 7, 2012 at 4:39 am

Life now has meaning and direction, thanks!!

95 MoeMk January 24, 2012 at 8:44 am

Definitely learned something out of these quotes!

96 Onunwor Chituru January 30, 2012 at 11:19 am

There are lots of true facts in this piece of Art.

97 Amadi Faith February 3, 2012 at 3:36 am

Thanks a lot. This site is helpful.

98 Mayor Queen February 5, 2012 at 2:16 pm

Hmn! So cool
Realities of life
We keep learning until death

99 KH. AZIZ SHAH February 6, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Like and love this so much… double thumbs ups :D

100 Colette February 11, 2012 at 6:09 am

I’ve learned alot from this. Thanx

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