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I have learned…

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

{ 250 comments… add one }
  • Nikhil raj October 6, 2011, 6:56 am

    I have learned…

  • Amit October 3, 2011, 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

  • Jo September 19, 2011, 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…

  • Steve September 13, 2011, 11:27 pm

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

  • Dapo September 13, 2011, 10:55 am

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

  • Priyanka Kumari September 9, 2011, 5:11 am

    True for everyone… true for me!

  • Bex August 30, 2011, 9:04 pm

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

  • Livelylad89 August 9, 2011, 2:47 pm

    These are all well depressing…

  • Prabhat August 3, 2011, 3:40 pm

    really inspiring…!!!

  • Jagadeesh Jampana August 3, 2011, 11:39 am

    I have gained knowledge.

  • Aaron August 1, 2011, 11:14 am

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

  • Saima July 27, 2011, 1:06 am

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

  • Daniel July 23, 2011, 9:31 pm

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

  • Christine July 20, 2011, 12:55 pm

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

  • Anshu July 18, 2011, 6:23 am

    Wonderful and very true…

  • Cosmin July 14, 2011, 9:41 am

    Written by romanian writer Ocatvian Paler…beautiful:)

  • GGK July 3, 2011, 10:41 pm

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

  • Divya Munjal June 29, 2011, 9:07 am

    Nice, loved it.. 🙂

  • Jade Perkins June 25, 2011, 4:21 pm

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

  • Madison B June 22, 2011, 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.

  • Melody June 19, 2011, 5:25 pm

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

  • Sarah June 18, 2011, 11:21 pm

    Nothing much

  • JONITA June 18, 2011, 1:59 pm


  • Karen S June 18, 2011, 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!

  • Swapan Dey June 17, 2011, 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.

  • Donna June 15, 2011, 8:47 pm

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

  • Julito June 15, 2011, 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)

  • Kasey June 13, 2011, 7:53 pm

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

  • Pooja June 13, 2011, 5:57 pm

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

  • Wiggie7 June 12, 2011, 5:36 pm

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

  • Ian June 12, 2011, 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.

  • Diana June 11, 2011, 3:45 am

    Thank you

  • Abdul June 9, 2011, 5:12 am

    Yes, I’ve Learned. Thanks for posting.

  • SOADium20 June 8, 2011, 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.

  • Michaelarizona June 8, 2011, 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.”

  • pranu June 7, 2011, 5:39 pm

    so many things to learn in life……:)

  • BaileyAnn June 6, 2011, 5:28 pm

    This is great and very inspiring on a down day!

  • Aman saxena June 4, 2011, 12:53 am

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

  • Dee June 1, 2011, 7:16 pm

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

  • yvonne May 31, 2011, 6:16 pm

    This really touched me.

  • Aaron May 31, 2011, 11:15 am

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

  • kar May 30, 2011, 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

  • gabe May 29, 2011, 4:06 am

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

  • James Morgan May 29, 2011, 1:23 am

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

  • Daniel May 26, 2011, 12:01 am


  • Vedette May 25, 2011, 8:10 am

    Words of wisdom which should always be remembered by everyone.

  • HaloMan May 24, 2011, 11:34 pm

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

  • Dragosh May 24, 2011, 6:17 am

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

  • lunadora May 24, 2011, 6:02 am

    So many things to be learned with patience…:)

  • Stuff May 24, 2011, 2:10 am

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

  • Deepthi May 13, 2011, 2:12 am

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

  • chad April 4, 2011, 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….

  • sneha rajju February 13, 2011, 5:51 am

    it is very nice. it really shows what we like

  • Jonard January 6, 2011, 10:37 am

    I truly learned from all of this…

  • Auleen October 25, 2010, 1:33 am

    Very nice…I’ve learned more…

    God bless to the writer….

  • Sajith September 26, 2010, 12:47 pm

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

  • Joshua Tumukunde July 8, 2010, 3:04 pm

    This is sweat.

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

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

  • Vishianki March 27, 2010, 1:43 am

    It’s awesome and very true 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Afroditi February 12, 2010, 9:29 am

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

  • Elly December 1, 2009, 10:19 pm

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

  • Poliquit, Van November 11, 2009, 11:05 pm

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

  • niTin October 13, 2009, 10:48 am

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

  • Lacruiser September 30, 2009, 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!

  • Satender September 12, 2009, 10:16 am

    Really fantastic.

  • PANKAJ August 14, 2009, 7:06 am

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

  • Sindhu Sapna June 19, 2009, 3:26 am

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

  • Latha June 3, 2009, 1:45 am

    Very touching and great morals to learn.

  • Sambit May 26, 2009, 1:03 pm


  • Sambit May 26, 2009, 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.

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

    This is nice and great.

  • IMOLE JOSEPH April 25, 2009, 5:40 pm

    Wow! really inspiring

  • Jony April 7, 2009, 12:49 am

    Yea that is really true thankz

  • Kanaka Swetha April 3, 2009, 9:44 pm


  • Gem February 13, 2009, 8:06 am

    This is so true..

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