When randomly asked what they thought were important things to know to get by in life, these were the responses from people of all ages.

Wisdom For and From All Ages

1. I’ve learned that I like my teacher because she cries when we sing “Silent Night”... Age 6

2. I’ve learned that when I wave to people in the country, they stop what they are doing and wave back. Age 9

3. I’ve learned that if you want to cheer yourself up, you should try cheering someone else up. Age 14

4. I’ve learned that although it’s hard to admit it, I’m secretly glad my parents are strict with me. Age15

5. I’ve learned that if someone says something unkind about me, I must live so that no one will believe it. Age 39

6. I’ve learned that there are people who love you dearly but just don’t know how to show it. Age 42

7. I’ve learned that you can make some one’s day by simply sending them a little note. Age 44

8. I’ve learned that the greater a person’s sense of guilt, the greater his or her need to cast blame on others. Age 46

9. I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. Age 48

10. I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you miss them terribly after they die. Age 53

11. I’ve learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life. Age 58

12. I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. Age 62

13. I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catchers mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back. Age 64

14. I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with kindness, I usually make the right decision. Age 66

15. I’ve learned that it pays to believe in miracles. And to tell the truth, I’ve seen several. Age 75

16. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. Age 82

17. I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love that human touch – holding hands, a warm hug or just a friendly pat on the back. Age 85

18. I’ve learned that I sill have a lot to learn. Age 92