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(CNN) -- Pearls of wisdom from your grandmother? Snippets of advice from your friends? An inspiring moment from your favorite teacher?

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What lesson would you pass on to the Class of 2020?

As we look towards the future of learning, we ask: What's the most useful lesson life has taught you? And if you could pass one lesson on to the class of 2020, what would it be?

Share your life lessons and read others' experiences here.

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From: Luis Baltodano, Flushing, NY
Date: November 21, 2007
Message:
Travel as much as you can and to a different place each time, because that's where the true life-learning experiences are. Just remember that life is like a book, if you don't travel is like only reading the first chapter.

From: Matthew Creeden, Berlin, Germany
Date: November 21, 2007
Message:
I long for a future where truth can clearly be known and lived - where truth can be lovingly absorbed not forced - where truth reveals itself in all of its colors and all of its facets - where truth is not obstructed by humanistic desires and secular policies - where truth lives and where God is known so that society may be ready for the coming day.

From: Yiu Wai Chan, Brooklyn, NY
Date: November 21, 2007
Message:
Be optimistic but prepare for the worst. Enjoy life. Respect and think not only of others but also of our home planet.

From: Rick Coffman, Pitkin, CO
Date: November 20, 2007
Message:
Don't take yourself, or anyone else, too seriously. We all put our pants on one leg at a time.

From: Vivian M., Minneapolis, MN
Date: November 20, 2007
Message:
my two cents: think before you speak. sounds simple, but it will help wonders.

From: alex turner, providence, RI
Date: November 19, 2007
Message:
If one stops analyzing and just observes , they will see the truth of a situation,person, etc. and see what course of action to take and be at ease. This also works in bad times when being level headed pays off.

From: James Weiker, Stoney Creek, ON, Canada
Date: November 19, 2007
Message:
Greatest life lesson learned..."Believe in yourself and in your children"

From: Mary Leung, London, England
Date: November 19, 2007
Message:
My grandmother told me once to "beware evil men". It would have helped if she'd told me how to spot them...

On a lighter note, my other two nuggets are: never eat anything bigger than your head; and, most importantly, never trust a man in suede shoes. Trust me, it works!

From: Kimberly Googe-Kennedy, Santa Barbara, CA
Date: November 19, 2007
Message:
Former President Linden Baines Johnson Quoted to the world, After Granting Former President Richard Nixon.........." If the Government is to serve any purpose at all, It is to do for others what they can not do for themselves."

From: F Wolff, St. Paul, MN
Date: November 19, 2007
Message:
Do something kind for at least one person each day and NEVER except a thank you or repayment. Also, say HELLO to at least one person who is physically or mentally challenged each day. Ask how they are doing and then WAIT for them to tell you and be sure to listen.

From: John Stubbs, Castleton, ON, Canada
Date: November 19, 2007
Message:
Quote from ancient Chinese Tao Te Ching #79 "The wise propose solutions; the mean allot the blame."

From: Kaleroy Zervos, Bogota, Columbia
Date: November 18, 2007
Message:
Everyone, regardless of race, religion and socio-economic class has and deserves the same basic human rights and you should strive to ensure we each receive them. But at the same time, NO ONE is entitled to preferential treatment, special privileges nor is above the law because of their race, religion or socio-economic class. Do not allow this to occur, even if you are the recipient.

From: Michael Root, Vancouver, Canada
Date: November 18, 2007
Message:
My personal bit of wisdom: Nothing that happens to you in life is as real as your response to it.

From: Bruce Hampson, Vilnius, Lithuania
Date: November 18, 2007
Message:
Life is the discovery of who you are "not", not who you are as we are led to believe....you never totally discover all your potential or what you as a human can do, try everything. You will find there are things that are comfortable and things that are not, you can walk on your hands, but you are not a handwalker, it is the same in life, the journey of discovering.

From: David Howard, Ojai, CA
Date: November 18, 2007
Message:
The most intractable problem facing humanity in the 21st century is the same one that faced humanity in the 1st century and all the other centuries: intra-species violence. We have not learned to live in peace with one another.

The future challenges us in many ways: overpopulation, climate change, the depletion of fossil fuels, new and old diseases, and surely some surprises we can not even yet imagine.

All these challenges require an unprecedented level of cooperation predicated on peace.

My advice to the class of 2020 is to abjure war as a means of conflict resolution. Question all your assumptions about the inevitability and justification of violence and work on peace with vigor and long-term commitment. There is no higher calling.

From: Dawn Miller
Date: November 17, 2007
Message:
Floss.

From: Karel Keyzer
Date: November 17, 2007
Message:
Separate the goalposts just a little bit more and the crossbar a little higher.

From: G. Carrick, Winnipeg, MB
Date: November 17, 2007
Message:
3 rules i have found that define society as a whole.

1: People are stupid
2: Stuff happens
3: Stuff usually happens because people are stupid.

From: Tom Randolph, Winter Park, FL
Date: November 17, 2007
Message:
"Don't be afraid to make mistakes... most of life's greatest discoveries have come through the process of trail and error."

From: Gisela Liranza, San Antonio, TX
Date: November 17, 2007
Message:
Go through life with a smile and a good attitude, but don't be fool enough to trust anybody unconditionally.

From: Thomas OBrien, Agawam, MA
Date: November 15, 2007
Message:
I am fifty seven years old and if there is one thing that stands out in my mind, as I look back, it is the rapid progression of technology. It is absolutely amazing to me how far we have come in the last couple of decades, e.g. A fifty inch, flat screen, HD TV that hangs on the wall like a big picture! A "juke box" the size and weight of a deck of playing cards and holding over a thousand audio, video, and still photos! (I-POD) A telephone that you carry around in your pocket! Answers to just about any question you can think of to ask ,at your finger tips via a wireless device! (Laptop and Wikipedia or ASK web sites.) Wrist watches with more computer power than both the Lunar landing module and the over head recovery vehicle combined! GPS! It's phenomenal the amazing things we have access to, and the use of. I lay awake nights in excited anticipation of the future! E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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