April 21, 2011

What is success?

To laugh often and much
To win the respect
of intelligent people
And the affection of children
To earn the appreciation 
Of honest critics
And endure the betrayal
Of false friends
To appreciate beauty
To find the best in others
To leave the world a bit better
Whether by a healthy child
A garden patch
Or a redeemed social condition
To know even one life
Has breathed easier
Because you have lived…
…This is to have succeeded.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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