Success


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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 Emerson

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