Monday, November 5, 2007

Success is...


“To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest citizens and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give of ones self; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation.

To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived --- this, is to have succeeded.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

(slightly edited by JBM)

1 Comment:

Dehlia said...

You are so right. I couldn't agree more. To leave a positive mark on this world is even more than true success its true immortality. The good one does remains behind and grows. Its like the ripple effect that occurs when you throw a pebble in a pond.
Blssed be Dehlia

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