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 -- from Aiken Drum ]


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