Tuesday, December 05, 2006

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 lived
This is to have succeeded.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, quoted by Fred Hollows in his autobiography.

4 comments:

Dylan said...

Ohh I like this...thanks for sharing this.

fotu of samoa said...

Always loved this quote.

I like me just fine :)) said...

hmmm...reminds me of younger years, thanks Reesa!!

reesa said...

yes...'tis a beautiful piece.