Friday, August 08, 2008

"To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or ...

To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived—

this is to have succeeded."

That person is a success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much;

who has gained the respect of intelligent people

and the love of children;

who has filled his niche and accomplished his task;

who leaves the world better than he found it,

whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul;

who never lacked appreciation of earth's beauty

or failed to express it;

who looked for the best in others

and gave the best that he had.

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