"To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children;
...to 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.