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August 25, 2011

What is Success?

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 enjoy beauty,
To find the best in others.

To leave the world a better place,
Whether by a healthy child, a garden patch,
Or a redeemed social condition.

To know that even one person has breathed easier because you have lived,
That my friend is to succeed.

-Bessie Anderson Stanley

(often falsely accredited to Emerson)

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Sjb permalink
    August 27, 2011 10:06 am

    have had that quote on my fridge for about 5 years and read it from time to time… it.

  2. Vivo4Vida permalink
    September 22, 2011 2:15 am

    Why so oft mis-credited?

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