To laugh often and much

To win the respect of intelligent people

And the affection of children.

To earn the appreciation of honest critics

To 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, a redeemed social condition.

To know even one life has breathed easier because you lived,

This is to have succeeded.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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