Saturday, June 12, 2010

To Have Succeeded - a wonderful poem

To Have Succeeded

To laugh often and love much:
To win respect of intelligent people
And the affection of children;
To earn the approbation of honest critics
And endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty;
To find the best in others;
To give one's self;
To leave the world a little better,
Whether by a healthy child,
A garden patch,
Or redeemed social condition;
To have played and laughed with enthusiasm
And sung with exultation;
To know even one life has breathed easier
Because you have lived...
This is to have succeeded.

this poem is attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson, but that is in dispute

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  1. Great poem. I have been asked quite a bit in the past few months, "What does it mean to be successful?" I think this poem is a great indicator, but probably will not make too many people asking the question real happy!

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