Ralph Waldo Emerson

“To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest citizens and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give of one’s self; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know [that] even one life has breathed easier because you have lived . . . this is to have succeeded.”


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2 Responses to Ralph Waldo Emerson

    • Sharon Young says:

      My two favorite authors as a kid were Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. BRAVO for your one, most appropriate word of response in reaction to Emerson’s definition, if you will, of success, Larry. I wholeheartedly agree and am pleased to have been able to share it with you!

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