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 appreciate beauty,
to find the best in others;
to leave the world a bit better,
by a healthy child, a garden patch,
or a redeemed social condition;
to know even one life breathed easier
because you have lived.
That is to have succeeded.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson