05/22/2003 13:40:32
tags: art, poetry

Note: This poem has been attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson, but possibly based on work from Bessie Stanley. I am no literary historian, so I simply list it here as an interesting poem, regardless of its actual source.

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, whether it be a healthy child, a garden patch,
	or a redeemed social condition;

To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived;
	This is to have succeeded.