by Ralph Waldo Emerson


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 by a healthy child, a garden patch,
or a redeemed social condition;

To know one life has breathed easier
Because you have lived.