Begin With The End In Mind

To laugh often and love much

To win the 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 a redeemed social condition

To have played and laughed with enthusiasm

And sung with exaltation

To know even one life has breathed easier

Because you have lived

This is to have succeeded.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


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