"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 even one life has breathed easier because you have lived -- this is to have succeeded." - attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson

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KayMac said…
I LOVE this quote. I have used it many a time in trainings and group work. Thanks for this...feels like a visit w/ an old friend. :-)
TorAa said…
So simpel but so difficult - right?
carra said…
Well my husband always keep on that to maintain a happy home means having lots of love and laughter in it, and it is true, because it works. Once we stop loving and laughing we do become rather miserble...
freckled-one said…
That's odd that I would find this on your blog since I was just looking it up the other day and found that Emerson may not have been the original author. I have a copy of it on my desk at work.

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