“To laugh much;
To win respect of intelligent persons and the affections 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 exultation;
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived —

This is to have succeeded.”
–Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Garrett L

This is one to memorize. Success as the world defines it means nothing compared to the real success that creates a better person.


I look forward to these inspirational quotes and your lovely accompanying photographs. Ralph Waldo Emerson’s quotes are some of my favorites.


This says it all. I love it!


success truly is being able to spend your life your own way


Sounds perfectly right to me.

Mrs Fritz

This is another wonderful quote. Absolutely love your beautiful photos.