emerson on success

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.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

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3 Comments on “emerson on success”

  1. dang that is one good quote! got to save it…

  2. zorra says:

    That’s one of the best definitions of success I’ve seen.

  3. Yeah, I love this definition. And I just stumbled across it…a much needed different and perspective than the frequent conversations about “what success looks like” that I have with my leadership team.


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