Poem on Success



To win the respect of intelligent persons

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

To have played with enthusiasm

And sung with exultation

To know even one life has breathed easier

Because you have lived

This is to have succeeded.


-Bessie Anderson Stanley


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