I finally found it!
Friday, August 13, 2010
I found it! I am sure many of you have read this. I am equally sure it is in the public domain, so that I am not disobeying any copyright laws. I have been searching for this old poem, and I finally found it...not on my pc, but in an old handwritten journal book where I had kept my favorites:
To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
to earn the appreciation of honest critics and
endure the betrayal of false friends;
to appreciate beauty;
to find the best in others;
to leave the world a little better
whether by a healthy child,
a garden patch or
a redeemed social condition;
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.
Ralph Waldo Emerson