This is to have succeeded

“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.” ~ Bessie Anderson Stanley


16 thoughts on “This is to have succeeded

  1. Beautiful words – it reminds me of Vic’s success! Thank you Bill. I am going to use this in a post – hope you don’t mind. I will link it back to you.

  2. Reblogged this on Leadership Musings of a Skeptical Positivist and commented:
    Several of my recent posts have dwelled on the notion of success, and how we can (and should) gauge success not based solely (or perhaps even primarily) on financial reward. Here is a fantastic thought by Bessie Anderson Stanley that sums up much of my thoughts lately on the concept of success. WONDERFULLY stated, Ms. Stanley….Wonderfully stated! Thanks for posting this, Dr. Bill!

  3. I love this quote. Thank you for reminding me of it.

    P.S. I think I’ve finally figured out how to work around the problem I was having trying to “Like” and comment on your posts.

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