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To Laugh Often And Much

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To laugh often and much;

to win the respect of the 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 bit better

whether by a healthy child,
a garden patch,
or a redeemed social condition;

to know that one life has breathed easier 

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Monday, March 9, 2015
Topic(s) of this poem: funeral
Larssen 23 July 2018

Bessie, accomplished poet and time traveler! Well done!

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Bruce Johnson 10 February 2017

Great little piece, but Emerson never wrote it. The original was written by Bessie Anderson Stanley in 1904 (for an essay competition in which it garnered the first place award) , and is even posted on this site: https: //www.poemhunter.com/poem/success-50/. This version was then derived from her original

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Larssen 23 July 2018

Time-traveling, poet. Bessie you were far ahead of your time (and after Emerson's)

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Anders 07 March 2018

I thought Emerson died in 1882.

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