To Laugh Often And Much Poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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 

because you lived here.

This is to have succeeded.

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

Bessie, accomplished poet and time traveler! Well done!

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