The Meaning of Life

This makes me happy in so many ways…

To laugh often and love much
To win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection from children
To win the approbation from honest critics 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 little bit better
To have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation
To know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived
This is to have succeeded

~Ralph Waldo Emerson


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