If there’s anything that can claim immortality in the realm of human experience, it’s the profund thoughts and ideas uttered or penned down by sages.
Emerson’s idea of what it means ‘to have succeeded’ claim such immortality. Here it is for record.
“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 bit 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.”