Friday, October 10, 2008

Success, a poem by Bessie Anderson Stanley


He has achieved success
who has lived well,
laughed often, and loved much;

who has enjoyed the trust of pure women,
the respect of intelligent men and
the love of little children;
who has filled his niche and accomplished his task;

who has left the world better than he found it
whether by an improved poppy,
a perfect poem or a rescued soul;

who has never lacked appreciation of Earth's beauty
or failed to express it;

who has always looked for the best in others and
given them the best he had;

whose life was an inspiration;
whose memory a benediction.

- 1904 Bessie Anderson Stanley
(although frequently miscredited to Robert Louis Stevenson or Ralph Waldo Emerson)

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