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. —Ralph Waldo Emerson

Pass It On®

print

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.

RALPH WALDO EMERSON

Philosopher, Poet, Author, Essayist

COMMENTS


Dale J from Va JUNE 30, 2018
Words to live by!

Lulu Astler JANUARY 16, 2018
if ever there was one thing that people could agree on it would be that this Emerson quote comes to closest to summing up who and what he was ...it brings a tear to my eye, is one of the greatest things I've ever read and to have known someone that had lived that is even more wonderful

Vicki from Texas, USA AUGUST 17, 2017
This is what all people should strive to do. Our world would be a better place for all.

Isaac from Tennessee JULY 28, 2017
My favorite quote of all time- I try to live by it and pass it on to my friends, family, and one day I'll hopefully instill this into my future students :)

Ray from New Zealand JUNE 13, 2017
Beautiful, and so true.


All you need is love. —Paul McCartney & John Lennon
I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.  —Frank Lloyd Wright
Genuine tolerance does not mean ignoring differences as if differences made no difference. Genuine tolerance means engaging differences within a bond of civility and respect. —Richard John Neuhaus
Always reward your long hours of labor surrounded by your family. Nurture their love carefully, remembering that your children need models, not critics. And even if you have failed at all else in the eyes of the world, if you have a loving family, you are a success. —Og Mandino
Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart. —Elizabeth Andrew
You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection. —Buddha
In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks. —John Muir
Love only grows by sharing. You can only have more for yourself by giving it away to others. —Brian Tracy
Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember you have within you the strength, the patience and the passion to reach for the stars, to change the world. —Harriet Tubman
All for one and one for all, united we stand divided we fall. —Alexandre Dumas
No one has ever become poor by giving. —Anne Frank
Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.  —Theodore Roosevelt
There are those whose lives affect all others around them. Quietly touching one heart, who in turn, touches another. Reaching out to ends further than they would ever know. —William Bradfield
If I had to select one quality, one personal characteristic that I regard as being most highly correlated with success, whatever the field, I would pick the trait of persistence. Determination. The will to endure to the end, to get knocked down seventy times and get up off the floor saying, ”Here comes number seventy-one!” —Richard DeVos
Wildness reminds us what it means to be human, what we are connected to rather than what we are separate from. —Terry Tempest Williams
Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly. —Robert F. Kennedy

See All Quotations

Subscribe to our FREE
inspirational quote emails!
20170116 monday quote Friday quote 20170303 friday quote
20161213 tuesday quote new Monday quote Friday quote
20160906 tuesday quote Wednesday quote Tuesday quote