“To laugh often and much to win the respect of intelligent people and 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 redeemed social condition;
to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.”
-–Bessie A. Stanley (often misattributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson–http://emerson.tamu.edu/Ephemera/Success.html)