What Constitutes Success

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One has achieved success who has lived well,
laughed often and loved much;
who has gained the respect of intelligent men
and the love of little children;
who has filled their niche and accomplished their task;
who has left the world better than found,
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 they had;
whose life was an inspiration;
whose memory a benediction.

~By Bessie Stanley (1905)

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