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Ralph Waldo Emerson Quote


“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children…to leave the world a better place…to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.  This is to have succeeded.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

14 responses to “Ralph Waldo Emerson Quote”

  1. These are acts of a noble and a wise man. If anyone can do this at this time, then he will. be the wisest man for me.

  2. In so much easy words, this quote has really explained success. Success isn’t just money, its the impact we have here on earth while we here and when we no more. Thanks for this great quote Tom

  3. I feel this quote very much. I wish to be able to leave the world knowing that I made people laugh, had healed, and at least have been one of those people who made a great impact on their lives for the better.

  4. Success is at times measured by the number of smiles you have. People aren’t smiling and that means failure is within.

  5. I agree with his definition of success..most people tag success with wealth and I feel it’s a distorted way of thinking

  6. I don’t know why but this quote is heartfelt for me. It’s poetic and I love the meaning behind it. Definitely worthy praise.

  7. Lovely quote I just hope a lot of people gets to read this. Let make a better place for everyone. Life is too short to be wicked to the next person.

  8. Such a powerful statement and outlook on life. Emerson definitely crossed off some of the most rewarding endeavors for leaving a legacy and a positive impact. Everything he mentioned I think can resonate with someone especially laughter.

  9. Not everyone has the same idea of what really a successful life is. For me success is when you have shared and honed all your talents and be able to help other people without thinking anything in return.

  10. We can only count ourselves successful if we are able to put a smiles on other faces. We will be only be seen as selfish being just amassing wealth for ourselves.

  11. Isn’t this what we all want? Sure how we get there may differ as it will depend on our own individuality. Some get there early some late. What matters is what we do when we are on top.

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