QUOTE (Ralph Waldo Emerson) – May 25

May 25, 2014

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“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 to 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 that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

In honor of Ralph Waldo Emerson, an American essayist, lecturer, and poet, who was born on this day in 1803.

This Day in History for 25 May
25 Inspirational Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes


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  1. Some of the most “Christian” advice can come from those with insight, whether ostensibly “Christianity-based” or not.

  2. Never read any of his work, may be it’s time I give him a try seeing how he’s quoted so much and spoken so highly in literature (I understand he was a Transcendentalist)

  3. Reblogged this on The Bitter Worshipper and commented:
    “…to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children…” I love this quote, noble goals and a great picture of what is truly a successful life.

  4. Reblogged this on My Omer of Manna and commented:
    What a great quote to remind us of the value of just one life for Good. Everything Matters in the End. -mike

  5. Amidst the voices of the world, this is a breath of fresh air. LOVE the quote, JD. Thanks for sharing it.

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