“He 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 his niche and accomplished his task; who has left the world better than he found it, 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 the best he had; whose life was an inspiration; whose memory a benediction.”
-Bessie A Stanley [See Source Notes for Info on Attribution]
“To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn approbation of honest citizens and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give of one’s self; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived – this is to have succeeded.”
-Albert E Wiggam [See Source Notes for Info on Attribution]
I wish everyone a Happy New Year, and may it bring you success in what you try to achieve!
Quote Number: 45
Wiggam Source: Wiggam, Albert E. “Let’s Explore Your Mind.” In San Diego Union. San Diego, California. October 30, 1951. D. Sc. Pg a-4.
Stanley Source: Stanley, Bessie A. “Success Is Service.” In Emporia Gazette. Emporia, Kansas. December 11, 1905. Pg 2.
Source Notes: A detailed discussion of attribution can be found from Quote Investigator Here. A basic summary is that Bessie A Stanley’s quote is the earliest reliable source. Albert E Wiggam’s quote borrows heavily from Stanley’s in parts, so much so as to be a paraphrase, but he attributed this quote to Ralph Waldo Emmerson, however there is no example of this quote or a near quote in Emmerson’s extent work. Based on all available information, Bessie A Stanley appears to be the originator of this quote.