Sunday, June 29, 2008

To laugh often and much

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 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 even one life has breathed easier because you lived:
This is to have succeeded.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

What is the chief end of man? Man's chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.

from the Westminster Shorter Catechism Project, Thomas Vincent

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