July 2, 2007

He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much;

who has enjoyed the trust of pure women, 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 them the best he had;

whose life was an inspiration;

whose memory a benediction.

Bessie Stanley, 1905



  1. That’s one of the most beautiful poem i ever read. 🙂 I’ve also read the story behind it:


  2. thanks for the link, herring. I glad you think it beautiful! i’ve added a missing portion of the poem – see if you can spot it 🙂

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