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To have lived well, laughed often, and loved much;
To have enjoyed the trust and respect of pure and intelligent women and men
and the love of little children;
To have filled your niche and accomplished your task;
To have never lacked appreciation of Earth's beauty or failed to express it;
To have left the world better than you found it,
Whether an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul;
To have always looked for the best in others and given them the best in you;
To know that one life has breathed easier because you lived here.
To have led a life that was an inspiration;
To have your memory be a benediction.
This is to have succeeded.
Bessie Anderson Stanley
if you have died, all the leaves will fall in my breast,
it will rain on my soul night and day,
the snow will burn my heart,
I shall walk with frost & fire & death & snow,
my feet will want to walk to where you are sleeping,
but I shall stay alive...
- Pablo Neruda