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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
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