RALPH WALDO EMERSON-Living
"To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the 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." Emerson
Emerson was an American essayist, lecturer, and poet, who led the transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century.
Emerson's Transcendentalism essay, "Nature" and seminal speech entitled "The American Scholar" were some if his greatest works.
The "American Scholar" considered to be America's "Intellectual Declaration of Independence"