When I taught American Lit. to high school students, one of my favorite units to teach was the Transcendentalists, particularly Emerson and Thoreau. Henry David was such a rebel for his time and Waldon Pond always fascinated me. And Emerson was so wise...
This is one of my favorite quotes attributed to Emerson...a definition of success:
"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 have lived. This is to have succeeded."
--Ralph Waldo Emerson
Please share your favorite quote from anyone with me here and many thanks.