“That man is successful who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much, who has gained the respect of the intelligent men and the love of children; who has filled his niche and accomplished his task; who leaves the world better than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul; who never lacked appreciation of earth’s beauty or failed to express it; who looked for the best in others and gave the best he had.”
- Robert Louis Stevenson 1850-1894
"On 3 December 1894, Robert Louis Stevenson was talking to his wife and straining to
open a bottle of wine when he suddenly exclaimed, "What's that!" asking
his wife "Does my face look strange?" and then collapsed. He died within a few hours. He was forty-four years old." RLS
"This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and
the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for
the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants,
argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people ...
re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book,
dismiss what insults your very soul, and your very flesh will become a great
- Walt Whitman 1819-1892
"The focus of my life begins at home with family, loved ones and friends. I
want to use my resources to create a secure environment that fosters love,
learning, laughter and mutual success. I will protect and value integrity.
I will admit and quickly correct my mistakes. I will be a self-starter.
I will be a caring person. I will be a good listener with an open mind.
I will continue to grow and learn. I will facilitate and celebrate the
success of others."
- Merlin Olsen 1940-2010
Lifestyle Advice from Wise Persons