It looks like others have been all over this one, but I gave it the old Internet College try anyway. It is without a doubt that the Bessie Anderson Stanley attribution for this is accurate, but I'll always wonder why Emerson and Stevenson are associated with it as well, in slightly different versions. One of the persons on the webpages suggested that Stanley "paraphrased" her poem from a similar one by Stevenson.
The whole things just a mess, I tells ya.
I looked around to see if this is on this site and couldn't find it anywhere.
"He has achieved success who has lived well,
laughed often and loved much;
who has enjoyed the trust of pure women,
the respect of intelligent men and the love of little children;
who has filled his niche and accomplished his task;
who has left the world better than he found it,
whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul;
who has never lacked appreciation of earth's beauty
or failed to express it;
who has always looked for the best in others
and given them the best he had;
whose life was an inspiration;
whose memory is a benediction."
~Bessie Anderson Stanley
http://www.chebucto.ns.ca/Philosophy/Su ... uccess.htm
http://www.rwe.org/pages/in_pursuit_of_ ... uccess.htm
"To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive, and true success is to labor."
~Robert Louis Stevenson, El Dorado.