Success Poem

Be inspired by this Success Poem. Ralph Waldo Emerson's revealing poem is the best definition of what success is. If we were all to succeed according to the poem, the world would be a better place to live.

We all have different definitions of success. Webster's Dictionary defines success as follows: "accomplishment, achievement (a person or thing which succeeds)". Does success mean having money? Or, is success possessions? Or, is success a job title? What does it mean to succeed? Find answers to "what is success" in this poem. It may surprise you!

Also, be encouraged and inspired by our collection of Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes. Emerson was a man of wisdom, as you will see by his wise words. Words to encourage you that you can apply to every day.

And you may be encouraged by the words of wisdom said in 1922 by Marshal Foch. While these words were said a century ago they still apply today!


Poet: Ralph Waldo Emerson

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 Quotes

Be Silly. Be honest. Be kind.
Success Quotes

Life is a journey, not a destination.

Short Quotes

Books are the best of things, well used; abused, among the worst. What is the right use? What is the one end which all means go to effect? They are for nothing but to inspire.


Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.

Poems About Failure

In this refulgent summer, it has been a luxury to draw the breath of life. The grass grows, the buds burst, the meadow is spotted with fire and gold in the tint of flowers. The air is full of birds, and sweet with the breath of the pine, the balm-of-Gilead, and the new hay.


It is not the length of life, but the depth.

Short Inspirational Quotes

Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it.

Just For Today

Insist on yourself; never imitate. Your own gift you can present every moment with the cumulative force of a whole life's cultivation; but of the adopted talent of another you have only an extemporaneous half possession. That which each can do best, none but his Maker can teach him.

Poems of Encouragement

Give all to love;
Obey thy heart;
Friends, kindred, days,
Estate, good-fame,
Plans, credit and the Muse,—
Nothing refuse.

Short Love Poems

The earth laughs in flowers.

Flower Poem

The fountains of my hidden life
Are through thy friendship fair.

Friendship Poems

The good news is that the moment you decide that what you know is more important than what you have been taught to believe, you will have shifted gears in your quest for abundance. Success comes from within, not from without.


I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.

New Friends and Old Friends

The Essentials of Success

by Marshal Foch, Said in 1922

He who hesitiates is lost. He who moves forward wins.

The way not to move forward is by adopting the methods of the board who ruthlessly pushes others aside that he may reach the front of the crowd - the selfseeker, who tries to impress on everyone that he is entitled to what he is not; the nervous, arrogant man who cannot wait, but who feels that if he does not reach the front at once the world is lost for him.

The way to move forward is by patience, by earnest endeavor, by diligent study, by tireless work.

Plan your battle of life in advance. Map out every detail of what you want to accomplish and then follow out your program.

No man who has been successful in life can be counted as lucky. His success has been due to his own effort.

Success is work and work is success. The two are inseparable.

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