Teacup Thursday: To Succeed

Ralph Waldo Emerson

To laugh often and love much,
to win the respect of intelligent persons,
and the affection of children;
to earn the approbation of honest critics
and endure the betrayal of false friends;
to appreciate beauty,
to find the best in others;
to give 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.

May you find peace and rest this Teacup Thursday...

Other's Who Are Participating in
Teacup Thursday!
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For Such a Time as This
Letters from the Northwest
A Delightsome Life

If you'd like to join us for Teacup Thursday,
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I'll post a link to your blog and you can link us to yours! Thank you!


  1. Just lovely in every way..thank you for the lovely Emerson prose.

  2. I hadn't read that poem for quite awhile...it is so true! Thanks for sharing that. Love the teacup and your table...just lovely!

  3. HI Donna and Spenser...have been missing you. I can't wait to visit your tearoom some day and see all these lovely things in person.
    Love, Linda

  4. Lovely setting, lovely words, lovely cup. Thanks for the encouragement to find peace. I wrote something similar today on my blog.

  5. A beautiful post both in photos and sentiment. Thank you for sharing today, ladies. Have a delightful weekend.


  6. Lovely setting, wonderful poem. THANKS for sharing your teatime with us :)

  7. Wonderful setting... and I spot some sweet chocolates in your beautiful dish! Happy Thursday ..xo HHL


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