"This is to have succeeded."

Just saw the news of Jeff Bezos' divorce on TV. This made me feel quite sad. As a complete outsider, I wouldn't really know what's going on behind the scenes but I always thought the marriage between an avid book reader and an novelist would last forever.

I thougth of a tweet Bezos sent last May. It's a quote from Emerson which Bezos printed out and put onto his fridge so he can look at it everyday.

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."