We could imagine it belongs to a Chinese thinker, living before our ages. But it is the title of the poem* Dan Eldon's destiny makes famous.
Because he lived upon it.
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''He was a curious observer and a passionate empathizer. He was a dreamer and he was a doer''
As is stated here, Dan Eldon loves Ralph Waldo Emerson's poem:
To laugh often and love much
To win 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.
And here you can read a beautiful interview with his mother.
And here, what his father recalls of having him as son:
''Much of this I learnt from Dan. He was my happiness guru, my significance guru, forever telling me ‘Lighten up, Dad’, forever dreaming big dreams and living them.''