Is this what we're all striving for?

This is the entry for 'success' in the M-W dictionary.  I hear Miss Peggy Lee crooning, "Is that all there is?"

Main Entry:
suc·cess            Listen to the pronunciation of success
Latin successus, from succedere
1obsolete : outcome , result2 a: degree or measure of succeeding b: favorable or desired outcome, object, or endalso : the attainment of wealth, favor, or eminence3: one that succeeds __________________
If that's all there is, my friend, then let's keep dancinggggggLet's break out the booze and have a ball, if that's all there is...

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Maybe success is breaking out the booze and having a ball. =)
1537, "result, outcome," from L. successus "an advance, succession, happy outcome," from succedere "come after" (see succeed). Meaning "accomplishment of desired end" (good success) first recorded 1586. Successor "one who comes after" is recorded from 1297.
"The moral flabbiness born of the bitch-goddess SUCCESS. That -- with the squalid interpretation put on the word success -- is our national disease." [William James to H.G. Wells, Sept. 11, 1906]
Success story is attested from 1925. Successful first attested 1588 in Shakespeare. Among the Fr. phrases used in Eng. late 19c. were succès d'estime "cordial reception given to a literary work out of respect rather than admiration" and succès de scandale "success (especially of a work of art) dependent upon its scandalous character."
Haha, thanks for that JF.  Illuminating.
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