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Desiderata by Max Erhmann.

December 1, 2011
Desiderata by Max Erhmann.

“Go placidly amid the noise and haste
And remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly and listen to others,
Even the dull and ignorant, they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others you may become vain and bitter
For always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble
It is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery,
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is.
Many persons strive for high ideals and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself, especially do not feign affection
Neither be cynical about love,
For in the face of all heredity and disenchantment,
It is as perennial as the grass.

Gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Take kindly the council of the years
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune,
But do not distress yourself with imaginings.
Many fears are borne of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the Universe
No less than the trees and the stars,
You have a right to be here,
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt
The Universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore, be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be.
And whatever your labours and aspirations in the noisy confusion of life,

Keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams,
It is still a beautiful world.
Be careful,
Strive to be happy.”
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