Go placidly amidst 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 the ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexatious 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 aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born 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 labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its shams, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful.
What a blast from the past. My 8th grade English class had to memorize this. We were given fair warning at the beginning of school that we would have to recite the Desiderata from memory at the end of the year. Kinda wasted on 8th graders though.
Written by Max Ehrmann in the 1920s -- Not "Found in Old St. Paul's Church in 1692"
Oh that's right. There was some confusion about the origin of the poem, I remember . But the copy I had was cited as being found in Old St Paul's Church in 1692, author unknown. I'm not sure if I still have that copy.
Thanks for posting this beautiful peace. (Piece). I like the idea of memorizing it. I have, over the years, memorized a multitude of bible verses and various other lines from texts of perennial wisdom, but this is so beautiful. It encompasses the rich depth our lives could be. Namaste
Happy New Year, paradigm. Thank you for adding this post to the 2013 atmosphere of Hubberville. I recall a beautifully framed copy hanging in the waiting room at my old job. By the way, I like you better green
I love the words to this - but I am also fond of Deteriorata, which was a take-off on the original back in the old Hippie Days. Has a similar tone, but the phrases are hilarious - stuff like, 'Rotate your tires."
Sorry - I just can't see the beloved Desiderata without thinking of that one!