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"Desiderata" (Latin: "desired things") is a 1927 prose poem by American writer Max Ehrmann.
Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
And remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender Be in 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
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.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of times.
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 imaginings; many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyong a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
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.
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.
With all it’s sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.
Be careful. Strive to be happy.