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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 to others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater


and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as will 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 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. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with your self.



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. And whatever your labours and aspirations,


in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.



With all its shame, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful.


Strive to be happy.


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