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DESIDERATA

 

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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