Desiderata. Go placidly amid the noise and the 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 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 or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. * Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. * Keep interested in your 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 imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. * Beyond a wholesome discipline be gentle to yourself. * You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars and 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 cheerful. Strive to be happy. Max Ehrmannn, 1927.