Learn this poem!!!!!

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 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 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.

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 sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

Max Ehrmann, Desiderata, Copyright 1952.

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Comment by Delia Smith on April 9, 2011 at 5:43pm

Love it. thanks

It gives me hope.

This world is so crazy I needed to know that words and thoughts exist; not only in my mind, but also in the minds of greatness.  

Comment by Clifford Black on February 11, 2011 at 8:35am
V---AS soon as I get a moment we will set an element chart in place for this poem and it will help with the understanding........(B).
Comment by Clifford Black on February 11, 2011 at 8:33am
@VM---Please have Mr. Jones to learn this poem and he will recite in class!!!!!! At this time I need for him to read it aloud to U.
Comment by Vernessa McVay on February 10, 2011 at 10:55pm

I get a pretty good portion of it.  I need to read it again and again.

Comment by Clifford Black on February 2, 2011 at 5:39pm

If enough interest is shown regarding this post I will post the work that was done by Ms. Inez where she showed how it can truely be better understood by each one of us that may want to know.



This poem brings tears to my eyes. It sums up life and it seems that it speaks directly to me and whatever is going on in my life any time that I read it.

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