April 29, 2014


Go placidly amidst 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.

by Max Ehrmann

Read by Tom Hiddleston

Song – Desiderada

Cid Moreira – Desiderata (Portuguese)

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2 Responses to Desiderata

  1. Joanne marie habayeb on July 5, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    This remarkable in touching yet life guilds the heart in soul through God itself yet the song remain spirited and profile until one heart into one body and mind to each his own too many individuals do not understand the word peace in the word of joy in the heart of smiles and the tears of joy yet may God Bless God touch each heart to continue to love and respect each other no matter how life maybe respect yourself and life in that’s holds the key to your world in that’s key is obey God Almighty and that is the blessing through God itself with a heart of a prayer to pruity in soul amen

    • Elena Atudosiei on July 5, 2017 at 8:14 pm

      I won’t lie… I was one step away from marking your comment as spam. I’m sorry, it’s just one long sentence and I don’t really understand what you are trying to say. But I’m guessing that you enjoy the poem, so that will have to be good enough for now.

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