Friday, November 19, 2010


This poem has meant a lot to me over the years.  I would like to share it and my pictures with you...

Max Erhmann 1927

Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly, and
listen to other, even the dull and ignorant;
they, too, have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive person, they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with other, 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 virture 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 or 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 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 careful.  Strive to be happy.


  1. "Desiderata" was written in 1927 by Max Erhmann.

    Please correct your post.

  2. Thanks for correcting my oversight. Every copy I had of the poem showed Anon so I am really glad to have this information. Thanks to Max Ehrmann for such a beautiful and inspiring poem for me!

  3. I hope I have redeemed myself!!!! Thanks again!