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 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 lif is full
of heroism. Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love, for in the face of all aridity it is
as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the councel 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
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, and whatever your
aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life,
keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams it is still a
Strive to be happy.
~ Max Ehrmann ~