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 others,
even to the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons;
they are vexatious 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 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 in your soul.

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

puck61 puck61
51-55, M
9 Responses Feb 13, 2009

Awww, Desiderata... I haven't thought of this in years. Thanks for posting waaaay back in 2009, Oldtimer. remember in the early 70s when they set it to music?

Yes. I remember my sister did a lampoon of that song. "You are a flub of the universe. You have no right to be here" She thought it was sooo funny! I thought it was dumb!

I'm with your sister... I'll admit that made me laugh.

She is the most irreverent and shocking person I've ever met. She told me a joke about a ten year old in a swimming pool that nearly made me faint. Unbelievable!

This makes me weep every time. Yet it's so soothing. Someone wise speaking to you. My absolute favorite.

It's really inspiring, yes!

I read this when I was 16, at a time in my life where I was out of home and very lost and hurt. It turned my life around and inspired me for the rest of my life. The wisdom of this poem, resonates through the ages and inspires me to be a happy and better person, every day. I can't say enough how much these words have affected my life. I'm so glad you have been inspired by it too, puck. I'm sure many people have. :-)

This is hanging in my laundry room! Kinda gets me through the boring chores!


Never heard of it, but seeing how the universe has a plan, it seems destined I were to read it today. Fantastic. Where did it come from?

I know, I do too. I'm sure we've all read it at one time or another, but it still gives me a good feeling.

Right on! (I needed to read that again today....)