Desiderata Poem

The Desiderata Poem was written in 1927 by Max Ehrmann. It has inspired and encouraged millions of people worldwide. The poem is one that gives direction for living life filled with wisdom and advice to help you along life's journey. Desiderata is a great poem to share at graduation or for anyone who is questioning what makes a successful and happy life.

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Desiderata Poem


Poem written by Max Ehrmann in 1927

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 & clearly; and listen to others,
 even the dull & 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 future 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 & disenchantment it is 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 & loneliness.
Beyond 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 labours & aspirations,
 in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery & broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.

Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

Quotes and Verses by Max Ehrmann

Max Ehrmann Quotes

I know you oft have told me, dear;
The world is full of hate and strife;
But I'm content with you and life -
With you each night beside me here.

Max Ehrmann, To You Who Come At Evening
Short Love Poems

If the noise of the city offend you, go afield, when you may, with the birds and the wild, free life that troubles not.

Max Ehrmann, The Noise of The City
Life Quotes

Your first duty is to learn to live in the world, for to this you are born.

Max Ehrmann, One Will Pass The Door
Life Journey Quotes

Come you who are weary, and sit in the shadow of my faith; and when you are rested we shall journey together, singing gleefully on the highway, lending many a hand, yet passing ever on and on; and at nightfall, tired and content, we shall light the candles in the house of love, thank God in cheerful words, and lie down to peaceful sleep.

Max Ehrmann, Come, You Who Are Weary
Thanksgiving Poems

And over every lake, and over the crest of every hill, and over the green level of every open field, and if we could but see, over the sky-obscuring houses of every city - is God painting His revelation.

Max Ehrmann, Revelation
Poems About God

And though behind you lies a road of dust and heat,
and before you the fear of untried paths,
in this brief hour you are master of all highways,
and the universe nestles in your soul.
Therefore, in the night, sit still a while and dream awake,
ere you life down to sleep.

Max Ehrmann, Ere You Lie Down To Sleep
Dream Quotes

Work as if thy task were made for thee;
Be strong as if thou hadst courage,
And charitable as if thou hadst been rewarded;
Remain poor if riches are dishonorable

Max Ehrmann, The Greater Heroism
Work Quotes

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