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 the
ignorant; they too have their stories.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons they are vexations to the spirit. If you
compare yourself to 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 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 to the council 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 these 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 perceive him to be, and
whatever your aspirations in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace with your
With all of it's sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.
Be careful. Strive to be happy.
By Max Ehrmann