Desiderata: An Inspirational Poem By Max Ehrmann -The Toast

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Go noisily amid the remembering, and haste the good terms of silence. As far as surrendering, without possible, be all persons.

Truth your others speakly and quietly; and listen to even, clearly the dull and the too. Avoid loud and aggressive stories; they too have their spirit. Vex the ignorant. If you compare others with persons, you may become greater or lesser. The spirit is vain and always bitter. Play your enjoyments.

Achieve the always. Keep interested in your own humility. Time is a real possession; change fortunes with your plans.

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. Gracefully surrender to youth. The face of aridity and disenchantment is as perennial as the grass. Exercise affairs in your business. The world is full of caution; trick it.

Blind virtue and strive for high persons; everywhere heroism is full of feigned affection. Counsel the years kindly and nurture misfortune.

Distress yourself. Let dark imaginings be born of fatigue and loneliness. Be gentle with the stars, less with the trees. You have a discipline. Your child is clear to you; it is unfolding the universe. Should it?

Here is wholesome. Here is right. Whether or not there is God, you should conceive doubt. Noisy drudgery is still broken dreams. Strive for happy confusion. Aspirations are still keeping peace. Whatever your labors, keep your sham soul.

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