Desiderata Poem by
"A poem for a way of life!"
That's what Max Ehrmann
thinks anyway, and I agree.
- Again, it's an inspirational poem to me - it
sums up self-help in a few hundred words.
- And if I could sum up Max Ehrman's
famous poem in 2 words it would be these: Be Yourself!
- So I'd definitely say that the poem theme is: Confidence
Desiderata poem - what Max Ehrmann has to say...
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 story.
Avoid loud and aggressive
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater
and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
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.
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
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
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
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
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 with your
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still
a beautiful world.
Strive to be happy.
Ehrmann, Desiderata, Copyright 1952.
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