Desiderata in Latin means: “things that are yearned for or desired”, in this poem it could be interpreted as things to strive for or essential things.

American writer Max Ehrmann (1872-1945) wrote this poem in 1927 even though it’s sometimes believed to have been written as earlier as 1692 because the Reverend Frederick Kates included this poem in a compilation of materials of devotional nature for his congregation of the Saint Paul’s Church in Baltimore, Maryland. This church was founded in 1692.

In any case, still remains to this day a source of inspiration and a credo to live by.BLOOM SYMPHONY_Fotor


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 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 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 with your soul.

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

by Max Ehrmann


Wikipedia. 2016. Desiderata . [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 29 May 2016].






4 Comments Add yours

  1. Reblogged this on bodyandsoulnourishmentblog and commented:

    Here is another one of my earliest posts of May 2016. I hope you enjoy it 🙂


  2. Anita Bowden says:

    I always loved this poem, Amira! I even had it on my wall for years in my office! I’m not sure that I realized, though, that it goes as far back as the 1600’s! Thanks for posting! ~Anita


    1. You are so welcome! It has been one of my favorites as well 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

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