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 ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious 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 be humble; it is a real possession in the changing of 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 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 and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe, no less then the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.
And whether not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should
Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you may conceive him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all it's sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.
Be careful. Strive to be happy.


(It has been argued where exactly Desiderata came from, but these are a few rumored places I now of so far.)
-found in Old Saint Paul's Church, Baltimore; Dated 1692.
It was written by Max Ehrmann in 1927, and copyrighted in in 1948 by his widow, Betty. Through a lawsuit, it had been labeled Public Domain(anyone can use it) since 1975.

Desiderata was printed in the stone wall of the bell tower of St. Paul's church, It was printed in latin and therfore was mostly ignored by the people. Max's contribution was that he was the first person to translate the latin into english and distribute to the congregation there. Max's widow had placed a copyright on the writing to gain a monetary control over its distribution afer his death. The lawsuit that was won by the anglcan church was to ensure that it remained in the public domain free to all who cared to read it, as it was intended when max first translated.