Go placidly amid the noise
and the 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 to the
dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons;
they are vexations to
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain or 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.
Nether be cynical about love,
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,
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.
whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore, be at peace
whatever you conceive Him to be.
And whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion
keep peace in your soul.
With all it's sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.