The Best Advice To Live By

I have a framed copy of the following hanging on a wall in my house. It is kind of a blueprint for life...especially during these trying times.

I have a framed copy of the following hanging on a wall in my house.  It is kind of a blueprint for life...especially during these trying times.  Let me know what you think.


desiderata - by max ehrmann




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 to 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 perennial as the grass.

Take kindly to 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 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 in your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.

Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

Max Ehrmann c.1920

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  • by Jon Location: Watsonville on Sep 19, 2010 at 04:21 AM
    40 years ago heard Ed Ames he had a song with these words, i listened and has helped me in life, now full circle found them on net, and will hold on to them the rest of my life, they are as true as can be, like the sun rises every day, may we all find peace within, and not need all the wants the world is into! Life is for living, look to the trees for wisdom they have been around longer than us!!!!!!!
  • by Ron Location: NC on Jun 7, 2009 at 07:33 AM
    My favorite quote: "Our love is so heavenly that when one of us sheds a tear, the other tastes salt".
  • by Ted Location: Greenville on Mar 31, 2009 at 03:56 PM
    Guess I'm a lot simpler when it comes to "words to live by" One of my favorite lines "Never pick a fight with an old man, if he's too old to fight....he'll just kill you" lol
  • by TM Location: ENC on Mar 27, 2009 at 10:20 AM
    It's not your aptitude, but your attitude that determines your altitude.
  • by Andy Location: Ayden on Mar 16, 2009 at 05:52 PM
    Ed Ames recorded a recitation with a choir and orchestra back in the 60s. It's always been one of my favorite hippy songs. I could not have survived without the spiritual refreshment reading this brings. I've owned 3 copies over the years.
  • by Joyce Location: Greenville on Mar 13, 2009 at 10:11 AM
    I, too, have a copy of Desiderata and on really trying days, I pull it out and put it on my desk in front of me. It helps me to put everything in perspective.
  • by crystal Location: washington on Mar 11, 2009 at 08:31 PM
    actually Coach Roy Williams (UNC Tarheels) said this, but...he said "Be led by your dreams, not pushed by your problems."
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Mar 11, 2009 at 04:02 PM
    I give the best advice.... you all know this! ... I have hundreds of quotes... I shall narrow them down to two... "No man or woman is worth your tears... and the one that is, won't make you cry!" ... And "If your husband is a little overweight, have him walk 3 miles a day and 3 miles a night and in 7 days he will be 42 miles away from you!" LOL
  • by Jim Location: Greenville on Mar 11, 2009 at 12:46 PM
    It's so sad when the only way people look at things is through the political spectrum. That's what's wrong with this country. Get a life Gator!
  • by Gator Location: NC on Mar 11, 2009 at 12:03 PM
    Sounds like it was written by a liberal.
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