Desiderata: Whatever that means


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 ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggresive persons; they are vexation to the spirit.


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 fortune 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 striver for high ideals,

And everwhere 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 perenial as the grass.


Take kindly the counsel of the years,

Gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nuture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.

But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.

Many fears are borne of fatigue and loneliness.



Written by Max Eirmann in the 1920’s


A good friend sent me this and when I first saw the title I wondered what it meant. Desiderata, I assumed it wasn’t English and didn’t bother finding out the meaning. Whatever it means, the content is an awesome much needed advice. As I decided to share it with you all, I looked it up in the dictionary, turns out it means “Something desired as essential”. Having read and digested the poem, I couldn’t agree more with the title… I hope it helps you all move your life a step or more in the positive direction..

4 thoughts on “Desiderata: Whatever that means

  1. Choose to listen to your inner voice, not the jumbled opinions of everyone else. It’s your road, and yours alone.
    Others may walk it with you, But no one can walk it for you.

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