“Desiderata”

In his poem “Desiderata” (1927), Max Erhmann offers this deep wisdom:

“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. . .

Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass. . .

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 shams, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful.

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