Desiderata Poem

Desiderata, which is Latin for desired things, is a prose poem that was penned by American writer Max Ehrmann in 1927.

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DESIDERATA
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 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 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.
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 with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.
Desiderata 8X10 Plaque
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Desiderata Plaque in Gold Frame

Our Desiderata Gold Framed Everlasting Plaque measures 8 inches wide by 10 inches high. The solid frame boasts lovely gold accents, while the clear...

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Desiderata 8X10 Print 3-Pack
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Desiderata Print 3-Pack

Our Desiderata 8X10 Print 3-Pack features 3 pieces available for one low price. This lovely 3-pack Desiderata Print ships free from Faith Shop. Des...

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Desiderata 8X10 Print
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Desiderata 8X10 Print

Our Desiderata 8X10 Print is one of our most popular Catholic products. Made of high-quality materials and yet affordable!This item is also availab...

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Desiderata In Walnut Frame 10.25X12.25-inch 8X10 Print
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Desiderata in Walnut Frame

Our DESIDERATA POEM IN WALNUT FRAME features 10-inch X 12-inch overall dimensions. The walnut frame contains an 8" x 10" Italian Lithograph Under G...

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Desiderata In Ornate Wood Frame 10X12-inch 8X10 Print
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Desiderata in Ornate Wood Frame

DESIDERATA IN ORNATE WOOD FRAME features 10.25" X 12" Overall Dimensions. 1.25" Wide Facing to Fit an 8" x 10" Italian Lithograph Under Glass.  Thi...

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Desiderata In Satin Gold Frame 10.25X12.25-inch 8X10 Print
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Desiderata in Satin Gold Frame

DESIDERATA IN SATIN GOLD FRAME 11-and-1/2" X 13-1/2" Overall Dimensions. 2" Wide Facing to Fit 8" x 10" Italian Lithograph Under Glass. This framed...

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Desiderata In Cherry Frame 10.25X12.25-inch 8X10 Print
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Desiderata in Cherry Frame

DESIDERATA IN CHERRY FRAME featuring 11" x 13" Overall Dimensions. It contains an 8" X 10" Italian Lithographof the poem under glass. This framed D...

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Desiderata In Antique Gold Frame 10.25X12.25-inch 8X10 Print
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Desiderata in Antique Gold Frame

This lovely Desiderata plaque boasts 12-1/2" x 14-1/2" Overall Dimensions. It contains an 8" x 10" Italian Lithograph Under Glass. This framed Desi...

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Desiderata In Ornate Silver Frame 10X12-inch 8X10 Print
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Desiderata in Ornate Silver Frame

DESIDERATA IN ORNATE SILVER FRAME featuring 10-inch X 12-inch overall dimensions. 1-3/8" Wide Facing to Fit an 8" x 10" Italian Lithograph Under Gl...

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Desiderata In Cherry Frame 10.25X12.25-inch 8X10 Print
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Desiderata in Cherry Frame

DESIDERATA IN CHERRY FRAME boasting 10" x 12" Overall Dimensions. This framed Desiderata ships free from Faith Shop. Desiderata is Latin for "desir...

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Desiderata In Art Deco Frame 10.25X12.25-inch 8X10 Print
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Desiderata in Art Deco Frame

DESIDERATA IN ART DECO FRAME boasting 11-and-1/4" X 13-1/4" Overall Dimensions. The frames hold an 8" x 10" Print Under Glass. This framed Desidera...

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