Desiderata

Desiderata
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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 vexatious 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 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 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, 1927.


You Learn A Lot About People When

You Learn A Lot About People When
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You learn a lot about people when they don’t get what they want.

Some will have an absolute freakout; others will dust themselves off, say “Oh well, it wasn’t mean to be” and move on. That reveals a lot of character.

I Suppose The Most Revolutionary Act One Can Engage In

I Suppose The Most Revolutionary Act One Can Engage In
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“I suppose the most revolutionary act one can engage in… is to tell the truth.” — Howard Zinn

Howard Zinn (August 24, 1922 – January 27, 2010) was a well known historian and writer, author of over 20 books including his bestseller “A People’s History of the United States”. He was professor of history at Spelman College, Atlanta, USA from 1956 to 1963.