DESIDERATA POEM: Desiderata (latin for “desired things”) is an inspirational prose poem written by Max Ehrmann in 1927 about attaining happiness in life. It goes something like this…

Desiderata poem by Max Ehrmann

DesiderataGo 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 ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive people; they are vexations 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’s 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 disenchantement, it is as perrenial 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.

Desiderata Poem Credit: Max Ehrmann


Galen (name), meaning: "Curious One". A lover of language, human ingenuity and the forces of the universe. Hugely drawn towards the mysterious and unknown. Regular laughter and escapism essential.

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8 Responses

  1. Lilian Anyona says:

    I’m so inspired by this piece, it’s the only one that I’ll not cease loving. It’s a good thing to know that a lot of good things can happen. Desiderata changes my life every day!!!!!!!

  2. Paul muthee says:

    You really changed my way of thinking. It gave me courage to face every kind of situation that I came across.

  3. Patricia Coon says:

    The words on the copy you are selling transposed vain or bitter to read “bitter or vain”.

  4. Maricel says:

    This made me realize how I should just be me

  5. Mwana Vicky says:

    Desiderata really changed my life.

  6. Janet wambere says:

    a very inspirational piece.

  7. roxan says:

    thank you soo much!

  8. analyn says:

    thank you & god bless

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