Binds together by passion and knowledge the vast empire of human society

Posted: March 2, 2014 in Uncategorized


Max Ehrmann


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.



                Desiderata is a poem that has been tackled in a lot of literature lesson and I’ve used it to show how a poem can bind together by passion and knowledge the vast empire of human society. The poem teaches the reader about the society and how to act and react.

                The poem shows that there are a lot of bad things in life but at the end, he says that despite the evils in the world, it is still a beautiful thing. In all the chaos that is life, it is important to be happy and find the joys in living. It shows the passion in living despite the knowledge that life can be a mess.

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