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by Max Ehrmann

Go placidly amid the noise and haste and remember what peace there may be
in silence. As far as possible be on good terms with all persons. Speak
your truth quietly and clearly and listen to others, even the dull and
ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons
they are vexations to your 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
career however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortune of
time. Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of
trichery. 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.

Never be cynical about love, for in the face of all avidity and
disenchantment, it is perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of
the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nuture strength of
spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself
with 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 labours and
aspirations in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace with your soul.
With all its shame and drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful
world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

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