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 the dull and
ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and
aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare
yourself to others you may become vain and bitter, for always there will
be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
achievements as well as you plans. Keep interested in your 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
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 council
of the years gracefully surrendering the things of
Nurture the strength of spirit to shield you in sudden
misfortune. But do not distress 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
You have a right to be here. And whether or not it
is clear to you, no doubt, the universe is unfolding as it
Therefore, be at peace with God, whatever you can
conceive Him to be; and whatever your labours and aspirations, in the
noisy confusion of life, keep peace with your soul.
With all its
shams, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be
careful Strive to be happy.
(Found in Old St. Paul's Church, Baltimore, dated