Go 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 persons; 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
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.