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
Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to
the spirit. If you compare yourself to others you may be 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 trickery. But let this not
blind you from 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 councel of the years gracefully surrendering
the things of youth. Nurture the 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 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
shams, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.