Friday, February 18, 2011

Desiderata - Translation

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember
What peace can be found in silence.
As soon as possible, without surrender,
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.
Dodge loud and aggressive persons,
because they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you will become
vain and bitter;
there will always be people
larger and smaller than you.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your career
however humble,
it is a real treasure
in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business
for the world is full of trickery
But let this not blind you
to what virtue there.
There are many people who strive
for high ideals.
Life is full of heroism.
Be honest with yourself,
Especially do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love,
because in the midst of all aridity and disenchantment
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.
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
have a right to exist.
And it is clear to you or not
doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God
whatever you conceive Him
And whatever your labors and aspirations, keep peace with your soul
in the noisy confusion of life.
With all its falseness, their pain and broken dreams, the world is still beautiful.
Be careful, strive to be happy!
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