Desiderata Copy with Faded Writing

While looking through some old boxes, putting things in order, I found this old copy of the Desiderata.

"Desiderata (Latin: "desired things") is a 1927 prose poem by American writer Max Ehrmann. Largely unknown in the author's lifetime, the text became widely known after its use in a devotional and after spoken-word recordings in 1971 and 1972."    ~Wikipedia

It must have made a strong impression on me because it's been in the box for over 30 years.  It still has great meaning for me.

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 to the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons;
they are vexatious 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 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 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 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 it should.

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.

Now if you look closely at the top left hand corner of my copy, you will see faded blue ink stained words.  I'm trying to figure out what they say.

From the back view:

It's a mystery!


  1. I keep a copy of "Desiderata" taped next to my computer. I've always thought the words were definitely ones to live by....
    As for the faded blue ink - sorry, I couldn't make it out.

  2. Great thoughts to live by, John.

    Sorry...I have no idea what was written~

  3. There must be a way to find out what it says. Never feign affection... so true.

  4. The Desiderata holds all the answers to a happy and content life. Thank you.


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