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Discussion in 'Personal' started by coffeekid, Mar 12, 2016.

  1. coffeekid

    coffeekid Star commenter

    "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 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 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 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 critical 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 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 with your soul.
    With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy."

    Desiderata by Max Ehrmann (1927)
  2. wanet

    wanet Star commenter

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  3. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    But do you like THIS?

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  4. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    I do like this. :DThanks for posting @coffeekid
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  5. foxtail3

    foxtail3 Star commenter

    I love that! :)
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  6. ValentinoRossi

    ValentinoRossi Star commenter

    When I was at Art College 1977-78, Desiderata was a very cool thing. I remember I had an illuminated text version on my bedroom wall. Still smile whenever I read it.
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  7. jacob

    jacob Lead commenter

    Is the one for management: be a massive a rsehole accountable to nobody and line your pockets until you get the retirement due to ill health once you are found out?
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  8. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    I get that one mixed up with this one.

    Wear Sunscreen

    Mary Schmich
    Wear sunscreen.

    If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience. I will dispense this advice now.

    Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they've faded. But trust me, in 20 years, you'll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can't grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked. You are not as fat as you imagine.

    Don't worry about the future. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blindside you at 4pm on some idle Tuesday.

    Do one thing every day that scares you.


    Don't be reckless with other people's hearts. Don't put up with people who are reckless with yours.


    Don't waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're behind. The race is long and, in the end, it's only with yourself.

    Remember compliments you receive. Forget the insults. If you succeed in doing this, tell me how.

    Keep your old love letters. Throw away your old bank statements.


    Don't feel guilty if you don't know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn't know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives. Some of the most interesting 40-year-olds I know still don't.

    Get plenty of calcium. Be kind to your knees. You'll miss them when they're gone.

    Maybe you'll marry, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll have children, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll divorce at 40, maybe you'll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary. Whatever you do, don't congratulate yourself too much, or berate yourself either. Your choices are half chance. So are everybody else's.

    Enjoy your body. Use it every way you can. Don't be afraid of it or of what other people think of it. It's the greatest instrument you'll ever own.

    Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but your living room.

    Read the directions, even if you don't follow them.

    Do not read beauty magazines. They will only make you feel ugly.

    Get to know your parents. You never know when they'll be gone for good. Be nice to your siblings. They're your best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.

    Understand that friends come and go, but with a precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle, because the older you get, the more you need the people who knew you when you were young.

    Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard. Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft. Travel.

    Accept certain inalienable truths: Prices will rise. Politicians will philander. You, too, will get old. And when you do, you'll fantasize that when you were young, prices were reasonable, politicians were noble and children respected their elders.

    Respect your elders.

    Don't expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund. Maybe you'll have a wealthy spouse. But you never know when either one might run out.

    Don't mess too much with your hair or by the time you're 40 it will look 85.

    Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it's worth.

    But trust me on the sunscreen.
  9. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    Not mine, but I like this...

    Go placidly amid the noise and haste
    And remember what peace there may be in silence
    Do not walk behind me for I may not lead
    Do not walk in front for I may not follow
    Go over there somewhere

    Speak your truth quietly and clearly
    Be open-minded, but do not lean forward or your brain may fall out

    Know that there will be good days and there will be bad days
    And this is one of them

    Always dismantle and clean the dog before going to bed
    But avoid the use of spot remover, you may never see him again

    You are a child of the universe
    It is a small world unless you have to paint it
    Do not wish for everything unless you have a really big cupboard

    Avoid loud and aggressive persons
    Sleep well
    If you cannot sleep well, practice more often

    Borrow from pessimists, they don’t expect it back

    Remember if you give a man a fish he will eat for a day
    Teach him to fish and he will sit in a boat and drink himself stupid

    It is always darkest before the dawn
    That is the time to steal your neighbour's newspaper

    Be gentle with yourself
    Bear in mind that depression is anger without enthusiasm
    And good health merely the slowest way to die

    Never argue with a fool for he is doing the same

    Know that if at first you don’t succeed sky-diving’s not a good idea
    And that timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance

    Always remember that all is not lost
    Though I haven’t seen it for some time

    Be yourself
    If you cannot become wiser try to be older

    Never stand between the dog and the lamppost
    And never hit a man with glasses
    Always use something bigger and heavier
    And remember that some people are only alive because it’s illegal to kill them

    A closed mouth gathers no feet
    Nature abhors a vacuum cleaner

    Be cheerful
    Strive to be happy
    And remember that your sole purpose in life is to serve as a warning to others

    Go far
    And start as soon as possible
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2016
  10. armandine2

    armandine2 Established commenter

    First of all, Wakefield discovered that in the Colonies, property in money, means of subsistence,
    machines, and other means of production, does not as yet stamp a man as a capitalist if there be
    wanting the correlative – the wage-worker, the other man who is compelled to sell himself of his
    own free will. He discovered that capital is not a thing, but a social relation between persons,
    established by the instrumentality of things. Mr. Peel, he moans, took with him from England to
    Swan River, West Australia, means of subsistence and of production to the amount of £50,000.
    Mr. Peel had the foresight to bring with him, besides, 300 persons of the working class, men,
    women, and children. Once arrived at his destination, ―Mr. Peel was left without a servant to
    make his bed or fetch him water from the river. Unhappy Mr. Peel who provided for everything
    except the export of English modes of production to Swan River!

    post what's on your clipboard - while you may because tomorrow ...
  11. InkyP

    InkyP Star commenter

    My friends and I had posters of this on the wall when we were at school in 1970. At that time it was falsely claimed that it had been found in a church in Baltimore and dated from 18something.
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  12. Didactylos4

    Didactylos4 Star commenter

    I still have rolled up copy of it from those ancient days when such things seemed believable
  13. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    In 1956, the Reverend Frederick Kates, rector of Saint Paul's Church in Baltimore, Maryland, included Desiderata in a compilation of devotional materials for his congregation. The compilation included the church's foundation date: "Old Saint Paul's Church, Baltimore AD 1692". Consequently, the date of the text's authorship was (and still is) widely mistaken as 1692, the year of the church's foundation.
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  14. aspensquiver_2

    aspensquiver_2 Senior commenter

    1692? Amazing to think I live somewhere which is older than that church.
  15. Dragonlady30

    Dragonlady30 Star commenter

    It was a great favourite when I was Teacher Training College-1971-1974- and most folks who lived in had copies on their walls. On their bookshelves would be a copy of Kahil Gibran's The Prophet.
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  16. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Don't forget the copy of 'The Female Eunoch' on the bookshelf, for that era! ;)
  17. InkyP

    InkyP Star commenter

    Yes, I've got that too.

    Thanks @nomad, of course, it was 1692 I remembered there was some confusion.
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  18. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    And, of course, Erica Jong's 'Fear of Flying' sitting next to Robert Pirsig's 'Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance'.
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  19. Dragonlady30

    Dragonlady30 Star commenter

    Funnily enough, Lara, it wasn't much in evidence in a RC college. I have no idea why.:confused:
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  20. sabrinakat

    sabrinakat Star commenter

    I like this one:


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