GO PLACIDLY AMID THE NOISE & HASTE, & 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 & clearly; and listen to others, even the dull & ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud & aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain & bitter; for always there will be greater & 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 & disenchantment it is perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the council 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 & loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees & 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 labours & aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery & broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy.

Found in old Saint Paul’s church, Baltimore: dated 1692

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  1. cartiermccloud

     /  August 29, 2015

    Beautiful and wise. However, I shall always struggle with any kind of surrender. A major fault I cannot seem to surrender to correction:P

  2. cartiermccloud

     /  August 29, 2015

    It is not the perfect alignment that is needed but the seamless meshing of all the gears that is our driven hope. You mesh well, Digs:) Never doubt it.

  3. cartiermccloud

     /  August 31, 2015

    Reblogged this on HIDDEN IN PLAIN SITE and commented:
    Wise words to see us through the chaos and coming ordeals.

  4. Pured1989

     /  September 2, 2015

    “Found in old Saint Paul’s church, Baltimore: dated 1692”

    Sorry, nope.

    “. . .it was written in 1927 by Max Ehrmann (1872-1945). ”

    You might want to corroborate that source of enlightenment, but I suspect it’s right – when I saw your article I dimly thought back to checking into this years ago but couldn’t remember the outcome.

    • Oh brilliant, good sourced. Thank you. I found it in a hallway where I was working and scribbled it down. It said at the bottom ‘found in Baltimore’.


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