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 the truth 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 to 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 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 counsel of years gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture the strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not stress yourself with imaginings.
Many fatigues are born of fear 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.
Whatever your labours and aspiration, in the noisy confusion of life,
Keep peace with your soul.
With all its shams, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.
Strive to be happy.