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Desiderata
			
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 the 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 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 with your soul.

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

-- Max Ehrmann
				
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To Thine Own Self Be True

Yet here, Laertes! Aboard, aboard for shame!
The wind sits in the shoulder of your sail,
And you are stay'd for.
There ... my blessing with thee!
And these few precepts in thy memory
Look thou character. Give thy thoughts no tongue,
Nor any unproportion'd thought his act.
Be thou familiar, but by no means vulgar.
Those friends thou hast, and their adoption tried,
Grapple them to thy soul with hoops of steel;
But do not dull thy palm with entertainment
Of each new-hatch'd, unfledg’d comrade. Beware
Of entrance to a quarrel but, being in,
Bear't that th' opposed may beware of thee.
Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice;
Take each man's censure, but reserve thy judgement.
Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy,
But not express'd in fancy; rich, not gaudy;
For the apparel oft proclaims the man;
And they in France of the best rank and station
Are of a most select and generous chief in that.
Neither a borrower, nor a lender be;
For loan oft loses both itself and friend,
And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.
This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
Farewell; my blessing season this in thee!

-- William Shakespeare