"Go placidly amid the noise and haste and remember what peace there may be silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all parsons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud 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 interest 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 treachery. 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 by cynical about love, for in the face of all aridity and the disenchantment it is perennial as the grass".
- Excerpt from "Desiderata", by Max Ehrmann