Friday, April 15, 2011


Photography by Maxie


Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may
be in silence.  As far as possible and without surrender, be on good terms
will 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 you 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 
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.   Found in Old Saint Paul's Church, Baltimore.  Dated 1692 

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