Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace
there may be in silence.....
Yes, this is a beautiful work with much wisdom. Most people think it
is of ancient origin but I have it in a little book published by
Brooke House, Los Angeles. Here’s what it says:
Desiderata, which is usually said to have been copied from an
inscription “found in Old Saint Paul’s Church, Baltimore;
dated 1692,” was actually written by an Indiana poet named Max
Ehrmann and registered with the Copyright Office of the
Library of Congress early in 1927. Copyright was renewed after
the author’s death by his widow, and the work still is
protected by the United States Copyright Law. Thus, this
popular philosophical statement is neither anonymous nor
ancient, having both an author and a fairly recent date.
Nonetheless, what it says remains timeless and reserves for
its author a niche in that poetical pantheon to which belong
those writers who have, at least once, seen an eternal truth
Thanks, Umesh, for reminding us of these truths.
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