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DESIDERATA English and Spanish


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 ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexatious 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 posession 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 cheerful. Strive to be happy



Camina plácido entre el ruido y la prisa y recuerda
qué paz se puede encontrar en el silencio.
En cuanto sea posible y sin rendirte,
mantén buenas relaciones con todas las personas.
Enuncia tu verdad de una manera serena y clara
y escucha a los demás, incluso al torpe e ignorante, también ellos tienen su propia historia.

Esquiva a las personas ruidosas y agresivas,
ya que son un fastidio para el espíritu.
Si te comparas con los demás, te volverás
vano y amargado,
pues siempre habrá personas
más grandes y más pequeñas que tú.

Disfruta de tus éxitos lo mismo que de tus planes.
Mantén el interés en tu propia carrera
por humilde que sea,
ella es un verdadero tesoro
en el fortuito cambiar de los tiempos.
Sé cauto en tus negocios
pues el mundo está lleno de engaños,
mas no dejes que esto te vuelva ciego
para la virtud que existe.
Hay muchas personas que se esfuerzan
por alcanzar nobles ideales.
La vida está llena de heroísmo.

Sé sincero contigo mismo,
en especial no finjas el afecto.
Y no seas cínico en el amor,
pues en medio de todas las arideces y desengaños,
es perenne como la hierba.

Acata dócilmente el consejo de los años
abandonando con donaire las cosas de la juventud.
Cultiva la firmeza del espíritu,
para que te proteja en las adversidades repentinas.
Muchos temores nacen de la fatiga y la soledad. Sobre una sana disciplina, sé benigno contigo mismo.

Tú eres una criatura del universo.
No menos que las plantas y las estrellas,
tienes derecho a existir.
Y sea que te resulte claro o no,
indudablemente el universo marcha como debiera.

Por eso debes estar en paz con Dios
cualquiera que sea tu idea de El.
Y sean cualesquiera tus trabajos y aspiraciones, conserva la paz con tu alma
en la bulliciosa confusión de la vida.

Aún con toda su falsía, sus dolores y sueños fallidos, el mundo es todavía hermoso.

Sé cauto, ¡esfuérzate por ser feliz!

Max Ehrmann

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DESIDERATA Go quietly amid


Go quietly amid the noise and haste of our world and remember what peace there is in silence. As far as possible and without surrendering your ideals and self-respect, try to be on good terms with all people. Speak your truth quietly and clearly. Those who have developed their inner ears for listening, and their inner eyes for seeing, will understand. Learn to listen to those around you, for when you do you may find that there is no such thing as a dull person and that even the seemingly dull ones can teach you something. At all cost, avoid loud and aggressive people, because they are vexations to our spirit. Be neither vain nor bitter about your gifts. They are as special as anyone else’s, although there will always be someone who is better or worse at certain things, than you are. Waste no time on comparing yourself with others, but enjoy your own achievements, plans, hopes and dreams.

Remain interested in life, and diligently attend to whatever task is before you. However humble they may sometimes appear, they are a valuable possession in the changing fortunes of time. Our world is full of trickery, but let that not blind you to the fact that there is just as much virtue. Be honest and fair in all your dealings and remember that what we send out always comes back. Many strive for high ideals, but do not over-look that it often requires a greater heroism to live our daily life, in faith and trust that things will change and get better; that all is well and that for our Highest Self all things are possible and that miracles do happen, if we but ask and trust.

Above all, be yourself. Never feign affection or be cynical in matters of the heart. In spite of all the aridity and disenchantment of our world, love is the Eternal evergreen of the Universe. Never allow it to die in your own heart, for it will always return in some way, even if at times it may not look like it. Only through life’s tests and trials can our capacity for loving deepen and mature. Therefore, take the counsel of the years with kindness, and surrender the things of youth with grace. Nurture yourself and develop strength of spirit in good times, so that it becomes your shield when the going gets rough. Do not distress yourself with imaginings though and bear in mind that fatigue and loneliness can be the cause of many fears.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. Know that you are a beloved child of the Universe, no less than the trees and the stars; that we all have a right to be here, because everybody has their particular lessons to learn; and that – whether we are aware of it or not – the Universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore, make peace with your soul and our Creator, whatever this means to you. And bear in mind that in our understanding of the Divine each one of us stands alone. We are all responsible for ourselves and our world; each one has to save and redeem themselves and their own soul; no-one can do it for us. That is why – whatever our aspirations in the noisy confusion of life may be – the time has come for making an effort at finding our soul’s purpose, for setting about fulfilling it and for making peace with ourselves.

When you notice that there is a lot of sham, drudgery and broken dreams in our material world, remind yourself that they all contain valuable lessons, which help our individual and collective soul to grow. So, let nothing distract you from noticing that it is a great privilege to be allowed to take part in this exquisitely beautiful world; and that in spite of everything, it is there to be enjoyed by us. Be content with your lot and remain optimistic about the good outcome of everything that is happening in our world. Know that because everything rests safely in the hands of God, it will surely all turn out well in the end – for us and our world.

Max Ehrmann 1872-1945
Edited by Aquarius

After my English version, I

After my English version, I would also like to share with you my interpretation of the same in German:


Geh ruhig und gelassen durch den Lärm und die Hast dieser Welt, und sei des Friedens eingedenk, der in der Stille liegt. Soweit möglich und ohne dich selbst aufzugeben, bemüh dich um gute Beziehungen zu allen Menschen. Sprich das, was du als Wahrheit erkennst ruhig und klar aus. Wer Augen zum Sehen und Ohren zum Hören hat, der wird sie auch verstehen. Hör aber auch anderen zu. Selbst scheinbar Geistlose und Unwissende können uns etwas mitteilen. Jeder, den wir treffen, ist ein Spiegel unseres inneren Selbst und kann uns etwas Wichtiges, nicht über sich, sondern über uns selbst verraten. Bedenk, dass nichts gegen den Willen Gottes geschehen kann, und dass wir andere Menschen nur treffen, weil es sein Wille ist. Über Andere zu Gericht sitzen hat noch niemanden in seiner Entwicklung vorwärts gebracht; besser ist das in den Spiegel und in sich selbst hinein schauen.

Gehe lauten und aggressiven Menschen – so weit wie möglich – aus dem Weg, denn sie sind die reinste Plage für unseren Geist. Und da es immer Größere und Geringere geben wird als wir selbst es sind, vergleich dich mit niemandem, denn das könnte dich eitel oder bitter machen. Stattdessen erfreue dich deiner eigenen Errungenschaften, Pläne, Hoffnungen und Träume. Erhalte dir dein Interesse am Leben und an deinen Aufgaben. Wie bescheiden sie dir auch vorkommen mögen, so sind sie doch ein wertvoller Besitz im Wechsel der Zeiten. Bei der Abwicklung deiner Geschäfte übe Vorsicht, denn unsere Welt steckt voller Listen und Betrügereien. Lass dich das aber den Tugenden deiner Mitmenschen gegenüber nicht blind machen. Übersieh nicht, dass Viele nach hohen Idealen streben und dass man überall im täglichen Leben wahres Heldentum erleben kann.

Was immer auch in deinem Leben geschehen mag, bleibe dir selbst treu; heuchle keine Zuneigung und werde niemals zynisch in der Liebe. Trotz aller Enttäuschungen und Perioden der Dürre ist die Liebe doch beständig wie das Gras; immer wieder kehrt sie zu zurück. Gib die Dinge der Jugend würdevoll auf. Sei dankbar für alle Erfahrungen, die das Leben dir zuteil werden lässt. Ertrage sie gelassen und lerne von ihnen. Wenn du in guten Zeiten für deinen Geist sorgst, ihn stärkst und nährst, dann wird er dich an schweren Tagen beschützen. Und was immer dein Trachten und Sehnen im Lärm und Chaos unserer Welt sein mag, erhalte dir den Frieden mit deiner Seele und rege dich nicht über Dinge auf, die es gar nicht gibt. Oft haben Ängste ihren Ursprung in Müdigkeit und Einsamkeit.

Vor Allem übe Selbstdisziplin, aber vergiss dabei nicht, auch liebevoll mit dir selbst umzugehen.. Du bist ein Kind des Universums – genau wie die Bäume und die Sterne. Du hast ein Recht, hier zu sein – genau wie sie. Und ob du dir dessen bewusst bist oder nicht, das Weltall und unsere Welt gehen ihren Gang, so wie es schon seit Urzeiten vorher bestimmt wurde. Mache darum Frieden mit unserem Schöpfer, egal was du dir darunter vorstellst. Und vergiss niemals, dass trotz allen Scheins, aller Plackereien und aller zerbrochenen Träume unserer materiellen Existenz, unsere Welt immer ein Wunder bleibt und wie schön sie ist.

Sei glücklich und frohen Sinnes.

[Nach:] Max Ehrmann 1872-1945
Enkel deutscher USA Auswanderer
Bearbeitung Aquarius

What a surprise to see

What a surprise to see Desiderata in German! Thank you Aquarius for posting it!
I have never come across the German version and find it equally beautiful as the English version, especially your more expanded take of it.

Now I wonder if there is an Italian or, Norvegian or, Dutch and other languages version that could be added to these?


Dear Xenia - so glad to hear

Dear Xenia - so glad to hear that you are enjoying both my - as you put it - enlarged takes on the English and the German version of this wonderful piece of prose. Ever since starting my astrological work and writings, I have always used is as a kind of motto - if that's the right word.
That you never came across a German version is hardly surprising, because I don't believe that there is one. That's why I thought I'd get to work on it. Well yes, and once I start doing that on something, my own inspiration begins to flow into what is already there - the result you can see in those two 'Desideratas', as well as in anything.

With love and light,

Thanks Aquarius, and keep

Thanks Aquarius, and keep the inspiration flowing, it is a great gift to us all!


Thank you, Xenia, I will -

Thank you, Xenia, I will - it is a tributary to the great river of all life that flows all the time and wishes to constantly pour itself upon our world. Namaste - Aquarius