Top 10: Desiderata poem posters April 23 2015

One of our favourite inspirational quotes, Desiderata, as typographic posters from our site and from around the web.

"Desiderata" (Latin for "desired things") is a poem by American writer Max Ehrmann. Largely unknown in the author's lifetime, the text became widely known after its use in devotional and spoken-word recordings... continue reading the wikipedia article here.

 

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DESIDERATA text: 

Go placidly amid the noise and the 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 to the dull and the 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 or 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 in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy. 

 

 

 

Images: Desiderata custom lettering & typography poster in red and black.

 

 

 

Images: Desiderata custom lettering & typography poster in green and silver.  

 

Image: Desiderata calligraphy poster by Barbara Galinska.  

 

 

Image: Desiderata typographic poster discovered on Pinterest

 

 

 

 

Images: Desiderata custom lettering & typography poster in grey and red.

 

 

Image: First sentence of the Desiderata poem by Lisa Ryan.

 

 

 

 

 

Images: Desiderata custom lettering & typography poster in yellow and black.

 

 

Image: Marc Männgen's Desiderata poster in German.

 

Image: Hand lettered Desiderata poster by RubyTangerine

 

 

 

 

Images: Desiderata custom lettering & typography poster in orange and black.

 

 

Image: Desiderata custom lettered poster by Pixelpants.

 

 

 

 

Images: Desiderata custom lettering & typography poster in green and gold.

 

 

 

 

 

Images: Desiderata custom lettering & typography poster in green and black.

 

 

 

 

 

Images: Desiderata custom lettering & typography poster in blue and orange.

 

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