Top 10: Stunning Desiderata poem posters (Updated) June 17 2024

One of our favourite inspirational poems, Desiderata, as a collection of typographic and lettering posters from around the web and our site ( available on paper, canvas, stretcher framed).

Shipped worldwide from our workshops in Asia & America.

Surprisingly, "Desiderata" (Latin for "desired things") by American lawyer turned writer Max Ehrmann was largely unknown in the author's lifetime, the text only going 'viral' years after his death.

You can read how Desiderata finally became famous, amongst other bits of trivia here.

View our entire collection of Desiderata posters, prints, framed, wall artworks here.



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. 


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Image: Desiderata lettering & typography poster



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



Image: Desiderata poem letterpress poster by Mink Letterpress


Desiderata by Lee Beckwith on Behance
Image: Desiderata by Lee Beckwith.


Image: Desiderata hand lettering poster design by Maria Dagmara Skiba. Though it has been mistakenly attributed to the Baltimore (Church) 1692 instead of Max Ehrmann.


Image: Desiderata antiquarian script poster from


Image: Desiderata calligraphy poster by Ink Monkey Press (Blue and White)


Image: Desiderata letter press poster close up. By TheCrankyPress on Etsy.


Image: A calligraphic Desiderata poster created by Diane Von Arx Calligraphy


Image: An unusual rendition of Desiderata as a cartoon poster by Zen Pencils


Image: Desiderata calligraphy poster in Polish by Barbara Galinska.  



Image: Desiderata typographic poster discovered on Pinterest


Image: Antique Desiderata lettering colour poster found on Pinterest





Images: Desiderata custom lettering & typography poster



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



Image: A simple Desiderata type poster with an ornamental border found on Pinterest




Images: Desiderata custom lettering & typography poster in yellow 


Image: Marc Männgen's Desiderata poster in German.


Image: Hand lettered Desiderata poster by RubyTangerine



 Image: Typographic Desiderata poster by Posterama in orange, white and black.


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



Image: Desiderata custom lettered poster by Pixelpants.



Image: Desiderata custom lettering poster from Posterama 




Image: Desiderata lettering & typography poster in blue


Purchase one of our Desiderata posters from our collection here.