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Desiderata: Inspiration from Poet Lawyer Max Ehrmann

The poem Desiderata - Latin for "Things to be Desired" - has inspired millions. Fewer, however, are aware of the identity of the poem's author - lawyer-turned-poet Max Ehrmann of Terre Haute, Indiana. Though a lawyer, Ehrmann's somewhat careless handling of his copyright spawned litigation that has persuaded some courts that the poem is in the public domain.

In any event, the poem's opening paragraph conveys thoughts worthy of contemplation by attorneys seeking greater tranquility within the confines of what is often a stressful profession:

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 the ignorant;
they too have their story.

Read the rest of the poem

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