Desiderata was written by a relatively unknown American author, Max Ehrmann, in 1927. Later, in 1959, Reverend Frederick Kates of Saint Paul’s Church, Baltimore, included Desiderata in a sermon for his congregation, which eventually spread and became a big hit.
Desiderata contains many pearls of wisdom for living a peaceful and joyous existence upon this planet.  In it, the unknown author details a perspective for “keeping peace with your soul” while navigating your way through a challenging world. All useful information.

The popular 1970’s song, written by Wes Crane, is included in the link below. I realize, being from the 70’s, that this music is dated and a little bit cheesy, but I couldn’t resist. It still has a good and powerful vibe, and besides, it’s only a matter of time before it’s back in style again! Here’s to being a happy and fulfilled child of the Universe!

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17 thoughts on “Desiderata

  1. i came across your blog just to look, but i had to leave this comment to say how much i appreciate your work. thanks for the help.

  2. I really like this desiderata, its really inspirational and gives one a subtle life conduct. I think if people live like it says the world will be a better one.

  3. Hi

    Just wondering, on the last line of the poem it says “Be cheerful” yet in the video it says “Be careful”. Is there a reason behind this subtle change.
    Still a great piece tough.

    Take Care


  4. My grandmother introduced this beautiful poem to me back in the early 70’s I remember where we were when she bought a plaque with Desiderata… I had it in my possession hanging on my wall for years, until a couple years ago, when someone stole many of my things… I love it, It touches the deepest part of my soul… It still is a beautiful world…

  5. This is beautiful. I think it was around 1972 or so after my boyfriend an American Indian that served in Viet Nam in 1965,66,67 only to get shot & killed by a neighbor in 1971 that I was given this poem and Children Learn what they Live & I put in his casket the book The Profit by Kahil Gibran. I have his daughter and a son and grandchildren, and I want to share it with the world. Thank you! 🙂
    Peace & Love,

    Charity Luv

  6. Aaaah, Desiderata is still the best motivation for me. It humbles me a lot. We need to distribute it to our high schools the world over. thanks.

  7. I woke up morose and down today; and I did not want to talk to any one. I wanted some kind of a voice to talk to my feelings and make me feel better. I eventually remembered the poem, ‘Desiderata’. I searched it and found it on this site. What a wonderful poem to read or even listen to in a song form. I am now going to bed this evening with a good feeling knowing that “I am a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars. I have a right to be here.” What a soothing, beautiful, and humble piece of the arts.

  8. This poem was introduce to me while at High School at St Paul that it has a great meaning for me it motivated me very muchl.I went to tertiary because of this poem even today the meaning it has is still exitsl. Its so great I wish evrybody in the world reads it.THIS WORLD WILL BE A BETTER PLACE.

  9. Still a beautiful piece of wisdom after all these years. I first read Desiderata in a music book while I was learning the guitar back in 1976. With the aid of Google I have found how the mistake was made when the original reading mentioned “found in a church in Baltimore.”
    Peace and love to this troubled world.

  10. Most beautiful poem I’ve ever read ! At the time of my death I hope to listen to the song you kindly put on line.


  11. Yes I would just like to say that I have a very old Desiderata and at the end it says be careful not be cheerful and it also says author unknown found in St. Paul’s church 1692

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