Posted in Poetry, plays, etc., Quotation


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.[…]

This is the first line from Desiderata, written in 1927 by American writer Max Ehrmann. I first encountered it in the recording by US talk show host Les Crane. It got to number 6 in 1971. I still recall listening to it by candlelight: we had no power due to several weeks of power cuts due to strike action. It went on to become something of a cult, even Mr Spock got in on the act.

I still love it. Especially the line:

Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit :)


There remains some confusion over whether it is or indeed ever was in copyright. I will ‘exercise caution’ as it advises and use only the opening lines. The full text is here.

Posted in France, Literature, Quotation, Re-blog

Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes

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Wisdom Lite

For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go.
I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.
— Robert Louis Stevenson’s, Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes (1878).

I have just bought a copy of this book. Clearly old, though undated, it has a story of it’s own. Glued to the inside of the front cover, it is a hard back, is a label telling me it is from ‘South Wilts Grammar School for Girls Salisbury’. It was first loaned out in September 1949, though the book appears not to have been popular with the girls. The next loan was nearly five years later in January 1954. A further three years then pass by, before a girl was interested enough to borrow it. The fourth and final loan was then eight years later, in March 1965. After which it appears to have found a…

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