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.