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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 you truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and 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 and 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 to 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 imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.

You are a child ofthe 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 with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerul. Strive to be happy.

- Max Ehrmann, 1927

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  My new love is www.librarything.com. I cannot yet fully express my adoration for this site... indescribable joy, that's what we're talking about here. I just spent an hour and a half adding books, reading posts, and generally mucking about in a happy little cyber-land dedicated entirely to books.

I've been thinking/talking about joining this site since my far-away friend S--- told me about it months ago (in fact, I talked one of my managers at the Bookstore into joining just last month--I think he's added about 1000 books to his library thus far). I've only added 45 or so books to my library catalog (most of those went up in the afore-mentioned hour and a half), but I am already enjoying the whole idea of making book cataloguing such a cool, easy, highly amusing experience. It's so simple to just type in the ISBN of a book and watch all the other information--including any available cover photo--appear. I've always wanted to have a list of all the books I own, and this is so much more than just a list!

Are book people alone in this delight we take in seeing lists of our favorite belongings, sharing those lists, comparing those lists, talking about those lists? We can't be alone... but I bet everybody else is totally jealous of us right now.

Thus ends this post, because the stack of books teetering on the floor next to my desk is about to collapse. Back to LibraryThing!
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