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Go placidly amidst 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.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or 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 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 dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the 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 cheerful.

Strive to be happy.

Max Ehrmann

Gosh. If anyone wanted to get me a present, I don't really read actual books any more. The odd specialist tome, maybe, but usually I just download stuff and read them on my iPad. For actual physical books, old secondhand Folios always have a place on my shelf.

Toys. One can never have enough Lego, especially that Lego Friends stuff that my grandaughter goes nuts for when she visits! Or coffee beans. Or chocolate that I can take home and share with my wife.

Now that I think on it - and I may be making a rod for my own backpack here - I have been trying to find German copies of the Harry Potter books for ages. I look in secondhand shops and never see any. Perhaps they are more plentiful in Western Europe?

I have the audiobooks downloaded but to have the actual physical books as a reference would be great.

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