Max Ehrmann

(1872 - 1945 / Indianapolis, Uinted States)

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Max Ehrmann (September 26, 1872 – September 9, 1945) was an American writer, poet, and attorney from Terre Haute, Indiana, widely known for his 1927 prose poem "Desiderata" (Latin: "things desired"). He often wrote on spiritual themes.
Ehrmann was of German descent; both his parents emigrated from Bavaria in the 1840s. Young Ehrmann was educated at the Terre Haute Fourth District School and the German Methodist Church.
He received a degree in English from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, which he attended from 1890 to 1894. While there, he was a member of Delta Tau Delta's Beta Beta chapter and was editor of the school newspaper, Depauw ... more »

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  • sunnyfields (4/20/2020 4:06:00 PM)

    I am drawn to this poem amid the days of the Pandemic of Covid 19.

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  • Tessa (8/18/2019 9:54:00 PM)

    What a wonderful and inspiring poet- -and person.

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  • sadiqa (3/7/2019 2:02:00 AM)

    i just love desiderata.....its too motivational n didactic...:- desiderata feel realistic

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  • Brianna (2/21/2019 9:04:00 AM)

    Reading his poetry, I feel like I am in a conversation with him in the same room. Desiderata is a such a beautiful piece and is so advanced. " And whether or not it is clear to you, the universe is unfolding as it should."

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  • Ron jackson (2/13/2019 10:47:00 PM)

    A brilliant writer with a true heart. God Bless

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  • Sharon Kraemer (8/22/2018 1:19:00 AM)

    I have loved this mans writings for years. I have lived by Desiderata since my teens. I am 67 now and still pass this poem onto family and friends. It is a timeless poem with so much wisdom. 2018.

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Best Poem of Max Ehrmann

Reforming Oneself

It has been raining again. I have been indoors, meditating on the shortcomings of life.
I wish there were more kindly persons in the world. Our competitive life develops selfishness and unkindness.
I am determined to do something about it. I cannot hope to convert many persons. To convert one person, I shall do well.
I will begin with the person I know best - myself.
When it rains and one is much indoors one is likely to meditate on the shortcomings of life.
Let me think - how shall I make myself kind, gentle considerate?
I do believe it has stopped raining.
I can go out ...

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