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Desiderata: A Poem for a Way of Life Hardcover – September 5, 1995


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Crown; 1 edition (September 5, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517701839
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517701836
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With new illustrations on virtually every page and a striking new jacket, this is a Desiderata for the '90s. This classic book of inspiration has sold more than 190,000 copies and continues to give comfort and cheer to new readers year after year. Line drawings.

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Brian Melendez on August 11, 2000
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One of my favorite poems, a comforting and refreshing perspective on life's big picture. It purports to have been discovered in a church in the seventeenth century, but in fact it was written by a man named Max Ehrmann in the first third of this century. I have kept a copy around since elementary school (ever since I learned that Gene Roddenberry, the creator of Star Trek, kept one in his office), and now keep one in my office at home and one at work.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 10, 1998
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My mother gave me this book years ago and more than any other, Max Ehrmann's philisophical statement has offered me comfort,clarity and perspective throughout the years. I would recommend this for anyone who needs wants to be reminded of the simple truths in life. It is also a good present for someone special in your life.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 1, 2000
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I have a copy of Desiderata, eighth edition, published by Brooke House, Los Angeles, illustrated by Emil Antonucci. I would like to order copies of this edition. Is that possible? Life's lessons have never been so simply and eloquently stated. So many of us need to be reminded!!!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dolly on May 5, 2006
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I do not have words for this book (No pun intended!)

Desiderata - an extremely moving book, is one of it's kind, in the truest sense of the word. It has words in the form of a poem and pictures depicted alongside of the words. Each picture is hardly a scrawl and the accompanying words are extremely simple, and yet together, they tell you so much of life and how to live it.

The utter simplicity of the pictures and the words is truly unparalleled and leaves a lasting impression on you.

Highly, highly, highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Billy J. on September 13, 2000
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I can say my favorite author ever. What a statement while at the same time writing a way of life.... I have his first novel ever published from 1898, signed! He was amazing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ragannie. on August 17, 2006
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This has always been my favorite poem and have 3 versions on my walls; however I have never had a hard copy version of this/I gave both that I ordered as gifts for the persons to have at different locations in their home or to take with them to enjoy/the illustrations are lovely and enchance the words beautifully/I would recommend this to everyone to have. Nancy
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Truthfully, I expected a-book-of-poems not a-poem-in-a-book, if that makes sense, but in any case, this poem is really great and worth keeping around for a quick word of wisdom.
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I was given this book by a close friend when I was still a teen, and I can honestly say that I have thought about its passages many times over the years. It's a book of very few words (if you type them all out, they would fit on a single page) but the wisdom and guidance in those words is quite powerful.

I have made decisions, important ones, during my lifetime with the words from this book consciously in my head at those moments.

Okay, enough of my opinion. Read it. And if you're lucky, it'll have a powerful effect on you, too.
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