Anyway, The Paradoxical Commandments

How do you find personal meaning in a crazy world? Let the words from the poem of Kent Keith stir your hearts as he writes The Paradoxical Commandments. The snippet is part the second chapter of his book entitled The Silent Revolution: Dynamic Leadership in the Student Council. He started writing it in his sophomore year at Harvard College for student leaders and was published by Harvard Student Agencies in 1968.

The poem has been sighted on many occasions and been used by many influential leaders. You can post it up on your wall, use it as your wall paper, create a bookmark of it, what ever you want. Even Mother Theresa thought it was important enough to display it on her children’s home in Calcutta.


 The Paradoxical Commandments
by Dr. Kent M. Keith

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.

© Copyright Kent M. Keith 1968, renewed 2001


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Posted on November 12, 2013, in Life's Like That, outside the box and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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