Desiderata Resources

Listed here are books by and about Max Ehrmann, links to Desiderata music, and various articles for further reading.


  1. Desiderata : A Poem for a Way of Life by Max Ehrmann
  2. The Desiderata of Happiness: A Collection of Philosophical Poems by Max Ehrmann
  3. The Desiderata of Love: A Collection of Poems for the Beloved
  4. The Desiderata of Faith: A Collection of Religious Poems by Max Ehrmann
  5. The Desiderata of Hope: A Collection of Poems to Ease Your Way in Life by Max
  6. Max Ehrmann: A poet's life by Bertha K. Ehrmann


  1. Desiderata by Les Crane | MP3 or streaming


  1. Bennett, Mark. “Covered Max Ehrmann statue installed, awaiting official unveiling” News From Terre Haute, Indiana July 28, 2010
  2. Bennett, Mark. “After a long journey, Max Ehrmann and ‘Desiderata’ have come home to Terre Haute” News From Terre Haute, Indiana August 27, 2010
  3. Boyce, Brian. “Max takes his seat at the Crossroads of America” News From Terre Haute, Indiana August 27, 2010
  4. Katz, Barbara. “Popular Prose-Poem Is No Work of the Ages.” The Washington Post November 27, 197

Other References

  1. Robert L. BELL d/b/a Crescendo Publishing Company, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. COMBINED REGISTRY COMPANY, an Illinois Corporation, Defendant-Appellee.


Desiderata Prints and Posters

Artist and calligrapher Sherrie Lovler has designed two beautiful versions of Desiderata prints and posters, one with roses and one with diamonds. Many colors and sizes to choose from. Read your own copy every day!

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    Desiderata with roses

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    Desiderata with diamonds