In the time of your life, live —
Seek goodness everywhere, and when it is found, bring it out of its hiding-place and let it be free and unashamed.
Discover in all things that which shines and is beyond corruption.
Encourage virtue in whatever heart it may have been driven into secrecy and sorrow by the shame and terror of the world.
Ignore the obvious, for it is unworthy of the clear eye and the kindly heart.
Be the inferior of no man, nor of any man be the superior.
Remember that every man is a variation of yourself.
Despise evil and ungodliness, but not men of ungodliness or evil. These, understand.
Have no shame in being kindly and gentle.
In the time of your life, live — so that in that wondrous time you shall not add to the misery and sorrow of the world,
But shall smile to the infinite delight and mystery of it.
from The Time of Your Life (1939) by William Saroyan