People are often unreasonable, illogical,
and self-centered;
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, People may accuse you
of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway. Be kind anyway.

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

If you are honest and frank,
people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone
could destroy overnight;
Build anyway. Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness,
they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today,
people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway. Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have,
and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you've got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis,
it is between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway.

From the CD, Zero Church, by Suzzy & Maggie Roche
A sincere thanks to Suzzy Roche for granting use of this song

- from a Stuart Levy email
But a little searching did yield a more solid-looking authorship for that lovely poem. First, Louie Crew's Episcopalian web site cites that text, saying that it's by Kent Keith. A search for the latter turns up (as topmost Google link) this one: which gives the same text (or similar) and reports that "The Paradoxical Commandments were written by Kent M. Keith in 1968 as part of a booklet for student leaders" and that related books on the same subject, same author, were published in 2000 and 2001.