This I Believe is an international organization engaging people in writing and sharing essays describing the core values that guide their daily lives. Over 125,000 of these essays, written by people from all walks of life, have been archived here on our website, heard on public radio, chronicled through our books, and featured in weekly podcasts. The project is based on the popular 1950s radio series of the same name hosted by Edward R. Murrow.

Words of a Poet

width=Whether a sonnet, a haiku, or free verse, poetry is a distillation of language that reveals the essence of an idea or emotion. In celebration of National Poetry Month, we hope you’ll click here to read how these essayists found their beliefs through poetry.

The First Essay: Isabel Allende

When launching the new series This I Believe in 2005, our very first essay was by novelist Isabel Allende, who wrote about grieving the loss of her daughter by taking comfort in the love she was able to give her just before her death and by continuing to be inspired by her daughter's life of service to others. Click here to hear her reading her essay, as was originally broadcast on All Things Considered on April 5, 2005.

New Android App

In this free app for Android mobile devices, you can carry thousands of This I Believe essays in your pocket. The app includes full text for tens of thousands of essays, as well as audio for hundreds of essays that have been broadcast since 2005. Visit the Google Play app store to download today!

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Help Us Celebrate 10 Years of Believing


It was ten years ago this week that our first This I Believe essay aired on NPR and on our podcast. Your support is absolutely essential to the continuation of this website, our email newsletter, podcast, and extensive essay archive.

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