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, are 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.

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You can now purchase audio downloads of individual essays!

Did you know that you can download your favorite This I Believe essays as audio files? There are hundreds available for instant download, including many of the most popular essays from Edward R. Murrow's original 1950s radio series. You can find them at our This I Believe Store.

Living Through Poetry

An Act of Faith in America
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Poetry can be an expression of love, a processing of grief, or a way to freeze a moment in time. Whether a sonnet, a haiku, or free verse, it is a distillation of language that reveals the very essence of an idea or emotion. We invite you to click the links below to read how these essayists have found their beliefs in poetry.

  1. The Making of Poems
  2. Music and Medicine for the Soul
  3. More Than Just Words
  4. Our Ultimate Inspiration
  5. The Untamed Habitat of Language

Stories from the Military Family

Military

To bring attention to the unique strength and convictions of America’s military community, This I Believe is honoring our nation’s servicemen and women, veterans, and military families by sharing the stories of their core values and deepest beliefs. If you are a service member, veteran, or a military family member, we want to hear from you.

Click here to explore the beliefs of our military community.

In Your Community

This I Believe in Your Community

This year, students at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey, have been reading This I Believe II for their common reading program, R U Reading Together. By reading this book as a community, the university hopes to "set the foundation for a year of exploration and conversation about the human experience and why we believe what we believe." Click here to learn more about what Rowan students believe.

Click here to explore activities in other communities.

Learn more about This I Believe resources available to your school or community.