Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Ella Wheeler Wilcox (November 5, 1850 – October 30, 1919) was an American author and poet. Her best-known work was Poems of Passion. Her most enduring work was "Solitude", which contains the lines "Laugh, and the world laughs with you; weep, and you weep alone". Her autobiography, The Worlds and I, was published in 1918, a year before her death.

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There is no chance, no destiny, no fate that can circumvent, or hinder, or control the firm resolve of a determined soul.

And the smile that is worth the praises of earth is the smile that shines through tears.

Let there be many windows to your soul that all the glory of the world may beautify it.

One ship drives east and other drives west by the same winds that blow. It's the set of the sails and not the gales that determines the way they go.

'Tis easy enough to be pleasant, When life flows along like a song, But the man worth while is the one who will smile, when everything goes dead wrong.

All love that has not friendship for its base is like a mansion built upon the sand.

The spark divine dwells in thee: let it grow.

'Tis the set of the sail that decides the goal, and not the storm of life.

The truest greatness lies in being kind the truest wisdom in a happy mind.

Give us that grand word "woman" once again and let's have done with "lady", one's a term full of fine force strong beautiful and firm fit for the noblest use of tongue or pen, and one's a word for lackeys.

The man who radiates good cheer who makes life happier wherever he meets it is always a man of vision and faith.

You may choose your words like a connoisseur And polish it up with art But the word that sways and stirs and stays Is the word that comes from the heart.

It has ever been since time began and ever will be till time lose breath that love is a mood - no more - to man and love to a woman is life or death.

A pat on the back is only a few vertebrae removed from a kick in the pants but is miles ahead in results.

The splendid discontent of God With chaos made the world. And from the discontent of man The worlds best progress springs.

With every deed you are sowing a seed though the harvest you may not see.

A weed is but an unloved flower.

With care and skill and cunning art She parried Time's malicious dart And kept the years at bay Till passion entered in her heart and aged her in a day!

When we tire of well-worn ways we seek for new. This restless craving in the souls of men spurs them to climb and to seek the mountain view.

Always continue the climb. It is possible for you to do whatever you choose if you first get to know who you are and are willing to work with a power that is greater than ourselves to do it.

For an actress to be a success she must have the face of Venus the brains of a Minerva the grace of Terpsichore the memory of a Macaulay the figure of Juno and the hide of a rhinoceros.

So many gods so many creeds so many paths that wind and wind while just the art of being kind is all the sad world needs.