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Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quotes

Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850 - 1919)


Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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Ella Wheeler Wilcox was an American poet and writer, author of "Poems of Passion" and "Poems of Power." She was quite popular at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century. She combined a kind of positive thinking, New Thought, Theosophy and Spiritualism in her work.

Selected Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quotations

Love lights more fires than hate extinguishes.

Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone.

• 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.
["The World's Need"]

• One ship drives east and another drives west
With the selfsame winds that blow.
'Tis the set of the sails,
And Not the gales,
That tell us the way to go.
["The Winds of Fate"]

• "If" is the motto of the dilettante
And idle dreamer; 'tis the poor excuse
Of mediocrity.

• The splendid discontent of God
With chaos, made the world.
And, from the discontent of man
The world's best progress springs.

• Here, on this side of the grave,
Here, should we labor and love.
["Here and Now"]

• Is the goal distant, and troubled the road,
And the way long?
And heavy your load?
Then gird up your courage, and say 'I am strong,'
And keep going.

Is the work weary, and endless the grind
And petty the pay?
Then brace up your mind
And say 'Something better is coming my way,'
And keep doing.
["Keep Going"]

• We flatter those we scarcely know,
We please the fleeting guest,
And deal full many a thoughtless blow
To those who love us best.

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Quote collection assembled by Jone Johnson Lewis. Each quotation page in this collection and the entire collection © Jone Johnson Lewis 1997-2011. This is an informal collection assembled over many years. I regret that I am not be able to provide the original source if it is not listed with the quote.

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