Ella Wheeler Wilcox quotes

  • The truest greatness lies in being kind, the truest wisdom in a happy mind.
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #Happiness #Lying #Greatness

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

    #Inspirational #Motivational #Perseverance

  • 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.
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #God #Art #Kindness

  • I am the voice of the voiceless; Through me the dumb shall speak. Till the deaf world's ears be made to hear. The wrongs of the wordless weak. And I am my brothers keeper, And I will fight his fights; And speak the words for beast and bird. Till the world shall set things right.
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #Inspiring #Brother #Fighting

  • 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.
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #Inspirational #Motivational #Positive

  • 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.
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #Change #Men #Views

  • A weed is but an unloved flower.
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #Weed #Flower #Acceptance

  • A poor original is better than a good imitation.
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #Originality #Imitation #Poor

  • It is easy to be pleasant when life flows by like a song, but the man worth while is the one who will smile when everything goes dead wrong. For the test of the heart is trouble, and it always comes with years, and the smile that is worth the praises of earth is the smile that shines through the tears.
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #Life #Smile #Song

  • There is nothing we cannot live down, rise above, and overcome.
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #Motivational #Overcoming #Rise Above

  • To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #Leadership #Freedom #Business

  • '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.
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #Life #Happiness #Smile

  • Do not miss the purpose of this life, and do not wait for circumstance to mold or change you fate.
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #Motivational #Fate #Waiting

  • For every hour of pain I have had a day of pleasure. For every moment of worry, an hour of content.
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #Pain #Worry #Moments

  • Back on its golden hinges The gate of Memory swings, And my heart goes into the garden And walks with the olden things.
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #Memories #Heart #Garden

  • How fleeting the sorrows of youth, how slight the foundations on which the young build towers of despair
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #Sorrow #Despair #Foundation

  • Love much. Earth has enough of bitter in it.
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #Love #Earth #Bitter

  • I Love your lips when they're wet with wine and red with wicked desire.
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #Sexy #Love You #Wine

  • A pat on the back is only a few vertebrae removed from a kick in the pants, but is miles ahead in results.
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #Sports #Teamwork #Business

  • There is no satisfaction that can compare with looking back across the years and finding you've grown in self-control, judgment, generosity, and unselfishness.
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #Self #Years #Generosity

  • The man who radiates good cheer, who makes life happier wherever he meets it, is always a man of vision and faith.
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #Life #Faith #Gratitude

  • 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.
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #Art #May #Connoisseur

  • 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.
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #Beautiful #Strong #Giving

  • The splendid discontent of God With chaos made the world. And from the discontent of man The worlds best progress springs.
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #God #Spring #Men

  • With every deed you are sowing a seed, though the harvest you may not see.
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #Inspirational #Life #Helping Others

  • 'Tis the set of the sail that decides the goal, and not the storm of life.
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #Goal #Sailing #Storm

  • Let there be many windows to your soul, that all the glory of the world may beautify it.
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #Soul #World #May

  • Laugh, and the world laughs with you: Weep, and you weep alone. For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth, But has trouble enough of its own...
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #Sad #Laughter #Being Alone

  • All in the dark we grope along, And if we go amiss We learn at least which path is wrong, And there is gain in this. We do not always win the race By only running right; We have to tread the mountain's base Before we reach its height.
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #Running #Dark #Winning

  • 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.
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #Love #Life #Women

  • Talk happiness. The world is sad enough without your woe. No path is wholly rough.
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #Sadness #World #Woe

  • There's one sad truth in life I've found While journeying east and west - The only folks we really wound Are those we love the best. We flatter those we scarcely know, We please the fleeting guest, And deal full many a thoughtless blow To those who love us best.
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #Relationship #Smile #Im Sorry

  • The dark today leads into light tomorrow. There is no endless joy, and yet no endless sorrow.
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #Dark #Light #Perspective

  • Good music is wine turned to sound
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #Wine #Sound #Music Is

  • Sweep up the debris of decaying faith; Sweep down the cobwebs of worn-out out beliefs, And throw your soul wide open to the light of reason and of knowledge. Be not afraid To thrust aside half-truths and grasp the whole.
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #Light #Soul #Half

  • Do you wish the world were happy? Then remember day by day, just to scatter seeds of kindness as you pass along the way. . . .
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #Kindness #Wish #World

  • All the past is not worth one today.
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #Past #Today

  • All roads that lead to God are good.
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #God #Good God

  • Always continue the climb. It is possible for you to do whatever you choose.
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #Climbs #You Choose

  • Talk faith. The world is better off without, Your uttered ignorance and morbid doubt.
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #Faith #Ignorance #Doubt

  • Whatever your work and whatever its worth, No matter how strong or clever, Some one will sneer if you pause to hear, And scoff at your best endeavor. For the target art has a broad expanse, And wherever you chance to hit it, Though close be your aim to the bull's-eye fame, There are those who will never admit it.
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #Art #Strong #Clever

  • The birds laugh loud and long together When Fashion's followers speed away At the first cool breath of autumn weather. Why, this is the time, cry the birds, to stay! When the deep calm sea and the deep sky over Both look their passion through sun-kissed space, As a blue-eyed maid and her blue-eyed lover Might each gaze into the other's face.
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #Fashion #Passion #Autumn

  • My life's long radiant Summer halts at last, And lo! beside my path way I behold Pursuing Autumn glide: nor frost nor cold Has heralded her presence; but a vast Sweet calm that comes not till the year has passed Its fevered solstice, and a tinge of gold Subdues the vivid colouring of bold And passion-hued emotions. I will cast My August days behind me with my May, Nor strive to drag them into Autumn's place, Nor swear I hope when I do but remember. Now violet and rose have had their day, I'll pluck the soberer asters with good grace And call September nothing but September.
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #Summer #Sweet #Passion

  • No path is wholly rough.
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #Gratitude #Path #Rough

  • And so for me there is no sting of death, And so the grave has lost its victory. It is but crossing-with abated breath And white, set face-a little strip of sea To find the loved ones waiting on the shore, More beautiful, more precious than before.
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #Love #Beautiful #Sea

  • We laugh, we weep, we hope, we fear,And that's the burden of a year.
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #Years #Laughing #Burden

  • There is new strength, repose of mind, and inspiration in fresh apparel.
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #Strength #Inspiration #Mind

  • Our lives are songs; God write the words And we set them to music at pleasure; And the song grows glad, or sweet or sad, As we choose to fashion the measure.
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #Fashion #Song #Sweet

  • Life is too short for any vain regretting... Between the swift sun's rising and its setting, we have no time for useless tears or fretting, life is too short.... Time is the best avenger if we wait, the years speed by, and on their wings bear healing, life is too short for aught but high endeavor-too short for spite, but long enough for love. And love lives on forever and forever.
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #Regret #Life Is Too Short #Healing

  • Life is a garden forever in flower.
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #Life #Flower #Garden

  • This dream of our youth will fade out as the splendor Fades from the skies when the sun sinks to sleep.
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #Dream #Sleep #Sky

  • All perfect things are saddening in effect. The autumn wood robed in its scarlet clothes, The matchless tinting on the royal rose Whose velvet leaf by no least flaw is flecked. Love's supreme moment, when the soul unchecked Soars high as heaven, and its best rapture knows, These hold a deeper pathos than our woes, Since they leave nothing better to expect.
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #Autumn #Clothes #Perfection

  • The world needs divine power in every human being the recognition of which is the secret to all success and happiness
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #Secret #Needs #World

  • It is impossible to pursue a successful literary career and follow the advice of all one's 'best friends'.I feel compelled to follow the light which my own intellect & judgement cast upon my way, rather than any one of the many conflicting rays which other minds would lend me.
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #Successful #Careers #Light

  • I'm no reformer; for I see more lightThan darkness in the world; mine eyes are quickTo catch the first dim radiance of the dawn,And slow to note the cloud that threatens storm.
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #Eye #Clouds #Darkness

  • Body and mind, and spirit, all combineTo make the Creature, human and divine.Of this great trinity no part deny.Affirm, affirm, the Great Eternal I.
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #Mind #Body #Spirit

  • Affirm the body, beautiful and whole,The earth-expression of immortal soul.Affirm the mind, the messenger of the hour,To speed between thee and the source of power.Affirm the spirit, the Eternal I -Of this great trinity no part deny.
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #Beautiful #Expression #Soul

  • If fallacies come knocking at my door,I'd rather feed, and shelter full a score,Than hide behind the black portcullis, doubt,And run the risk of barring one Truth out.And if pretension for a time deceive,And prove me one too ready to believe,Far less my shame, than if by stubborn act,I brand as lie, some great colossal Fact.
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #Running #Lying #Believe

  • Not to the curious or impatient soulThat in the start, demands the end be shown,And at each step, stops waiting for a sign;But to the tireless toiler toward the goal,Shall the great miracles of God be knownAnd life revealed, immortal and divine.
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #Goal #Miracle #Waiting

  • Give, and thou shalt receive. Give thoughts of cheer,Of courage and success, to friend and stranger.And from a thousand sources, far and near,Strength will be sent thee in thy hour of danger.
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #Cheer #Giving #Stranger

  • There is no chance, no destiny, no fate,Can circumvent or hinder or controlThe firm resolve of a determined soul.Gifts count for nothing; will alone is great;All things give way before it soon or late.What obstacle can stay the mighty forceOf the sea seeking river in its course,Or cause the ascending orb of day to wait?
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #Fate #Destiny #Rivers

  • It is a common fate -- a woman's lot -- To waste on one the riches of her soul, Who takes the wealth she gives him, but cannot Repay the interest, and much less the whole.
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #Women #Fate #Giving

  • Gifts count for nothing; will alone is great; All things give way before it, soon or late.
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #Giving #Way #Willpower

  • Life is too short for aught but high endeavor.
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #Life #Too Short #Endeavor

  • This world is a vaporous jest at best, Tossed off by the gods in laughter, And a cruel attempt at wit were it, If nothing better came after.
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #Life #Laughter #World

  • Life is a Shylock; always it demands The fullest userer's interest for each pleasure. Gifts are not freely scattered by its hands; We make returns for every borrowed treasure.
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #Life #Hands #Treasure

  • Love is a spy who is plotting treason, In league with that warm, red rebel, the Heart.
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #Love #Heart #League

  • Oh! I know this truth, if I know no other, That passionate Love is Pain's own mother.
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #Love #Mother #Pain

  • Love is the crown that glorifies; the curse That brands and burdens; it is life and death. It is the great law of the universe; And nothing can exist without its breath.
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #Love #Law #Life And Death

  • Love is the only duty that we know ...
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #Love Is #Duty

  • Love is the only thing that pays for birth, Or makes death welcome. Oh, dear God above This beautiful but sad, perplexing earth, Pity the hearts that know--or know not--Love!
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #Love #Beautiful #Heart

  • We waste half our strength in a useless regretting; We sit by old tombs in the dark too long.
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #Regret #Dark #Long

  • There is a haunting phantom called Regret, A shadowy creature robed somewhat like woe, But fairer in the face, whom all men know By her said mien, and eyes forever wet. No heart would seek her; but once having met All take her by the hand, and to and fro They wander through those paths of long ago-- Those hallowed ways 'twere wiser to forget.
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #Regret #Eye #Heart

  • I hold it true that thoughts are things Endowed with bodies, breath, and wings, And that we send them forth to fill The world with good results--or ill.
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #Wings #World #Body

  • ... love moves the world along.
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #Moving #World

  • Lean on thyself until thy strength is tried; Then ask God's help; it will not be denied. Use thine own sight to see the way to go; When darkness falls ask God the path to show. Think for thyself and reason out thy plan; God has His work and thou hast thine. Exert thy will and use for self-control; God gave thee jurisdiction of thy soul. All thine immortal powers bring into play; Think, act, strive, reason, and look up and pray.
    -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    #Strength #Fall #Thinking