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 shortly before her death

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A pat on the back is only a few vertebrae removed from a kick in the pants, but is miles ahead in results.
All love that has not friendship for its base, is like a mansion built upon sand.
And from the discontent of one man The world's best progress springs.
It ever has been since time began, And ever will be, till time lose breath, That love is a mood - no more - to a man, And love to a woman is life or death.
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.
It is easy enough to be pleasant, When life flows by like a song, But the man worth while is the one who can smile, When everything goes dead wrong. For the test of the heart is troubled, And it always comes with the years. And the smiles that is worth the praises of earth Is the smile that shines through tears.
It is easy enough to be pleasant, When life flows by like a song. But the man worth while is the one who can smile, when everything goes dead wrong. For the test of the heart is troubled, And it always comes with the years. And the smiles that is worth the praises of earth is the smile that shines through tears.
It is easy enough to be virtuous When nothing tempts you to stray; When without or within No voice of sin Is luring your soul away. But it is only a negative virtue until it is tried by fire. For the soul that is worth the treasures of the earth is the soul that resists desire.
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.
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.
Like the winds of the sea are the winds of fate As we voyage along through life, Tis the set of the soul That decides its goal And not the calm or the strife.
Love much. Earth has enough of bitter in it.
No question is ever settled until it is settled right.
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.
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.
Talk happiness. The world is sad enough without your woe. No path is wholly rough.
The dark today leads into light tomorrow;
There is no endless joy,
...and yet no endless sorrow.
The truest greatness lies in being kind, the truest wisdom in a happy mind.
There is no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can circumvent or hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul.
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.
To sin by silence when we should protest makes cowards out of men.
To sin in silence while others doth protest makes cowards out of men.
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!
With every deed you are sowing a seed, though the harvest you may not see.

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