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Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “Gifts count for nothing; will alone is great; All things give way before it, soon or late.”

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

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox



Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “Day’s sweetest moments are at dawn.”

Day’s sweetest moments are at dawn.

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “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.”

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


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “For this is wisdom- to love and live To take what fate or the Gods may give, To ask no question, to make no prayer, To kiss the lips and caress the hair, Speed passion’s ebb as we greet its flow, To have and to hold, and, in time – let go.”

For this is wisdom- to love and live To take what fate or the Gods may give, To ask no question, to make no prayer, To kiss the lips and caress the hair, Speed passion’s ebb as we greet its flow, To have and to hold, and, in time – let go.

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “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.”

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


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “Hide in your heart a bitter thought, Still it has power to blight; Think Love, although you speak it not It gives the world more light.”

Hide in your heart a bitter thought, Still it has power to blight; Think Love, although you speak it not It gives the world more light.

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “Dear friend, I pray thee, if thou wouldst be proving Thy strong regard for me, Make me no vows. Lip-service is not loving; Let thy faith speak for thee...”

Dear friend, I pray thee, if thou wouldst be proving Thy strong regard for me, Make me no vows. Lip-service is not loving; Let thy faith speak for thee...

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “For here lies the pleasure of living: In taking God’s bounties, and giving The gifts back again.”

For here lies the pleasure of living: In taking God’s bounties, and giving The gifts back again.

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “There are ghosts in the room. As I sit here alone, from the dark corners there They come out of the gloom, And they stand at my side and they lean on my chair...”

There are ghosts in the room. As I sit here alone, from the dark corners there They come out of the gloom, And they stand at my side and they lean on my chair...

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “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.”

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



Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “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.”

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


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “Love is a spy who is plotting treason, In league with that warm, red rebel, the Heart.”

Love is a spy who is plotting treason, In league with that warm, red rebel, the Heart.

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “Feast, and your halls are crowded Fast, and the world goes by Succeed and give, and it helps you live But no man can help you die.”

Feast, and your halls are crowded Fast, and the world goes by Succeed and give, and it helps you live But no man can help you die.

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “It is never too late to begin rebuilding, Though all into ruins your life seems hurled; For see! how the light of the New Year is gilding The wan, worn face of the bruised old world.”

It is never too late to begin rebuilding, Though all into ruins your life seems hurled; For see! how the light of the New Year is gilding The wan, worn face of the bruised old world.

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “We ought to make the moments notes Of happy glad Thanksgiving; The hours and days, a silent praise Of music we are living.”

We ought to make the moments notes Of happy glad Thanksgiving; The hours and days, a silent praise Of music we are living.

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “Distrust that man who tells you to distrust. He takes the measure of his own small soul, and thinks the world no larger.”

Distrust that man who tells you to distrust. He takes the measure of his own small soul, and thinks the world no larger.

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “Come, cuddle your head on my shoulder, dear, your head like the golden rod, and we will go sailing away from here to the beautiful Land Of Nod.”

Come, cuddle your head on my shoulder, dear, your head like the golden rod, and we will go sailing away from here to the beautiful Land Of Nod.

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “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.”

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


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “There is no thing we cannot overcome Say not thy evil instinct is inherited, Or that some trait inborn makes thy whole life forlorn, And calls down punishment that is not merited...”

There is no thing we cannot overcome Say not thy evil instinct is inherited, Or that some trait inborn makes thy whole life forlorn, And calls down punishment that is not merited...

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “And the smile that is worth the praises of earth is the smile that shines through tears.”

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

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox



Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “Time sped. And the poet through sorrow Became like his suffering kind. Again he toiled over his poems To lighten the grief of his mind...”

Time sped. And the poet through sorrow Became like his suffering kind. Again he toiled over his poems To lighten the grief of his mind...

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “Let us clear a little space, And make Love a burial-place. He is dead, dear, as you see, And he wearies you and me.”

Let us clear a little space, And make Love a burial-place. He is dead, dear, as you see, And he wearies you and me.

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “There is no language that love does not speak.”

There is no language that love does not speak.

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “Lady beware. Fan not the harmless glow Of admiration into ardent love, Lean not with red curled smiling lips above The flickering spark of sinless flame, and blow, Lest in the sudden waking of desire Thou, like the child, shalt perish in the fire.”

Lady beware. Fan not the harmless glow Of admiration into ardent love, Lean not with red curled smiling lips above The flickering spark of sinless flame, and blow, Lest in the sudden waking of desire Thou, like the child, shalt perish in the fire.

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “Talk health. The dreary, never-changing tale Of mortal maladies is worn and stale. You cannot charm, or interest, or please By harping in that minor chord, disease. Say you are well, or all is well with you, And God shall hear your words and make them true.”

Talk health. The dreary, never-changing tale Of mortal maladies is worn and stale. You cannot charm, or interest, or please By harping in that minor chord, disease. Say you are well, or all is well with you, And God shall hear your words and make them true.

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “Slipping away are the hopes that made Bliss out of sorrow, and sun out of shade, Slipping away is our hold on life; And out of the struggle and wearing strife...”

Slipping away are the hopes that made Bliss out of sorrow, and sun out of shade, Slipping away is our hold on life; And out of the struggle and wearing strife...

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “Talk not of the river or lake To those who have looked on the sea.”

Talk not of the river or lake To those who have looked on the sea.

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “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!”

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


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “God, what a world, if men in street and mart felt that same kinship of the human heart which makes them, in the face of fire and flood, rise to the meaning of true brotherhood.”

God, what a world, if men in street and mart felt that same kinship of the human heart which makes them, in the face of fire and flood, rise to the meaning of true brotherhood.

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “How fleeting the sorrows of youth, how slight the foundations on which the young build towers of despair.”

How fleeting the sorrows of youth, how slight the foundations on which the young build towers of despair.

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “Be careful what rubbish you toss in the tide. On outgoing billows it drifts from your sight, But back on the incoming waves it may ride And land at your threshold again before night. Be careful what rubbish you toss in the tide...”

Be careful what rubbish you toss in the tide. On outgoing billows it drifts from your sight, But back on the incoming waves it may ride And land at your threshold again before night. Be careful what rubbish you toss in the tide...

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “I’m sorry for the anguished hearts that break with passion’s strain, But I’m sorrier for the poor starved souls that never knew love’s pain, Who hunger on through barren years not tasting joys they crave, For sadder far is such a lot than weeping o’er a grave.”

I’m sorry for the anguished hearts that break with passion’s strain, But I’m sorrier for the poor starved souls that never knew love’s pain, Who hunger on through barren years not tasting joys they crave, For sadder far is such a lot than weeping o’er a grave.

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “Do you wish the world were better? Let me tell you what to do: Set a watch upon your actions, Keep them always straight and true...”

Do you wish the world were better? Let me tell you what to do: Set a watch upon your actions, Keep them always straight and true...

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “Wiped the cold dew-drops from his cheek And sought the mourner’s side again. “Once more, dear lady, I must speak: Your last remaining son was slain Just at the closing of the fight; Twas he who sent me here to-night.” “God knows,” the man said afterward, “The fight itself was not so hard.””

Wiped the cold dew-drops from his cheek And sought the mourner’s side again. “Once more, dear lady, I must speak: Your last remaining son was slain Just at the closing of the fight; Twas he who sent me here to-night.” “God knows,” the man said afterward, “The fight itself was not so hard.”

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “High in the heavens I saw the moon this morning, Albeit the sun shone bright; Unto my soul it spoke, in voice of warning, “Remember Night!””

High in the heavens I saw the moon this morning, Albeit the sun shone bright; Unto my soul it spoke, in voice of warning, “Remember Night!”

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “It stands in the light transfigured, It speaks from the heights above, “Each Soul Is Its Own Redeemer; There Is No Law But Love.””

It stands in the light transfigured, It speaks from the heights above, “Each Soul Is Its Own Redeemer; There Is No Law But Love.”

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “Keep out of the past. It is haunted.”

Keep out of the past. It is haunted.

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “God sent us here to make mistakes.”

God sent us here to make mistakes.

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “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.”

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.

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “Always continue the climb. It is possible for you to do whatever you choose.”

Always continue the climb. It is possible for you to do whatever you choose.

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “All hope is prayer; who calls it hope no more, Sends prayer footsore forth over weary wastes, While he who calls it prayer, gives wings to hope.”

All hope is prayer; who calls it hope no more, Sends prayer footsore forth over weary wastes, While he who calls it prayer, gives wings to hope.

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “Good music is wine turned to sound.”

Good music is wine turned to sound.

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “When the heart grows weary, all things seem dreary; When the burden grows heavy, the way seems long. Thank God for sending kind death as an ending, Like a grand Amen to a minor song.”

When the heart grows weary, all things seem dreary; When the burden grows heavy, the way seems long. Thank God for sending kind death as an ending, Like a grand Amen to a minor song.

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “Even so We find the sea of sorrow. Black as night The sullen surface meets our frightened gaze, As down we sink to darkness and despair...”

Even so We find the sea of sorrow. Black as night The sullen surface meets our frightened gaze, As down we sink to darkness and despair...

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “Distrust that man who tells you to distrust.”

Distrust that man who tells you to distrust.

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “Time is the best avenger.”

Time is the best avenger.

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “Talk faith. The world is better off without, Your uttered ignorance and morbid doubt.”

Talk faith. The world is better off without, Your uttered ignorance and morbid doubt.

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


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

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


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “Oh! I know this truth, if I know no other, That passionate Love is Pain’s own mother.”

Oh! I know this truth, if I know no other, That passionate Love is Pain’s own mother.

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “It has always been my belief that children inherit the suppressed tendencies of their parents. A clergyman’s son frequently shows abnormal tastes for the pleasures that his father denied himself...”

It has always been my belief that children inherit the suppressed tendencies of their parents. A clergyman’s son frequently shows abnormal tastes for the pleasures that his father denied himself...

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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