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Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “Yes, I have dreams. I ofttimes dream of Love As radiant and brilliant as a star. As changeless, too, as that fixed light afar Which glorifies vast worlds of space above...”

Yes, I have dreams. I ofttimes dream of Love As radiant and brilliant as a star. As changeless, too, as that fixed light afar Which glorifies vast worlds of space above...

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox



Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “This dream of our youth will fade out as the splendor Fades from the skies when the sun sinks to sleep.”

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

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “Trust in thine own untried capacity As thou wouldst trust in God himself. Thy soul Is but an emanation from the whole. Thou dost not dream what forces lie in thee, Vast and unfathomed as the grandest sea.”

Trust in thine own untried capacity As thou wouldst trust in God himself. Thy soul Is but an emanation from the whole. Thou dost not dream what forces lie in thee, Vast and unfathomed as the grandest sea.

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “And he who has dwelt with his heart alone, Hears all the music in friendship’s tone. So better and better I comprehend How sorrow ever would be our friend.”

And he who has dwelt with his heart alone, Hears all the music in friendship’s tone. So better and better I comprehend How sorrow ever would be our friend.

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “Mourn not for the vanished ages with their grand, heroic men, who dwell in history’s pages and live in the poets pen for the grandest times are before us and the world is yet to see the noblest work of this old earth in the men that are to be.”

Mourn not for the vanished ages with their grand, heroic men, who dwell in history’s pages and live in the poets pen for the grandest times are before us and the world is yet to see the noblest work of this old earth in the men that are to be.

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “Always continue to climb.”

Always continue to climb.

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “The splendid discontent of God With chaos made the world. And from the discontent of man The worlds best progress springs.”

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

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “Better to wait and yearn, and still to wait, And die at last with unappeased desire, Than live to be the jest of such a fate, For that is my conception of hell-fire.”

Better to wait and yearn, and still to wait, And die at last with unappeased desire, Than live to be the jest of such a fate, For that is my conception of hell-fire.

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “Life is too short for aught but high endeavor.”

Life is too short for aught but high endeavor.

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “The sin and the shame and the sorrow, The crime and the want and the woe That are born there in your workshop, No hand can paint, you know...”

The sin and the shame and the sorrow, The crime and the want and the woe That are born there in your workshop, No hand can paint, you know...

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox



Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “All the past is not worth one today.”

All the past is not worth one today.

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “A day which passed without a poem from my pen I considered lost and misused.”

A day which passed without a poem from my pen I considered lost and misused.

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “I knew it the first of the summer, I knew it the same at the end, That you and your love were plighted, But couldn’t you be my friend?”

I knew it the first of the summer, I knew it the same at the end, That you and your love were plighted, But couldn’t you be my friend?

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “Life is a garden forever in flower.”

Life is a garden forever in flower.

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


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

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

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “I think I never passed so sad an hour, Dear friend, as that one at the church to-night. The edifice from basement to the tower Was one resplendent blaze of coloured light...”

I think I never passed so sad an hour, Dear friend, as that one at the church to-night. The edifice from basement to the tower Was one resplendent blaze of coloured light...

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “The passion you forbade my lips to utter Will not be silenced. You must hear it in The sullen thunders when they roll and mutter: And when the tempest nears, with wail and din, I know your calm forgetfulness is broken, And to your heart you whisper, “He has spoken.””

The passion you forbade my lips to utter Will not be silenced. You must hear it in The sullen thunders when they roll and mutter: And when the tempest nears, with wail and din, I know your calm forgetfulness is broken, And to your heart you whisper, “He has spoken.”

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “The loves of men but vary in degrees – They find no new expression for the flame.”

The loves of men but vary in degrees – They find no new expression for the flame.

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “While forced to dwell apart from thy dear face, Love, robed like sorrow, led me by the hand And taught my doubting heart to understand That which has puzzled all the human race...”

While forced to dwell apart from thy dear face, Love, robed like sorrow, led me by the hand And taught my doubting heart to understand That which has puzzled all the human race...

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “And however dark the skies may appear, And however souls may blunder, I tell you it all will work out clear, For good lies over and under.”

And however dark the skies may appear, And however souls may blunder, I tell you it all will work out clear, For good lies over and under.

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox



Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “It is time that outraged public sentiment cry out in detestation of the outrages committed in the name of religion.”

It is time that outraged public sentiment cry out in detestation of the outrages committed in the name of religion.

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “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 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


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “I will not doubt, though sorrows fall like rain, And troubles swarm like bees about a hive; I shall believe the heights for which I strive Are only reached by anguish and by pain; And though I groan and tremble with my crosses, I yet shall see, through my severest losses, The greater gain.”

I will not doubt, though sorrows fall like rain, And troubles swarm like bees about a hive; I shall believe the heights for which I strive Are only reached by anguish and by pain; And though I groan and tremble with my crosses, I yet shall see, through my severest losses, The greater gain.

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “And she has a thousand virtues and not one acknowledged sin, But she is the sort of person you could liken to a pin. And she pricks you, and she sticks you, in a way that can’t be said, When you seek for what has hurt you, why, you cannot find the head.”

And she has a thousand virtues and not one acknowledged sin, But she is the sort of person you could liken to a pin. And she pricks you, and she sticks you, in a way that can’t be said, When you seek for what has hurt you, why, you cannot find the head.

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “Ah, lady! it is hardly what you thought it, This life of luxury and social power; You gave yourself as principal, and bought it, But God extracts the interest hour by hour.”

Ah, lady! it is hardly what you thought it, This life of luxury and social power; You gave yourself as principal, and bought it, But God extracts the interest hour by hour.

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “O skies, be calm! O winds, blow free – Blow all my ships safe home to me! But if thou sendest some a-wrack, To never more come sailing back, Send any – all that skim the sea, But bring my love-ship home to me.”

O skies, be calm! O winds, blow free – Blow all my ships safe home to me! But if thou sendest some a-wrack, To never more come sailing back, Send any – all that skim the sea, But bring my love-ship home to me.

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “I was as pure as the morning When I first looked on your face; I knew I never could reach you In your high, exalted place...”

I was as pure as the morning When I first looked on your face; I knew I never could reach you In your high, exalted place...

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “A poor original is better than a good imitation.”

A poor original is better than a good imitation.

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “Love is as bitter as the dregs of sin, As sweet as clover-honey in its cell; Love is the password whereby souls get in To Heaven – the gate that leads, sometimes, to Hell.”

Love is as bitter as the dregs of sin, As sweet as clover-honey in its cell; Love is the password whereby souls get in To Heaven – the gate that leads, sometimes, to Hell.

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “Oh! not for the great departed, Who formed our country’s laws, And not for the bravest-hearted, Who died in freedom’s cause, And not for some living hero To whom all bend the knee, My muse would raise her song of praise – But for the man to be...”

Oh! not for the great departed, Who formed our country’s laws, And not for the bravest-hearted, Who died in freedom’s cause, And not for some living hero To whom all bend the knee, My muse would raise her song of praise – But for the man to be...

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “We waste half our strength in a useless regretting; We sit by old tombs in the dark too long.”

We waste half our strength in a useless regretting; We sit by old tombs in the dark too long.

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “Love is the only duty that we know...”

Love is the only duty that we know...

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “No one will grieve because your lips are dumb.”

No one will grieve because your lips are dumb.

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “Thou canst not force my soul to wish thee ill, That is the only evil that can kill.”

Thou canst not force my soul to wish thee ill, That is the only evil that can kill.

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “Then I turned to him commanding That he go the way he came, whence he came. But he answered me in sorrow, “May the Past not seek to borrow From the Present without blame – Just one memory from its store, Ere it goes to come no more, Back the pathway that it came, whence it came?””

Then I turned to him commanding That he go the way he came, whence he came. But he answered me in sorrow, “May the Past not seek to borrow From the Present without blame – Just one memory from its store, Ere it goes to come no more, Back the pathway that it came, whence it came?”

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “I like the roar of cities. In the mart, Where busy toilers strive for place and gain, I seem to read humanity’s great heart, And share its hopes, its pleasures, and its pain.”

I like the roar of cities. In the mart, Where busy toilers strive for place and gain, I seem to read humanity’s great heart, And share its hopes, its pleasures, and its pain.

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “Content is not the pathway to great deeds.”

Content is not the pathway to great deeds.

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “Thank Fate for foes! I hold mine dear As valued friends. He cannot know The zest of life who runneth here His earthly race without a foe...”

Thank Fate for foes! I hold mine dear As valued friends. He cannot know The zest of life who runneth here His earthly race without a foe...

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “Give her not greatness. For great souls must stand Alone and lonely in this little world: Cleft rocks that show the great Creator’s hand, Thither by earthquakes hurled...”

Give her not greatness. For great souls must stand Alone and lonely in this little world: Cleft rocks that show the great Creator’s hand, Thither by earthquakes hurled...

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “Whatever is a cruel wrong, Whatever is unjust, The honest years that speed along Will trample in the dust...”

Whatever is a cruel wrong, Whatever is unjust, The honest years that speed along Will trample in the dust...

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “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 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!

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “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.”

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


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “There is nothing ridiculous in love.”

There is nothing ridiculous in love.

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “There was hell in her eyes! She was worn and jaded Her soul is at war with the life she has led. As I looked on that face so strangely faded I wonder God did not strike me dead...”

There was hell in her eyes! She was worn and jaded Her soul is at war with the life she has led. As I looked on that face so strangely faded I wonder God did not strike me dead...

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “Love is the centre and circumference; The cause and aim of all things – ’tis the key To joy and sorrow, and the recompense For all the ills that have been, or may be.”

Love is the centre and circumference; The cause and aim of all things – ’tis the key To joy and sorrow, and the recompense For all the ills that have been, or may be.

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “There is no balking genius. Only death can silence it or hinder.”

There is no balking genius. Only death can silence it or hinder.

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “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.”

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


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “No path is wholly rough.”

No path is wholly rough.

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox Quote: “India – The land of Vedas, the remarkable works contain not only religious ideas for a perfect life, but also facts which science has proved true. Electricity, radium, electronics, airship, all were known to the seers who founded the Vedas.”

India – The land of Vedas, the remarkable works contain not only religious ideas for a perfect life, but also facts which science has proved true. Electricity, radium, electronics, airship, all were known to the seers who founded the Vedas.

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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