Who is Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Ella Wheeler Wilcox (November 5, 1850 – October 30, 1919) was an American author and poet. Her works include Poems of Passion and 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, a year before her death.


Ella Wheeler was born in 1850 on a farm in Johnstown, Wisconsin, east of Janesville, the youngest of four children. The family later moved north of Madison, after losing its wealth, as the result of her father's failed business aspirations and speculation. Wilcox's family held themselves to be intellectuals, and a mastery of the nuances of the English language was prized. During her childhood, Wilcox amused herself by reading books and newspap...
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Ella Wheeler Wilcox Poems

  • Thoughts
    Thoughts do not need the wings of words
    To fly to any goal.
    Like subtle lightnings, not like birds,
    They speed from soul to soul. ...
  • Home
    The greatest words are always solitaires,
    Set singly in one syllable; like birth,
    Life, love, hope, peace. I sing the worth
    Of that dear word toward which the whole world fares - ...
  • The Voices Of The People
    Oh! I hear the people calling through the day time and the night time,
    They are calling, they are crying for the coming of the right time.
    It behooves you, men and women, it behooves you to be heeding,
    For there lurks a note of menace underneath their plaintive pleading. ...
  • A Wish
    Great dignity ever attends great grief,
    And silently walks beside it;
    And I always know when I see such woe
    That Invisible Helpers guide it. ...
  • Was, Is, And Yet-to-be
    Was, Is, and Yet-to-Be
    Were chatting over a cup of tea.

    In tarnished finery smelling of must, ...
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Great 357 Soul 341 Earth 335 Sweet 325 Heart 303 Love 294 I Love You 294 Life 289 Long 256 World 253

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Alablab88: 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 ralphgail st20nger together
Superglosh: with a power that is greater than ourselves to do it. -ella wheeler wilcox ralphgail st20nger together
Quote_twter: "there is no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul." --ella wheeler wilcox
Aplm888alana: it is easy to tell the toiler how best he can carry his pack but no one can rate a burden's weight until it has been on his back ~ ella wheeler wilcox
Armadill2010: all love that has not friendship for its base, is like a mansion built upon sand. (ella wheeler wilcox)
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Annie Healy: I have Songs from Maurine, by E.W. Wilcox suede bound; dated 16.8.'16 printed by London & Glasgow Collins, clear-type Press. Beautiful edition with colour plates and black sketch illustrations.
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Vikas Namjoshi : After reading today's poem "upon the sand" I am so enchanted first time. This might be the first comment on your site. Thanks a lot. And please advice me to find her reading material and the respective sites on Internet. Vikas Namjoshi
Su greenwood: Very disappointed not to see - I thought it was called 'the world's need' about cruelty to animals ' all the world needs is to be kind'.

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