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A pat on the back is only a few vertebrae removed ...
by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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

With every rising of the sun
Think of your life as just begun.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Talk not of the river or lake
To those who have looked on the sea.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

It is easy enough 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.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

 

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All love that has not friendship for its base,
is like a mansion built upon the sand.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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

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

The spark divine dwells in thee: let it grow.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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

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

And the smile that is worth the praises of earth is
the smile that shines through tears.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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

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

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.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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

There are no guarantees.
From the viewpoint of fear, none are strong enough.
From the viewpoint of love, none are necessary.
- Emmanuel (Pat Rodegast)

I once shook hands with Pat Boone and my whole right side sobered up.
- Dean Martin

Don't trust anyone over 30.
- Pat Boone

Lately, I've been listening to some jazz albums.
I love the new Pat Metheny album.
John Coltrane.
I still like good metal, though!
- Geezer Butler

Some players you pat their butts, some players you kick their butts,
some players you leave alone.
- Pete Rose

I am both stunned and appalled that Pat Robertson would
claim to know the mind of God concerning whether particular events...
were the judgments of God.
- Richard Land

I'd like to congratulate myself, and thank myself,
and give myself a big pat on the back.
- Dee Dee Ramone

I believe in the power of weakness.
- Pat Buckley

The pat on the back, the arm around the shoulder,
the praise for what was done right and the sympathetic
nod for what wasn't are as much a part of golf as life itself.
- Gerald R. Ford

Pat O'Brien knows nothing.
He's on the Hell express.
- Rob Corddry

I think I'm extremely vulnerable and that in some ways I seek out rejection.
Never feeling like you're getting that pat on the back
from dad is probably at the heart of that.
- Skeet Ulrich

There's nothing greater in the world than when somebody
on the team does something good,
and everybody gathers around to pat him on the back.
- Billy Martin

I hold that religion and faith are two different things.
- Pat Buckley

I played in a movie called Ring of Fear with Clyde Beatty and Pat O'Brien.
- Mickey Spillane

I'll pat myself on the back and admit I have talent.
Beyond that, I just happened to be in the right place at the right time.
- Ethel Merman

Our pat-down approach is very similar to what is being utilized in Europe and,
as we know, around the world.
It's even much more thorough in other parts of the world.
- John Pistole

A pat on the back, through only a few vertebrae removed
from a kick in the pants,
is miles ahead in results.
- Bennett Cerf

What I say now is that the way the world underestimates
me will be my greatest weapon.
People pat me on the head, and I go to myself,
oh, and aren't they going to be surprised.
- Calista Flockhart

The food that enters the mind must be watched as closely
as the food that enters the body.
- Pat Buchanan

I keep going over a sentence.
I nag it, gnaw it, pat and flatter it.
- Janet Flanner

I suppose if it has a practical purpose,
I appreciate a pat on the back.
I suppose it's rewarding, ultimately.
- Brendan Fraser

I blame it on Walt Disney, where animals are given human qualities.
People don't understand that a wild animal is not something that is nice to pat.
It can seriously harm you.
- James Cameron

When you try to figure out what the religious right is,
it ultimately comes down either to one man,
Pat Robertson, or anyone who believes in a higher being
and wants their taxes cut.
- Ann Coulter

I'll never be mistaken for Pat Boone.
- Sal Mineo

Once again, Pat Robertson leaves us speechless with
his insensitivity and arrogance.
- Ralph Neas

There are no pat answers - we're pushing through some new frontiers,
and lessons of the past don't always apply.
- Jim Barksdale

My pat line about the Cubs and payroll is that the
amount of merchandise the Cubs would sell off a world
series championship would more than cover for a big payroll.
- Billy Corgan

I can find God in nature, in animals,
in birds and the environment.
- Pat Buckley

Anyone who wants simple, pat stories should buy another author's product.
The real universe ain't that way, and neither are my fictive ones.
- David Brin

And it's one thing to give people freedom and something
else to deny the rights of Christians to assert their
faith in order to keep Hindus from feeling upset.
- Pat Robertson

No, the only things which do not bother me are the elements.
I can overcome them without a fight.
All one has to do to get the best of the elements is
to stand pat and one will win.
- William Howard Taft

The one noticeable similarity with almost all serial
killer victims is their short height and low weight.
- Pat Brown

Defeat has its lessons as well as victory.
- Pat Buchanan

Mr. President, it may surprise my colleagues,
but I am no fan of federal disaster programs for agriculture.
They are difficult to pass and often a disaster to implement.
- Pat Roberts

So I have four daughters, about ten granddaughters,
and five grandsons.
- Pat Boone

I cite in my book countless examples of the foundational
documents of the colonial period in America and the writings of the leaders,
that this was intended to be a Christian nation.
- Pat Robertson

Nobody ever says to men, how can you be a Congressman and a father.
- Pat Schroeder

All churches and all religions contain aspects of the truth,
but only God is truth.
- Pat Buckley

Listening is the key to everything good in music.
- Pat Metheny

So although women can do anything that men can't do,
they can also do something that men can't do,
and that is mother their children.
- Pat Boone

Every industry is going to be affected (by the aging population).
This creates tremendous opportunities and tremendous challenges.
- Pat Conroy

Saying the Washington Post is just a newspaper is like
saying Rasputin was just a country priest.
- Pat Buchanan

I'm more concerned about members of Congress being
drug-free than I am about members of the Yankees or Giants.
- Pat Sajak

The founding document of the United States of America
acknowledges the Lordship of Jesus Christ because we are a Christian nation.
- Pat Robertson

We struggle to understand how any mother could kill her own children.
- Pat Brown


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