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Talk not of the river or lake
by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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

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

 

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

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

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

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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

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

Let there be many windows to your soul,
that all the glory of the world may beautify 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A weed is but an unloved flower.
- 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

I challenge you to make your life a masterpiece.
I challenge you to join the ranks of those people
who live what they teach, who walk their talk.
- Tony Robbins

If you love it enough, anything will talk with you.
- George Washington Carver

If you talk to a man in a language he understands,
that goes to his head.
If you talk to him in his language,
that goes to his heart.
- Nelson Mandela

It isn't enough to talk about peace.
One must believe in it.
And it isn't enough to believe in it.
One must work at it.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Talk not of wasted affection;
affection never was wasted.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Don't talk about what you have done
or what you are going to do.
- Thomas Jefferson

Anything will give up its secrets if you love it enough.
Not only have I found that when I talk to the little flower
or to the little peanut they will give up their secrets,
but I have found that when I silently commune with people
they give up their secrets also - if you love them enough.
- George Washington Carver

I hear many people talk about their longing for a balanced life.
What I think they are really expressing
is a desire for a life with less pressure.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words
but rather short, easy words like "What about lunch?"
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense,
and have her nonsense respected.
- Charles Lamb

Children are educated by what the grown-up is
and not by his talk.
- Carl Jung

Might I perhaps win my wings?
I've been waiting for over 200 years now, sir,
and people ARE beginning to talk.
- It's a Wonderful Life (1946 movie)

"The time has come," the walrus said, "to talk of many things:
of shoes and ships - and sealing wax - of cabbages and kings."
- Lewis Carroll

Life is far too important a thing
ever to talk seriously about.
- Oscar Wilde

Little do men perceive what solitude is,
and how far it extendeth.
For a crowd is not company,
and faces are but a gallery of pictures,
and talk but a tinkling cymbal,
where there is no love.
- Francis Bacon

The best morale exist when you never hear the word mentioned.
When you hear a lot of talk about it, it's usually lousy.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Talk doesn't cook rice.
- Chinese Proverb

You talk about German technocracy and you get automobiles.
- Gordon Sinclair

Have a talk with your mind
(it really is something separate from yourself).
Lay down the law.
"My life begins TODAY.
I am like a newborn.
I have what I have today;
I have my fingers, my toes,
some people in my life,
some material and financial state.
Yesterday is only a dream -
perhaps a nightmare,
perhaps a cherished memory,
but only a dream - nothing more.
I will make all decisions and actions based solely
on what I have today as a starting point."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Everyone should have at least two friends -
one to talk to and one to talk about.
- Anonymous

Patriots always talk of dying for their country and
never of killing for their country.
- Bertrand Russell

Relentless, repetitive self talk is what changes our self-image.
- Denis Waitley

To hear some men talk of the government,
you would suppose that Congress was the law of gravitation,
and kept the planets in their places.
- Wendell Phillips

Children, cartoon animals, comedians,
and space aliens can get away with saying
what the rest of us are afraid is true,
but are embarrassed to talk about.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Writers write.
Dreamers talk about it.
- Jerry B. Jenkins

The left dismisses talk about the collapse of family
life and talks instead about the emergence of the growing
new diversity of family types.
- Christopher Lasch

All this talk about equality.
The only thing people really have in common is that
they are all going to die.
- Bob Dylan

It is madness for sheep to talk peace with a wolf.
- Thomas Fuller

I cannot sing, dance or act; what else would I be but a talk show host.
- David Letterman

You know what? Maybe there's a good reason
donkeys shouldn't talk.
- the movie Shrek (2001)

I could talk food all day.
I love good food.
- Tom Brady

There are things that you cannot talk to your mother and father about,
there are things that you cannot talk to your children about.
- Shirley Knight

Men talk of killing time, while time quietly kills them.
- Dion Boucicault

Sometimes it's a form of love just to talk to somebody
that you have nothing in common with and still be fascinated by their presence.
- David Byrne

The less food, the more time to talk,
the more to talk about.
- Damon Wayans

I would talk in iambic pentameter if it were easier.
- Howard Nemerov

I'm afraid I talk a lot, too much, perhaps.
I should have been a lawyer or a college professor or a windy politician,
though I'm glad I am not any of these.
- Tom Glazer

Who's a boy gonna talk to if not his mother?
- Donald E. Westlake

I sometimes talk about the making of a poem within the poem.
- Howard Nemerov

The reason I talk to myself is because
I'm the only one whose answers I accept.
- George Carlin

Talk is cheap - except when Congress does it.
- Cullen Hightower

I'm very girly.
I love to talk about diets, exercise,
kids, make-up.
- Rachel Hunter

If American men are obsessed with money,
American women are obsessed with weight.
The men talk of gain, the women talk of loss,
and I do not know which talk is the more boring.
- Marya Mannes

There's three things men always talk about -
women,
sports, and cars.
- Mario Lopez

Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening
when you'd have preferred to talk.
- Doug Larson


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