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Wishing (Poem)

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.
Rid your mind of selfish motives,
Let your thoughts be clean and high.
You can make a little Eden
Of the sphere you occupy.

Do you wish the world were wiser?
Well, suppose you make a start,
By accumulating wisdom
In the scrap-book of your heart.
Do not waste one page on folly;
A Live to learn, and learn to live.
lf you want to give men knowledge,
You must get it ere you give.

Do you wish the world were happy?
Then remember, day by day,
Just to scatter seeds of kindness
As you pass along the way;
For the pleasure of the many
May be ofttimes traced to one,
As the hand that paints the acorn
Shelters armies from the sun.

People are to us what we expect them to be.
Look for the best and you will get it, for we all like to live up to the good that people give us credit for.
—Selected from Unity

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Ella Wheeler Wilcox

  • Author and poet
  • Born November 5th, 1850 in Johnstown, Wisconsin and died October 30th, 1919
  • Famous line in poetry: "Laugh, and the world laughs with you; Weep, and you weep alone."

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