Ella Wheeler Wilcox

(5 November 1850 - 30 October 1919 / Johnstown Center / Rock County / Wisconsin)

As You Go Through Life - Poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Don’t look for the flaws as you go through life;
And even when you find them,
It is wise and kind to be somewhat blind
And look for the virtue behind them.
For the cloudiest night has a hint of light
Somewhere in its shadows hiding;
It is better by far to hunt for a star,
Than the spots on the sun abiding.

The current of life runs ever away
To the bosom of God’s great ocean.
Don’t set your force ‘gainst the river’s course
And think to alter its motion.
Don’t waste a curse on the universe –
Remember it lived before you.
Don’t butt at the storm with your puny form,
But bend and let it go o’er you.

The world will never adjust itself
To suit your whims to the letter.
Some things must go wrong your whole life long,
And the sooner you know it the better.
It is folly to fight with the Infinite,
And go under at last in the wrestle;
The wiser man shapes into God’s plan
As water shapes into a vessel.


Comments about As You Go Through Life by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

  • (5/29/2019 2:27:00 PM)

    Wonderful poem; ...'As water shapes into a vessel.' (Report)Reply

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  • (3/14/2019 1:02:00 PM)

    Love the words to this poem I had my 11 year old daughter read it at my grandmother 90th birthday (Report)Reply

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  • (11/11/2017 2:41:00 PM)

    Eternal wisdom flows here in these wonderful lines. (Report)Reply

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  • (4/24/2016 8:42:00 PM)

    .....wonderful poem, some rain must fall in everyone's life ★ (Report)Reply

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  • (9/12/2014 8:03:00 PM)

    good advice as you go through life..love this poem a ten and sharing on Facebook..adding to my favorite poems list.. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, May 26, 2003



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