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A Woman of the World

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Book Overview: 

Did you ever contemplate a career as a journalist, or to get married? Do you have problems with your children, parents, or colleagues? Do you, in fact, have any problem at all? In that case, Ella Wheeler Wilcox might be able to help you. In 35 letters, the notable poet and advocate of the new thought movement gives advice on varied subjects, issues and problems..

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .There are certain natures that need to be antagonized before they do their best. Others are prostrated and robbed of all strength by a criticism or a doubt.

You have realized this, I am sure, in your experiences with pupils. "You cannot do it" is a more stimulating war-cry to some people than "You can." And to such the sneer of the foe does more good, than the smile of the friend. A phrenologist would tell us that strongly developed organs of self-esteem and love of approbation accompanied this trait of character.

I am sure it proves to be the case with you.

Brought up as you were, the only child of indulgent parents, and given admiration and praise by all your associates, you could hardly reach the age of twenty-two without having developed self-esteem and love of praise. You were naturally brighter than most of your companions. (They were also children of fortune, as the term goes, but to my idea the children reared in wealth, are usually children of misfortu. . . Read More