Ella Wheeler Wilcox

A picture of the author Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The words of American poet and author, Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850 -- 1919) are widely known around the world, even by people that have never heard her name:

Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone.

Those are the opening lines are from her most famous poem, Solitude, published in the February 25, 1883 issue of The New York Sun.

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