A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from June 09, 2015
“There is no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can control the firm resolve of a determined soul”

American author and poet Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850-1919) began her poem “Will” (1881):

“There is no chance, no destiny, no fate,
Can circumvent or hinder or control
The firm resolve of a determined soul.”


The line (often shortened) has been included in many lists of motivational quotations.


Wikipedia: Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Ella Wheeler Wilcox (November 5, 1850 – October 30, 1919) was an American author and poet. Her best-known work was Poems of Passion. Her most enduring work was “Solitude”, which contains the lines, “Laugh, and the world laughs with you; weep, and you weep alone”. Her autobiography, The Worlds and I, was published in 1918, a year before her death.

Chronicling America
20 January 1881, Worthington (MN) Advance, pg. 20, col. 5:
The following by Miss Ella Wheeler, the Wisconsin poetess, is worthy of Mrs. Browning. Miss W. is fast taking rank as the most vigorous poetical writer of her sex in the West:

WILL
There is no chance, no destiny, no fate,
Can circumvent or hinder or control
The firm resolve of a determined soul.
Gifts count for nothing; will alone is great;
All things give way before it, soon or late.
What obstacle can stay the mighty force
Of the sea seeking river in its course,
Or cause the ascending orb of day to wait?
Each will-born soul must win what it deserves.
Let the fool prate of luck. The fortunate
Is he whose earnest purpose never swerves,
Whose slightest action, or inaction, serves,
The one great aim.
Why, even Death stands still,
And waits an hour sometimes for such a will.

Google Books
1000 Brilliant Achievement Quotes:
Advice from the World’s Wisest

By David DeFord
2004
Pg. 85:
“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

IMDb (The Internet Movie Database)
Criminal Minds (TV Series)
Today I Do (2011)
Quotes

Emily Prentiss: [voiceover] There is no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can hinder the firm resolve of a determined soul. -Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Addicted2Success
July 4, 2013
20 Motivational Quotes To Destroy Your Doubts & Build You Up
Quotes by Joel Brown
(...)
“There is no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul.” – Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Being Investor
100 Inspirational Quotes that will inspire you to be Successful
By BeingInvestor on November 6, 2014
(...)
95. There is no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul. ~Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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There is no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul. -Ella Wheeler Wilcox
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