Elbert Hubbard

Elbert Green Hubbard (June 19, 1856 - May 7, 1915) was an American writer, publisher, artist, and philosopher

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A committee is a thing which takes a week to do what one good man can do in an hour.
A conservative is a man who is too cowardly to fight and too fat to run.
A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same.
A friend is someone who knows all about you and loves you just the same.
A legal or religious ceremony by which two persons of the opposite sex solemnly agree to harass and spy on each other... until death do them join.
A man is not paid for having a head and hands, but for using them.
A miracle is an event described by those to whom it was told by people who did not see it.
A pessimist is a man who has been compelled to live with an optimist.
An ounce of loyalty is worth a pound of cleverness.
Art is the beautiful way of doing things. Science is the effective way of doing things. Business is the economic way of doing things.
Character is the result of two things: Mental attitude and the way we spend our time.
Death: To stop sinning suddenly.
Don't take life too seriously. You'll never get out of it alive.
Editor a person employed by a newspaper, whose business it is to separate the wheat from the chaff, and to see that the chaff is printed.
Editor: a person employed by a newspaper, whose business it is to separate the wheat from the chaff, and to see that the chaff is printed.
Editor: a person employed on a newspaper whose business it is to seperate the wheat from the chaff, and to see that the chaff is printed.
Enthusiasm is the great hill-climber.
Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day wisdom consists of not exceeding the limit.
Every man should have a college education in order to show him how little the thing is really worth.
Folks who never do any more than they are paid for, never get paid more than they do.
Genius is the ability to act rightly without precedent -- the power to do the right thing the first time.
Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped.
Get happiness out of your work or you may never know what happiness is.
God will not look you over for medals, degrees or diplomas, but for scars.
Gossip is only the lack of a worthy memory.
He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words.
He who has achieved success has worked well, laughed often and loved much.
He who influences the thought of his times influences the times that follow.
How many a man has thrown up his hands at a time when a little more effort, a little more patience would have achieved success?
I would rather be able to appreciate things I can not have than to have things I am not able to appreciate.
If pleasures are greatest in anticipation, just remember that this is also true of trouble.
If you suffer, thank God It is a sure sign that you are alive.
If you suffer, thank God! -- it is a sure sign that you are alive.
If you work for a man, in heavens name work for him!If he pays you wages that supply you your bread and butter, work for himspeak well of him, think well of him, stand by him and stand by the institution he represents. I think if I worked for a man I would work for him. I would not work for him a part of the time, and the rest of the time work against him. I would give an undivided service or none. If put to the pinch, an ounce of loyalty is worth a pound of cleverness.
In these days, a man who says a thing cannot be done is quite apt to be interrupted by some idiot doing it.
Intelligence is not to make no mistakes, But quickly to see how to make them good.
Life in abundance comes only through great love.
Life is just one damned thing after another.
Live truth instead of professing it.
Many a man's reputation would not know his character if they met on the street.
Men are punished by their sins, not for them.
Men are rich only as they give. He who gives great service gets great rewards.
My father always used to say that when you die, if you've got five real friends, you've had a great life.
Never explain--your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway.
No one ever gets far unless he accomplishes the impossible at least once a day.
One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.
Optimism is a kind of heart stimulant--the digitalis of failure.
Religions are many and diverse, but reason and goodness are one.
Responsibilities gravitate to the person who can shoulder them.
So long as governments set the example of killing their enemies, private citizens will occasionally kill their.s
The artist needs no religion beyond his work.
The greatest mistake a man can make is to be afraid of making one.
The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.
The idea that is not dangerous is not worthy of being called an idea at all.
The ineffable joy of forgiving and being forgiven forms an ecstasy that might well arouse the envy of the gods.
The love we give away is the only love we keep.
The man who is anybody and who does anything is surely going to be criticized, vilified, and misunderstood. That is part of the penalty for greatness, and every great man understands it; and understands, too, that it is no proof of greatness. The final proof of greatness lies in being able to endure continously without resentment.
The point I wish to make is this: [President William] McKinley gave Rowan a letter to be delivered to Garcia; Rowan took the letter & did not ask, Where is he at? By the Eternal! there is a man whose form should be cast in deathless bronze & the statue placed in every college of the land. It is not book-learning young men need, nor instruction about this and that, but a stiffening of the vertebrae which will cause them to be loyal to a trust, to act promptly, concentrate their energies: do the thingCarry a message to Garcia!
The reason men oppose progress is not that they hate progress, but that they love inertia.
The recipe for perpetual ignorance is be satisfied with your opinions and content with your knowledge.
The recipe for perpetual ignorance is: be satisfied with your opinions and content with your knowledge.
The secret of success is this: there is no secret of success.
The teacher is one who makes two ideas grow where only one grew before.
The woman who cannot tell a lie in defense of her husband is unworthy of the name of wife.
There is something that is much more scarce, something finer far, something rarer than ability. It is the ability to recognize ability.
To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing and be nothing.
To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.
To know when to be generous and when to be firm -- this is wisdom.
We are punished by our sins, not for them.

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