Elbert Hubbard

(Elbert Green Hubbard)

Elbert Hubbard
Elbert Hubbard
  • Born: June 19, 1856
  • Died: May 7, 1915
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Writer, Publisher, Artist, Philosopher









Elbert Green Hubbard was an American writer, publisher, artist, and philosopher. Raised in Hudson, Illinois, he had early success as a traveling salesman for the Larkin Soap Company. Presently Hubbard is known best as the founder of the Roycroft artisan community in East Aurora, New York, an influential exponent of the Arts and Crafts Movement. Among his many publications were the fourteen-volume work Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great and the short publication A Message to Garcia. He and his second wife, Alice Moore Hubbard, died aboard the RMS Lusitania when it was sunk by a German submarine off the coast of Ireland on May 7, 1915.

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[President] McKinley gave [Lt. Andrew Sommers] Rowan a letter to be delivered to [General Calixto] Garcia: Rowan took the letter and did not ask, "Where is he at?" By the eternal, there is a man whose form should be cast in deathless bronze and the statue placed in every college in the land. It is not book learning that 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 thing—"carry a message to Garcia. Memorials, Monuments, Medals, Statues & Buildings
A conservative is a man who is too cowardly to fight and too fat to run. Liberals & Conservatives
Faith is the effort to believe what your common sense tells you is not true. Religion & God
Give us a religion that will help us to live—we can die without assistance. Religion & God
History: Gossip well told. History
One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Orthodoxy is a corpse that doesn't know it's dead. Liberals & Conservatives
Orthodoxy: That peculiar condition where the patient can neither eliminate an old idea nor absorb a new one. Liberals & Conservatives
So long as governments set the example of killing their enemies, private individuals will occasionally kill theirs. Capital Punishment, Dealth Penalty & State Execution
The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and these are ignorance, superstition and incompetence. Defense & National Security
This will never be a civilized country until we spend more money for books than we do for chewing gum. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Money, Coins & Minting
We are ruled by public opinion, not by statute law. Public Opinion & Polling
A failure is a man who has blundered, but is not able to cash in the experience. Failure
A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same. Friendship
A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success. Hope ;Failure ;Success
A man is as good as he has to be, and a woman as bad as she dares.
A man is not paid for having a head and hands, but for using them.
A pessimist? That's a person who has been intimately acquainted with an optimist.
A retentive memory may be a good thing, but the ability to forget is the true token of greatness.
A woman will doubt everything you say except it be compliments to herself.
An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy to be called an idea at all.
Art is not a thing; it is a way. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Art is the beautiful way of doing things. Science is the effective way of doing things. Business is the economic way of doing things. Business, Commerce & Finance ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Be pleasant until ten o'clock in the morning and the rest of the day will take care of itself. Morning
Character is the result of two things: mental attitude and the way we spend our time. Time
Christianity supplies a Hell for the people who disagree with you and a Heaven for your friends.
Die, v.: To stop sinning suddenly. Death
Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive. Life ;Humor
Do your work with your whole heart, and you will succeed - there's so little competition. Motivation ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
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. Business, Commerce & Finance
Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit.
Every tyrant who has lived has believed in freedom for himself. Freedom & Liberty
Fear clogs; faith liberates. Religion & God
Fear is the thought of admitted inferiority.
Friendship, like credit, is highest when it is not used. Friendship
Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped.
God will not look you over for medals degrees or diplomas, but for scars. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Religion & God
He has achieved success who has worked well, laughed often, and loved much. Success
He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words.
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. Time ;Success ;Patience
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 can't answer a man's arguments, all is not lost; you can still call him vile names.
If you suffer, thank God! It is a sure sign that you are alive. Religion & God
In order to have friends, you must first be one.
Initiative is doing the right things without being told.
It does not take much strength to do things, but it requires great strength to decide on what to do.
It is easy to get everything you want, provided you first learn to do without the things you cannot get.
It may happen sometimes that a long debate becomes the cause of a longer friendship. Commonly, those who dispute with one another at last agree. Friendship
It's pretty hard to be efficient without being obnoxious.
Know what you want to do, hold the thought firmly, and do every day what should be done, and every sunset will see you that much nearer to your goal.
Life in abundance comes only through great love. Life ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Life is just one damned thing after another. Life
Little minds are interested in the extraordinary; great minds in the commonplace.
Live truth instead of professing it. Truth
Love grows by giving. The love we give away is the only love we keep. The only way to retain love is to give it away. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Love, we say, is life; but love without hope and faith is agonizing death. Life ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Death
Many a man's reputation would not know his character if they met on the street.
Men are only as great as they are kind.
Never get married in college; it's hard to get a start if a prospective employer finds you've already made one mistake. Families, Children & Parenting
No one ever gets far unless he accomplishes the impossible at least once a day.
Our desires always disappoint us; for though we meet with something that gives us satisfaction, yet it never thoroughly answers our expectation.
Polygamy: An endeavour to get more out of life than there is in it. Life
Positive anything is better than negative nothing.
Pray that success will not come any faster than you are able to endure it. Success
Responsibility is the price of freedom. Freedom & Liberty
Secrets are things we give to others to keep for us.
The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The church saves sinners, but science seeks to stop their manufacture. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
The final proof of greatness lies in being able to endure criticism without resentment.
The greatest mistake you can make in life is continually fearing that you'll make one. Life
The happiness of this life depends less on what befalls you than the way in which you take it. Life ;Happiness & Unhappiness
The highest reward that God gives us for good work is the ability to do better work. Religion & God ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
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 line between failure and success is so fine that we scarcely know when we pass it: so fine that we are often on the line and do not know it. Failure ;Success
The love we give away is the only love we keep. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
The man who knows it can't be done counts the risk, not the reward.
The object of teaching a child is to enable him to get along without his teacher. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
The reason men oppose progress is not that they hate progress, but that they love inertia. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
The recipe for perpetual ignorance is: Be satisfied with your opinions and content with your knowledge. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
The supernatural is the natural not yet understood.
The teacher is the one who gets the most out of the lessons, and the true teacher is the learner. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
The thing we fear we bring to pass.
The world is moving so fast these days that the man who says it can't be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it.
There is no failure except in no longer trying. Failure
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, and be nothing.
We are not punished for our sins, but by them.
We are punished by our sins, not for them. Religion & God
We awaken in others the same attitude of mind we hold toward them.
We work to become, not to acquire. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Where much is expected from an individual, he may rise to the level of events and make the dream come true.

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