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Elbert Hubbard

Elbert Green Hubbard (June 19, 1856 – May 7, 1915) was an American writer, publisher, artist, and philosopher. Raised in Hudson, Illinois, he met early success as a traveling salesman with the Larkin soap company. Today Hubbard is mostly known 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 nine-volume work Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great and the short story A Message to Garcia. He and his second wife, Alice Moore Hubbard, died aboard the RMS Lusitania, which was sunk by a German submarine off the coast of Ireland on May 7, 1915.





1. A FRIEND IS SOMEONE WHO KNOWS ALL ABOUT YOU AND STILL LOVES YOU.

2. GOD WILL NOT LOOK YOU OVER FOR MEDALS, DEGREES OR DIPLOMAS BUT FOR SCARS.

3. EVERY MAN IS A DAMN FOOL FOR AT LEAST FIVE MINUTES EVERY DAY; WISDOM CONSISTS IN NOT EXCEEDING THE LIMIT.

4. DO NOT TAKE LIFE TOO SERIOUSLY. YOU WILL NEVER GET OUT OF IT ALIVE.

5. HE WHO DOES NOT UNDERSTAND YOUR SILENCE WILL PROBABLY NOT UNDERSTAND YOUR WORDS.

6. NEVER EXPLAIN―YOUR FRIENDS DO NOT NEED IT AND YOUR ENEMIES WILL NOT BELIEVE YOU ANYWAY.

7. THE GREATEST MISTAKE YOU CAN MAKE IN LIFE IS TO BE CONTINUALLY FEARING YOU WILL MAKE ONE.

8. THE BEST WAY TO PREPARE FOR LIFE IS TO BEGIN TO LIVE.

9. THE LOVE WE GIVE AWAY IS THE ONLY LOVE WE KEEP.

10. I BELIEVE IN THE HANDS THAT WORK, IN THE BRAINS THAT THINK, AND IN THE HEARTS THAT LOVE…I BELIEVE IN SUNSHINE, FRESH AIR, FRIENDSHIP, CALM SLEEP, BEAUTIFUL THOUGHTS.

11. LIFE IS JUST ONE DAMNED THING AFTER ANOTHER.

12. THE OBJECT OF TEACHING A CHILD IS TO ENABLE HIM TO GET ALONG WITHOUT A TEACHER.

13. IT DOES NOT TAKE MUCH STRENGTH TO DO THINGS, BUT IT REQUIRES A GREAT DEAL OF STRENGTH TO DECIDE WHAT TO DO.

14. TRUE LIFE LIES IN LAUGHTER, LOVE AND WORK.

15. GENIUS MAY HAVE ITS LIMITATIONS, BUT STUPIDITY IS NOT THUS HANDICAPPED.

16. TO AVOID CRITICISM, DO NOTHING, SAY NOTHING, BE NOTHING.

17. 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.

18. THERE IS NO FAILURE EXCEPT IN NO LONGER TRYING.

19. SELF-DISCIPLINE IS THE ABILITY TO MAKE YOURSELF DO WHAT YOU SHOULD DO, WHEN YOU SHOULD DO IT, WHETHER YOU FEEL LIKE IT OR NOT.

20. IF MEN COULD ONLY KNOW EACH OTHER, THEY WOULD NEITHER IDOLIZE NOR HATE.

21. HAPPINESS IS A HABIT—CULTIVATE IT.

22. THE LINE BETWEEN FAILURE AND SUCCESS IS SO FINE. . . THAT WE ARE OFTEN ON THE LINE AND DO NOT KNOW IT.

23. I DO NOT READ A BOOK; I HOLD A CONVERSATION WITH THE AUTHOR.

24. THE FINAL PROOF OF GREATNESS LIES IN BEING ABLE TO ENDURE CRITICISM WITHOUT RESENTMENT.

25. THIS WILL NEVER BE A CIVILIZED COUNTRY UNTIL WE EXPEND MORE MONEY FOR BOOKS THAN WE DO FOR CHEWING GUM.

26. NO MAN NEEDS A VACATION SO MUCH AS THE MAN WHO HAS JUST HAD ONE.

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