Quotes by Elbert Hubbard

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Elbert Green Hubbard (June 19, 1856 May 7, 1915) was an American philosopher and writer. He is perhaps most famous for his essay A Message to Garcia. more

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God will not look you over for medal, degrees or diplomas, but for scars.

Your friend is that man who knows all about you, and still likes you.
It does not take much strength to do things, but it requires great strength to decide what to do.
Never explain -- your friends do not need it, and your enemies will not believe you anyway.
The love we give away is the only love we keep.
The greatest mistake a man can make is to be afraid of making one.
Where parents do too much for their children, the children will not do much for themselves.
It is a fine thing to have ability, but the ability to discover ability in others is the true test.
You can lead a boy to college, but you cannot make him think.
To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped.
I would rather be able to appreciate things I can not have than to have things I am not able to appreciate.
He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words.
Life in abundance comes only through great love.
The man who has no more problems to solve, is out of the game.
Failure -- The man who can tell others what to do and how to do it, but never does it himself.
The teacher is one who makes two ideas grow where only one grew before.
Intelligence is not to make no mistakes, But quickly to see how to make them good.
Habit is a form of exercise
Men are rich only as they give. He who gives great service gets great rewards.
There is no failure except in no longer trying. There is no defeat except from within, no insurmountable barrier except our own inherent weakness of purpose.
Dignity is a mask we wear to hide our ignorance.
Character is the result of two things: Mental attitude and the way we spend our time.
The man who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words.
If you suffer, thank God! It is a sure sign that you are alive.
One can endure sorrow alone, but it takes two to be glad.
Genius is the ability to act rightly without precedent -- the power to do the right thing the first time.
Freedom is a condition of mind, and the best way to secure it is to breed it.
We work to become, not to acquire.
Victory; a matter of staying power.
Live truth instead of professing it.
Do not take life too seriously; you will never get out of it alive.
Lovers are fools, but Nature makes them so.
He who has achieved success has worked well, laughed often and loved much.
Cultivate only the habits that you are willing should master you.
Gossip is only the lack of a worthy memory.
The supernatural is the natural not yet understood.
A failure is a man who has blundered, but is not able to cash in on the experience.
What people need and what they want may be very different.
We awaken in others the same attitude of mind we hold toward them.
No man needs a vacation so much as the man who has just had one.
A retentive memory may be a good thing, but the ability to forget is the true token of greatness.
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?
Every spirit makes its house, but as afterwards the house confines the spirit, you had better build well.
Laughter is higher than all pain.
The mintage of wisdom is to know that rest is rust, and that real life is love, laughter, and work.
We find what we expect to find, and we receive what we ask for.
If pleasures are greatest in anticipation, just remember that this is also true of trouble.
Get happiness out of your work or you may never know what happiness is.
Blessed is that man who has found his work.
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.
When someone says it ain't the money, but its the principal of the thing, it's the money.
Give us a religion that will help us to live -- we can die without assistance.
Secrets are things we give to others to keep for us.
The secret of success is this: there is no secret of success.
He who influences the thought of his times influences the times that follow.
One who limits himself to his chosen mode of ignorance.
Every life is its own excuse for being.
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