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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.
The cheerful loser is the winner.
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.
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.
Positive anything is better than negative nothing.
The highest reward that God gives us for good work is the ability to do better work.
Forbid a man to think for himself or to act for himself and you may add the joy of piracy and the zest of smuggling to his life.
Luck is tenacity of purpose.
Polygamy is an endeavor to get more out of life than there is in it.
Art is the beautiful way of doing things. Science is the effective way of doing things. Business is the economic way of doing things.
Little minds are interested in the extraordinary; great minds in the commonplace.
An event described by those to whom it was told by men who did not see it.
Money never made a fool of anybody; it only shows them up.
Classical music is the kind we keep thinking will turn into a tune.
Your neighbor is the man who needs you.
A pessimist is one who has been compelled to live with an optimist.
Thoroughness characterizes all successful men. Genius is the art of taking infinite pains. All great achievement has been characterized by extreme care, infinite painstaking, even to the minutest detail.
One can play comedy, two are required for melodrama, but a tragedy demands three.
Play needs direction as well as work.
A person born with an instinct for poverty.
The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today
There was one who thought himself above me, and he was above me until he had that thought.
The world is moving so fast now-a-days that the man who says it can't be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it.
If you want work well done, select a busy man; the other kind has no time.
Rivalry is the life of trade, and the death of the trader.
Human service is the highest form of self-interest for the person who serves.
Those who do unlawful acts are no more sinners in the eyes of God than we who think them.
The stupidity of one brain multiplied by twelve.
The idea that is not dangerous is not worthy of being called an idea at all.
One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.
Grammar is the grave of letters.
A poor man who eats too much, as contradistinguished from a gourmand, who is a rich man who lives well.
The only man who makes money following the races is one who does it with a broom and shovel.
If you have no enemies you are apt to be in the same predicament in regard to friends.
An executive is a man who can make quick decisions and is sometimes right.
To stop sinning suddenly.
Put yourself in the other man's place and then you will know why he thinks certain things and does certain deeds.
It is the weak man who urges compromise -- never the strong man.
Do your work with your whole heart, and you will succeed -- there's so little competition.
A committee is a thing which takes a week to do what one good man can do in an hour.
The path of civilization is paved with tin cans.
Charity: a thing that begins at home, and usually stays there.
This will never be a civilized country until we expend more money for books than we do for chewing gum.
Allow motion to equal emotion.
Life is a compromise between fate and free will.
I believe there is no devil but fear.
The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.
Constant effort and frequent mistakes are the stepping stones of genius.
The youth of twenty-one who has health, hope, ambition, and animation is not to be pitied. Poverty is only for the people who think poverty.
There is only one valid reason for sending a boy to college, and that is, so he can discover for himself that there is nothing in it. A college degree, as matters now stand, is like a certificate of character--useful only to those who need it. However, there must surely come a time when degrees will be given only to those who can earn a living--and this degree will be signed by the young man's employer.
Folks who never do any more than they get paid for, never get paid for anymore than they do.
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!
Never explain—your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway.
He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much.
Troubles grow by recounting them.
One's thirtieth birthday and one's seventieth are days that press their message home with iron hand. With his seventieth milestone past, a man feels that his work is done, and dim voices call to him from across the Unseen. His work is done, and so illy, compared with what he had wished and expected! But the impressions made upon his heart by the day are no deeper than those his thirtieth birthday inspires. At thirty, youth, with all it palliates and excuses, is gone forever. The time for mere fooling is past; the young avoid you, or else look up to you and tempt you to grow reminiscent. You are a man and must give an account of yourself.
Marriage is easy, and divorce difficult, because this is Nature's plan. The natural law of attraction brings men and women together, and it is difficult to separate them. . . . Most couples who desire freedom only think they do: what they really want is a vacation; but they would not separate for good if they could. It is hard to part--people who have lived together grow to need each other. They want someone to quarrel with.
Divorce is a heroic remedy for an awful condition. It is the culmination of a fearful tragedy. I know of nothing worse than incompatibility. There is no hell equal to the hell of having to live with a person who is not your own.
If you want a piece of work well and thoroughly done, pick a busy man. The man of leisure postpones and procrastinates, and is ever making preparations and "getting things in shape"; but the ability to focus on a thing and do it is the talent of the man seemingly o'erwhelmed with work.