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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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.
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.

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