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About Elbert Hubbard

Elbert Hubbard

Life: 1856 - 1915

Country: us flag America

Profession: Writer; Philosopher;

Elbert Green Hubbard (June 19, 1856 - May 7, 1915) was an American writer, publisher, artist, and philosopher. He was an influential exponent of the Arts and Crafts movement and is, perhaps, most famous for his essay A Message to Garcia.

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Quotations

To know when to be generous and when firm - that is wisdom.

~ Elbert Hubbard

Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped.

~ Elbert Hubbard

To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.

~ Elbert Hubbard

Do not take life too seriously; you will never get out of it alive.

~ Elbert Hubbard

There is something that is much more scarce, something finer far, something rarer than ability. It is the ability to recognize ability.

~ Elbert Hubbard

One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.

~ Elbert Hubbard

Positive anything is better than negative nothing.

~ Elbert Hubbard

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.

~ Elbert Hubbard

If pleasures are greatest in anticipation, just remember that this is also true of trouble.

~ Elbert Hubbard

There is nothing so aggravating as a fresh boy who is too old to ignore and too young to kick.

~ Elbert Hubbard

Charity: a thing that begins at home, and usually stays there.

~ Elbert Hubbard

It is the weak man who urges compromise - never the strong man.

~ Elbert Hubbard

To stop sinning suddenly.

~ Elbert Hubbard

It does not take much strength to do things, but it requires great strength to decide on what to do.

~ Elbert Hubbard

Dignity is a mask we wear to hide our ignorance.

~ Elbert Hubbard

You can lead a boy to college, but you cannot make him think.

~ Elbert Hubbard

An enemy is anyone who tells the truth about you.

~ Elbert Hubbard

If you have no enemies, you are apt to be in the same predicament in regard to friends.

~ Elbert Hubbard

A failure is a man who has blundered but is not able to cash in the experience.

~ Elbert Hubbard

Never Explain - your Friends do not need it and your Enemies will not believe you anyway.

~ Elbert Hubbard

To give up your seat in a car to a woman, and tread on your neighbor's foot to get even.

~ Elbert Hubbard

To do a perfectly unselfish act for selfish motives.

~ Elbert Hubbard

Genius is the ability to act rightly without precedent - the power to do the right thing the first time.

~ Elbert Hubbard

A poor man who eats too much, as contradistinguished from a gourmand, who is a rich man who "lives well."

~ Elbert Hubbard

Government is a kind of legalized pillage.

~ Elbert Hubbard

Cultivate only the habits that you are willing should master you.

~ Elbert Hubbard

Remember this: If you work for a man, in Heaven's name, work for him. If he pays you wages which supply your bread and butter, work for him; speak well of him; stand by the institution which he represents. If put to a pinch, an ounce of loyalty is worth a pound of cleverness. If you must vilify, condemn and eternally disparage - resign your position, and when you are on the outside, damn to your heart's content, but as long as you are a part of the institution do not condemn it.

~ Elbert Hubbard

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.

~ Elbert Hubbard
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