SaturdayMay 18, 2013
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 .
Many a man's reputation would not know his character if they met on the street.
One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.
Art is not a thing; it is a way.
The sculptor produces the beautiful statue by chipping away such parts of the marble block as are not needed - it is a process of elimination.
Punishment - The justice that the guilty deal out to those that are caught.
Failure - The man who can tell others what to do and how to do it, but never does it himself.
Success - To rise from the illusion of pursuit to the disillusion of possession.
Folks who never do any more than they get paid for, never get paid for any more than they do.
The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.
A man who marries a woman to educate her falls into the same fallacy as the woman who marries a man to reform him.
A failure is a man who has blundered but is not able to cash in the experience.
It does not take much strength to do things, but it requires great strength to decide on what to do.
Character is the result of two things: Mental attitude and the way we spend our time.
Luck is tenacity of purpose.
Health is a gift, but you have to work to keep it.
We work to become, not to acquire.
Live truth instead of professing it.
Prophecy - To observe that which has passed, and guess it will happen again.
Optimism is a kind of heart stimulant - the digitalis of failure.
Pain is a sure sign that you are alive.
There is something that is much more scarce, something finer far, something rarer than ability. It is the ability to recognize ability.
It is a fine thing to have ability, but the ability to discover ability in others is the true test.
The man who has no problems is out of the game.
If you can not answer a man's argument, all it not lost; you can still call him vile names.
The art of winning in business is in working hard not taking things too seriously.
This will never be a civilized country until we expend more money for books than we do for chewing gum.
Parties who want milk should not seat themselves on a stool in the middle of a field in hope that the cow will back up to them.
To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
Do not take life too seriously; you will never get out of it alive.
An executive: a man who can make quick decisions and is sometimes right.
Experience is the name everyone gives his mistakes.
Few explanations ever explained the necessity of making one.
Little minds are interested in the extraordinary; great minds in the commonplace.
Don't lose faith in humanity; think of all the people in the United States who have never played you a single nasty trick.
Every man is a fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists of not exceeding the limit.
Your friend is that man who knows all about you, and still likes you.
Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped.
The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today.
The man who is anybody and who does anything is surely going to be criticized, vilified, and misunderstood. This is a part of the penalty for greatness, and every great man understands it; and understands, too, that it is no proof of greatness. The final proof of greatness lies in being able to endure contumely without resentment.
Get happiness out of your work or you may never know what happiness is.
The only way to help yourself is to help others.
So long as governments set the example of killing their enemies, private individuals will occasionally kill theirs.
Natural joy brings no headaches and no heartaches.
Every tyrant who has lived has believed in freedom for himself.
Life is just one damned thing after another.
The mintage of wisdom is to know that rest is rust, and that real life is in love, laughter, and work.
If you suffer, thank God! It is a sure sign that you are alive.
Life in abundance comes only through great love.
The love we give away is the only love we keep.
An ounce of loyalty is worth a pound of cleverness.
The idea that is not dangerous is not worthy of being called an idea at all.
The recipe for perpetual ignorance is: Be satisfied with your opinions and content with your knowledge.
There is no failure except in no longer trying.
Positive anything is better than negative nothing.
Prophecy To observe that which has passed, and guess it will happen again.
Punishment The justice that the guilty deal out to those that are caught.
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.
The secret of success is this: there is no secret of success.
Every spirit makes its house, but as afterwards the house confines the spirit, you had better build well.
He has achieved success who has worked well, laughed often, and loved much.
When on the brink of complete discouragement, success is discerning that ... the line between failure and success is so fine that often a single extra effort is all that is needed to bring victory out of defeat.
The supernatural is the natural not yet understood.
An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy to be called an idea at all.
Whom the Gods love die young no matter how long they live.
Of all blessings, no gift equals the gentle, trusting love and companionship of a good woman.
Nature is the unseen intelligence that loved us into being.
God will not look you over for medals, degrees, or diplomas, but for scars.
If you can't answer a man's argument, all is not lost; you can still call him vile names.
I would rather be able to appreciate things I can not have than to have things I am not able to appreciate.
Work to become, not to acquire.
A committee is a thing which takes a week to do what one good man can do in an hour.
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.
To know when to be generous and when to be firm this is wisdom.
Genius is the ability to act rightly without precedent the power to do the right thing the first time.
A goal without a plan is a dream.
Every saint has a bee in his halo.
There was one who thought himself above me, and he was above me until he had that thought.
We are punished by our sins, not for them.
Men are not punished for their sins, but by them.
Righteous indignation Your own wrath as opposed to the shocking bad temper of others.
Secrets are things we give to others to keep for us.
One can endure sorrow alone, but it takes two to be glad.
If I supply you a thought, you may remember it and you may not. But if I can make you think a thought for yourself, I have indeed added to your stature.