Elbert Hubbard Quotes
Most popular Elbert Hubbard Quotes
Don't make excuses — make good.
The highest applause is silence.
We work to become, not to acquire.
Industry is the parent of success.
Enthusiasm is the great hill-climber.
Play needs direction as well as work.
There is no defeat except from within.
Responsibility is the price of freedom.
In order to have friends, you must be one.
We are punished by our sins, not for them.
Do unto others as though you were the others.
We are not punished for our sins, but by them.
The love we give away is the only love we keep.
Life is a compromise between fate and free will.
We deem those men remarkable who think as we do.
Everything comes too late for those who only wait.
Human service is the highest form of self-interest.
The supernatural is the natural not yet understood.
An ounce of loyalty is worth a pound of cleverness.
The best way to prepare for life is to begin to live.
Progress comes from the intelligent use of experience.
Try these: a kind thought, a kind word, and a good deed.
A wise man doesn't need advice, and a fool won't take it.
A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same.
Few explanation ever explained the necessity of making one.
To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.
It is the weak man who urges compromise—never the strong man.
Reason stands small show against the entrenched power of habit.
Responsibilities gravitate to the person who can shoulder them.
Optimism is a kind of heart stimulant - the digitalis of failure.
The graveyards are full of people the world could not do without.
We awaken in others the same attitude of mind we hold toward them.
Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.
The friend is the man who knows all about you, and still likes you.
The man who knows it can't be done counts the risk, not the reward.
Your friend is the man who knows all about you and still likes you.
Be moderate in the use of everything, except fresh air and sunshine.
The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today.
A pessimist is a man who has been compelled to live with an optimist.
A school should not be a preparation for life. A school should be life.
Get happiness out of your work or you may never know what happiness is.
Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped.
The sad thing about the optimist is his state of mind concerning himself.
Self-reliance is the name we give to the egotism of someone who succeeds.
If you want work well done, select a busy man—the other kind has no time.
It is quite absurd to say that a man is good or bad — he is good and bad.
God will not look you over for medals, degrees or diplomas but for scars.
Pray that success will not come any faster than you are able to endure it.
If men could only know each other, they would never either idolize or hate.
What others say of me matters little, what I myself say and do matters much.
The object of teaching a child is to enable him to get along without a teacher.
Many a man's reputation would not know his character if they met on the street.
A failure is a man who has blundered, but is not able to cash in the experience.
He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words.
A pessimist? That's a person who has been intimately acquainted with an optimist.
Knowledge is the distilled essence of our intuitions, corroborated by experience.
Brain: A commodity as scarce as radium and more precious, used to fertilize ideas.
Gossip is vice enjoyed vicariously—the sweet, subtle satisfaction without the risk.
Some men succeed by what they know; some by what they do; and a few by what they are.
Character is the result of two things: Mental attitude and the way we spend our time.
I believe more in the goodness of bad people than I do in the badness of good people.
Our admiration is so given to dead martyrs that we have little time for living heroes.
The greatest mistake you can make in life is continually fearing that you'll make one.
Never explain. Your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe it anyway.
Never explain—your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway.
The only man to me who is not respectable is the man who consumes more than he produces.
The greatest mistake you can make in life is continually to be fearing you will make one.
I will gladly lecture for fifty dollars, but I'll not be a guest for less than a hundred.
The reason men oppose progress is not that they hate progress, but that they love inertia.
If pleasures are greatest in anticipation, just remember that this is also true of trouble.
Be pleasant until ten o'clock in the morning and the rest of the day will take care of itself.
The happiest mortals on earth are ladies who have been bereaved by the loss of their husbands.
The happiness of this life depends less on what befalls you than the way in which you take it.
The only man who makes money following the races is the one who does so with a broom and shovel.
Good people are only half as good, and bad people only half as bad, as other people regard them.
A retentive memory may be a good thing, but the ability to forget is the true token of greatness.
A genius is a man who takes the lemons that Fate hands him and starts a lemonade stand with them.
Responsibilities gravitate to the man who can shoulder them; power flows to the man who knows how.
Of all the mental and physical polluters of life, nothing exercises such a poisonous effect as fear.
This will never be a civilized country until we expend more money for books than we do for chewing gum.
One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.
The recipe for perpetual ignorance is: Be satisfied with your opinions and content with your knowledge.
If we are ever damned, it will not be because we have loved too much, but because we have loved too little.
Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day. Wisdom consists in not exceeding that limit.
I would rather be able to appreciate things I cannot have, than to have things I am not able to appreciate.
The ineffable joy of forgiving and being forgiven forms an ecstasy that might well arouse the envy of the gods.
Most reformers wore rubber boots and stood on glass when God sent a current of Commonsense through the Universe.
Man's greatest blunder has been in trying to make peace with the skies instead of making peace with his neighbors.
We know that we can help ourselves only as we help others, and that the love we give away is the only love we keep.
So long as governments set the example of killing their enemies, private individuals will occasionally kill theirs.
The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and these are ignorance, superstition and incompetence.
Individuals who have diseases, nine times out of ten, are suffering from the accumulated evil effects of medication.
A man who marries a woman to educate her falls victim to the same fallacy as the woman who marries a man to reform him.
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.
Often we can help each other most by leaving each other alone; at other times we need the hand-grasp and the word of cheer.
There is something that is much more scarce, something finer far, something rarer than ability. It is the ability to recognize ability.
Fanaticism is a disease of the mind, just as alcoholism is a disease of the body, and the rational cure for both is the diminishing dose.
The line between failure and success is so fine that we scarcely know when we pass it; so fine that we are often on the line and don't know it.
When you grow suspicious of a person and begin a system of espionage upon him, your punishment will be that you will find your suspicions true.
And the worst part about making a soldier of a man is not that a soldier kills brown men or white men, but that the soldier loses his own soul.
Know what you want to do, hold the thought firmly, and do every day what should be done, and every sunset will see you that much nearer the goal.
Literary people of the opposite sex do not really love each other. All they really desire is to read their manuscript aloud to a receptive listener.
The men you see waiting in the lobbies of doctors' offices are, in a vast majority of cases, suffering through poisoning caused by an excess of food.
Life consists in molting our illusions. We form creeds today only to throw them away tomorrow. The eagle molts a feather because he is growing a better one.
Loneliness is not in being alone, for then ministering spirits come to soothe and bless—loneliness is to endure the presence of one who does not understand.
Nature is always and forever trying hard to keep men well, and most so-called 'disease' — which word means merely the lack of ease — is self-limiting, and tends to cure itself.