Elbert Hubbard Quotes

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Don't make excuses — make good.
— Elbert Hubbard
The highest applause is silence.

applause silence

We work to become, not to acquire.
— Elbert Hubbard

hard work work

Industry is the parent of success.
— Elbert Hubbard
Enthusiasm is the great hill-climber.

enthusiasm

Play needs direction as well as work.

play work & play

There is no defeat except from within.

defeat

Responsibility is the price of freedom.

responsibility

In order to have friends, you must be one.
— Elbert Hubbard
We are punished by our sins, not for them.
— Elbert Hubbard

sin

Do unto others as though you were the others.

golden rules

We are not punished for our sins, but by them.

sin

The love we give away is the only love we keep.
— Elbert Hubbard

love

Life is a compromise between fate and free will.

free will life

We deem those men remarkable who think as we do.
— Elbert Hubbard
Everything comes too late for those who only wait.
Human service is the highest form of self-interest.

service

The supernatural is the natural not yet understood.
— Elbert Hubbard
An ounce of loyalty is worth a pound of cleverness.

loyalty

The best way to prepare for life is to begin to live.
— Elbert Hubbard
Progress comes from the intelligent use of experience.
— Elbert Hubbard
Try these: a kind thought, a kind word, and a good deed.
— Elbert Hubbard
A wise man doesn't need advice, and a fool won't take it.
— Elbert Hubbard
A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same.
— Elbert Hubbard

friendship

Few explanation ever explained the necessity of making one.
— Elbert Hubbard
To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.
— Elbert Hubbard

criticism

It is the weak man who urges compromise—never the strong man.
— Elbert Hubbard

compromise principles

Reason stands small show against the entrenched power of habit.
— Elbert Hubbard
Responsibilities gravitate to the person who can shoulder them.

responsibility

Optimism is a kind of heart stimulant - the digitalis of failure.
— Elbert Hubbard

optimism

The graveyards are full of people the world could not do without.
— Elbert Hubbard

self-esteem

We awaken in others the same attitude of mind we hold toward them.
— Elbert Hubbard

attitude

Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.
— Elbert Hubbard

life witty

The friend is the man who knows all about you, and still likes you.
— Elbert Hubbard

friendship

The man who knows it can't be done counts the risk, not the reward.

risk-taking

Your friend is the man who knows all about you and still likes you.
— Elbert Hubbard

friendship

Be moderate in the use of everything, except fresh air and sunshine.
— Elbert Hubbard
The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today.
— Elbert Hubbard

work

A pessimist is a man who has been compelled to live with an optimist.

optimism pessimism

A school should not be a preparation for life. A school should be life.
— Elbert Hubbard

school

Get happiness out of your work or you may never know what happiness is.
— Elbert Hubbard
Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped.

stupidity

The sad thing about the optimist is his state of mind concerning himself.
— Elbert Hubbard

cynical optimism

Self-reliance is the name we give to the egotism of someone who succeeds.
— Elbert Hubbard
If you want work well done, select a busy man—the other kind has no time.
— Elbert Hubbard

advisory time

It is quite absurd to say that a man is good or bad — he is good and bad.
— Elbert Hubbard
God will not look you over for medals, degrees or diplomas but for scars.
— Elbert Hubbard

awards

Pray that success will not come any faster than you are able to endure it.
— Elbert Hubbard

success

If men could only know each other, they would never either idolize or hate.
— Elbert Hubbard

human nature

What others say of me matters little, what I myself say and do matters much.
— Elbert Hubbard
The object of teaching a child is to enable him to get along without a teacher.
— Elbert Hubbard

teaching

Many a man's reputation would not know his character if they met on the street.
— Elbert Hubbard

character reputation

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

failure

He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words.
— Elbert Hubbard
A pessimist? That's a person who has been intimately acquainted with an optimist.
— Elbert Hubbard

optimism pessimism

Knowledge is the distilled essence of our intuitions, corroborated by experience.
— Elbert Hubbard

experience intuition knowledge

Brain: A commodity as scarce as radium and more precious, used to fertilize ideas.

Brain

Gossip is vice enjoyed vicariously—the sweet, subtle satisfaction without the risk.

gossip

Some men succeed by what they know; some by what they do; and a few by what they are.
— Elbert Hubbard
Character is the result of two things: Mental attitude and the way we spend our time.
— Elbert Hubbard

attitude

I believe more in the goodness of bad people than I do in the badness of good people.
— Elbert Hubbard

positive

Our admiration is so given to dead martyrs that we have little time for living heroes.
— Elbert Hubbard

fame

The greatest mistake you can make in life is continually fearing that you'll make one.
— Elbert Hubbard

mistakes

Never explain. Your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe it anyway.
— Elbert Hubbard
Never explain—your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway.
— Elbert Hubbard

friendship

The only man to me who is not respectable is the man who consumes more than he produces.
— Elbert Hubbard
The greatest mistake you can make in life is continually to be fearing you will make one.
— Elbert Hubbard

fear

I will gladly lecture for fifty dollars, but I'll not be a guest for less than a hundred.
— Elbert Hubbard

guests

The reason men oppose progress is not that they hate progress, but that they love inertia.
— Elbert Hubbard

change progress

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

trouble

Be pleasant until ten o'clock in the morning and the rest of the day will take care of itself.
— Elbert Hubbard
The happiest mortals on earth are ladies who have been bereaved by the loss of their husbands.

cynical marriage

The happiness of this life depends less on what befalls you than the way in which you take it.
— Elbert Hubbard
The only man who makes money following the races is the one who does so with a broom and shovel.
— Elbert Hubbard

gambling

Good people are only half as good, and bad people only half as bad, as other people regard them.
— Elbert Hubbard
A retentive memory may be a good thing, but the ability to forget is the true token of greatness.

forgetting memory

A genius is a man who takes the lemons that Fate hands him and starts a lemonade stand with them.
— Elbert Hubbard

genius

Responsibilities gravitate to the man who can shoulder them; power flows to the man who knows how.
— Elbert Hubbard
Of all the mental and physical polluters of life, nothing exercises such a poisonous effect as fear.

fear

This will never be a civilized country until we expend more money for books than we do for chewing gum.
— Elbert Hubbard

education

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

genius technology

The recipe for perpetual ignorance is: Be satisfied with your opinions and content with your knowledge.

ignorance

If we are ever damned, it will not be because we have loved too much, but because we have loved too little.
— Elbert Hubbard

love

Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day.  Wisdom consists in not exceeding that limit.

foolishness wisdom

I would rather be able to appreciate things I cannot have, than to have things I am not able to appreciate.
— Elbert Hubbard

appreciation

The ineffable joy of forgiving and being forgiven forms an ecstasy that might well arouse the envy of the gods.

forgiveness

Most reformers wore rubber boots and stood on glass when God sent a current of Commonsense through the Universe.
— Elbert Hubbard

religion

Man's greatest blunder has been in trying to make peace with the skies instead of making peace with his neighbors.

blunders

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.

Giving helping others love

So long as governments set the example of killing their enemies, private individuals will occasionally kill theirs.
— Elbert Hubbard

crime law murder

The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and these are ignorance, superstition and incompetence.
— Elbert Hubbard

America

Individuals who have diseases, nine times out of ten, are suffering from the accumulated evil effects of medication.
— Elbert Hubbard
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.

marriage

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.
— Elbert Hubbard

progress

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.

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.

fanaticism

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.

failure success success & failure

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.

suspicion

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.
— Elbert Hubbard

war

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.
— Elbert Hubbard

goals

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.
— Elbert Hubbard

authors

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.
— Elbert Hubbard
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.

creeds illusion

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.

loneliness

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.