39 Most Famous Elbert Hubbard Quotes

39 Most Famous Elbert Hubbard Quotes

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Elbert Hubbard was a writer, philosopher, and artist from Illinois. He was born in 1856 and gained success as a traveling soap salesman. He is best known as founding the Roycroft artisan community. He is also renowned as one of the major influences in the Arts and Crafts Movement. He died on May 7, 1915 aboard the Lusitania.

“A careful analyst might here say that Plan Number Three is only a variation of Plan Number Two — the end being gained by hypnotic effects in either event, for the army is conscripted from
the people to use against the people, just as you turn steam from a boiler into the fire-box to increase the draft.” …

“A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success. There is no failure except in no longer trying. There is no defeat except
from within, no really insurmountable barrier save our own inherent weakness of purpose.”

“Academic education is the act of memorizing things read in books, and things told by college professors who got their education mostly by memorizing things read in books.”

“An idea that is not dangerous is not worthy of being called an idea at all.”

“Anyone who idolizes you is going to hate you when he discovers that you are fallible. He never forgives. He has deceived himself, and he blames you for it.”

“Destruction, violence, ravages, murder, are perpetrated by statute law.”

“Do not dump your woes upon people — keep the sad story of your life to yourself. Troubles grow by recounting them.”

“Do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing, and you’ll never be criticized.”

“Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes a day. Wisdom consists of not exceeding the limit.”

“Experience is the name everyone gives to his mistakes.”

“Genius is often only the power of making continuous efforts.”

“God will not look you over for medals degrees or diplomas, but for scars.”

“I believe in the Motherhood of God.”

“I believe it is possible that I shall make other creeds, and change this one, or add to it, from time to time, as new light may come to me.”

“I believe the only way we can reach the Kingdom of Heaven is to have the Kingdom of Heaven in our hearts.”

“I believe the Universe is planned for good.”

“I have no perfect panacea for human ills. And even if I had I would not attempt to present a system of philosophy between the soup and fish.”

“I rather like the World. The Flesh is pleasing and the Devil does not trouble me.”

“If men will not act for themselves, what will they do when the benefit of their effort is for all?”

“If there is any better way to teach virtue than by practicing it, I do not know it.”

“If you suffer, thank God! It is a sure sign that you are alive.”

“Initiative is doing the right things without being told.”

“Life is just one damn thing after another.”

“Never explain – your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway.”

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

“Our desires always disappoint us; for though we meet with something that gives us satisfaction, yet it never thoroughly answers our expectation.”

“Piety is the tinfoil of pretense.”

“Some one has said that we are moving so fast that when plans are being made to perform some great feat, these plans are broken into by a youth who enters and says, “I have done it.”

“The final proof of greatness lies in being able to endure criticism without resentment.”

“The great Big Black Things that have loomed against the horizon of my life, threatening to devour me, simply loomed and nothing more. The things that have really made me miss my train have
always been sweet, soft, pretty, pleasant things of which I was not in the least afraid.”

“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.”

“The highest reward that God gives us for good work is the ability to do better work.”

“The newspapers print what the people want, and thus does the savage still swing his club and flourish his spear.”

“The wise way to benefit humanity is to attend to your own affairs, and thus give other people an opportunity to look after theirs.”

“There have always existed three ways of keeping the people loving and loyal. One is to leave them alone, to trust them and not to interfere. This plan, however, has very seldom been
practised, because the politicians regard the public as a cow to be milked, and something must be done to make it stand quiet.”

“When you see a tomcat with his whiskers full of feathers, do not say “Canary!” — he’ll take offense.”

“Why not be a top-notcher? A top-notcher is simply an individual who works for the institution of which he is a part, not against it.”

“Woman’s inaptitude for reasoning has not prevented her from arriving at truth; nor has man’s ability to reason prevented him from floundering in absurdity.”

“Would you make men better — set them an example. The millenium will never come until governments cease from governing, and the meddler is at rest.”