Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915)

“A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.”

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

“Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit.”

“Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.”

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

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

“He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words.”

“The best way to prepare for life is to begin to live.”

“The love we give away is the only love we keep.”

“Life is just one damned thing after another.”

“I believe in the hands that work, in the brains that think, and in the hearts that love … I believe in sunshine, fresh air, friendship, calm sleep, beautiful thoughts.”

“True life lies in laughter, love and work.”

“The object of teaching a child is to enable him to get along without a teacher.”

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

“It does not take much strength to do things, but it requires a great deal of strength to decide what to do.”

“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.”

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

“The line between failure and success is so fine. . . that we are often on the line and do not know it.”

“Happiness is a habit — cultivate it.”

“If men could only know each other, they would neither idolize nor hate.”

“Self-discipline is the ability to make yourself do what you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not.”

“There is no failure except in no longer trying.”

“I do not read a book; I hold a conversation with the author.”

“No man needs a vacation so much as the man who has just had one.”

“This will never be a civilized country until we expend more money for books than we do for chewing gum.”

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

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

“It is easy to get everything you want, provided you first learn to do without the things you cannot get.”

“Art is not a thing; it is a way. ”

“So long as governments set the example of killing their enemies, private individuals will occasionally kill theirs.”

“If you can not answer a man’s argument, all is not lost; you can still call him vile names.”

“How many a man has thrown up his hands at a time when a little more effort, a little more patience would have achieved success? ”

“If put to the pinch, an ounce of loyalty is worth a pound of cleverness.”

“Folks who never do any more than they get paid for, never get paid for any more than they do”

“A conservative is a man who is too cowardly to fight and too fat to run.”

“I would rather be able to appreciate things I cannot have than to have things I am not able to appreciate.”

“The supernatural is the natural not yet understood.”

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

“Laughter is higher than all pain.”

“Football: A sport that bears the same relation to education that bullfighting does to agriculture.”

“It’s a fine thing to have ability, but the ability to discover ability in others is the true test.”

“We will not be dictated to by men with less intelligence, energy, initiative and ambition than we ourselves possess. ”

“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.”

“We awaken in others the same attitude of mind we hold toward them.”

“Parties who want milk should not seat themselves on a stool in the middle of the field in hope that the cow will back up to them.”

“A retentive memory may be a good thing, but the ability to forget is the true token of greatness.”

“Nothing is permanent but change.”

“The greatest mistake a man can ever make is to be afraid of making one.”

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

“Nature: The unseen intelligence which loved us into being, and is disposing of us by the same token”

“Don’t take life too seriously, nobody gets out alive anyways.”

“The teacher is the one who gets the most out of the lessons, and the true teacher is the learner.”

“There is more sophistication and less sense in New York than anywhere else on the globe.”

“Little minds are interested in the extraordinary; great minds in the commonplace.”

“Men are only as great as they are kind.”

“Don’t take life too seriously; you’ll never get out of it alive”

“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.”

“Friendship, like credit, is highest when it is not used.”

“Art is not a thing; it is a way.”

“Responsibility is the price of freedom.”

“We work to become, not to acquire.”

“Don’t take life too seriously; you’ll never get out of it alive.”

“Life is a checkerboard, and the player opposite you is time. If you hesitate before moving, or neglect to move promptly, your men will be wiped off the board by time. You are playing against a partner who will not tolerate indecision!”

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