Famous Quotes By Elbert Hubbard


  1. A failure is a man who has blundered, but is not able to cash in the experience.
  2. A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same.
  3. A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success.
  4. A man is as good as he has to be, and a woman as bad as she dares.
  5. A retentive memory may be a good thing, but the ability to forget is the true token of greatness.
  6. Art is not a thing it is a way.
  7. Art is the beautiful way of doing things. Science is the effective way of doing things. Business is the economic way of doing things.
  8. Be pleasant until ten o'clock in the morning and the rest of the day will take care of itself.
  9. Character is the result of two things: mental attitude and the way we spend our time.
  10. Die, v.: To stop sinning suddenly.
  11. Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.
  12. Do your work with your whole heart, and you will succeed - there's so little competition.
  13. Editor: a person employed by a newspaper, whose business it is to separate the wheat from the chaff, and to see that the chaff is printed.
  14. Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit.
  15. Every tyrant who has lived has believed in freedom for himself.
  16. Fear clogs faith liberates.
  17. Fear is the thought of admitted inferiority.
  18. Friendship, like credit, is highest when it is not used.
  19. God will not look you over for medals degrees or diplomas, but for scars.
  20. He has achieved success who has worked well, laughed often, and loved much.
  21. 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.
  22. If you suffer, thank God! It is a sure sign that you are alive.
  23. It does not take much strength to do things, but it requires great strength to decide on what to do.
  24. It may happen sometimes that a long debate becomes the cause of a longer friendship. Commonly, those who dispute with one another at last agree.
  25. Life in abundance comes only through great love.
  26. Life is just one damned thing after another.
  27. Little minds are interested in the extraordinary great minds in the commonplace.
  28. Live truth instead of professing it.
  29. Love grows by giving. The love we give away is the only love we keep. The only way to retain love is to give it away.
  30. Love, we say, is life but love without hope and faith is agonizing death.
  31. Men are only as great as they are kind.
  32. Never explain - your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway.
  33. Never get married in college it's hard to get a start if a prospective employer finds you've already made one mistake.
  34. 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.
  35. One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.
  36. Optimism is a kind of heart stimulant - the digitalis of failure.
  37. Polygamy: An endeavour to get more out of life than there is in it.
  38. Positive anything is better than negative nothing.
  39. Pray that success will not come any faster than you are able to endure it.
  40. Responsibility is the price of freedom.
  41. Reversing your treatment of the man you have wronged is better than asking his forgiveness.
  42. The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today.
  43. The church saves sinners, but science seeks to stop their manufacture.
  44. The friend is the man who knows all about you, and still likes you.
  45. The greatest mistake you can make in life is continually fearing that you'll make one.
  46. The happiness of this life depends less on what befalls you than the way in which you take it.
  47. The highest reward that God gives us for good work is the ability to do better work.
  48. The ineffable joy of forgiving and being forgiven forms an ecstasy that might well arouse the envy of the gods.
  49. 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 do not know it.
  50. The love we give away is the only love we keep.
  51. The object of teaching a child is to enable him to get along without his teacher.
  52. The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and these are ignorance, superstition and incompetence.
  53. The reason men oppose progress is not that they hate progress, but that they love inertia.
  54. The recipe for perpetual ignorance is: Be satisfied with your opinions and content with your knowledge.
  55. 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.
  56. The teacher is the one who gets the most out of the lessons, and the true teacher is the learner.
  57. The thing we fear we bring to pass.
  58. There is no failure except in no longer trying.
  59. This will never be a civilized country until we spend more money for books than we do for chewing gum.
  60. We are punished by our sins, not for them.
  61. We awaken in others the same attitude of mind we hold toward them.
  62. We work to become, not to acquire.

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