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Elbert Hubbard was born in 1856 in Bloomington, Illinois. Although he was a successful business man he established The Roycrofters in 1893 in Aurora , New York. This craft community, following the ideals of William Morris, produced mission style furniture and household accessories made of leather and metal. Hubbard edited the Roycrofter's monthly, "The Philistine, in which appeared his famous article "A Message to Garcia" in 1899, which embodied his ideas on a community of workers. He died in 1915.

 A Message to Garcia

 Books By: Elbert Hubbard

Elbert Hubbard Quotes

Editor's note: In the spirit of political correctness, and since we are reading quotes from a person who wrote in the late 1800's and early 1900's, in many cases you may wish to substitute the word person for man.

The supernatural is the natural not yet understood. - Elbert Hubbard


If you want work well done, select a busy man -- the other kind has no time.


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


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


Men are rich only as they give. He who gives great service gets great rewards.


Gossip is only the lack of a worthy memory.


The man who is anybody and who does anything is surely going to be criticized, vilified, and misunderstood. That is part of the penalty for greatness, and every great man understands it; and understands, too, that it is no proof of greatness. The final proof of greatness lies in being able to endure continuously without resentment.


Life in abundance comes only through great love.


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?


Live truth instead of professing it.


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


Folks who never do any more than they are paid for, never get paid more that they do.


Men are punished by their sins, not for them.


The secret of success is this: there is no secret of success.


I believe in courtesy, in kindness, in generosity, in good cheer, in friendship and in honest competition. I believe there is something doing somewhere, for every man ready to do it. I believe I'm ready, RIGHT NOW.


Art is not a thing; it is a way.


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


Your friend is that man who knows all about you, and still likes you.


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.


Life is just one damn thing after another.


Never explain - your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway.


You can lead a boy to college but you cannot make him think.


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












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