Elbert Hubbard Green (1856 - 1915) was an illustrious writer, biographer, editor, teacher, critic, artist and American philosopher. Hubbard is known to be the founder of the community of Roycroft Arts and Crafts in New York, being an influential exponent of this movement. Among its many publications are fourteen volumes Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, a series of one hundred and eighty biographies of highly influential literary figures, including Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Jean Jacques Rousseau, Jonathan Swift, William Shakespeare and Walt Whitman ...
In 1899, Elbert Hubbard wrote "Message to Garcia," an essay based on a discreet episode of the Spanish-American War, where Lieutenant Rowan, facing all adversities, delivered a message to the president. His text highlights the importance of motivation, using individual initiatives and creativity.
Elbert and his wife died aboard the RMS Lusitania, a passenger ship that was torpedoed by a German submarine, off the coast of Ireland, on May 7, 1915.
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Famous quotes by Elbert Hubbard
He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words.
A friend is someone who knows everything about you and still loves you.
There is no failure, except to try no more.
The love we give is the only love we have.
To avoid criticism, don't say anything, don't do anything, don't be anything.
Responsibility is the price of freedom.
Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of this alive.
The supernatural is the natural that is not yet understood.
Constant effort and frequent mistakes are the steps of genius.
Laughter is higher than all pain.
Never give explanations: your friends don't need it and your enemies won't believe you.
We work to become, not to acquire.
The stronger a man is, the more gentle he can be.
Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; Wisdom is not to exceed the limit.
A failure is a man who has made a mistake, but cannot take advantage of the experience.
The biggest mistake you can make in life is to be constantly afraid of committing one.
It doesn't take much strength to do things, but it requires a lot of strength to decide what to do.
Live the truth instead of professing it.
The purpose of teaching a child is to allow him to behave well without a teacher.
I believe in the hands that work, in the brains that think and in the hearts that they love ... I believe in the sunlight, the fresh air, the friendship, the calm dream and the beautiful thoughts.
If men could only meet, they would not idolize or hate.
The world is moving so fast these days, that the man who says it can't be done is usually interrupted by someone who already does it.
Self-discipline is the ability to force yourself to do what you should do, when you should do it, whether you like it or not.
I'd rather be able to appreciate things that I can't have, than have things that I can't appreciate.
The final test of greatness lies in being able to withstand criticism without resentment.
I don't read a book; I have a conversation with the author.
Happiness is a habit, cultivate it.
The best way to prepare for life is to start living.
As long as governments set the example of killing their enemies, private individuals will occasionally kill their own.
If you cannot respond to a man's argument, all is not lost; You can still call it with vile names.
The teacher is the one who takes full advantage of the lessons, and the true teacher is the one who learns.
If it is tested, an ounce of loyalty is worth a pound of intelligence.
Small minds are interested in the extraordinary; Great minds in common things.
It's easy to get everything you want, as long as you first learn to live without the things you can't have.
We awaken in others the same mental attitude that we maintain towards them.
How many men have raised their hands at a time when a little more effort, a little more patience would have achieved success?
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.
A conservative is a man who is too cowardly to fight and too fat to run.
Cultivate only the habits you are willing to master.
The recipe for perpetual ignorance is: be satisfied with your opinions and with your knowledge.
It is good to have skill, but the ability to discover the ability in others is the real test.
No man needs a vacation as much as the man who just had a vacation.
The real life is in laughter, love and work.
Genius may have its limitations, stupidity is not, therefore, disabled.
The line between failure and success is very thin ... we are often on the line and we don't know it.
Art is not a thing, it is a form.
The cemeteries are full of people that the world could not do without.
Friendship, like credit, is higher when it is not used.
God will not look for you for medals, titles or diplomas, but for your scars.
Know what you want to do, hold your mind firmly and do what needs to be done every day, and every evening you will see it much closer to the goal.
People who never do more than they get paid, never get paid more than they are.
This will never be a civilized country until we spend more money on books than on gum.
A machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of an extraordinary man.
Every saint has a bee in his halo.