Elbert Green Hubbard

Elbert Green

American Writer, Printer, Publisher and Philosopher

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

The best service a book can render you is not to impart truth, but to make you think it out for yourself.

A college degree is a Social Certificate, not a proof of competence.

When we are pleased with ourselves, we are pleased with others.

We credit ourselves for our successes; we blame others for our faults.

When the captain of a ship has put out from Singapore bound for Boston, we have only one question to ask. And this question does not refer to typhoons, hurricanes, pirates, shoals, shallows or icebergs. The one question we ask is, “Did you bring the ship into port?”

To know when to be generous and when to be firm this is wisdom.

To escape criticism--do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.

There is no defeat except from within.

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

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

Remember the weekday, to keep it holy.

Reformers are those who educate people to appreciate the things they need.

Pessimism is only the name that people of weak nerves give to wisdom.

Orthodoxy: A corpse that does not know it is dead.

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

Of all the illusions that beset mankind none is quite so curious as [the] tendency to suppose that we are mentally and morally superior to those who differ from us in opinion.

Never explain: your friends don’t require it, and your enemies won’t believe you anyway.

Nothing but your best is good enough.

Most diseases are the result of medication which has been prescribed to relieve and take away a beneficent and warning symptom on the part of Nature.

Many a man's reputation would not know his character if they met on the street.

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

Life is just one damned thing after another.

Life is a compromise between fate and free will.

Independence: An achievement, not a bequest.

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American Writer, Printer, Publisher and Philosopher