Elbert Green Hubbard

Elbert Green

American Writer, Printer, Publisher and Philosopher

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If you suffer, thank God! it is a sure sign that you are alive.

Heaven is always pictured as a community – never as made up of individuals who live in boxes, which they call homes, where they lock themselves in by locking others out.

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

Constant effort and frequent mistakes are the stepping stones of genius.

Down in their hearts, wise men know this truth: the only way to help yourself is to help others.

Anyone who idolizes you is going to hate you when he discovers that you are fallible. He never forgives. He has deceived himself, and he blames you for it.

There is no failure except in no longer trying. There is no defeat except from within, no insurmountable barrier except our own inherent weakness of purpose.

An ounce of performance is worth more than a pound of preachment.

Tragedy and comedy are simply questions of value; a little misfit in life makes us laugh; a great one is tragedy and cause for expression of grief.

Where parents do too much for their children, the children will not do much for themselves.

The worst thing about medicine is that one kind makes another necessary.

There are six requisites in every happy marriage. The first is Faith and the remaining five are Confidence.

The supernatural is the natural not yet understood.

The teacher is one who makes two ideas grow where only one grew before.

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

Some men succeed by what they know; some by what they do; and a few by what they are.

The mintage of wisdom is to know that rest is rust, and that real life is in love, laughter, and work.

Religions are many and diverse, but reason and goodness are one.

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.

Laws that do not embody public opinion can never be enforced.

Life without absorbing occupation is hell - joy consists in forgetting life.

Invention in language should no more be discouraged than should invention in mechanics. Grammar is the grave of letters.

Knowledge is the distilled essence of our intuitions, corroborated by experience.

If you suffer, thank God ! - it is a sure sign that you are alive.

Gossip is only the lack of a worthy theme.

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American Writer, Printer, Publisher and Philosopher