Elbert Hubbard is a little known American writer who died in 1915 but his writings still provide a window on modern America. Here are some selected Hubbard quotes that I feel provide instruction for living even today.
Old Age: Do not take life too seriously you will never get out of it alive.
Genius: One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men, no machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.
Understanding: He who does not understand your silence probably does not understand your words
Success: What I aspired to be and was not comforts me.
Principal: To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
Freedom: Responsibility is the price of freedom.
Heaven: God will not look you over for medals, degrees or diplomas but for scars.
America: The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home and these are ignorance, superstition and incompetence.
Politics: Never explain – your friends don’t need it and you enemies will not believe you anyway. And If you can’t answer a man’s arguments all is not lost: you can still call him vile names
Reality: Every man is a damn fool for at least 5 minutes every day; wisdom consists of not exceeding the limit.
Memories: A retentive memory may be a good thing, but the ability to forget is the true token of greatness.
Friendship: In order to have friends you must be one.
Application: A man is not paid for having a head and hands but for using them.
Failure: 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.
Change: The world is moving so fast today that the man who says it can’t be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it.
Injustice: Reversing the treatment of the man you have wronged is better than asking his forgiveness
Education: The object of teaching a child is to enable him to get along without the teacher.
Character: Many a man’s reputation would not know his character if they met on the street.
Political Correctness: The recipe for perpetual ignorance is: Be satisfied with your opinions and content with your knowledge and an idea that is not dangerous is unworthy to be called and idea at all.
Religion: Christianity ( and other religions my addition) supplies a Hell for the people you disagree with and a heaven for your friends.
Attitude: We awaken in others the same attitude of we hold toward them.
Science and Religion: The church saves sinners but science seeks to stop their manufacture
The Media: Editor is defined as 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.
Truth: Genius may have its limits but stupidity is not thus handicapped