Quotations From ELBERT HUBBARD


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  • Give us a religion that will help us to live—we can die without assistance.
    Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915), U.S. author. "Index," vol. 1, Selected Writings (1921).
  • The man who knows it can't be done counts the risk, not the reward.
    Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915), U.S. author. "Index," vol. 1, Selected Writings (1921).
  • Never explain—your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyhow.
    Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915), U.S. author. The Motto Book (1907), repr. In Selected Writings, vol. 1, "Index" (1921). The saying found an echo in P.G. Wodehouse's short story, The Man Upstairs (1914): "It is a good rule in life never to apologise. The right sort of people do not want apologies, and the wrong sort take a mean advantage of them." Earlier, Benjamin Disraeli is quoted, "Never complain and never explain." (John Morley, Life of Gladstone, vol. 1, 1903).

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  • Never explain—your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe it anyhow.
    Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915), U.S. author. "Index," vol. 1, Selected Writings (1921).

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  • Art is the beautiful way of doing things. Science is the effective way of doing things. Business is the economic way of doing things.
    Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915), U.S. author. "Index," vol. 1, Selected Writings (1921).

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  • Art is the beautiful way of doing things. Science is the effective way of doing things. Business is the economic way of doing things.
    Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915), U.S. author. The Motto Book (1907), repr. In Selected Writings, vol. 1, "Index" (1921).

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  • Life is just one damned thing after another.
    Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915), U.S. author. The Philistine (Dec. 1909). The quote has also been attributed to Frank Ward O'Malley. Edna St. Vincent Millay wrote in a letter, Oct. 24, 1930: "It's not true that life is one damn thing after another—it's one damned thing over and over." (Letters of Edna St. Vincent Millay, ed. Allen R. MacDougall, 1952).

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  • 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.
    Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915), U.S. author. Roycroft Dictionary of Epigrams (1914). This definition was picked up by Adlai Stevenson, and included in The Stevenson Wit (1966).
  • One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.
    Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915), U.S. author. One Thousand and One Epigrams (1911).

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