34 Fabulous Elbert Hubbard Quotes

Elbert Hubbard was an American writer, publisher, and artist. Known for his early success as a traveling salesman for the Larkin Soap Company, Hubbard was credited with being an influential exponent of the Arts and Crafts Movement. Here is a look at some of the most well known Elbert Hubbard quotes ever documented.

“A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.”

“A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success.”

“Academic education is the act of memorizing things read in books, and things told by college professors who got their education mostly by memorizing things read in books.”

“As we grow better, we meet better people.”

“Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.”

“Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit.”


“God will not look you over for medals, degrees or diplomas but for scars.”

“He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words.”

“I believe in the hands that work, in the brains that think, and in the hearts that love…I believe in sunshine, fresh air, friendship, calm sleep, beautiful thoughts.”

“If it was woman who put man out of Paradise, it is still woman, and woman only, who can lead him back.”

“If men could only know each other, they would neither idolize nor hate.”

“If put to the pinch, an ounce of loyalty is worth a pound of cleverness.”

“It does not take much strength to do things, but it requires a great deal of strength to decide what to do.”

“Know what you want to do, hold the thought firmly, and do every day what should be done, and every sunset will see you that much nearer to your goal.”

“Love grows by giving. The love we give away is the only love we keep. The only way to retain love is to give it away.”

“Never explain – your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway.”

“No matter how long you live, die young.”

“No one ever gets far unless he accomplishes the impossible at least once a day.”

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

“Positive anything is better than negative nothing.”

“The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today.”

“The best way to prepare for life is to begin to live.”

“The greatest mistake you can make in life is continually fearing that you’ll make one.”

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

“The man who craves disciples and wants followers is always more or less of a charlatan. The man of genuine worth and insight wants to be himself; and he wants others to be themselves, also.”

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

“The reward of a good deed is in having done it.”

“The world is moving so fast these days that the man who says it can’t be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it.”

“There is no failure except in no longer trying.”

“To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.”

“We find what we expect to find, and we receive what we ask for.”

“What we call God’s justice is only man’s idea of what he would do if he were God.”

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

“Your friend is the man who knows all about you and still likes you.”

Here is a portrait of Elbert Hubbard and how this businessman embodied the American Dream through his flamboyance and originality.