30 Elbert Hubbard Quotes on Work, Love and Laughter

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These Elbert Hubbard quotes will teach you a thing or two about the importance of persistence and the strength of the mind that fuels it.

American writer, publisher, and philosopher Elbert Hubbard was born on June 19, 1856. Prior to becoming an accomplished author, he first worked as a salesman for the Larkin Soap Company. In 1895, he founded Roycroft, an Arts and Crafts community in East Aurora, New York. It was established as part of the Arts and Crafts movement in the United States.

He soon ventured into publishing with Roycroft Press where he edited and published the magazines The Philistine and The Fra. He became a prolific writer, releasing several publications. Among his most notable works were Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great and the essay A Message to Garcia.

His dedication to his work was not without repercussions. He was convicted of circulating “objectionable” materials violating postal laws at the beginning of World War I in 1913, though he received a pardon two years later. Wanting to leave the country, he boarded the RMS Lusitania on May 7, 1915 with his wife. He died that day when it was sunk by a German submarine. He received posthumous recognition, one with his essay A Message to Garcia being adapted into two films.

Here are 30 Elbert Hubbard quotes gathered from some of his best works reminding you to work hard, value love and friendship, and make funny comments whenever needed.

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

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

The love we give away is the only love we keep. – Elbert Hubbard

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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. – Elbert Hubbard

We work to become, not to acquire. – Elbert Hubbard

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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. – Elbert Hubbard

Self-discipline is the ability to make yourself do what you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not. – Elbert Hubbard

This will never be a civilized country until we expend more money for books than we do for chewing gum. – Elbert Hubbard

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I would rather be able to appreciate things I cannot have than to have things I am not able to appreciate. – Elbert Hubbard

The final proof of greatness lies in being able to endure criticism without resentment. – Elbert Hubbard

Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive. – Elbert Hubbard

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He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words. – Elbert Hubbard

A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you. – Elbert Hubbard

If you can not answer a man’s argument, all is not lost; you can still call him vile names. – Elbert Hubbard

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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 the goal. – Elbert Hubbard

Folks who never do any more than they get paid for, never get paid for any more than they do. – Elbert Hubbard

Happiness is a habit—cultivate it. – Elbert Hubbard

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To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing. – Elbert Hubbard

The recipe for perpetual ignorance is: Be satisfied with your opinions and content with your knowledge. – Elbert Hubbard

True life lies in laughter, love and work. – Elbert Hubbard

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It is easy to get everything you want, provided you first learn to do without the things you cannot get. – Elbert Hubbard

How many a man has thrown up his hands at a time when a little more effort, a little more patience would have achieved success? – Elbert Hubbard

God will not look you over for medals, degrees or diplomas but for scars. – Elbert Hubbard

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Constant effort and frequent mistakes are the stepping stones to genius. – Elbert Hubbard

Laughter is higher than all pain. – Elbert Hubbard

If men could only know each other, they would neither idolize nor hate. – Elbert Hubbard

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It’s a fine thing to have ability, but the ability to discover ability in others is the true test. – Elbert Hubbard

The best way to prepare for life is to begin to live. – Elbert Hubbard

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The sculptor produces the beautiful statue by chipping away such parts of the marble block as are not needed – it is a process of elimination. – Elbert Hubbard

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

Share these 30 Elbert Hubbard quotes with family and friends to remind them that goals are worth working hard for, no matter the obstacles.

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