Elbert Green Hubbard (19th June 1856 – 7th May 1915)
American novelist, essayist, philosopher, lecturer, critic, publisher, and biographer.
Born in Bloomington, Illinois; raised in Hudson, Illinois, Hubbard met early success as a traveling salesman with the Larkin soap company.
Founder of the Roycroft Arts and Crafts community in 1893, in East Aurora, New York, & an influential exponent of the Arts and Crafts Movement. Roycroft was based on the model of William Morris’ communal Kelmscott Press, which Hubbard had visited in England.
Among his many publications were the nine-volume work Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, a series of one hundred and eighty biographies of highly influential literary figures including Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Jean Jacques Rousseau, Jonathan Swift, William Shakespeare, and Walt Whitman.
Writer of the short story/moralistic essay A Message to Garcia.
He married Bertha Crawford in 1879 with whom he would have four children.
He and his second wife, Alice Moore Hubbard, died aboard the passenger ship RMS Lusitania, which was sunk by the German submarine U-20, off the coast of Ireland on 7th May 1915.
“The love we give away is the only love we keep.”
“Die, v.: To stop sinning suddenly.”
“We are punished by our sins, not for them.”
“The highest reward that God gives us for good work is the ability to do better work.”
“Live truth instead of professing it.”
“Fear clogs; faith liberates.”
Quotes on life, love, work…
“Don’t take life too seriously. You’ll never get out of it alive.”
“He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words.”
“The friend is the man who knows all about you, and still likes you.”
“Positive anything is better than negative nothing.”
“Do your work with your whole heart, and you will succeed – there’s so little competition.”
“To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.”
“One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.”
“We work to become, not to acquire.”
“The object of teaching a child is to enable him to get along without his teacher.”
“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.”
“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.”
Quotes on success, goals, failure…
“A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success.”
“A failure is a man who has blundered, but is not able to cash in on the experience.”
“Pray that success will not come any faster than you are able to endure it.”
“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.”
“There is no failure except in no longer trying.”
“The man who knows it can’t be done counts the risk, not the reward.”
“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.”
“He has achieved success who has worked well, laughed often, and loved much.”
“The happiness of this life depends less on what befalls you than the way in which you take it.”
Quotes on art…
“Art is not a thing; it is a way.”
“Art is the beautiful way of doing things. Science is the effective way of doing things. Business is the economic way of doing things.”