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A man of many accomplishments, Elbert Green Hubbard was an American writer, philosopher, lecturer, publisher, and artist. He was born in Bloomington, Illinois in 1856. He confessed to having no ambitions in his early elementary days but nonetheless, made great achievements in his first professional stint, selling Larkin soap products. Here he was responsible for implementing the systems of "leave on trial" and premiums. This career move brought him to Buffalo, New York, which was the initial home of his parents. Known for having quite a whimsical sense of humor, Hubbard's writings were riddled with much cynicism and wit. He believed in the complete emotional, political, religious and artistic freedom of the individual. Hubbard went as far as to declare himself an anarchist and a socialist. In fact, he proudly posited that not only he, but Tolstoy, Thoreau, all other good men and even Jesus, were all anarchists. These beliefs are poignantly expressed in what some say to be one of his most memorable works, "A Message to Garcia and Thirteen Other Things" published in 1901. This collection of writings was later adapted into a silent and then a sound film. Elbert Hubbard delved further into the world of artistic creation when he met with his first spouse, Bertha Hubbard in 1895; he founded Roycroft, an association of arts and crafts professionals. Through this organization, several books on hand-made paper were published; beautiful furniture was created as well as a magazine called the Philistine and the Fra was produced. It was through editing this magazine that Hubbard expressed some of his most profound political protestations against the World War being fought. This eventually led to his conviction for distributing obscene material through the post. After a persistent appeal to then president Woodrow Wilson, Hubbard was subsequently pardoned. Sadly, while sailing to Europe to report on the War, Hubbard's ship was torpedoed by a German sub. He died along with his second wife, Alice Hubbard on May 7, 1915. Hubbard's legacy lives on his writings as quotes from his life and work are used in films and writings today.

We work to become; not to acquire.
Elbert Hubbard

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

The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and these are ignorance,
superstition and incompetence.
Elbert Hubbard

A man who marries a woman to educate her falls a victim to the same fallacy as the woman
who marries a man to reform him.
Elbert Hubbard

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

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

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

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

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

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

The only man who makes money following the horses is one who does it with a broom and a
shovel.
Elbert Hubbard

The object of teaching a child is to enable him to get along without a teacher.
Elbert Hubbard

If you want work well done, select a busy man; the other kind has no time.
Elbert Hubbard

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

A great success is made up of an aggregation of little ones.
Elbert Hubbard

One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one
extraordinary man.
Elbert Hubbard

Art is not a thing - it is a way.
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

Never explain - your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway.
Elbert Hubbard

So long as governments set the example of killing their enemies, private individuals will
occasionally kill theirs.
Elbert Hubbard

The man who is so run down that he needs a vacation can never adjust or reform himself in
two weeks. What he really needs is to re-transform his life.
Elbert Hubbard

The supernatural is the natural not yet understood.
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

Don't make excuses - make good.
Elbert Hubbard

Life in abundance comes only through great love.
Elbert Hubbard

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

Thoroughness characterizes all successful men. Genius is the art of taking infinite pains. All
great achievement has been characterized by extreme care, infinite painstaking, even to the
minutest detail.
Elbert Hubbard

He has achieved success who has worked well, laughed often, and loved much.
Elbert Hubbard

There is no failure except in no longer trying.
Elbert Hubbard

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

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

A pessimist? That's a person who has been intimately acquainted with an optimist.
Elbert Hubbard

Where much is expected from an individual, he may rise to the level of events and make the
dream come true.
Elbert Hubbard

Death: to stop sinning suddenly.
Elbert Hubbard

Do your work with your whole heart, and you will succeed - there's so little competition.
Elbert Hubbard

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