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When on the brink of complete discouragement, success is discerning that ... the line between failure and success is so fine that often a single extra effort is all that is needed to bring victory out of defeat.
—  Elbert Green Hubbard
Nature is the unseen intelligence that loved us into being.
—  Elbert Green Hubbard
A committee is a thing which takes a week to do what one good man can do in an hour.
—  Elbert Green Hubbard
An executive: a man who can make quick decisions and is sometimes right.
—  Elbert Green Hubbard
God will not look you over for medals, degrees, or diplomas, but for scars.
—  Elbert Green Hubbard
It is a fine thing to have ability, but the ability to discover ability in others is the true test.
—  Elbert Green Hubbard
Secrets are things we give to others to keep for us.
—  Elbert Green Hubbard
This will never be a civilized country until we expend more money for books than we do for chewing gum.
—  Elbert Green Hubbard
Forbid a man to think for himself or to act for himself and you may add the joy of piracy and the zest of smuggling to his life.
—  Elbert Green Hubbard
The man who is anybody and who does anything is surely going to be criticized, vilified, and misunderstood. This is a part of the penalty for greatness, and every great man understands it; and understands, too, that it is no proof of greatness. The final proof of greatness lies in being able to endure contumely without resentment.
—  Elbert Green Hubbard
Get happiness out of your work or you may never know what happiness is.
—  Elbert Green Hubbard
The recipe for perpetual ignorance is: Be satisfied with your opinions and content with your knowledge.
—  Elbert Green Hubbard
There was one who thought himself above me, and he was above me until he had that thought.
—  Elbert Green 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 Green Hubbard
The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.
—  Elbert Green Hubbard
If you can not answer a man's argument, all it not lost; you can still call him vile names.
—  Elbert Green Hubbard
If I supply you a thought, you may remember it and you may not. But if I can make you think a thought for yourself, I have indeed added to your stature.
—  Elbert Green Hubbard
So long as governments set the example of killing their enemies, private individuals will occasionally kill theirs.
—  Elbert Green Hubbard
An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy to be called an idea at all.
—  Elbert Green Hubbard
The secret of success is this: there is no secret of success.
—  Elbert Green Hubbard
He has achieved success who has worked well, laughed often, and loved much.
—  Elbert Green Hubbard
Parties who want milk should not seat themselves on a stool in the middle of a field in hope that the cow will back up to them.
—  Elbert Green Hubbard
Few explanations ever explained the necessity of making one.
—  Elbert Green Hubbard
It does not take much strength to do things, but it requires great strength to decide on what to do.
—  Elbert Green Hubbard
If you can't answer a man's argument, all is not lost; you can still call him vile names.
—  Elbert Green Hubbard
Your friend is that man who knows all about you, and still likes you.
—  Elbert Green Hubbard
Don't lose faith in humanity; think of all the people in the United States who have never played you a single nasty trick.
—  Elbert Green Hubbard
The supernatural is the natural not yet understood.
—  Elbert Green Hubbard
I would rather be able to appreciate things I can not have than to have things I am not able to appreciate.
—  Elbert Green Hubbard
Do not take life too seriously; you will never get out of it alive.
—  Elbert Green Hubbard
Of all blessings, no gift equals the gentle, trusting love and companionship of a good woman.
—  Elbert Green Hubbard
Every tyrant who has lived has believed in freedom for himself.
—  Elbert Green Hubbard
Every spirit makes its house, but as afterwards the house confines the spirit, you had better build well.
—  Elbert Green Hubbard
The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today.
—  Elbert Green Hubbard

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