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Elbert Hubbard
June 19, 1859 - May 7, 1915
Nationality: American
Category: Writer
Subcategory: American Writer

I would rather be able to appreciate things I can not have than to have things I am not able to appreciate.


There is something that is much more scarce, something finer far, something rarer than ability. It is the ability to recognize ability.


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


A man is not paid for having a head and hands, but for using them.


Many a man's reputation would not know his character if they met on the street.


Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped.


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.


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


In order to have friends, you must first be one.


The ineffable joy of forgiving and being forgiven forms an ecstasy that might well arouse the envy of the gods.


Optimism is a kind of heart stimulant - the digitalis of failure.


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.


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


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


Men are only as great as they are kind.


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


Fear clogs; faith liberates.


Love, we say, is life; but love without hope and faith is agonizing death.


Responsibility is the price of freedom.


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


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