- Teaching is successful only as it causes people to think for themselves. What the teacher thinks matters little; what he makes the child think matters much.
- Life Lessons : Truths Concerning People Who Have Lived (1909).
- There does not seem to be anything to do.
- Last words, before retiring with her husband to a room on the top deck of the RMS Lusitania, as it swiftly sank (7 May 1915) killing 1,198 of the 1,959 people aboard, as quoted by Ernest C. Cowper, in a letter to Hubbard's son Elbert Hubbard II (12 March 1916), published in Selected Writings of Elbert Hubbard : His Mintage of Wisdom, Coined from a Life of Love, Laughter and Work (1922).
An American Bible (1912)Edit
- Robert Ingersoll was humorist, iconoclast and lover of humanity.
It is said that the difference between man and the lower animals is that man has the ability to laugh.
When you laugh you relax, and when you relax you give freedom to muscles, nerves and brain-cells. Man seldom has use of his reason when his brain is tense. The sense of humor makes a condition where reason can act.
Ingersoll knew that he must make his appeal to man's brain.
- Robert Ingersoll preferred to every political and social honor the privilege of freeing humanity from the shackles of bondage and fear. He knew no holier thing than truth. He preferred using his own reason to receiving popular applause or approbation. His keen wit, clear brain and merciless sarcasm uncrowned the King of Superstition and made him a puppet in the court of reason.
- Elbert Hubbard sees, too, that just so long as there is one woman who is denied any right that man claims for himself, there is no free man; that no man can be a superior, true American so long as one woman is denied her birthright of life, liberty and happiness.
He knows that freedom to think and act, without withholding that right from any other, evolves humanity — Therefore he gives his best energy to inspiring men and women to think and to act, each for himself. He pleads for the rights of children, for so-called criminals, for the insane, the weak, and all those who having failed to be a friend to themselves, need friendship most. The Golden Rule is his rule of life.
His work is to emancipate American men and women from being slaves to useless customs, outgrown mental habits, outgrown religion, outgrown laws, outgrown superstitions. He would make each human being rely upon himself for health, wealth and happiness.
Quotes about HubbardEdit
- To this woman I owe all I am — and to her the world owes its gratitude for any and all, be it much or little, that I have given it. My religion is all in my wife's name. And I am not bankrupt, for all she has is mine, if I can use it, and in a degree I have. And why I prize life, and desire to live is that I may give the world more of the treasures of her heart and mind, realizing with perfect faith that the supply coming from Infinity can never be lessened nor decreased.
- Elbert Hubbard, So Here Cometh White Hyacinths : Being a Book of the Heart (1907), p. 50.