The note book of Elbert Hubbard Free PDF book (1927)

The notebook of Elbert Hubbard Free PDF book (1927)

Elbert Hubbard

mottoes, epigrams, short essays, passages, orphic sayings and preachments, coined from a life of love, laughter, and work, by a man who achieved greatly in literature, art, philosophy, and business


ELBERT HUBBARD, the most positive human force of his time, is a man of genius in business, in art, in literature, in philosophy. He is an idealist, dreamer, orator, scientist. In his knowledge of the fundamental, practical affairs of the living, in business, in human interests, in education, pol- itics and law he seems without a competitor. {{, He is like Jefferson in his democracy, in teaching a nation to love to govern itself and to simplify all living. He is like Paine in his love for liberty and in his desire that all shall be free to act in freedom and to think in freedom.


He is like Lincoln in that he would free all mankind. He, too, knows that there can be no free man on the earth so long as there is one slave. 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 have 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. Elbert Hubbard is like Emerson in seizing upon truth, embalmed and laid in pyramids of disuse. Into these truths, he has breathed the breath of life and they have become for many of us living souls. From the thoughts of Moses, Socrates, Solomon, Pythagoras, Loyola, Jesus, Buddha, Mohammed, he has brought to us wisdom that applies to the art of living today.

Elbert Hubbard is a unique figure in history. The strength of his indi- viduality comes from his having lived much and intensely. He lives his philosophy before he writes it, proves his theory before he announces it. Like Shakespeare, he has access to universal knowledge, and from his storehouse, he draws the vital fact whenever he needs it. Without effort, his mind seizes upon the important part of any subject, scene or situa- tion, and he presents the few parts which will suggest the whole. He knows psychology, the needs of humanity at large, the needs of races, the needs of classes in races, and individuals in a class. He knows men and women, American men and women, their hopes, their fears, their strength, their weakness, their possibilities, and he deals with them, having ever before him the ideal. He, too, is looking for a Hapi, a Messiah, a Superman. He is never discouraged, never tired, never de- pressed. Eternal hope is in his heart, so every morning brings to him a New Day, and ushers in a New Year of the Better Day. Work, laugh, play, think, be kind, is the day's program he lives and recommends.


Economic freedom is the first necessity in human happiness. So Elbert Hubbard's first lesson is an industry, producing wealth, using it wisely, distributing it. He knows, too, that food, shelter, clothing, fuel, are not enough to fill man's needs. Man has a soul to be fed and evolved as well. Love, beauty, music, art, are necessities, too. Had he but two loaves of bread he would sell one and buy White Hyacinths with which to feed his soul. He loves all animal life and believes that men should spend a part of every day in the garden, on the farm, with horses and animals, which are the civi- lizers of man. Elbert Hubbard is a businessman and a philosopher. He is a wise man in the use of his time, his energy. The law of his life is action.


He knows that to focus his mind on the development of man is to degenerate into something less than a man. Man is developed, quite incidentally, through his work. Work is the exercise that develops brain, nerve, muscle. Work is the means which man uses to accomplish the end, the superman who shall understand Nature. He knows that creed is the subjugation of the individual, so his desire is to give every person about him an equal opportunity with himself. He loves humanity. He believes in man, of the ultimate triumph of the noblest qualities in man. He is brother to all mankind and kindred to every living thing. He lives as a nobleman, every day without fear. All days are holy days. All natural phases of human life are sacred, and he respects them all. Through the power of his imagination he has lived all lives, and he con- demns no man. Content to live in one world at a time, he has the genuine faith which does not creep into the Unknown, but lives to the full today assured that "the power which cares for us here will not desert us there." —From An American Bible, May 1911


Author: Elbert Hubbard
 Publication Date: 1927

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