Archive for November, 2009

Elbert Hubbard Sat In A Cupboard

November 17, 2009


Never heard of Elbert Hubbard until a friendly chatter sent me one of his quotes:  “To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.”

To me, it sounds like a twist on the famous monkey trio of Nippon. I know another version of that simian saying: “See No Evil; Hear No Evil; Well – Two Outta Three Ain’t Bad.”

Hubbard was an American writer (1856-1915) from Illinois who started a successful cult-like utopian craft colony called Roycroft. There is a Roycroft Museum operating today in East Aurora, New York.

He and his wife, Alice, perished aboard the ill-fated voyage of the Lusitania in 1915. The Hubbards were traveling to England to begin a lecture tour when the tragedy occurred.

Hubbard has nearly one hundred quotations attributed to his legacy. Here are five other gems of wisdom:

A) Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped.
B) No man needs a vacation so much as the man who has just had one.
C) Never explain – your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway.
D) A committee is a thing which takes a week to do what one good man can do in an hour.
E) The greatest mistake a man can make is to be afraid of making one.

What’s all the hubbub, Bub?  Hubba hubba…