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.”
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…