Elbert G. Hubbard was a big fan of Chiropractic and a close friend of B.J. Palmer.
Hubbard had been a very successful soap salesman for J. D. Larkin and Co. in Buffalo, but wasn’t satisfied with his life. So in 1892, he sold his interests in the company and briefly enrolled at Harvard. Disenchanted, he quickly dropped out and set off on a walking tour of England. He briefly met William Morris and became enamored of Morris’ Arts-and-Crafts Kelmscott Press.
Upon his return to America, he tried to find a publisher for a series of biographical sketches he had written called “Little Journeys.” When he was unsuccessful in his attempts to have someone else publish the works, he decided to print them himself. Thus the Roycroft Press was born. Hubbard proved to be such a prolific and popular writer that fame and fortune soon followed.(source)
The chiropractic literature produced at Palmer was intentionally modeled on the Roycroft style (more info)
B.J. was undoubtedly influenced by Hubbard ‘s appearance. Both wore their hair long, sometimes pulled back and sporting a sweatband. Both men wore long, flowing, black bowties. (source and great PDF about B.J. and Elbert)
Here are 33 Quotes from Elbert Hubbard to light a fire:
1.Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.
2.Life in abundance comes only through great love.
3.The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today.
4.Be pleasant until ten o’clock in the morning and the rest of the day will take care of itself.
5.Know what you want to do, hold the thought firmly, and do every day what should be done, and every sunset will see you that much nearer to your goal.
6.Do your work with your whole heart, and you will succeed – there’s so little competition.
7.Never explain – your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway.
8.Positive anything is better than negative nothing.
9.God will not look you over for medals degrees or diplomas, but for scars.
10.A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success.
11.The greatest mistake you can make in life is continually fearing that you’ll make one.
12.We awaken in others the same attitude of mind we hold toward them.
13.The supernatural is the natural not yet understood.
14.Little minds are interested in the extraordinary; great minds in the commonplace.
15.There is something that is much more scarce, something finer far, something rarer than ability. It is the ability to recognize ability.
16.The final proof of greatness lies in being able to endure criticism without resentment.
17.Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped.
18.One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.
19.There is no failure except in no longer trying.
20.The recipe for perpetual ignorance is: Be satisfied with your opinions and content with your knowledge.
21.Live truth instead of professing it.
22.The object of teaching a child is to enable him to get along without his teacher
23.Character is the result of two things: mental attitude and the way we spend our time.
24.If you suffer, thank God! It is a sure sign that you are alive.
25.In order to have friends, you must first be one.
26.The love we give away is the only love we keep.
27.The teacher is the one who gets the most out of the lessons, and the true teacher is the learner.
28.Pray that success will not come any faster than you are able to endure it.
29.Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit.
30.We work to become, not to acquire.
31.Art is not a thing; it is a way.
32.A failure is a man who has blundered, but is not able to cash in the experience.
33.An idea that is not dangerous is not worthy of being called an idea at all.