Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Elbert Hubbard's Scrap Book

"When life gives you lemons, make lemonade"
Elbert Hubbard

Elbert Hubbard is probably best know for starting an artist's colony that was influential in the Arts & Crafts movement. But his scrap book which was published in 1923 (four years after he died during the sinking of the cruise ship Lusitania by a German U-boat) was a major best seller. Here's the description on the first page:

 "Elbert Hubbard's Scrap Book Containing the Inspired and Inspiring Selections, Gathered During a Life Time of Discriminating Ready For His Own Use." 

The book is full of quotes, wits and wisdom from the man who coined the phrase, "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade," among other things. It's a great resource for writing of any kind and fun to go through. 

The full text of the book is online, but the physical books are so much more fun. 

A little work, a little play
To Keep us going - and so, good day!
A little warmth, a little light
Of love's bestowing - and so good night!
A little fun to match the sorrow
Of each day's growing - and so good morrow!
A little trust that when we die
We reap our sowing! and so - goodbye!
"A Little Work", by George du Maurier

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