“If I write more than some pen pushers you know, it is because I know more. And I know more because I meet more good people.
“In the course of a year I visit High Schools, Business Colleges, Universities, Department Stores, Factories and come in touch with a great many big business men in various lines of enterprise.
“I know farmers, stockman (sic), printers, laborers, miners, sailors, clerks.
“I visit prisons, jails, hospitals.
“I attend ball games, vaudeville, moving pictures, sparring contests, horse races -- church.
“I talk at Ad-Clubs, Rotary Clubs, Boards of Trade, Chambers of Commerce, attend Court trials.
“I know Rev. Dr. Aked, Connie Mack, Freddie Welsh, Wally Schang, Wm. G. McAdoo, Judge Gary, Fred Lehmann, Ella Wheeler Wilcox, Arthur Brisbane, Fingy Conners, Thomas A. Edison, Bill Reedy, Sir Thomas Shaughenessy, Luther Burbank, Ed. Howe, Chief Justice White, Maud Admas, Dr. Cook, Inez Boissevain Milholland, Vim Hill, Andy Carnegie, Jondee, Eva Tanguay, Fred Underwood, Billy Sunday, and Fritzi Scheff.
“When civilization presses a bit, I just get into a flannel shirt and corduroys, go up to the farm and polish the bull, clean out the pig pens, break colts and swap lies with the farm hands.
“I am an Ex-Officio General Inspector of the Universe with power to investigate everything and report on anything in anyway I choose, as long as I do not violate the Pure Food Laws or jump too hard on Brandeis.
“Of course if people will not take my advice, that is not my fault. I’ve done my duty when I’ve told others how to live.
“Its (sic) a great life is this this writing and oratory game. I do not know of any one with whom I’d trade jobs.
“Its (sic) all going to school. And as for “retiring from business in order to enjoy myself,” I cannot imagine such a thing. Life is the game and it is time enough to retire when Death gives you the count.
“And when you sum up my faults, just give me credit for this: I never say “At the last analysis,” “When all is said and done,” or “along these lines.”
This is a type written note by Elbert Hubbard circa 1910. Source: The Elbert Hubbard Roycroft Museum in East Aurora.