Declaration, 1908

Elbert Hubbard


Subjects: Teaching thrift, Thrift Collection, Curricula, What is thrift?

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I hold these truths to be self-evident:
That man was made to be happy;
That happiness is only attainable through useful effort;
That the best way to help ourselves is to help others;
That useful effort means the proper exercise of all our faculties;
That we grow only through this exercise;
That education should continue through life, and the joys of mental endeavor should be, especially, the solace of the old;
That where men alternate work, study and play in right proportion, the brain is the last organ of the body to fail. Death for such has no terrors;
That the possession of wealth can never make a man exempt from useful, manual labor;
That if all would work a little, none would be overworked;
That if no one wasted, all would have enough;
That if none were overfed, none would be underfed;
That the rich and “educated” need education quite as much as the poor and
That the presence of a serving class is an indictment and a disgrace to our civilization;
That the disadvantage of having a serving class falls most upon those who are served, and not upon those who serve—just as the real curse of slavery falls upon the slave-owner;
That the presence of a serving class tends toward dissolution instead of co-operation;
That the people who are waited on by a serving class cannot have a just consideration for the rights of others, and that they waste both time and substance, both of which are lost forever, and can only partially be made good by additional human effort;
That the person who lives on the labor of others, not giving himself in return to the best of his ability, is really a consumer of human life;
That the best way to abolish a serving class is for all to join it;
That in useful service there is no high nor low;
That all duties, offices and things which are useful and necessary are sacred,
and that nothing else is or can be.

Available online at: Source: Hubbard, Elbert. Health & Wealth. (East Aurora, NY: The Roycrofters, 1908): 14-15.


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