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Kin Hubbard

Birthdate: 1. September 1868
Date of death: 26. December 1930

Frank McKinney Hubbard was an American cartoonist, humorist, and journalist better known by his pen name "Kin" Hubbard.

He was creator of the cartoon Abe Martin of Brown County which ran in U.S. newspapers from 1904 until his death in 1930, and was the originator of many political quips that remain in use. North American humorist Will Rogers reportedly declared Hubbard to be "America's greatest humorist."The American playwright, screenwriter and journalist Lawrence Riley wrote the biographical play Kin Hubbard in his memory. It starred Tom Ewell and June Lockhart.

„Bees are not as busy as we think they are. They jest can't buzz any slower.“

—  Kin Hubbard

As quoted in Reading I've Liked : A Personal Selection Drawn from Two Decades of Reading (1941) by Clifton Fadiman, p. 827.
Variants:
A bee is never as busy as it seems; it's just that it can't buzz any slower.
As quoted in The Modern Handbook of Humor (1967) by Ralph Louis Woods, p. 17
The bee isn't really that busy — it just can't buzz any slower.
As quoted in Peter's People (1979) by Laurence J. Peter, p. 29.

„Ther's still a few honest folks left but they never seem t' find anything you lose.“

—  Kin Hubbard

Short Furrows http://books.google.com/books?id=CboVAAAAYAAJ&q=%22ther's+still+a+few+honest+folks+left+but+they+never+seem+t'%22 (1913).

„It's purty hard t' be efficient without bein' obnoxious.“

—  Kin Hubbard

Short Furrows (1913)
Variants:
It's pretty hard to be efficient without being obnoxious.
As quoted in The Book of Unusual Quotations (1957) by Rudolf Franz Flesch, p. 73
It's pretty hard t' be efficient without bein' obnoxious.
As quoted in The Quote Verifier : Who Said What, Where, and When‎ (2006) by Ralph Keyes, p. 94.

„Now an' then an innocent man is sent t' th' legislature.“

—  Kin Hubbard

Back Country Folks (1914)
As quoted in The Dictionary of Humorous Quotations‎ (1949) by Evan Esar, p. 105.
Variant: Now and then an innocent man is sent to the legislature.

„Nobody can be as agreeable as an uninvited guest.“

—  Kin Hubbard

As quoted in The Book of Unusual Quotations (1957) by Rudolf Franz Flesch, p. 8.

„When a fellow says, "It hain't the money, but th' principle o' the thing," it's th' money.“

—  Kin Hubbard

Hoss Sense and Nonsense (1926).
As quoted in The American Treasury, 1455-1955 (1955) by Clifton Fadiman, p. 993.
Variant: When a fellow says, "It ain't the money but the principle of the thing," it's the money.

„Some people are so sensitive that they feel snubbed if an epidemic overlooks them.“

—  Kin Hubbard

New Sayings by Abe Martin and Velma's Vow: A gripping love tale by Miss Fawn Lippincut (1916).

„Th' only way t' entertain some folks is t' listen t' 'em.“

—  Kin Hubbard

New Sayings by Abe Martin and Velma's Vow: A Gripping Love Tale by Miss Fawn Lippincut (1916).

„Men are not punished for their sins, but by them.“

—  Kin Hubbard

As quoted in Geary's Guide to the World's Great Aphorists‎ (2007) by James Geary, p. 39

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„Nobuddy ever listened t' reason on a empty stomach.“

—  Kin Hubbard

From Abe Martin's "Short Furrows" http://books.google.com/books?id=uUUoAQAAMAAJ&q=%22Nobuddy+ever+listened+t+reason+on+a+empty+stomach%22&pg=RA3-PA16#v=onepage, The American Magazine, February 1913.

„Don't knock th' weather. Nine-tenths o' th' people couldn' start a conversation if it didn' change once in a while.“

—  Kin Hubbard

Abe Martin's Primer : The Collected Writings of Abe Martin and his Brown County, Indiana, Neighbors (1914).

„Gittin' talked about is one o' th' penalties for bein' purty, while bein' above suspicion is about th' only compensation fer bein' homely.“

—  Kin Hubbard

Abe Martin's Primer : The Collected Writings of Abe Martin and his Brown County, Indiana, Neighbors (1914)
As quoted in Instant Quotation Dictionary (1969) by Donald O. Bolander, p. 23.
Variant: Getting talked about is one of the penalties for being pretty, while being above suspicion is about the only compensation for being homely.

„There is no failure except in no longer trying. There is no defeat except from within, no really insurmountable barrier save our own inherent weakness of purpose.“

—  Kin Hubbard

Elbert Hubbard, part of a larger comment quoted from Electrical Review without further attribution in The Search for the North Pole (1896) by Evelyn Briggs Baldwin, p. 520, this was later published as part of various works by Hubbard, including An American Bible (1918) edited by Alice Hubbard. Also once misattributed to Amelia J Calver in The Manifesto (January 1896) by the United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing (Shakers), misattribution to Kin Hubbard seems to be a relatively recent occurrence on the internet.
Misattributed

„Some fellows get credit for being conservative when they are only stupid.“

—  Kin Hubbard

As quoted in The Book of Unusual Quotations (1957) by Rudolf Franz Flesch, p. 47.

„Being an optimist after you've got everything you want doesn't count.“

—  Kin Hubbard

As quoted in Peter's People (1979) by Laurence J. Peter, p. 28.

„We’d all like t’vote fer th’best man, but he’s never a candidate.“

—  Kin Hubbard

The Best of Kin Hubbard (1984) Variant: We'd all like to vote for the best man but he's never a candidate.

„Some folks can look so busy doin' nothin' that they seem indispensable.“

—  Kin Hubbard

As quoted in Saturday Review‎ (18 March 1944), p. 19
Variant: Some folks can look so busy doing nothing that they seem indispensable.

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