A Quote from Abraham Lincoln

I got this in an email this morning, and thought I would pass it along to you:

“You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.

You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening
the strong.

You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging
thrift.

You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the
wage payer down.  

You cannot further the brotherhood of man by
inciting class hatred.   

You cannot build character and courage by taking
away people’s initiative and independence.

You cannot help people permanently by doing for
them, what they could and should do for themselves.

…..Abraham Lincoln

With thanks to Matt Furey, whose daily e-mails I enjoy thoroughly.

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5 comments… add one
  • Texanne Jun 15, 2009 @ 2:24

    Thanks for the caveat, Ryan. I’ll check this out as time allows. Still excellent quotes, I say.

  • Ryan Jun 14, 2009 @ 22:28

    “When certain people were appropriating Abe’s Bible and invoking his name, I guess they sidestepped his philosophy. Thanks to Holly and to Matt for posting this quote.”

    They weren’t even Abe Lincoln quotes in reality.

  • Rick Jun 12, 2009 @ 11:47

    According to this site:

    http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/l/lincoln-quotes.htm

    The quotes are actually from a Presbyterian minister in the 40s.

    Doesn’t make them any less insightful.

  • Sarah Jun 12, 2009 @ 10:09

    Amen! —In a figurative kind of way. Thanks for the quote Holly. Now if only a certain ‘leader’ of our country would take note…

  • Texanne Jun 12, 2009 @ 9:18

    When certain people were appropriating Abe’s Bible and invoking his name, I guess they sidestepped his philosophy. Thanks to Holly and to Matt for posting this quote.

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