Tuesday, September 16, 2008

James Crum's Abraham Lincoln, No William J. H. Boetcker, Quote of the Day

"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 men's initiative and independence. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves."

--William J.H. Boetcker

According to Wikipedia (thanks to comment by R on this blog) the above quote is often mistakenly attributed to Abraham Lincoln, although it is still good.


R said...

I like the quote, but it isn't by Abraham Lincoln.
Check out wikipedia:


The author is William J. H. Boetcker.

Keep up the good work!

Mitchell Langbert said...

Thanks for the info!