Olemike's Blog

Class Warfare

Posted by olemike on 11/07/2011

Here is a quote attributed to Abraham Lincoln which I think perfectly fits our issues today.

“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.”


5 Responses to “Class Warfare”

  1. This is SOOOO GOOD!!

  2. Phyllis said

    I really love this!

  3. Wanda Orick said

    Now, if we could only get our government officials and those in power to read and take heed!

  4. I’ve heard this quote for many years, OleMike, and I know there is disagreement over who said it.
    I believe the guy who actually/supposedly said it was a minister back in the early 1900’s.
    I think.
    Regardless, I think that’s a forest-and-trees discussion.

    A truism doesn’t become LESS or MORE true because a certain person did or didn’t say it.
    In this case, that’s just a fantastic and 100% accurate quote.

    I’d like it on a t-shirt, honestly.

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