Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Lincoln Quote

You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot help small men up by tearing big men down. You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot lift the wage-earner up by pulling the wage-payer down. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. You cannot establish sound social security on borrowed money. You cannot build character and courage by taking away a mans initiative and independence. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.

2 comments:

Christopher said...

The last seventy years proves Lincoln wrong. Encouraging buying brought properity. Redistribution of wealth strengthened the weak. Paying higher wages lifted up the wage earner. Limited debt spurred the economy forward. Class struggle led to unionization and most of these accomplishments. These accomplishments happened in the context of liberty and individuality. If men do everything for themselves, they MAKE OTHER MEN POOR. The time of Lincoln proves this and the "wisdom" of Lincoln underlines the limits of his knowledge for future generations.

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