## Thursday, January 14, 2010

### Message from Abraham Lincoln to Barack Obama

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

[while this text agrees with Lincoln's general opinions about these matters, see the comments for a discussion of proper attribution of the quote]

See also: Founding fathers on redistribution of wealth (where the attributions have been rechecked a few times)

#### 1 comment:

1. This is a great quote, but apparently it was not Lincoln who said it. See http://www.cincinnatiskeptics.org/blurbs/lincoln-cannots.html for further details. Thanks for sharing this, though! It brightened up my day. :)