You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
You cannot establish sound security on borrowed money.
You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away man’s initiative and independence.
You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.
Av William J. H. Boetcker.
Detta citat har ofta felaktigt blivit tillskrivet Abraham Lincoln. Bland annat därför att Ronald Reagan gjorde det i ett av sina tal. Det är dock verkligen ett uttalande av den presbyterianske pastorn Boetcker (1873 – 1962).
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