Found this, called "The Ten Cannots" the other day:
* You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
* You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
* You cannot help little men by tearing down big men.
* You cannot lift 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 further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
* You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn.
* You cannot build character and courage by destroying men's initiative and independence.
* And you cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they can and should do for themselves.
--William J. H. Boetcker, 1916 (often attributed to Lincoln)
Oh, you find such good stuff! Maybe I’ll use it for awhile as an email signature. Thanks.
Comment from: Ken
Sound like lessons derived from _Atlas Shrugged_ by Ayn Rand, which I’ve read recently. But perhaps her philosophy derived from someone else.
It’s all such common sense stuff, that I’m sure many have expressed similar ideas over the years.
I agree completely with “The Ten Cannots".
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