It’s Still a Great Quote!

This wise quote by Reverend J.H. Boetcker, a relgious leader and influential speaker, is often attributed to Abraham Lincoln:

You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.

You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.

You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.

You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.

You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.

You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.

You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatreds.

You cannot build character and initiative by taking away a man’s initiative and independence.

Reverend Boetcker was born in 1873 and died in 1962. This quote was included in a pamphlet distributed in 1916 which also included quotes byLincoln. It is believed that this is when these words started being attributed to Lincoln.  Even though the part about Lincoln saying them isn’t true, the words reverberate truth. Honest Abe couldn’t have said it better!


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