Ten Cannots Quote by William J. H. Boetcker

By Shecky

A good friend forwarded this to me today. Given the state of our present world economy, and the attempts to repair it, I found this to be very compelling, and wanted to share it with my readers.

Although this quote is sometimes wrongly attributed to Abraham Lincoln, it actually came from a pamphlet entitled “The Ten Cannots” which was first published in 1916 by William J. H. Boetcker (1873-1962). It was written 92 years ago, but its wisdom is more relevant than ever. As you read through it, I urge you to think about your own personal economy and values, not just the obvious world political scene…

1. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
2. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
3. You cannot help little men by tearing down big men.
4. You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
5. You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
6. You cannot establish sound security on borrowed money.
7. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
8. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn.
9. You cannot build character and courage by destroying men’s initiative and independence.
10. And you cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they can and should do for themselves.

What do you think?


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