Someone (Thanks, Ben!) commented on my note listing out some quotes I like. I had incorrectly attributed a quote by William J. H. Boetcker to Abraham Lincoln. I’m glad I have the correct attribution, but am not too upset. It seems Ronald Reagan made the same mistake. Here is the full quote of “The Ten Cannots” and correct attribution:
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 establish security on borrowed money.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man’s initiative and independence.
You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.
~William J. H. Boetcker, 1916