You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away men's initiative and independence.
You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.
- Correction - "The Ten Cannots" published in 1916 by William J. H. Boetcker, Presbyterian minister - republished in 1942 by the Committee for Constitutional Government. in a pamphlet titled "Lincoln On Limitations" - the pamplet has resulted in these being misattributed to Lincoln by many.....but the truths are evident and should be valued as much today as in 1916 and 1942.