The Ten Cannots – Quote

This Too Will Pass AKA The Ten Cannots

  • You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
  • You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.
  • You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
  • You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
  • You cannot help the poor man by destroying the rich.
  • You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.
  • You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
  • You cannot establish security on borrowed money.
  • 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.

Reverend William J.H. Boetcker (1916)

Andrew’s Note:  Grumpy G shared this quote with me and I thought it was misattributed because it sounded too contemporary.  I looked it up and yep, it was written by a Presbyterian Minister nearly a century ago…timeless truths.  Anybody have the President’s e-mail handy?  I think this would be a better sermon for the First Family than another one of Jeremiah Wright’s.

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