The Ten Cannots


You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift

You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong

You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich

You cannot help little men by tearing down big men

You cannot help the wage earner by breaking the wage payer

You cannot further brotherhood by inciting class war

You cannot establish sound security by borrowing money

You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you make

You cannot build men's character by ruining initiative

You cannot really help men by having government tax them, to do for them what they should do for themselves


attributed to: Abraham Lincoln, 1864 (-Back to home page-)