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destroyng the rich doesn’t help the poor

Happy 4th of July! I pray that you  have a blessed Independence Day.

I came across this quote in one of my emails this morning. Although I agree with the sentiments, the quote was ascribed to Abraham Lincoln, which I seriously doubt. Anyone know who is actually responsible for these words?

“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 people’s initiative and independence.

You cannot help people permanently by doing for them,

what they could and should do for themselves.”