The 10 Cannots

By William J. H. Boetcker
(wrongfully attributed to Abraham Lincoln)

You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.

You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.

You cannot help the poor man by destroying the rich.

You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.

You cannot build character and courage by taking away man’s initiative and independence.

You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.

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 establish security on borrowed money.

You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they will not do for themselves.



12 responses to

  1. He has it so right, theres nothing more to add. Just learn from it.

  2. I got a new computer. That’s why I’m posting again. As soon as I find my camera cd so I can load the program and begin posting pictures, I’ll update with current pics. For now I think this is something good to think about.

  3. I hope our Congress and President-elect take these principles to heart. And these are definitely things to use in our own homes–goes well with the personal responsibility theme from your previous post.

  4. Marilyn alias(Punkie) November 10, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    All those are sooooooo true. Amen.

    I’m sure looking forward to your pictures too.

  5. Thanks Jules for those words, they are for every one ,are’nt they. I too hope are new President will follow also. What pic.s did you say you would post ?
    love you all

  6. I bet I know whose web site you got this from. Could it be…oh, I don’t know….our man DAVE?! He posted this on his site after mistakenly reading it on the radio as being from Abe Lincoln.

  7. Yes that’s where I saw it. James says I am stealing his blog material.

    We are going to a really awesome thing tomorrow. It’s an all day conference at our big convention center. It’s called Get Motivated. It’s a motivational seminar geared toward business people in the community. Rudy Giuliani, Zig Ziglar, Colin Powell, Tony Gonzalez, and others will be speaking!

  8. Powell endorsed Obama, btw. Just sayin’. 😉

  9. Yeah, and that endorsement was probably very MOTIVATING for Powell’s BUSINESS! Probably motivated him right into a nice cabinet seat or official appointment. Just sayin! : )

  10. We had an awesome time at the conference. I took a lot of notes. James may do a post. There was lots to gleen from the men and women who spoke.

    Guliani and Powell were incredible. I felt so honored to hear them share stories and spread wisdom. They both shared stories about their time working with Ronald Reagan, calling him the greatest leader of the last 50 years. They both spoke so admiringly of him. Powell shared what it was like sitting across from Gorbachev after Reagan sent him to meet with him. Guliani shared his personal stories of September 11 and shared lots of information about what it means to be a leader. He is an amazing American hero, as is Powell.

    I am thankful to have been able to sit for 8 hours and listen as amazing people shared. Zig Ziglar broke my heart. His daughter has to sit with him interview style to keep him from repeating himself. He has short term memory loss. James and I have listened to a lot of Zig Ziglar pod casts. You kinda start feeling like you know him after a while.

    Most of the people spoke of their faith and how that’s an important key to success. The gospel was shared over and over again to a sell out crowd. Many in attendance were city leaders.

  11. Marilyn alias(Punkie) November 13, 2008 at 6:35 pm

    Sounds so wonderful, glad you got to go.

  12. Thanks! There was too many financial speakers (like four) I thought. I would’ve liked it to be all motivation. Plus, financial stuff kinda makes my eyes gloss over. I don’t like it to be complicated. I like our plan because it’s practical and easy. I can’t complain, though, there were a number of outstanding speakers.