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."
~ William J.H. Boetcker
Robison Wells set me straight. This quote was not by Abraham Lincoln, as erroneously reported. It was actually by William J. H. Boetcker (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_J._H._Boetcker)
At least I was in good company. Ronald Reagan made the same mistake.