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Beggars

All religions have honored the beggar. For he proves that in a matter at the same time as prosaic and holy, banal and regenerative as the giving of alms, intellect and morality, consistency and principles are miserably inadequate.

Walter Benjamin (1892-1940) German philosopher.

Beggars should be entirely abolished! Truly, it is annoying to give to them and annoying not to give to them.

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) German-Swiss philosopher and writer.

If begging should unfortunately be thy lot, knock at the large gates only.

Arabian proverb

As for begging, it is safer to beg than to take, but it is finer to take than to beg.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish poet and dramatist.

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