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'Tis not enough to help the feeble up, but to support him after.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) British poet and playwright.

Don't gag people with welfare, they'll never make an effort.

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And having looked to government for bread, on the very first scarcity they will turn and bite the hand that fed them. To avoid that evil, government will redouble the causes of it; and then it will become inveterate and incurable.

Edmund Burke (1729-1797) British political writer.

A decent provision for the poor is the true test of civilization.

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) British author.

Public money is like holy water; everyone helps himself to it.

Italian proverb