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When a person is down in the world, an ounce of help is better than a pound of preaching.

Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873) British politician, poet and critic.

To keep a lamp burning we have to keep putting oil in it.

Mother Teresa (1910-1997) Albanian-born missionary.

Slow help is no help.


To give aid to every poor man is far beyond the reach and power of every man. Care of the poor is incumbent on society as a whole.

Benedict de Spinoza (1632-1677) Dutch Jewish philosopher.

The truest help we can render an afflicted man is not to take his burden from him, but to call out his best energy, that he may be able to bear the burden.

Phillips Brooks (1835-1893) American Episcopal clergyman.


The needs of a human being are sacred. Their satisfaction cannot be subordinated either to reasons of state, or to any consideration of money, nationality, race, or color, or to the moral or other value attributed to the human being in question, or to any consideration whatsoever.

Simone Weil (1910-1943) French Philosopher

If you're in trouble, or hurt or need -- go to the poor people. They're the only ones that'll help -- the only ones.

John Steinbeck (1902-1968) American writer.

A man cannot be made comfortable without his own approval.

Mark Twain (1835-1910) U.S. humorist, writer, and lecturer.

It is an eternal obligation toward the human being not to let him suffer from hunger when one has a chance of coming to his assistance.

Simone Weil (1910-1943) French Philosopher

These unhappy times call for the building of plans that build from the bottom up and not from the top down, that put their faith once more in the forgotten man at the bottom of the economic pyramid.

Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945) Thirty-second President of the USA.