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William Boetcker
1873 - 1962

German-born Presbyterian clergyman, author of "Ten Cannots" which were published in half of a 1916 leaflet entitled "Lincoln on private property". The other half of the leaflet offered words of wisdom by Abraham Lincoln. The leaflet has been republished several times since and is often quoted.


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

1916 - from "Ten Cannots"
You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.

1916 - from "Ten Cannots"
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.

1916 - from "Ten Cannots"
You cannot lift the wage-earner by pulling down the wage-payer.

1916 - from "Ten Cannots"
You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.

1916 - from "Ten Cannots"
You cannot establish sound security on borrowed money.

1916 - from "Ten Cannots"
You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.

1916 - from "Ten Cannots"
You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.

1916 - from "Ten Cannots"
You cannot help the poor man by destroying the rich.

1916 - from "Ten Cannots"
You cannot build character and courage by taking away man's initiative and independence.

1916 - from "Ten Cannots"