An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown




In uplifting, get underneath.


George Ade (1866-1944, American humorist, playwright)


For the cause that lacks assistance, The wrong that needs resistance, For the future in the distance, And the good that I can do.


George Linnaeus Banks


HELP = H(umor), E-go, edging God out, L-istening, P-urpose


Ken Blanchard (American business lecturer, author)

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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 minister, poet)


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 novelist, poet)


We all need each other.


Leo Buscaglia (1924-1998, American expert on love, lecturer, author)


Never stand begging for that which you have the power to earn.


Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616, Spanish novelist, dramatist, poet)


Fool that I was, upon my eagle's wings I bore this wren, till I was tired with soaring, and now he mounts above me.


John Dryden (1631-1700, British poet, dramatist, critic)


We do not quite forgive a giver. The hand that feeds us is in some danger of being bitten.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Never reach out your hand unless you're willing to extend an arm.


Elizabeth Fuller


If my daughter, Liza, wants to become an actress, I'll do everything to help her.


Judy Garland (1922-1969, American actress, singer)


It is not helpful to help a friend by putting coins in his pockets when he has got holes in his pockets.


Douglas Hurd (1930-, British conservative politician)


He stands erect by bending over the fallen. He rises by lifting others.


Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899, American orator, lawyer)


To those people in the huts and villages of half the globe struggling to break the bonds of mass misery, we pledge our best efforts to help them help themselves, for whatever period is required, not because the Communists may be doing it, not because we seek their votes, but because it is right. If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.


John F. Kennedy (1917-1963, American President (35th))


Mutual aid is as much a law of animal life as mutual struggle.


Prince Pyotr Kropotkin (1842-1921, Russian revolutionary, geographer)


And who is any of us, that without starvation he can go through the kingdoms of starvation?


Haniel Long (1888-1956, American author, poet, journalist)


Nothing makes one feel so strong as a call for help.


George MacDonald (1824-1905, Scottish novelist)


There is something wrong about the man who wants help. There is somewhere a deep defect, a want, in brief, a need, a crying need, somewhere about that man.


Herman Melville (1819-1891, American author)


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


Mother Teresa (1910-1997, Albanian-born Roman Catholic missionary)


It is a kingly act to assist the fallen.


Ovid (BC 43-18 AD, Roman poet)


Almsgiving tends to perpetuate poverty; aid does away with it once and for all. Almsgiving leaves a man just where he was before. Aid restores him to society as an individual worthy of all respect and not as a man with a grievance. Almsgiving is the generosity of the rich; social aid levels up social inequalities. Charity separates the rich from the poor; aid raises the needy and sets him on the same level with the rich.


Eva Peran (1919-1952, Argentinean government official, politician)


One does nothing who tries to console a despondent person with word. A friend is one who aids with deeds at a critical time when deeds are called for.


Titus Maccius Plautus (BC 254-184, Roman comic poet)


Anywhere I see suffering, that is where I want to be, doing what I can.


Princess Diana (1961-1997, British Princess)


I've always thought that people need to feel good about themselves and I see my role as offering support to them, to provide some light along the way.


Princess Diana (1961-1997, British Princess)


So many people supported me through my public life and I will never forget them.


Princess Diana (1961-1997, British Princess)


Whoever is in the distress can call me. I will come running wherever they are.


Princess Diana (1961-1997, British Princess)


The melon seller does not announce, "Bitter melons." Distant water does not put out a nearby fire.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


He that wants should not be bashful.


Italian Proverb (Sayings of Italian origin)


Preventing someone from falling is better than helping him get up.


Italian Proverb (Sayings of Italian origin)


I will charge thee nothing but the promise that thee will help the next man thee finds in trouble.


Mennonite Proverb


Complain to someone who can help you.


Serbian Proverb


We are for aiding our allies by sharing some of our material blessings with those nations which share in our fundamental beliefs, but we are against doling out money government to government, creating bureaucracy, if not socialism, all over the world. We set out to help 19 countries. We are helping 107 We spent $146 billion. With that money, we bought a 2-million-dollar yacht for Haile Selassie. We bought dress suits for Greek undertakers, extra wives for Kenya government officials. We bought a thousand TV sets for a place where they have no electricity.


Ronald Reagan (1911-2004, American President (40th))


The best philanthropy is a search for cause, an attempt to cure evils at their source.


John D. Rockefeller (1839-1937, American industrialist, philanthropist, founder Exxon)


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, American President (32nd))


Every great man is always being helped by everybody; for his gift is to get good out of all things and all persons.


John Ruskin (1819-1900, British critic, social theorist)


Make no mistake, asking is the heart of the matter.... Many people actually look forward to it. Being asked helps to satisfy the human need to be wanted, to be courted.


Paul H. Schneiter


We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone.


Dr. Loretta Scott (American doctor)


The race of mankind would perish did they cease to aid each other. We cannot exist without mutual help. All therefore that need aid have a right to ask it from their fellow men; and no one who has the power of granting can refuse it without guilt.


Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832, British novelist, poet)


When you give to aid scholars, you gain a share in their learning.


Rabbi Nabman ben Simba


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.


Baruch Benedict de Spinoza (1632-1677, Dutch philosopher and theologian)


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 author)


The proverb warns; "Don't bite the hand that feeds you." But maybe you should, if it prevents you from feeding yourself.


Thomas Szasz (1920-, American psychiatrist)


A man cannot be made comfortable without his own approval.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


No one will persist long in helping someone who will not help themselves.


Author Unknown


Slow help is no help.


Author Unknown


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, mystic)


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, mystic)


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