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





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 (1982-1940, German critic, philosopher)


God ordains that beggars should beg for greatness, as for all else, when greatness shines out of them, they don't know it.


Georges Bernanos (1888-1948, French novelist, political writer)


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 philosopher)


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


Arabian Proverb (Sayings of Arabian origin)


A bashful beggar will have an empty wallet.


Hungarian Proverb (Sayings of Hungarian origin)


Give a beggar a dime and he'll bless you. Give him a dollar and he'll curse you for withholding the rest of your fortune. Poverty is a bag with a hole at the bottom.


Anzia Yezierska (1885-1970, Polish writer)


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