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Benjamin Franklin

I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I travelled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.
Benjamin Franklin, "On the Price of Corn and Management of the Poor." First published in the London Chronicle in 1766. Included in The Works of Benjamin Franklin Containing Several Political and Historical Tracts not Included in Any Former Edition and Many Letters Official and Private not Hitherto Published, with Notes and a Life of the Author, by Jared Sparks. Volume II, pp. 358-359. Published in London by Benjamin Franklin Stevens in 1882.
I am a mortal enemy to arbitrary government and unlimited power. I am naturally very jealous for the rights and liberties of my country, and the least encroachment of those invaluable privileges is apt to make my blood boil.
The "completed" utobiography of Benjamin Franklin, edited by Mark Skousen.