„The most generous person is the one who offers help to those who do not expect him to help.“

—  Al-Hussein ibn Ali, Majlisi, Bihārul Anwār, vol.78, p. 121
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„I’m the one who knows him best, and I was the only person in the White House who had absolutely no agenda of her own — except helping him.“

—  Nancy Reagan actress and first lady of the United States 1921 - 2016
Context: I was not the power behind the throne. Did I ever give Ronnie advice? You bet I did. I’m the one who knows him best, and I was the only person in the White House who had absolutely no agenda of her own — except helping him. And so I make no apologies for telling him what I thought. Just because you’re married doesn’t mean you have no right to express your opinions. For eight years I was sleeping with the president, and if that doesn’t give you special access, I don’t know what does! So yes, I gave Ronnie my best advice — whenever he asked for it, and sometimes when he didn’t. But that doesn’t mean he always took it. Ronald Reagan has a mind of his own. Ch. 4 : First Lady, Dragon Lady

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„God helps those who help themselves.“

—  Algernon Sidney British politician and political theorist 1623 - 1683
Ch. 2, Sect. 23; comparable to: "Help thyself, and God will help thee", George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum; "Heaven ne’er helps the men who will not act", Sophocles, Fragment 288 (Plumptre’s Translation); "Help thyself, Heaven will help thee", Jean de La Fontaine, Book vi. fable 18.

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„The best kind of charity is to help those who are willing to help themselves.“

—  P.T. Barnum American showman and businessman 1810 - 1891
Ch. 18: "Be charitable" http://www.fourmilab.ch/etexts/www/barnum/moneygetting/moneygetting_chap19.html

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„Only help him who is not an idler.“

—  G. I. Gurdjieff influential spiritual teacher, Armenian philosopher, composer and writer 1866 - 1949

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„An idealist is a person who helps other people to be prosperous.“

—  Henry Ford American industrialist 1863 - 1947
Remarks from the witness stand, to a court in Mount Clemens, Michigan (July 1919), as quoted in Thesaurus of Epigrams: A New Classified Collection of Witty Remarks, Bon Mots and Toasts (1948) by Edmund Fuller, p. 162

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„George W. Bush has helped those who have most, hurt those who have least and ignored everyone in between.“

—  Wesley Clark American general and former Democratic Party presidential candidate 1944
Response to State of the Union speech (20 January 2004) http://www.clark04.com/press/release/197/

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„It is our duty to help those who need help; but it cannot be our duty to make others happy,“

—  Karl Popper Austrian-British philosopher of science 1902 - 1994
Context: ... the attempt to make heaven on earth invariably produces hell. It leads to intolerance. It leads to religious wars, and to the saving of souls through the inquisition. And it is, I believe, based on a complete misunderstanding of our moral duties. It is our duty to help those who need help; but it cannot be our duty to make others happy, since this does not depend on us, and since it would only too often mean intruding on the privacy of those towards whom we have such amiable intentions. Vol. 2, Ch. 24 "Oracular Philosophy and the Revolt against Reason"