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Assistance given to the weak makes the one who gives it strong. Options
Daemon
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Assistance given to the weak makes the one who gives it strong.

Booker T. Washington (1856-1915)
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Fabric of society grows stronger, denim-like.

PS He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
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MTC
Posted: Saturday, June 1, 2013 6:08:58 AM
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See *Notes in the "Ain't I a Woman" speech posted under This Day in History.
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"Assistance given to the weak makes the one who gives it strong." There are different ways of reading that quote I think. The weak may resent and be angered by an act of charity perceiving themselves to now be indebted, and it may well be that the benefactor sees things this way too. One would expect on the face of it though, that the weak would be grateful and the benefactor would be 'strong' in the sense that they've helped out a fellow man, and have in doing so, become a better person.
But MTC's comment requires a deeper look at Sojourner Truth and Booker T. Washington, what Ms. Gage did with the "Ain't I a woman?" speech and his own interpretation of having linked all these together in his note.
In sum, and with all due respect MTC, I think you gave too much credence to Ms. Gage's hijacking of the original speech 12 years after the fact. Isn't it possible that Mr. Washington's quote was self-referential in that he saw himself as becoming stronger for trying to assist his fellow black men to over come the weakness imposed upon them during those times? And that Ms. Gage did Ms. Truth no favor by helping to showcase her cause?

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MTC
Posted: Saturday, June 1, 2013 10:29:06 AM
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Entirely possible, aloe vera. I just made a loose connection between the "giving" theme in the two, more to point out how TFD sometimes ties Quotations of the Day, This Day in History, and the other sub-headings together with a common theme. I appreciate the "with due respect" dip you took. Lately we've had too little respect on the forum, a condition for which I am partially responsible. As for the up and down side of giving, I agree with you. At this juncture I'm eager to agree with anyone about anything.


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jcbarros
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Resounding silence, MTC. ;)
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Daemon wrote:
Assistance given to the weak makes the one who gives it strong.

Booker T. Washington (1856-1915)


Except when such assistance becomes perpetually expected or demanded.
In that case, both are weakened.


We should look to the past to learn from it, not destroy our future because of it — FounDit
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