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To the man who himself strives earnestly, God also lends a helping hand.
      - Aeschylus, Persoe (742)

The foolish ofttimes teach the wise:
  I strain too much this string of life, belike,
    Meaning to make such music as shall save.
      Mine eyes are dim now that they see the truth,
        My strength is waned now that my need is most;
          Would that I had such help as man must have,
            For I shall die, whose life was all men's hope.
      - Sir Edwin Arnold, Light of Asia
         (bk. VI, l. 109)

Everyone needs help from everyone.
      - Bertolt Brecht

He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves, and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.
      - Robert Burton,
        Reflections on the Revolution in France
         (vol. III, p. 195)

The careful pilot of my proper woe.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Epistle to Augustana (no. 3, st. 3)

God helps everyone with what is his own.
  [Sp., Ayude Dios con lo suyo a cada uno.]
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra),
        Don Quixote (pt. II, 26)

Heaven's help is better than early rising.
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra),
        Don Quixote
         (vol. III, pt. II, ch. XXXIV)

If I can stop one heart from breaking,
  I shall not live in vain;
    If I can ease one life the aching,
      Or cool one pain,
        Or help one fainting robin
          Into his nest again,
            I shall not live in vain.
      - Emily Dickinson, Life

He who civilly shows the way to one who has missed it, is as one who has lighted another's lamp from his own lamp; it none the less gives light to himself when it burns for the other.
  [Lat., Homo qui erranti comiter monstrat viam,
    Quasi lumen de suo lumine accendit, facit:
      Nihilominus ipsi luceat, cum illi accenderit.]
      - Quintus Ennius,
        quoted by Cicero in "De Officiis", 1, 16

God helps him who strives hard.
      - Euripides, Eumenidoe

Something that has always puzzled me all my life is why, when I am in special need of help, the good deed is usually done by somebody on whom I have no claim.
      - William Feather, The Business of Life

Time and money spent in helping men do more for themselves is far better than mere giving.
      - Henry Ford

Turn, gentle Hermit of the Dale,
  And guide my lonely way
    To where you taper cheers the vale
      With hospitable ray.
      - Oliver Goldsmith,
        Vicar of Wakefield--The Hermit
         (ch. VIII)

Light is the task when many share the toil.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
         (bk. XII, l. 493), (Bryant's translation)

You will swim without cork (without help).
  [Lat., Nabis sine cortice.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Satires
         (bk. I, 4, 120)

Make two grins grow where there was only a grouch before.
      - Elbert Hubbard,
        Pig-Pen Pete--Why I Ride Horse-Back

Nobody will persist long in helping those who will not help themselves.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Is not a patron, my lord, one who looks with unconcern on a man struggling for life in the water, and when he has reached ground encumbers him with help?
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        Boswell's Life of Johnson

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

I want to help you to grow as beautiful as God meant you to be when he thought of you first.
      - George MacDonald, The Marquis of Lossie
         (ch. XXII)

Aid the dawning, tongue and pen:
  Aid it, hopes of honest men!
      - Charles Mackay, Clear the Way

Truths would you teach, or save a sinking land?
  All fear, none aid you, and few understand.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Man
         (ep. IV, l. 264)

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

Such help as we can give to each other in this world is a debt to each other; and the man who perceives a superiority or a capacity in a subordinate, and neither confesses nor assists it, is not merely the withholder of kindness, but the committer of injury.
      - John Ruskin

In man's most dark extremity
  Oft succor dawns from Heaven.
      - Sir Walter Scott, The Lord of the Isles
         (canto I, st. 20)

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