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.
Author: Walter Benjamin (1982-1940)
Profession: German Critic, Philosopher
God ordains that beggars should beg for greatness, as for all else, when greatness shines out of them, and they don't know it.
Author: Georges Bernanos (1888-1948)
Profession: French Novelist, Political Writer
Beggars should be entirely abolished! Truly, it is annoying to give to them and annoying not to give to them.
Author: Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)
Profession: German Philosopher
If begging should unfortunately be thy lot, knock at the large gates only.
Author: Arabian Proverb
Profession: Sayings of Arabian Origin
As for begging, it is safer to beg than to take, but it is finer to take than to beg.
Author: Oscar Wilde (1856-1900)
Profession: British Author, Wit
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.
Author: Anzia Yezierska (1885-1970)
Profession: Polish Writer