There are two kinds of people on the earth today,
Just two kinds of people, no more, I say.
Not the rich and the poor, for to counts a man's wealth,
You must first know the state of his conscience and health.
Not the humble and proud, for in life's little span
Who puts on vain airs is not counted a man.
Not the happy and sad, for the swift flying years
Brings each man his laughter and each man his tears.
No; the two kinds of people on earth I mean,
Are the people who lift, and the people who lean.
Wherever you go, you will find the world's masses
Are always divided in just these two classes.
And oddly enough, you will find, too, I wean,
There is only one lifter to twenty who lean.
In which class are you? Are you easing the load
Of over taxed lifters who toil down the road?
Or are you a leaner, who lets others bear
Your portion of labor and worry and care? Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Lifting the veil of ignorance statue at Tuskegee College.
"A race like an individual, lifts itself up by lifting others up." - Booker T. Washington