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BEGGARS

Beggar!--the only free men of our commonwealth,
  Free above scot-free, that observe no laws,
    Obey no governor, use no religion,
      But what they draw from their own ancient custom,
        Or constitute themselves; yet are no rebels.
      - William Broome

In every civilized society there is found a race of men who retain the instincts of the aboriginal cannibal and live upon their fellow-men as a natural food.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Sturdy beggars can bear stout denials.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Aspiring beggary is wretchedness itself.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

He makes a beggar first that first relieves him;
  Not us'rers make more beggars where they live
    Than charitable men that use to give.
      - John Heywood

Art thou a man, and shams't thou not to beg,
  To practice such a servile kind of life?
    Why, were thy education ne'er so mean,
      Having thy limbs, a thousand fairer courses
        Offer themselves to thy election.
          Either the wars might still supply thy wants,
            Or service of some virtuous gentleman,
              Or honest labour; nay, what can I name
                But would become thee better than to beg?
                  But men of thy condition feed on sloth,
                    As doth the beetle on the dung she breeds in;
                      Not caring how the metal of your minds
                        Is eaten with the rust of idleness.
                          Now, after me, what e'er he be, that should
                            Believe a person of thy quality,
                              While thou insist in this loose desp'rate course,
                                I would esteem the sin not thine, but his.
      - Ben Jonson

He is never out of the fashion, or limpeth awkwardly behind it. He is not required to put on court mourning. He weareth all colors, fearing none. His costume hath undergone less change than the Quaker's. He is the only man in the universe who is not obliged to study appearances.
      - Charles Lamb (used pseudonym Elia)

A beggar that is dumb, you know,
  May challenge double pity.
      - Sir Walter Raleigh (1)

The adage must be verified--
  That beggars mounted, run their horse to death.
      - William Shakespeare

Well, whiles I am a beggar I will rail
  And say, there is no sin but to be rich;
    And being rich, my virtue then shall be
      To say, there is no vice but beggary.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life and Death of King John

Though our donations are made to please ourselves, we insist, upon those who receive our alms being pleased with them.
      - Johann Georg von Zimmermann


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