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are you sure that he said give a man a fish... quote?

It is possible that Lao Tsu said it.


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  • Anticipate charity by preventing poverty; assist the reduced fellow man, either by a considerable gift or a sum of money or by teaching him a trade or by putting him in the way of business so that he may earn an honest livelihood and not be forced to the dreadful alternative of holding out his hand for charity. This is the highest step and summit of charity's golden ladder.
  • No disease that can be treated by diet should be treated with any other means.
  • One should see the world, and see himself as a scale with an equal balance of good and evil. When he does one good deed the scale is tipped to the good - he and the world is saved. When he does one evil deed the scale is tipped to the bad - he and the world is destroyed.
  • The risk of a wrong decision is preferable to the terror of indecision.

I don't know how to edit – but the third quote on this list (about good and evil) is an approximate translation of Maimonides' Laws of Repentence Chapter 3 Section 4 (in the Mishneh Torah), found in translation here