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 worlds masses,
Are always divided in just these two classes.

And oddly enough, you will find, too, I ween,
There is only one lifter to twenty who lean.

In which class are you? Are you easing the load
Of overtaxed 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.

Akron Beacon Journal 16 Dec. 1905: 7.

Courtesy of John M. Freiermuth.

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