A lot of people said it
The quote, and variations of it, have been said by a lot of different people. For the purposes of a speech, you don't have to track down the original; you only need to cite one particular phrasing and attribute it reliably to somebody admirable. (For all I know Osama bin Laden said it, too, but I don't think you'll gain a lot of points by attributing it to him.) Bartlett's Familiar Quotations doesn't list it or any of the usual variants (I usually hear it with "society" rather than "civilization"), so I suspect that the original origin is lost. I've got variant quotes below that go back to the 19th century, and they often refer to it in the form of "it is often said..." So there's a good version by Gandhi in there, and everybody loves Gandhi, so I'd go with that one. Some variants, collected from various sources: Our society must make it right and possible for old people not to fear the young or be deserted by them, for the test of a civilization is the way that it cares for its helpless members.~Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973), My Several Worlds . The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children. ~Dietrich Bonhoeffer A decent provision for the poor is the true test of civilization. ~Samuel Johnson, Boswell: Life of Johnson The most certain test by which we judge whether a country is really free is the amount of security enjoyed by minorities.~John E. E. Dalberg, Lord Acton, The History of Freedom in Antiquity, . "...the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; those who are in the shadows of life; the sick, the needy and the handicapped. " ~ Last Speech of Hubert H. Humphrey "A nation's greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members." ~ Mahatma Ghandi "Any society, any nation, is judged on the basis of how it treats its weakest members -- the last, the least, the littlest." ~Cardinal Roger Mahony, In a 1998 letter, Creating a Culture of Life The greatness of America is in how it treats its weakest members: the elderly, the infirm, the handicapped, the underprivileged, the unborn. ~Bill Federer "A society will be judged on the basis of how it treats its weakest members and among the most vulnerable are surely the unborn and the dying," ~Pope John Paul II
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the infirm.Culture of Life It is said that the worth of society can be measured by the manner in which it treats its weakest member. the underprivileged. the handicapped. "The greatness of any city can be judged by the way it treats its weakest member." You can judge the character and quality of life in a community by how it treats its weakest members It is said that a civilization is measured by how it treats its weakest members including. of course. it children. The greatness of America is in how it treats its weakest members: the elderly.
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.the unborn." "A society will be judged on the basis of how it treats its weakest members and among the most vulnerable are surely the unborn and the dying. ~Bill Federer "The test of any society is how it treats its weakest members." "The moral test of any society is how it treats its weakest members." ~Pope John Paul II If one considers the observation that the worth and dignity of a civilization is judged by the way it the treats its weakest members. we cannot help but look back in shame at our past.
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. but what's the catch?' And the genie says.Today Tomorrow. 'What I'm going to do is let you set the rules of the society into which you will be born. 'Well. By Rudolf Rickes Warren Buffet's take (more about how things should work) which I've always loved: "Let's say that it was 24 hours before you were born.
" And perhaps most dubiously attributed to Ghandi: "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.'
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Who said A society is measured by how it treats its weakest members?
Answer: This has been stated in several ways for over 100 years by various indiviuals. Pope John Paul II. white or black. the least. Truman. Jesus:
Matthew 25:41-46 (New International Version (English Translation))
. ablebodied or infirm. any nation. Very recently by Cardinal Roger Mahony (1998): "Any society.be born rich or poor. the last.
when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick "He will reply. and did not help you?'
me. but the righteous to eternal life. I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me. I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink. 42For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat. you who are cursed.'
. 'I tell you the truth. 43I was a stranger and you did not invite me in. I needed clothes and you did not clothe me. whatever you did not do for one of the least of these. you did not do for "Then they will go away to eternal punishment.'
"They also will answer.41
"Then he will say to those on his left. 'Depart from me."
or in prison. into the eternal fire prepared for
the devil and his angels. 'Lord.