No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he only had good intentions. He had money as well.


«No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he only had good intentions. He had money as well.»

— Margaret Thatcher


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20 thoughts on “No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he only had good intentions. He had money as well.

    1. LOL, Rod you’re funny … I did try to feed the 5000 at my local supermarket … when I got to the cashier and said I’d pay with good intentions she called the police and I spent the night in jail, judge in the morning and a fine … so I guess I have to accept I’m not Jesus or God … what does comfort me though, is that neither are you 🙂

  1. You would not if you were King Midas. Everything he touched, turned into gold.

    Money, profit or the concept of wealth are not above virtue. Without virtue people would simply take, steal and murder to gain what they wanted money or no money.

    PMSL all you want. I prefer kindness over all the money in the world. The value of money is nothing compared to the value of kindness that gives you hope.

    1. 🙂 In all seriousness, as explained to Noelle, I think that the quote isn’t saying what you seem to have interpreted it as.

      A Samaritan with ONLY good intentions (but no action) – well, isn’t really a Samaritan at all, a positive thinker at best.

      A Samaritan who has money, has more scope in order to be able to help others.

      So this is largely my understanding of the quote, and why I posted it.

      AND very much agreed, kindness is OFTEN much more valuable than money. AND also very much agreed, virtue is what separates us from “evil” people.

  2. Not a very inspiring quote, I must say. Although, I am a Sikh when I studied the story of the Good Samaritan, I always liked it for it gave a message of Kindness. It has nothing to do with money

    1. (another one on the bandwagon) …

      Well if it’s not about the money, then … I desperately need $5000, if I send you my paypal details when can you wire it to me ?

      1. well, I would help you and anyone else provided that I know that the one asking for help actually needs it. Secondly, I have nothing against paying you however I am only an AS level student incapable of paying such a huge sum. But kindness.. It is not reliant on age or wealth. You need nothing but a loving heart.

      2. Don’t worry, I’m only playing with you !

        When it comes down to it, money is involved in almost everything. A Samaritan who ONLY has good intentions (but never takes action), is more likely a “positive thinker” at best.

        Those with money have more power as Samaritans than those who do not.

        So, this is what I think Maggie was trying to say … which, I completely agree with and why I posted the quote 🙂

      3. Alright..I see what you were trying to say and perhaps there is a bit of truth in this.

      4. OK, so I also see what you were trying to say, and there’s a little bit of truth there too … money as I’ve said before in my writing I do not believe is “the root of all evil” … and in any case it’s “the love of money that is the root of all evil” I believe correctly stated … the quote says nothing of greed, is only talking about people having money as an empowerment of charitable acts …

  3. I admired Thatcher for the courage of her convictions. If we left out the money part, this would sound like another quote I heard somewhere: We judge ourselves by our intentions, others by their actions.

    1. 🙂 having only good intentions but never doing anything to help anyone else … well don’t think that’s a Samaritan really …

      Also lest we forget that we need money to do just about everything. Without it, less that’s possible to be able to do for someone else … also tends to lessen the available free time we have to help other people the time we spend in pursuit of money …

      So, no I wouldn’t leave out the money part, in all honesty we need it, just the same as everyone … and someone who’s benevolent with money definitely has more power to help others than someone who doesn’t.

      So personally I don’t agree, Maggie got it right, it makes sense to me … I do see how others might interpret differently … that’s a wondrous thing – differences of opinion 🙂

  4. One of the worst quotes chosen ever. The story of the good Samaritan emphasises the virtues of kindness, not having money.

    Thatcher was not a terrible person in my opinion. Her emphasis on capitalism, financial efficiency, profitability and privatisation has had some terrible side effects.

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