I am trying to find the original author of this quote:
"Thos who beat their swords into plowshares will plow for those who do not."
I know it's a commentary on Isaiah 2:4 but I can't find a reliable source of who originally said it. I have found the following people have been credited with the quote:
Helen Rice Don Baldwin Thomas Jefferson
I'm not sure who Helen Rice or Don Baldwin is or what historical significance they have. Google searches on the names turn up dozens of different people with same names. I really doubt it is Thomas Jefferson as a lot of quotes are miscredited as his.
You can find variations of this attributed to Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and the ever prolific "Anonymous." It's called "an old milirary saying" and listed as one of the "Murphy's laws of combat." "Helen Rice" and "Don Baldwin" appear to have gotten attached via message forwarding. It certainly does not sound like either Jefferson or Franklin.
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quote:Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears. Let the weakling say, "I am strong!"
might be, "Those who beat their plowshares into swords usually end up defending those who didn't."
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