General Knowledge - Books and Authors - Discussion

Discussion :: Books and Authors - Section 1 (Q.No.27)


Who said "God helps those who help themselves"?

[A]. Andre Maurois
[B]. Andre Gide
[C]. Algernon Sidney
[D]. Swami Vivekananda

Answer: Option C


The phrase "God helps those who help themselves" is a popular motto which emphasizes the importance of self-initiative.

The phrase originated in ancient Greece, occurring as the moral to one of Aesop's Fables, and later in the great tragedy authors of ancient Greek drama. It has been commonly attributed to Benjamin Franklin, however the modern English wording appears earlier in Algernon Sidney's work.

It is mistaken by many to be a Bible quote, however the phrase does not occur in the Bible. Some Christians have criticized it as actually against the Bible's basic message of God's grace.

Franklin Joseph said: (Mar 8, 2011)  
Algernon Sidney is incorrect. Benjamin Franklin is the correct answer.

Prajna said: (Mar 14, 2018)  
Swami Vivekananda is the correct answer.

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