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He who dies rich, dies shamed

September 15, 2010

I know that Julie Burchill isn’t to everyone’s tastes, and I disagree with her columns about as often as I embrace them wholeheartedly, but today’s piece in The Independent about hypocrisy is excellent. I feel shamed that only now do I know about philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, but resolve to remember his motto – He who dies rich, dies shamed – next time I’m worrying about how much to give to someone who needs the money more than I do.

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  1. October 24, 2012 2:39 pm

    Thanks for the link to the article link. I’m not sure I agree with everything that the author offers (you did say that she’s not to all tastes), particularly the shot across the bows at UK vs US rich (*cough* Koch brothers *cough*), but the word ‘hypercrites’ is certainly a nice creation, and one I’ll try to use! (Hmm… I wonder whether my stance on Marcus Brigstocke is reasonable — nah, I don’t believe that someone with such a great sense of humour can be a ‘hypercrite’.)

    PS typo alert:
    “… isn’t tooto everyone’s tastes

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