You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.

Malcolm Forbes (1919-1990) American billionaire
(Attributed)

Quoted in Earl Wilson, "Coco Offered Fatty Arbuckle Role," Hartford Courant (6 Aug 1972); earliest reference found. Variant in The Sayings of Chairman Malcolm (1978): “You can easily judge the character of others by how they treat those who can do nothing for them or to them.” Also attributed to Ann Landers, Abigail Van Buren, James Miles, and (without any reference found) Goethe and Samuel Johnson. More discussion: You Can Easily Judge the Character of a Man by How He Treats Those Who Can Do Nothing for Him – Quote Investigator.
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