Two Kinds of People

There are two kinds of people on earth today,
Just two kinds of people, no more, I say.
Not the good and the bad, for ’tis well understood
That the good are half-bad and the bad are half-good.
No! The two kinds of people on earth I mean
Are the people who lift and the people who lean.
There are two kinds of people on earth today;
Just two kinds of people, no more, I say,
Not the sinner and saint, for it’s well understood,
The good are half bad, and the bad and half good . . .
No; the two kinds of people on earth I mean,
Are the people who lift, and the people who lean.

by Ella Wheeler Wilcox