Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Henry David Thoreau (181762)
There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root, and it may be that he who bestows the largest amount of time and money on the needy is doing the most by his mode of life to produce that misery which he strives in vain to relieve.
HENRY DAVID THOREAU, Walden, chapter 1, p. 98 (1966). Originally published in 1854.