Those whom we support hold us up in life."Hold us up in life" can be read more than one way, I suppose, but it seems to me that, taken as "hold us back", it can apply to those to whom we are forced at gun point to provide with social welfare, handouts, the dole, etc., as well as to family members for whom we sacrifice opportunities in order to take care of them. (I've been lucky in that regard.)
Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach
According to Quotes For All, Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach (1830-1916) was an Austrian novelist. Wikipedia doesn't have a lot on her, other than that she is also credited with being the first to observe that "Even a stopped clock is right twice a day."