Poverty Quotes

If a free society cannot help the many who are poor it cannot save the few who are rich.

John F. Kennedy

The greatest man in history was the poorest.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is no scandal like rags nor any crime so shameful as poverty.

George Farquhar

He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord.


It is life near the bone where it is sweetest.

Henry David Thoreau

Poverty is a mathematical proof of the fact that mankind is a big failure!

Mehmet Murat ildan

That amid our highest civilization men faint and die with want is not due to the niggardliness of nature but to the injustice of man.

Henry George

Over the hill to the poor-house I'm trudgin' my weary way.

Will Carleton

As I was to learn, patience and latitude and even humility are, paradoxically, the handmaidens of wealth, because virtue is costly only for those who own nothing else.

James Lee Burke, Wayfaring Stranger

Bed is the poor man's opera.

Italian proverb

When it comes to poverty, there is no need to say anything. All we need to do is to help, the moment we encounter it.

Mehmet Murat ildan

Facing poverty is better than living in poverty and by facing poverty you can overcome it at one point.

Auliq Ice

This is why we said 'ain't'and 'he don't'.We wanted words to fitour cold linoleum,our oil lamps, ourouthouse. We knewbetter but it was wrongto use a languagethat named ghosts,nothing you could touch.

Vern Rustsala

God's friendship is with people who know their poverty.

Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest

I see seven people in one room and one pregnant and people fucking anyway because people so poor that they can t even afford shame and I wait

Marlon James, A Brief History of Seven Killings

Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.

Mother Teresa

Poverty - one thing money can't buy.

Lynwood L. Giacomini

Poverty makes you sad as well as wise.

Bertolt Brecht

O God! that bread should be so dear And flesh and blood so cheap!

Thomas Hood

The poor will always be with you.


Poverty in a big city is more humiliating and deadening to all the joys of life than it can possibly be elsewhere.

Albert Bigelow Paine, The Bread Line A Story of a

Do not presume, well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed, to criticize the poor

Herman Melville

You know what you learn when you study the legal system? Poor people pass down damage the way rich people pass down an inheritance.

Dan Chaon, Ill Will

Poverty does not belong in civilized human society. Its proper place is in a museum. That's where it will be.

Muhammad Yunus, Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle

Poverty without a people's government looks like hopelessness, but to see poverty in organized communities is to see relief-in-progress.

Holly Near, Fire in the Rain...Singer in the Storm: An

But words mattered, more so in Newark than many other places. In a world where income and possessions were limited, words represented dignity, pride, self-worth.

Jeff Hobbs, The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace:

To seek causes of poverty in this way is to enter an intellectual dead end because poverty has no causes. Only prosperity has causes.

Jane Jacobs

Hunger is insolent and will be fed.

Alexander Pope

The conspicuously wealthy turn up urging the character-building value of privation for the poor.

J. K. Galbraith

How can wealth persuade poverty to use its political freedom to keep wealth in power? Here lies the whole art of Conservative politics.

Ziad K. Abdelnour, Economic Warfare: Secrets of Wealth Creation in

Theology alone doesn't convine anyone.Only those words which are pregnant with action, theology that is born of suffering, of struggles, of the poor--this theology is a testimony. This theology leads to conversion. (Leonardo Boff, p. 169)

Mev Puleo, The Struggle Is One: Voices and Visions of

It's sad to see the world live in ignorance full of pain only enjoyed luxuriously by the few stupid greedy ones.

Auliq Ice

Extreme poverty is not only a condition of unsatisfied material needs. It is often accompanied by a degrading state of powerlessness.

Peter Singer, The Life You Can Save: Acting Now to

A man thinks that by mouthing hard words he understands hard things.

Herman Melville

But they had learned an important lesson about how defeating poverty is more difficult than it seems at first.

Nicholas D. Kristof, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity

By helping the poor, we must be able to remove their poverty. By extending help to one here and one there in the form of providing food will not remove poverty.

Periyar E.V. Ramasamy

It is true that prosperity has many close friends; poverty, on the other hand, has only distant watchers!

Mehmet Murat ildan

It is a good thing to know what it is to be poor, and a better thing if you can do it in company.

Marilynne Robinson, Gilead

The lives of the thirty thousand children who die of starvation each day is like 6 september 11ths every single day, a silent tsunami that happens every week.

Shane Claiborne, The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical

You did not die when you were drawing public assistance money, but you certainly did not remain alive.

Nevil Shute, Ruined City

I have yet to know a poor man who has nostalgia for poverty.

charlie chaplin

Poverty is a great cutter-off and riches a great shutter-off.

Lawrence Durrell, Justine

One can slide between poor and rich, the difference as slight as between paper and parchment, one voice and a choir, arms hanging by sides and a hug.

Jeannine Atkins, Borrowed Names: Poems About Laura Ingalls Wilder, Madam

As poor as a church mouse.

English Phrase

The poor always ye have with you.


The poor, I am told, are kind to each other but that is because they have nothing to lose,' he said. 'The rich cannot afford to be.

M.R.C. Kasasian, The Mangle Street Murders

This is one of the bitter curses of poverty: it leaves no right to be generous.

George Gissing

It is easy enough to say that poverty is no crime. No if it were men wouldn't be ashamed of it. It's a blunder though and is punished as such.

Jerome K. Jerome

The child was diseased at birth - stricken with an hereditary ill that only the most vital men are able to shake off. I mean poverty - the most deadly and prevalent of all diseases.

Eugene ONeill

For a man who is in poverty, doomsday is already there!

Mehmet Murat ildan
I have yet to know a poor man who has nostalgia for poverty.
It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish.

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