Quotes and Sayings about Poverty



"We will not be intimidated or pushed off the world stage by people who do not like what we stand for, and that is, freedom, democracy and the fight against disease, poverty and terrorism."
- Madeleine Albright
(Related: People, Democracy, Disease, Fight, Freedom, Poverty, Terrorism, Will, World)

"Thus the castle of each feudal chieftain became a school of chivalry, into which any noble youth, whose parents were from poverty unable to educate him to the art of war, was readily received."
- Horatio Alger
(Related: Art, War, Chivalry, Parents, Poverty, School, Youth)

"The wealth of a soul is measured by how much it can feel; its poverty by how little."
- William R. Alger
(Related: Soul, Wealth, Poverty)

"Wars of nations are fought to change maps. But wars of poverty are fought to map change."
- Muhammad Ali
(Related: Change, Nations, Poverty)

"As in the rankest soil the most beautiful flowers are grown, so in the dark soil of poverty the choicest flowers of humanity have developed and bloomed."
- James Allen
(Related: Flowers, Humanity, Poverty)

"Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons."
- Woody Allen
(Related: Money, Financial, Poverty)

"Open markets offer the only realistic hope of pulling billions of people in developing countries out of abject poverty, while sustaining prosperity in the industrialized world."
- Kofi Annan
(Related: People, Hope, Countries, Open, Poverty, Prosperity, World)

"Gender equality is more than a goal in itself. It is a precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and building good governance."
- Kofi Annan
(Related: Equality, Development, Goal, Building, Challenge, Gender, Gender equality, Meeting, Poverty)

"Poverty is the schoolmaster of character."
- Antiphanes
(Related: Character, Poverty)

"As far as we are concerned, we are ready to leave today, tomorrow, at any time, to join the people of Haiti, to share in their suffering, help rebuild the country, moving from misery to poverty with dignity."
- Jean-Bertrand Aristide
(Related: Time, People, Country, Dignity, Help, Misery, Poverty, Suffering, Today, Tomorrow)

"In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge. The young they keep out of mischief; to the old they are a comfort and aid in their weakness, and those in the prime of life they incite to noble deeds."
- Aristotle
(Related: Life, Comfort, Deeds, Friends, Old, Poverty, Weakness)

"Grant me the treasure of sublime poverty: permit the distinctive sign of our order to be that it does not possess anything of its own beneath the sun, for the glory of your name, and that it have no other patrimony than begging."
- Francis of Assisi
(Related: Glory, Name, Order, Sun, Treasure)

"Poverty is the mother of crime."
- Marcus Aurelius
(Related: Mother, Crime, Poverty)

"For as long as our people are held hostage by controllable socio-economic forces, we cannot afford to be indifferent to the ravages of poverty in all its dimensions and ramifications."
- Ibrahim Babangida
(Related: People, Poverty)

"Poverty is an anomaly to rich people; it is very difficult to make out why people who want dinner do not ring the bell."
- Walter Bagehot
(Related: People, Poverty, Want)

"Anyone who has ever struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor."
- James A. Baldwin
(Related: Poor, Poverty)

"When you have a spiritual foundation, you look at poverty differently then."
- Dennis Banks
(Related: Poverty, Spiritual)

"Many foster children have had difficulty making the transition to independent living. Several are homeless, become single parents, commit crimes, or live in poverty. They are also frequent targets of crime."
- Charles Foster Bass
(Related: Children, Crime, Difficulty, Living, Parents, Poverty)

"How come life is so important in the nine months before birth, but then we sort of forget about the importance, we're not worried about whether that baby lives in poverty once he or she is born."
- Birch Bayh
(Related: Life, Baby, Forget, Importance, Months, Poverty)

"In the past, we spoke of poverty, misery only in the south. Now there is a lot of misery, a lot of bad that creates victims in the north as well. This has become manifest: the global system was not made to serve the good of all, but to serve multinational companies."
- Ahmed Ben Bella
(Related: Misery, Now, Past, Poverty, Victims)

"The poverty of our century is unlike that of any other. It is not, as poverty was before, the result of natural scarcity, but of a set of priorities imposed upon the rest of the world by the rich."
- John Berger
(Related: Poverty, Priorities, Rest, Result, World)

"Poverty is not a disgrace, but it's terribly inconvenient."
- Milton Berle
(Related: Disgrace, Poverty)

"Injustice, poverty, slavery, ignorance - these may be cured by reform or revolution. But men do not live only by fighting evils. They live by positive goals, individual and collective, a vast variety of them, seldom predictable, at times incompatible."
- Isaiah Berlin
(Related: Men, Goals, Positive, Fighting, Revolution, Ignorance, Injustice, May, Poverty, Reform, Slavery, Variety)

"What matters poverty? What matters anything to him who is enamoured of our art? Does he not carry in himself every joy and every beauty?"
- Sarah Bernhardt
(Related: Beauty, Art, Joy, Poverty)

"I grew up below the poverty line; I didn't have as much as other people did. I think it made me stronger as a person, it built my character. Now I have a 4.0 grade point average and I want to go to college, and just become a better person."
- Justin Bieber
(Related: People, Character, College, Now, Poverty, Want)

"Think about it: Every educated person is not rich, but almost every education person has a job and a way out of poverty. So education is a fundamental solution to poverty."
- Kathleen Blanco
(Related: Education, Job, Poverty, Solution)

"Poverty is everyone's problem. It cuts across any line you can name: age, race, social, geographic or religious. Whether you are black or white; rich, middle-class or poor, we are ALL touched by poverty."
- Kathleen Blanco
(Related: Age, Poor, Poverty, Race, Religious)

"I know that government doesn't have the all solutions that real solutions do not come from the top down. Instead, the ways to end poverty come from all of us. We are part of the solution."
- Kathleen Blanco
(Related: Government, End, Poverty, Solution)

"It wasn't simply that Clinton created the greatest prosperity in the country's history. Or that we created 22 million new jobs, more than ever before. Under Clinton, poverty was reduced 25%."
- Sidney Blumenthal
(Related: History, Country, Jobs, Poverty, Prosperity)

"In spite of our poverty and our economic dependence, we do not have to give in, neither because we are sometimes abandoned nor because of the wish of some nations to impose their economic or political models."
- Omar Bongo
(Related: Dependence, Nations, Poverty)

"The fact is that ours is the first generation that can look disease and extreme poverty in the eye, look across the ocean to Africa, and say this, and mean it. We do not have to stand for this. A whole continent written off - we do not have to stand for this."
- Bono
(Related: Disease, Extreme, Eye, Fact, First, Ocean, Poverty)

"The forgotten world is made up primarily of the developing nations, where most of the people, comprising more than fifty percent of the total world population, live in poverty, with hunger as a constant companion and fear of famine a continual menace."
- Norman Borlaug
(Related: People, Fear, Famine, Hunger, Nations, Population, Poverty, World)

"Poverty makes you wise but it's a curse."
- Bertolt Brecht
(Related: Poverty)

"Poverty makes you sad as well as wise."
- Bertolt Brecht
(Related: Poverty)

"Black people must address itself to the causes of poverty. That's oppression in this country."
- H. Rap Brown
(Related: People, Causes, Country, Oppression, Poverty)

"The poverty program was not designed to eliminate poverty."
- H. Rap Brown
(Related: Poverty)

"You see, the poverty program for the last five years have been buy-off programs."
- H. Rap Brown
(Related: Poverty, Years)

"It is unacceptable that someone can work full time - and work hard - and not be able to lift themselves out of poverty."
- Sherrod Brown
(Related: Time, Work, Poverty)

"Left-wing politicians take away your liberty in the name of children and of fighting poverty, while right-wing politicians do it in the name of family values and fighting drugs. Either way, government gets bigger and you become less free."
- Harry Browne
(Related: Family, Government, Values, Children, Drugs, Fighting, Liberty, Name, Politicians, Poverty, Right)

"The government's War on Poverty has transformed poverty from a short-term misfortune into a career choice."
- Harry Browne
(Related: War, Government, Career, Choice, Misfortune, Poverty)

"Let me first say that I don't think the millennium target of cutting global poverty in half is an impossible or abstract target. I think it is a real and achievable goal."
- Gro Harlem Brundtland
(Related: Goal, First, Poverty)

"An important lever for sustained action in tackling poverty and reducing hunger is money."
- Gro Harlem Brundtland
(Related: Money, Action, Hunger, Poverty)

"Poverty may be the mother of crime, but lack of good sense is the father."
- Jean de la Bruyere
(Related: Mother, Father, Crime, May, Poverty, Sense)

"Loneliness is the ultimate poverty."
- Abigail Van Buren
(Related: Loneliness, Poverty)

"A far greater factor than abolishing poverty is the deterrent effect of swift and certain consequences: swift arrest, prompt trial, certain penalty and - at some point - finality of judgment."
- Warren E. Burger
(Related: Effect, Judgment, Poverty)

"Individual effort is almost relatively impossible to cope with the big problem of poverty as we see it."
- John Burns
(Related: Effort, Poverty)

"I write to escape; to escape poverty."
- Edgar Rice Burroughs
(Related: Poverty)

"Prosperity is a way of living and thinking, and not just money or things. Poverty is a way of living and thinking, and not just a lack of money or things."
- Eric Butterworth
(Related: Money, Living, Poverty, Prosperity, Thinking)

"If you search for poverty, you'll find it, often in the family. Why? Because the family makes this great investment, from which we all benefit, but for which no-one helps. We have to point the spotlight on the family, and make political choices that sustain the family."
- Rocco Buttiglione
(Related: Family, Choices, Investment, Poverty)

"I have always had a horror and detestation of poverty."
- Taylor Caldwell
(Related: Horror, Poverty)

"On the one hand we have got to ask, are there some areas of universal benefits that are no longer affordable? But on the other hand let us look at the issue of dependency where we have trapped people in poverty through the extent of welfare that they have."
- David Cameron
(Related: People, Benefits, Poverty, Welfare)

"For me, unemployment and poverty in the Greater Montreal area is not mainly a problem of structure, or design, or statistics. It is a profoundly human situation."
- Kim Campbell
(Related: Design, Poverty, Statistics, Unemployment)

"My sisters and I were fortunate to travel through Asia and Europe at very young ages. We confronted extraordinary beauty in Athens and unspeakable poverty in India."
- Mary Chapin Carpenter
(Related: Beauty, Travel, Athens, Europe, Poverty, Sisters)

"My family kinda hit the skids. We were experiencing poverty at that point. We all got a job, where the whole family had to work as security guards and janitors. And I just got angry."
- Jim Carrey
(Related: Family, Work, Job, Poverty, Security)

"Life is an ordeal, albeit an exciting one, but I wouldn't trade it for the good old days of poverty and obscurity."
- Jim Carrey
(Related: Life, Obscurity, Old, Poverty, Trade)

"Abortion is defended today as a means of ensuring the equality and independence of women, and as a solution to the problems of single parenting, child abuse, and the feminization of poverty."
- Robert Casey
(Related: Equality, Parenting, Women, Abortion, Abuse, Independence, Poverty, Problems, Solution, Today)

"We have had virtually unlimited access to abortion for nearly twenty years. Yet during that same period, more and more women and children have slipped into poverty."
- Robert Casey
(Related: Women, Abortion, Children, Poverty, Years)

"And though my Lord hath lost his estate and been banished out of his country, yet neither despised poverty nor pinching necessity could make him break the bonds of friendship or weaken his loyal duty."
- Margaret Cavendish
(Related: Friendship, Country, Duty, Necessity, Poverty)

"Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty. It is not. It is the opposite of vulgarity."
- Coco Chanel
(Related: People, Luxury, Poverty, Vulgarity)

"Affluence separates people. Poverty knits 'em together. You got some sugar and I don't; I borrow some of yours. Next month you might not have any flour; well, I'll give you some of mine."
- Ray Charles
(Related: People, Poverty)

"Physical hunger and physical poverty is something I could only imagine. I've been poor when I was in China... As kids we never had to starve, but just didn't have enough meat, enough rice."
- Joan Chen
(Related: Hunger, Kids, Poor, Poverty)

"The honest poor can sometimes forget poverty. The honest rich can never forget it."
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
(Related: Forget, Poor, Poverty)

"There are 4 billion cell phones in use today. Many of them are in the hands of market vendors, rickshaw drivers, and others who've historically lacked access to education and opportunity. Information networks have become a great leveler, and we should use them together to help lift people out of poverty and give them a freedom from want."
- Hillary Clinton
(Related: Education, People, Opportunity, Freedom, Help, Information, Poverty, Today, Want)

"When poverty shows itself, even mischievous boys understand what it means."
- Carlo Collodi
(Related: Boys, Poverty)

"To be obliged to beg our daily happiness from others bespeaks a more lamentable poverty than that of him who begs his daily bread."
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Related: Happiness, Poverty)

"In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of."
- Confucius
(Related: Wealth, Country, Poverty)

"A whole generation of Americans will retire in poverty instead of prosperity, because they simply are not preparing for retirement now."
- Scott Cook
(Related: Americans, Now, Poverty, Prosperity, Retirement, Will)

"No family gets rich from earning the minimum wage. In fact, the current minimum wage does not even lift a family out of poverty."
- Jon Corzine
(Related: Family, Fact, Poverty, Wage)

"You can turn painful situations around through laughter. If you can find humor in anything, even poverty, you can survive it."
- Bill Cosby
(Related: Humor, Laughter, Poverty)

"The way that a handful of corporations in Los Angeles dictate how our stories are told creates a real poverty of imagination and it's a big problem."
- Alex Cox
(Related: Imagination, Corporations, Poverty)

"The poverty from which I have suffered could be diagnosed as "Soho" poverty. It comes from having the airs and graces of a genius and no talent."
- Quentin Crisp
(Related: Talent, Genius, Poverty)

"By providing students in our Nation with such an education, we help save our children from the clutches of poverty, crime, drugs, and hopelessness, and we help safeguard our Nation's prosperity for generations yet unborn."
- Elijah Cummings
(Related: Education, Children, Crime, Drugs, Generations, Help, Nation, Poverty, Prosperity, Students)

"There was never a war on poverty. Maybe there was a skirmish on poverty."
- Andrew Cuomo
(Related: War, Poverty)

"Poverty was the greatest motivating factor in my life."
- Jimmy Dean
(Related: Life, Poverty)

"As covetousness is the root of all evil, so poverty is the worst of all snares."
- Daniel Defoe
(Related: Covetousness, Evil, Poverty)

"The price of indulging yourself in your youth in the things you cannot afford is poverty and dependence in your old age."
- Dorothy Dix
(Related: Age, Dependence, Old, Poverty, Youth)

"To marry the Irish is to look for poverty."
- J. P. Donleavy
(Related: Irish, Poverty)

"Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe."
- Frederick Douglass
(Related: Society, Class, Ignorance, Justice, Poverty, Property, Will)

"Money is only a vehicle that provides you with options, and I say there's only one thing that money can't buy - poverty."
- Jerry Doyle
(Related: Money, Options, Poverty)

"We have common enemies today. It's called childhood poverty. It's called cancer. It's called AIDS. It's called Parkinson's. It's called Muscular Dystrophy."
- Jerry Doyle
(Related: Cancer, Childhood, Enemies, Poverty, Today)

"The native American has been generally despised by his white conquerors for his poverty and simplicity."
- Charles Eastman
(Related: American, Poverty, Simplicity)

"The poor man wishes to conceal his poverty, and the rich man his wealth: the former fears lest he be despised, the latter lest he be plundered."
- Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach
(Related: Man, Poor, Poverty, Wishes)

"Far less wealthy industrialized countries have committed to end child poverty, while the United States is sliding backwards. We can do better. We must demand that our leaders do better."
- Marian Wright Edelman
(Related: Countries, End, Leaders, Poverty, states, United)

"While Haiti has recently celebrated more than 200 years of independence from French colonial rule, the citizens of the island remain vulnerable to poverty, poor health, and political chaos."
- Eliot Engel
(Related: Health, Chaos, Independence, Poor, Poverty, Years)

"But, we have had the debate in our country now for a number of years as to whether or not free trade agreements are good for economic growth and economic opportunity in creating jobs and lifting people out of poverty."
- Donald Evans
(Related: People, Opportunity, Growth, Country, Debate, Jobs, Now, Poverty, Trade, Years)

"A Harris poll I've seen says only 12 percent of the electorate names taxes as one of the most important issues facing the nation. Voters put tax cuts dead last, behind education, Social Security, health care, Medicare and poverty."
- Lane Evans
(Related: Health, Education, Care, Tax, Names, Nation, Poverty, Security, Tax cuts, Taxes)

"Anywhere you have extreme poverty and no national health insurance, no promise of health care regardless of social standing, that's where you see the sharp limitations of market-based health care."
- Paul Farmer
(Related: Health, Care, Extreme, Limitations, Poverty, Promise)

"There's no scandal like rags, nor any crime so shameful as poverty."
- George Farquhar
(Related: Crime, Poverty, Scandal)

"There is no scandal like rags, nor any crime so shameful as poverty."
- George Farquhar
(Related: Crime, Poverty, Scandal)

"Without Social Security, poverty rates for African American seniors would more than double."
- Chaka Fattah
(Related: African, American, Poverty, Security)

"Money can't buy poverty."
- Marty Feldman
(Related: Money, Poverty)

"Neither great poverty nor great riches will hear reason."
- Henry Fielding
(Related: Poverty, Reason, Will)

"Poverty and the rule of race that is called apartheid drive the Transkeian migrant from security on the land to work in the cities, and then back again."
- Ruth First
(Related: Work, Cities, Land, Poverty, Race, Security)

"The great doctors all got their education off dirt pavements and poverty - not marble floors and foundations."
- Martin H. Fischer
(Related: Education, Doctors, Poverty)

"State government has too often been used to look out for the insiders and not the citizens. This has insulated poverty from progress, and need from remedy."
- Ernie Fletcher
(Related: Government, Progress, Poverty, State)

"Stand-up comedy and poverty. Those were my two main endeavors."
- Dave Foley
(Related: Comedy, Poverty)

"Social Security is one of the greatest achievements of the American government, protecting our elderly against poverty and assuring young people of a more secure future."
- Mark Foley
(Related: Government, People, American, Elderly, Future, Poverty, Security)

"Capital punishment is as fundamentally wrong as a cure for crime as charity is wrong as a cure for poverty."
- Henry Ford
(Related: Charity, Crime, Cure, Poverty, Punishment, Wrong)

"I thank fate for having made me born poor. Poverty taught me the true value of the gifts useful to life."
- Anatole France
(Related: Life, Fate, Gifts, Poor, Poverty, Value)

"When community action was put into federal law in the early sixties as part of the effort to combat poverty and social injustice, I supported it intellectually."
- Barney Frank
(Related: Action, Community, Effort, Injustice, Law, Poverty)

"Before this learning experience, I had assumed that with regard to programs that sought to help people out of poverty, the political world was essentially divided into two camps: conservatives who opposed these for a variety of reasons, and liberals who supported them."
- Barney Frank
(Related: Experience, People, Help, Learning, Liberals, Poverty, Variety, World)

"The point is that there is tremendous hypocrisy among the Christian right. And I think that Christian voters should start looking at global warming and extreme poverty as a religious issue that speaks to the culture of life."
- Al Franken
(Related: Life, Christian, Culture, Extreme, Global warming, Hypocrisy, Poverty, Religious, Right)

"There are no quick fixes to Indigenous poverty and social disaster."
- Malcolm Fraser
(Related: Disaster, Poverty, Quick)

"We expect that in the next years, the economy will improve. And we expect that extreme poverty will drop from 22 percent to 11 percent by the year 2000."
- Alberto Fujimori
(Related: Economy, Extreme, Poverty, Will, Years)

"Poverty doesn't imply necessarily violence."
- Alberto Fujimori
(Related: Poverty, Violence)

"Poverty is the worst form of violence."
- Mohandas Gandhi
(Related: Poverty, Violence)

"I read somewhere that 77 per cent of all the mentally ill live in poverty. Actually, I'm more intrigued by the 23 per cent who are apparently doing quite well for themselves."
- Jerry Garcia
(Related: Poverty)

"For every talent that poverty has stimulated it has blighted a hundred."
- John W. Gardner
(Related: Talent, Poverty)

"Poverty is uncomfortable; but nine times out of ten the best thing that can happen to a young man is to be tossed overboard and compelled to sink or swim."
- James A. Garfield
(Related: Man, Poverty)

"Eradicate poverty. This is all that matters in my country. When I am out training I think about this a lot; when I am running it is going over in my mind. As a country we cannot move forward until we eradicate poverty."
- Haile Gebrselassie
(Related: Country, Mind, Poverty, Running, Training)

"Their poverty secured their freedom, since our desires and our possessions are the strongest fetters of despotism."
- Edward Gibbon
(Related: Freedom, Possessions, Poverty)

"Poverty is a veil that obscures the face of greatness. An appeal is a mask covering the face of tribulation."
- Khalil Gibran
(Related: Greatness, Poverty)

"Coming generations will learn equality from poverty, and love from woes."
- Khalil Gibran
(Related: Equality, Love, Generations, Poverty, Will)

"Real poverty is less a state of income than a state of mind."
- George Gilder
(Related: Income, Mind, Poverty, State)

"The first priority of any serious program against poverty is to strengthen the male role in poor families."
- George Gilder
(Related: First, Poor, Poverty)

"That is one of the bitter curses of poverty; it leaves no right to be generous."
- George Gissing
(Related: Poverty, Right)

"We can't leave people in abject poverty, so we need to raise the standard of living for 80% of the world's people, while bringing it down considerably for the 20% who are destroying our natural resources."
- Jane Goodall
(Related: People, Living, Poverty, World)

"Education can lift individuals out of poverty and into rewarding careers."
- Christine Gregoire
(Related: Education, Careers, Poverty)

"I came from poverty and was part of those circumstances."
- Pam Grier
(Related: Circumstances, Poverty)

"That made me feel good, not to go to a resort where outside the door is extreme poverty."
- Jasmine Guy
(Related: Extreme, Poverty)

"Clothes make the poor invisible. America has the best-dressed poverty the world has ever known."
- Michael Harrington
(Related: America, Clothes, Poor, Poverty, World)

"Trade creates jobs and lifts people out of poverty. And when that happens, societies stabilize and grow. And there is nothing like a stable society to fight terrorism and strengthen democracy, freedom and rule of law."
- Dennis Hastert
(Related: Society, People, Democracy, Fight, Freedom, Jobs, Law, Nothing, Poverty, Terrorism, Trade)

"We can no longer prosper by increasing human productivity. The more we try to do, the more poverty we will create."
- Paul Hawken
(Related: Poverty, Productivity, Will)

"I know that a man who shows me his wealth is like the beggar who shows me his poverty; they are both looking for alms from me, the rich man for the alms of my envy, the poor man for the alms of my guilt."
- Ben Hecht
(Related: Wealth, Envy, Guilt, Man, Poor, Poverty)

"Poverty must have many satisfactions, else there would not be so many poor people."
- Don Herold
(Related: People, Poor, Poverty)

"The Roosevelt enactment of Social Security was a moral revolution in our country: We were assured that we would never reach the very depths of poverty. And to be told, that we are now going to gamble it, on Wall Street, is nonsense!"
- Arthur Hertzberg
(Related: Revolution, Now, Poverty, Security)

"False shame accompanies a man that is poor, shame that either harms a man greatly or profits him; shame is with poverty, but confidence with wealth."
- Hesiod
(Related: Wealth, Confidence, Man, Poor, Poverty, Shame)

"Poverty is from the devil and that God wants all Christians prosperous."
- Benny Hinn
(Related: God, Devil, Poverty)

"I do not want to speak about overpopulation or birth control, but I think education is the way to give new impetus to the poverty question."
- Harri Holkeri
(Related: Education, Control, Birth control, Poverty, Question, Want)

"A rich man cannot enjoy a sound mind nor a sound body without exercise and abstinence; and yet these are truly the worst ingredients of poverty."
- Henry Home
(Related: Abstinence, Body, Exercise, Man, Mind, Poverty, Sound)

"In America today, we are nearer a final triumph over poverty than is any other land."
- Herbert Hoover
(Related: America, Land, Poverty, Today)

"We have not yet reached the goal but... we shall soon, with the help of God, be in sight of the day when poverty shall be banished from this nation."
- Herbert Hoover
(Related: God, Goal, Day, Help, Nation, Poverty, Sight)

"Whoever cultivates the golden mean avoids both the poverty of a hovel and the envy of a palace."
- Horace
(Related: Envy, Poverty)

"My books are very few, but then the world is before me - a library open to all - from which poverty of purse cannot exclude me - in which the meanest and most paltry volume is sure to furnish something to amuse, if not to instruct and improve."
- Joseph Howe
(Related: Books, Open, Poverty, World)

"It is pretty hard to tell what does bring happiness; poverty and wealth have both failed."
- Kin Hubbard
(Related: Happiness, Wealth, Poverty, Pretty)

"It's pretty hard to tell what does bring happiness; poverty and wealth have both failed."
- Kin Hubbard
(Related: Happiness, Wealth, Poverty, Pretty)

"He who is not capable of enduring poverty is not capable of being free."
- Victor Hugo
(Related: Being, Poverty)

"A propensity to hope and joy is real riches; one to fear and sorrow real poverty."
- David Hume
(Related: Fear, Hope, Joy, Poverty, Sorrow)

"Liberalism, above all, means emancipation - emancipation from one's fears, his inadequacies, from prejudice, from discrimination, from poverty."
- Hubert H. Humphrey
(Related: Discrimination, Liberalism, Poverty, Prejudice)

"There is something about poverty that smells like death."
- Zora Neale Hurston
(Related: Death, Poverty)

"The link between peace and stability on the one hand, and social and economic growth on the other, is dialectic. Peace, poverty, and backwardness cannot mix in one region."
- King Hussein I
(Related: Peace, Growth, Poverty, Stability)

"It is not poverty so much as pretense that harasses a ruined man - the struggle between a proud mind and an empty purse - the keeping up of a hollow show that must soon come to an end."
- Washington Irving
(Related: End, Man, Mind, Poverty, Struggle)

"Since Social Security was established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1935 to ensure economic security for American workers, poverty among American seniors has dramatically declined."
- Steve Israel
(Related: American, Poverty, President, Security, Workers)

"As a result of the current universal benefit, the poverty rate for seniors in America is about 10%. Without the universal benefit, it would be over 50%."
- Steve Israel
(Related: America, Poverty, Result)

"The U.S. government has in recent years fought what it termed wars against AIDs, drug abuse, poverty, illiteracy and terrorism. Each of those wars has budgets, legislation, offices, officials, letterhead - everything necessary in a bureaucracy to tell you something is real."
- Bruce Jackson
(Related: Government, Abuse, Budgets, Bureaucracy, Legislation, Poverty, Terrorism, Years)

"It is easy enough to say that poverty is no crime. No; if it were men wouldn't be ashamed of it. It is a blunder, though, and is punished as such. A poor man is despised the whole world over."
- Jerome K. Jerome
(Related: Men, Crime, Man, Poor, Poverty, World)

"I made a decision that whether or not I was going to make under the national poverty level wasn't going to play a part in whether or not I was an actor. That's what I do."
- Don Johnson
(Related: Decision, Actor, Play, Poverty)

"When I was young, poverty was so common that we didn't know it had a name."
- Lyndon B. Johnson
(Related: Name, Poverty)

"This administration here and now declares unconditional war on poverty."
- Lyndon B. Johnson
(Related: War, Now, Poverty)

"Poverty must not be a bar to learning and learning must offer an escape from poverty."
- Lyndon B. Johnson
(Related: Learning, Poverty)

"Taxing poor families runs counter to decades of effort to help people lift themselves out of poverty through work."
- Nicholas Johnson
(Related: Work, People, Effort, Help, Poor, Poverty)

"Resolve not to be poor: whatever you have, spend less. Poverty is a great enemy to human happiness; it certainly destroys liberty, and it makes some virtues impracticable, and others extremely difficult."
- Samuel Johnson
(Related: Happiness, Enemy, Liberty, Poverty)

"To be idle and to be poor have always been reproaches, and therefore every man endeavors with his utmost care to hide his poverty from others, and his idleness from himself."
- Samuel Johnson
(Related: Care, Idleness, Man, Poor, Poverty)

"All the arguments which are brought to represent poverty as no evil show it evidently to be a great evil."
- Samuel Johnson
(Related: Arguments, Evil, Poverty)

"Hope is necessary in every condition. The miseries of poverty, sickness and captivity would, without this comfort, be insupportable."
- William Samuel Johnson
(Related: Hope, Comfort, Poverty, Sickness)

"People never knew we were poor, but out of that poverty came the most incredible inventions - board games, recipes... we never stopped inventing."
- Lynn Johnston
(Related: People, Games, Inventions, Poor, Poverty)

"Mr. Vice President, the most fiscally conservative thing this government has ever done, is to invest massively in the green part of the recovery. Because those green dollars are the hardest working dollars in the history of American politics. That same dollar that is being used to cut energy bills, is also cutting global warming gas emissions, is also cutting unemployment, is also cutting poverty, through retrofits it's also raising the value of homes, is also by cleaning the air, cutting asthma rates."
- Van Jones
(Related: Government, History, Politics, American, Being, Conservative, Energy, Global warming, Poverty, President, Unemployment, Value, V)

"It is not easy for men to rise whose qualities are thwarted by poverty."
- Juvenal
(Related: Men, Poverty)

"It is development, not poverty, that causes upheaval and terrorism."
- Robert D. Kaplan
(Related: Development, Causes, Poverty, Terrorism)

"These Americans are among the working poor with full-time jobs earning $5.15 an hour. Millions fall into this boat, even more when you consider that the poverty line has not been adequately adjusted to reflect the true level of poverty in this country."
- Marcy Kaptur
(Related: Americans, Country, Jobs, Poor, Poverty)

"People who go to work every day and perform the services essential to keeping our economy functioning deserve to live above the poverty level."
- Marcy Kaptur
(Related: Work, People, Day, Economy, Poverty)

"The internal conditions in Iran are worsening in all aspects. Poverty and unemployment are becoming more severe, despite the fact that Iran has turned into a developed and industrialized country."
- Moshe Katsav
(Related: Country, Fact, Poverty, Unemployment)

"We have mistaken the nature of poverty, and thought it was economic poverty. No, it is poverty of soul, deprivation of God's recreating, loving peace."
- Thomas R. Kelly
(Related: Nature, Peace, Soul, Thought, God, Poverty)

"The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty, and all forms of human life."
- John F. Kennedy
(Related: Life, Power, Man, Now, Poverty, World)

"My state has the highest child poverty rate in all of New England, above the national average."
- Patrick J. Kennedy
(Related: England, Poverty, State)

"I believe that, as long as there is plenty, poverty is evil."
- Robert Kennedy
(Related: Evil, Poverty)

"I would like to solemnly reaffirm, that poverty is not a fatality."
- Mathieu Kerekou
(Related: Poverty)

"Poverty should not be viewed by us as a humiliation and even less so as a position of honour or a fatality."
- Mathieu Kerekou
(Related: Poverty)

"Poverty is like punishment for a crime you didn't commit."
- Eli Khamarov
(Related: Crime, Poverty, Punishment)

"A doctrine of class war seemed to provide a solution to the problem of poverty to people who know nothing about how wealth is created."
- Jeane Kirkpatrick
(Related: War, People, Wealth, Class, Doctrine, Nothing, Poverty, Solution)

"Let's take care of the necessities first: give people jobs, and find a way to get us out of poverty."
- Eartha Kitt
(Related: People, Care, Jobs, Poverty)

"Poverty can teach lessons that privilege cannot."
- Jack Klugman
(Related: Poverty, Privilege)

"If you look internationally over the last 50 years there have been improvements in the third world, but in the last 20 years the reverse has happened, with debt crises and increased poverty."
- David Korten
(Related: Debt, Poverty, World, Years)

"Every year 3.1 million Indian children die before the age of 5, mostly from diseases of poverty like diarrhea."
- Nicholas D. Kristof
(Related: Age, Children, Poverty)

"We have weapons of mass destruction we have to address here at home. Poverty is a weapon of mass destruction. Homelessness is a weapon of mass destruction. Unemployment is a weapon of mass destruction."
- Dennis Kucinich
(Related: Home, Destruction, Poverty, Unemployment, Weapons)

"Hundreds of millions of human beings on our planet increasingly suffer from unemployment, poverty, hunger, and the destruction of their families."
- Hans Kung
(Related: Destruction, Hunger, Poverty, Unemployment)

"It wasn't poverty that drove me on."
- Aleksandr I. Kuprin
(Related: Poverty)

"Poverty is the frontier we have to be able to cross."
- Ricardo Lagos
(Related: Poverty)

"To be a star is to own the world and all the people in it. After a taste of stardom, everything else is poverty."
- Hedy Lamarr
(Related: People, Poverty, Taste, World)

"Poverty breeds lack of self-reliance."
- Daniel De Leon
(Related: Poverty, Self)

"There are many programs specifically aimed at helping people in poverty start a business."
- Matthew Lesko
(Related: Business, People, Poverty)

"I have never known so much naive conviction allied to greater intellectual poverty."
- Claude Levi-Strauss
(Related: Conviction, Poverty)

"There's only one thing money won't buy, and that is poverty."
- Joe E. Lewis
(Related: Money, Poverty)

"Traditionally the great men of our country have sprung from poor environments; that being so, it would appear we have long suffered from a severe lack of poverty."
- Gerald F. Lieberman
(Related: Men, Being, Country, Poor, Poverty)

"Poverty is not the root cause of crime."
- Rush Limbaugh
(Related: Cause, Crime, Poverty)

"Firstly, economic globalisation has brought prosperity and development to many countries, but also financial crises to Asia, Latin America and Russia, and increasing poverty and marginalisation."
- Anna Lindh
(Related: Development, Financial, America, Countries, Poverty, Prosperity, Russia)

"Poverty must be reduced not only for reasons of moral and justice, but also of security."
- Anna Lindh
(Related: Justice, Poverty, Security)

"Poverty does not make people terrorists, but terrorists can exploit the frustration it creates and use it as a breeding-ground for violent ideas."
- Anna Lindh
(Related: People, Ideas, Breeding, Frustration, Poverty)

"There is nothing worse than being ashamed of parsimony or poverty."
- Titus Livius
(Related: Being, Nothing, Poverty)

"Social Security not only helps Americans enjoy a secure retirement, it has also kept millions of Americans out of poverty."
- Zoe Lofgren
(Related: Americans, Poverty, Retirement, Security)

"The two big advantages I had at birth were to have been born wise and to have been born in poverty."
- Sophia Loren
(Related: Poverty)

"The United States cannot feed every person, lift every person out of poverty, cure every disease, or stop every conflict. But our power and status have conferred upon us a tremendous responsibility to humanity."
- Richard Lugar
(Related: Power, Conflict, Cure, Disease, Humanity, Poverty, Responsibility, states, United)

"While a handful of countries and a small number of people are leading ample life, dozens of countries and billions of people in Africa, Asia and Latin America are being left in absolute poverty."
- Tran Duc Luong
(Related: Life, People, America, Being, Countries, Leading, Poverty)

"I avoid going through places where there's too much poverty."
- Loretta Lynn
(Related: Poverty)

"Poverty is relative, and the lack of food and of the necessities of life is not necessarily a hardship. Spiritual and social ostracism, the invasion of your privacy, are what constitute the pain of poverty."
- Alice Foote MacDougall
(Related: Food, Life, Hardship, Pain, Poverty, Privacy, Spiritual)

"Anticipate charity by preventing poverty."
- Maimonides
(Related: Charity, Poverty)

"What power can poverty have over a home where loving hearts are beating with a consciousness of untold riches of the head and heart?"
- Orison Swett Marden
(Related: Home, Power, Heart, Consciousness, Poverty)

"The hope that poverty and ignorance may gradually be extinguished, derives indeed much support from the steady progress of the working classes during the nineteenth century."
- Alfred Marshall
(Related: Progress, Hope, Ignorance, May, Poverty, Support)

"I worked my way up from nothing to a state of extreme poverty."
- Groucho Marx
(Related: Extreme, Nothing, Poverty, State)

"There's so much absurdity. Poverty is so absurd."
- Frank McCourt
(Related: Absurdity, Poverty)

"Affluence creates poverty."
- Marshall McLuhan
(Related: Poverty)

"The common argument that crime is caused by poverty is a kind of slander on the poor."
- H. L. Mencken
(Related: Argument, Crime, Poor, Poverty, Slander)

"I thought in this country, the best social program was a job. Yet minimum wage jobs aren't paying enough to keep families out of poverty."
- Barbara Mikulski
(Related: Thought, Country, Job, Jobs, Poverty, Wage)

"But in its final creation it was not the part of the Father's power to fail as though exhausted. It was not the part of His wisdom to waver in a needful matter through poverty of counsel."
- Giovanni Pico della Mirandola
(Related: Power, Wisdom, Father, Creation, Poverty)

"Poverty is not inevitable. It is a human ill that we can fight if we decide to do so together."
- Marc Forne Molne
(Related: Fight, Poverty)

"Poverty of goods is easily cured; poverty of soul, impossible."
- Michel de Montaigne
(Related: Soul, Poverty)

"Luxury ruins republics; poverty, monarchies."
- Charles de Montesquieu
(Related: Luxury, Poverty)

"Of course I am frustrated with regard to extreme poverty, to violence that never seems to cease."
- Roger Moore
(Related: Extreme, Poverty, Violence)

"Luxury! more perilous to youth than storms or quicksand, poverty or chains."
- Hannah More
(Related: Poverty, Storms, Youth)

"Because Katrina put it out there, no one can play the pretend game anymore that there isn't poverty and inequality in this country. The Millions More Movement - Katrina gives it added significance."
- Marc Morial
(Related: Country, Inequality, Play, Poverty)

"How the sting of poverty, or small means, is gone when one keeps house for one's own comfort and not for the comfort of one's neighbors."
- Dinah Maria Mulock
(Related: Comfort, Neighbors, Poverty)

"A day spent without the sight or sound of beauty, the contemplation of mystery, or the search of truth or perfection is a poverty-stricken day; and a succession of such days is fatal to human life."
- Lewis Mumford
(Related: Life, Beauty, Truth, Contemplation, Day, Mystery, Perfection, Poverty, Sight, Sound)

"Because Social Security is specifically designed to boost the retirement income of low earners with a progressive benefit formula, the program has played an enormous and necessary role in keeping Latinas out of poverty."
- Grace Napolitano
(Related: Formula, Income, Poverty, Retirement, Security)

"As of today, we do not need expert reports by the authoritative analytical institutions to realise that the reasons for such a situation in our community lie in global inequality, poverty and illiteracy."
- Nursultan Nazarbayev
(Related: Lie, Community, Inequality, Poverty, Today)

"If all of us acted in unison as I act individually there would be no wars and no poverty. I have made myself personally responsible for the fate of every human being who has come my way."
- Anais Nin
(Related: Act, Being, Fate, Poverty)

"If any man, out of an humour, should turn all his Estate into Money, and keep it dead, he would soon be sensible of Poverty growing upon him, whilst he is eating out of the quick stock."
- Dudley North
(Related: Money, Eating, Man, Poverty, Quick)

"Offhand, the only North American writers I can think of who have come from a background of rural poverty and gone on to write about it have been Negroes."
- Alden Nowlan
(Related: American, Poverty, Writers)

"We need to steer clear of this poverty of ambition, where people want to drive fancy cars and wear nice clothes and live in nice apartments but don't want to work hard to accomplish these things. Everyone should try to realize their full potential."
- Barack Obama
(Related: Work, People, Ambition, Clothes, Fancy, Potential, Poverty, Want)

"Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential."
- Barack Obama
(Related: Life, Ambition, Potential, Poverty)

"Nigeria has no business with poverty. With our human and material resources, we shall strive to eradicate poverty from our country."
- Olusegun Obasanjo
(Related: Business, Country, Poverty)

"Wealth often takes away chances from men as well as poverty. There is none to tell the rich to go on striving, for a rich man makes the law that hallows and hollows his own life."
- Sean O'Casey
(Related: Life, Men, Wealth, Law, Man, Poverty)

"An Atheist believes that a hospital should be built instead of a church. An atheist believes that deed must be done instead of prayer said. An atheist strives for involvement in life and not escape into death. He wants disease conquered, poverty vanished, war eliminated."
- Madalyn Murray O'Hair
(Related: Life, War, Death, Church, Deed, Disease, Poverty, Prayer)

"Most organizations should be pro-active, but philanthropists concerned with poverty should deliberately be reactive, learning from the efforts of ordinary folks who tired of looking the other way as their communities fell apart."
- Marvin Olasky
(Related: Learning, Poverty)

"It's hard to do it because you gotta look people in the eye and tell 'em they're irresponsible and lazy. And who's gonna wanna do that? Because that's what poverty is, ladies and gentlemen. In this country, you can succeed if you get educated and work hard. Period. Period."
- Bill O'Reilly
(Related: Work, People, Country, Eye, Ladies, Gentlemen, Poverty, Succeed)

"You can't get rid of poverty by giving people money."
- P. J. O'Rourke
(Related: Money, People, Giving, Poverty)

"It's God's will for you to live in prosperity instead of poverty. It's God's will for you to pay your bills and not be in debt."
- Joel Osteen
(Related: God, Debt, Poverty, Prosperity, Will)

"To say that any people are not fit for freedom, is to make poverty their choice, and to say they had rather be loaded with taxes than not."
- Thomas Paine
(Related: People, Choice, Freedom, Poverty, Taxes)

"These political movements flourish on the margins of Turkish society because of poverty and because of the people's feeling that they are not being represented."
- Orhan Pamuk
(Related: Society, People, Being, Feeling, Poverty)

"As society advances the standard of poverty rises."
- Theodore Parker
(Related: Society, Poverty)

"And I think that after nearly 85 years upon this planet that I have a right after working so hard at showing the desolation and the poverty, to show something beautiful for somebody as well."
- Gordon Parks
(Related: Poverty, Right, Years)

"It is shameful that millions of Americans are suffering the economic injustice of working a full-time job and earning a wage that leaves them below the poverty line."
- Bill Pascrell
(Related: Americans, Injustice, Job, Poverty, Suffering, Wage)

"Poverty is the only load which is the heavier the more loved ones there are to assist in bearing it."
- Jean Paul
(Related: Poverty)

"A man with an invention on which he has spent his life, but has no means to get it developed for the good of humanity - or even patented for himself - must feel the pinch of poverty very acutely."
- James Payn
(Related: Life, Humanity, Invention, Poverty)

"A nobler example, because a less personal one, of the pinch of poverty, is when it prevents the accomplishment of some cherished scheme for the benefit of the human race."
- James Payn
(Related: Accomplishment, Example, Poverty, Race)

"A great philosopher has stated that the worst evil of poverty is, that it makes folks ridiculous; by which, I hope, he only means that, as in the above case, it places them in incongruous positions."
- James Payn
(Related: Hope, Evil, Poverty)

"Today continuing poverty and distress are a deeper and more important cause of international tensions, of the conditions that can produce war, than previously."
- Lester B. Pearson
(Related: War, Cause, Poverty, Today)

"Short of genius a rich man cannot even imagine poverty."
- Charles Peguy
(Related: Genius, Man, Poverty)

"As Jews, their families left Russia to escape the poverty and the antisemitism."
- Martin Lewis Perl
(Related: Poverty, Russia)

"What I would say to the young men and women who are beset by hopelessness and doubt is that they should go and see what is being done on the ground to fight poverty, not like going to the zoo but to take action, to open their hearts and their consciences."
- Abbe Pierre
(Related: Men, Women, Action, Being, Doubt, Fight, Open, Poverty)

"By the time this concert ends this evening, 30,000 Africans will have died because of extreme poverty. By this time tomorrow evening, another 30,000. This does not make sense."
- Brad Pitt
(Related: Time, Evening, Extreme, Poverty, Sense, Tomorrow, Will)

"Poverty of course is no disgrace, but it is damned annoying."
- William Pitt
(Related: Disgrace, Poverty)

"The community which has neither poverty nor riches will always have the noblest principles."
- Plato
(Related: Community, Poverty, Principles, Will)

"If that's your definition of the Clinton faction, then I think that that seems to be in ascendancy. That might include a guy like John Edwards, who's just starting this new center in Chapel Hill to deal with issues of poverty and work."
- John Podesta
(Related: Work, Poverty)

"The correlation between poverty and obesity can be traced to agricultural policies and subsidies."
- Michael Pollan
(Related: Obesity, Poverty)

"My poverty is not complete: it lacks me."
- Antonio Porchia
(Related: Poverty)

"Blacks are about seven times more likely to live in neighborhoods of concentrated poverty than whites."
- John Powell
(Related: Poverty)

"Alleviating poverty would be the Bank's overarching objective."
- Lewis Thompson Preston
(Related: Poverty)

"In opposition to this detachment, he finds an image of man which contains within itself man's dreams, man's illness, man's redemption from the misery of poverty - poverty which can no longer be for him a sign of the acceptance of life."
- Salvatore Quasimodo
(Related: Life, Dreams, Acceptance, Illness, Man, Misery, Opposition, Poverty)

"I mean, the world has already done a big, big effort to forget debt to countries heavily indebted and with low income. And that has given good chances to countries to get out of poverty."
- Rodrigo Rato
(Related: Countries, Debt, Effort, Forget, Income, Poverty, World)

"Wealth is conspicuous, but poverty hides."
- James Reston
(Related: Wealth, Poverty)

"The mother's battle for her child with sickness, with poverty, with war, with all the forces of exploitation and callousness that cheapen human life needs to become a common human battle, waged in love and in the passion for survival."
- Adrienne Rich
(Related: Life, Love, War, Mother, Survival, Battle, Exploitation, Needs, Passion, Poverty, Sickness)

"It was a way out of poverty. It was a way to success. It was a way to education. And it was a way to a brighter day for me."
- Little Richard
(Related: Education, Success, Day, Poverty)

"The interesting thing is, while we die of diseases of affluence from eating all these fatty meats, our poor brethren in the developing world die of diseases of poverty, because the land is not used now to grow food grain for their families."
- Jeremy Rifkin
(Related: Food, Eating, Land, Now, Poor, Poverty, World)

"If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth its riches; for the Creator, there is no poverty."
- Rainer Maria Rilke
(Related: Life, Blame, Poor, Poverty)

"The chief problem of low-income farmers is poverty."
- Nelson Rockefeller
(Related: Poverty)

"People from both political parties have long recognized that welfare without work creates negative incentives that lead to permanent poverty. It robs people of self-esteem."
- Mitt Romney
(Related: Work, People, Negative, Poverty, Self, Welfare)

"It has to have a payroll tax that's dedicated to Social Security. The Social Security tax has been very successful over the years in raising almost all of our elderly citizens out of poverty."
- James Roosevelt
(Related: Successful, Elderly, Tax, Poverty, Security, Years)

"If they are unsuccessful in married life, who suffers more the bitter consequences of poverty than the wife? But if successful, she has not a dollar to call her own."
- Ernestine Rose
(Related: Life, Wife, Successful, Consequences, Poverty)

"Our capital system is haunted by the demon of error: error in determining guilt and error in determining who among the guilty deserves to die. What effect was race having? What effect was poverty having?"
- George Ryan
(Related: Effect, Error, Guilt, Poverty, Race)

"Are we interested in treating the symptoms of poverty and economic stagnation through income redistribution and class warfare, or do we want to go at the root causes of poverty and economic stagnation by promoting pro-growth policies that promote prosperity?"
- Paul Ryan
(Related: Causes, Class, Income, Poverty, Prosperity, Want)

"The essence of Africa's crisis is fundamentally its extreme poverty."
- Jeffrey Sachs
(Related: Crisis, Extreme, Poverty)

"At the current $5.15 an hour, the federal minimum wage has become a poverty wage. A full-time worker with one child lives below the official poverty line."
- Bernie Sanders
(Related: Poverty, Wage)

"War, famine, poverty and oppression of the workers will continue while woman makes life cheap. They will cease only when she limits her reproductivity and human life is no longer a thing to be wasted."
- Margaret Sanger
(Related: Life, War, Famine, Limits, Oppression, Poverty, Will, Woman, Workers)

"Dire poverty drives this mother back again to the factory (no intelligent person will say she goes willingly)."
- Margaret Sanger
(Related: Mother, Poverty, Will)

"Loneliness is the poverty of self; solitude is the richness of self."
- May Sarton
(Related: Loneliness, Poverty, Richness, Self, Solitude)

"Americans are blessed with great plenty; we are a generous people and we have a moral obligation to assist those who are suffering from poverty, disease, war and famine."
- Adam Schiff
(Related: War, People, Americans, Disease, Famine, Obligation, Poverty, Suffering)

"Our poverty will be brought home to us to its full extent only after the war."
- Joseph A. Schumpeter
(Related: Home, War, Poverty, Will)

"Republics end through luxury; monarchies through poverty."
- Charles de Secondat
(Related: End, Luxury, Poverty)

"Poverty wants some, luxury many, and avarice all things."
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca
(Related: Luxury, Poverty)

"Wealthy men can't live in an island that is encircled by poverty. We all breathe the same air. We must give a chance to everyone, at least a basic chance."
- Ayrton Senna
(Related: Men, Chance, Poverty)

"When you talk about war on poverty it doesn't mean very much; but if you can show to some degree this sort of thing then you can show a great deal more of how people are living and a very great percentage of our people today."
- Ben Shahn
(Related: War, People, Living, Poverty, Talk, Today)

"The man with a toothache thinks everyone happy whose teeth are sound. The poverty-stricken man makes the same mistake about the rich man."
- George Bernard Shaw
(Related: Mistake, Man, Poverty, Sound)

"You are going to let the fear of poverty govern you life and your reward will be that you will eat, but you will not live."
- George Bernard Shaw
(Related: Life, Fear, Poverty, Reward, Will)

"Do not waste your time on Social Questions. What is the matter with the poor is Poverty; what is the matter with the rich is Uselessness."
- George Bernard Shaw
(Related: Time, Poor, Poverty, Questions, Uselessness, Waste)

"Oh, I realize it's a penny here and a penny there, but look at me: I've worked myself up from nothing to a state of extreme poverty."
- Arthur Sheekman
(Related: Extreme, Nothing, Poverty, State)

"We think of violence as being conflict and fighting and wars and so forth, but the most ongoing horrific measure of violence is in the horrible poverty of the Third World... and the poverty in the United States as well."
- Martin Sheen
(Related: Being, Conflict, Fighting, Measure, Poverty, states, United, Violence, World)

"I mean that the time where we need International agreement more than ever on the environment and the rest, poverty we are breaking up our International Institutions and the rule of law and Tony Blair is part of it."
- Clare Short
(Related: Time, Agreement, Environment, Law, Poverty, Rest)

"Poverty and lack of knowledge must be challenged."
- Russell Simmons
(Related: Knowledge, Poverty)

"I want to fight poverty and ignorance and give opportunity to those people who are locked out."
- Russell Simmons
(Related: People, Opportunity, Fight, Ignorance, Poverty, Want)

"What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention, and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it."
- Herbert Simon
(Related: Wealth, Attention, Information, Poverty)

"My top most priority is to deal with India's massive social and economic problems, so that chronic poverty, ignorance and disease can be conquered in a reasonably short period of time."
- Manmohan Singh
(Related: Time, Disease, Ignorance, Poverty, Problems)

"Desire is poverty. Desire is the greatest impurity of the mind. Desire is the motive force for action. Desire in the mind is the real impurity. Even a spark of desire is a very great evil."
- Swami Sivananda
(Related: Action, Desire, Evil, Force, Mind, Motive, Poverty)

"Anything can happen in SF. And the fact that nothing ever does happen in SF is only due to the poverty of our imaginations, we who write it or edit it or read it. But SF can in principle deal with anything."
- John Sladek
(Related: Fact, Nothing, Poverty)

"The real tragedy of the poor is the poverty of their aspirations."
- Adam Smith
(Related: Aspirations, Poor, Poverty, Tragedy)

"Poverty is a solved problem - all they have to do is abolish taxes and regulations which cripple those intelligent, capable, and responsible men and women and destroy their productive capacity, then stand back and watch the economy boom."
- L. Neil Smith
(Related: Men, Women, Economy, Poverty, Taxes)

"Poverty us no disgrace to a man, but it is confoundedly inconvenient."
- Sydney Smith
(Related: Disgrace, Man, Poverty)

"There are three major social issues that this country is struggling with: education, poverty, and drugs. Two of them we talk about, and one of them we don't."
- Steven Soderbergh
(Related: Education, Country, Drugs, Poverty, Talk)

"My father was a Presbyterian minister, working among the poor in West Virginia. He had taken what amounted to a vow of poverty when he accepted that call and so we never had much money."
- James Green Somerville
(Related: Money, Father, Poor, Poverty, Vow)

"It is part of my faith as a Muslim to try to help those who are suffering from poverty or economic or political injustice."
- Cat Stevens
(Related: Faith, Muslim, Help, Injustice, Poverty, Suffering)

"Certainly, the poverty, the discrimination, the episodic unemployment could not but strike an inquiring youngster: why did these exist, and what could we do about them."
- Joseph E. Stiglitz
(Related: Discrimination, Poverty, Unemployment)

"International lending banks need to focus on areas where private investment doesn't go, such as infrastructure projects, education and poverty relief."
- Joseph Stiglitz
(Related: Education, Banks, Focus, Investment, Poverty, Projects)

"The rich are richer, and the poor are poorer, in the city than elsewhere; and, as a rule, the greater are the riches of the rich and the poverty of the poor."
- Josiah Strong
(Related: Poor, Poverty)

"Virtue often trips and falls on the sharp-edges rock of poverty."
- Eugene Sue
(Related: Virtue, Poverty)

"I've always believed the two best anti-poverty programs are work and marriage."
- James Talent
(Related: Marriage, Work)

"If poverty were a man, I would have slain him."
- Ali ibn Abi Talib
(Related: Man, Poverty)

"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
(Related: Being, Hunger, Nothing, Poverty)

"We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty."
- Mother Teresa
(Related: Being, Poverty)

"The most terrible poverty is loneliness and the feeling of being unloved."
- Mother Teresa
(Related: Being, Feeling, Loneliness, Poverty)

"Our life of poverty is as necessary as the work itself. Only in heaven will we see how much we owe to the poor for helping us to love God better because of them."
- Mother Teresa
(Related: Life, Love, Work, God, Heaven, Poor, Poverty, Will)

"Loneliness is the most terrible poverty."
- Mother Teresa
(Related: Loneliness, Poverty)

"Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty."
- Mother Teresa
(Related: Being, Feeling, Loneliness, Poverty)

"As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness."
- Henry David Thoreau
(Related: Life, Laws, Poverty, Solitude, Universe, Weakness, Will)

"The strongest predictor of unhappiness is anyone who has had a mental illness in the last 10 years. It is an even stronger predictor of unhappiness than poverty - which also ranks highly."
- Polly Toynbee
(Related: Illness, Poverty, Unhappiness, Years)

"Poverty, to be picturesque, should be rural. Suburban misery is as hideous as it is pitiable."
- Anthony Trollope
(Related: Misery, Poverty)

"He is now rising from affluence to poverty."
- Mark Twain
(Related: Now, Poverty)

"Poverty is multidimensional. It extends beyond money incomes to education, health care, political participation and advancement of one's own culture and social organisation."
- Atal Bihari Vajpayee
(Related: Health, Money, Education, Care, Culture, Participation, Poverty)

"As poverty has been reduced in terms of mere survival, it has become more profound in terms of our way of life."
- Raoul Vaneigem
(Related: Life, Survival, Poverty)

"It is difficult to describe in short the enthusiasm and devotion provoked by and given to my research. We lived almost in poverty. I used pencils, two for a nickel, and could not buy a fountain pen, when I lost mine."
- Immanuel Velikovsky
(Related: Enthusiasm, Devotion, Pen, Poverty, Research)

"There are no automatic links between poverty and terrorism. Among millions of poor people in the world, only a few turn to terrorism."
- Gijs de Vries
(Related: People, Poor, Poverty, Terrorism, World)

"First, women are more likely to live in poverty during their retirement years than are men."
- Ginny B. Waite
(Related: Men, Women, First, Poverty, Retirement, Years)

"Rap's conscious response to the poverty and oppression of U.S. blacks is like some hideous parody of sixties black pride."
- David Foster Wallace
(Related: Oppression, Poverty, Pride, Rap)

"The media seems to think only abortion and gay marriage are religious issues. Poverty is a moral issue, it's a faith issue, it's a religious issue."
- Jim Wallis
(Related: Faith, Marriage, Abortion, Gay, Media, Poverty, Religious)

"This nation has always struggled with how it was going to deal with poor people and people of color. Every few years you will see some great change in the way that they approach this. We've had the war on poverty that never really got into waging a real war on poverty."
- Maxine Waters
(Related: Change, War, People, Nation, Poor, Poverty, Will, Years)

"The reason we have poverty is that we have no imagination. There are a great many people accumulating what they think is vast wealth, but it's only money... they don't know how to enjoy it, because they have no imagination."
- Alan Watts
(Related: Imagination, Money, People, Wealth, Poverty, Reason)

"If we are suffering illness, poverty, or misfortune, we think we shall be satisfied on the day it ceases. But there too, we know it is false; so soon as one has got used to not suffering one wants something else."
- Simone Weil
(Related: Day, Illness, Misfortune, Poverty, Suffering)

"I've never been anywhere in my life like it and I only really noticed it when I returned to Los Angeles and then Berlin. Everybody is much better off in these places, there is not poverty like in Cuba, but everybody complains about things."
- Wim Wenders
(Related: Life, Poverty)

"Love conquers all things except poverty and toothache."
- Mae West
(Related: Love, Poverty)

"Poverty is restriction and as such, it is the greatest injustice you can perpetrate upon yourself."
- Stuart Wilde
(Related: Injustice, Poverty)

"My mother's illness fitted into this protest against the treatment of the sick who could not pay, the inefficiency of commercialism, the waste, the extravagance, and the poverty."
- Ellen Wilkinson
(Related: Mother, Commercialism, Extravagance, Illness, Inefficiency, Poverty, Protest, Treatment, Waste)

"Sade's stuff is real deceptive. She's got stuff about prostitutes, poverty and people on the streets."
- Lucinda Williams
(Related: People, Poverty)

"To help the poor to a capacity for action and liberty is something essential for one's own health as well as theirs: there is a needful gift they have to offer which cannot be offered so long as they are confined by poverty."
- Rowan D. Williams
(Related: Health, Action, Help, Liberty, Poor, Poverty)

"Economists are coming to acknowledge that measures of national wealth and poverty in terms strictly of average income tell you little that is significant of the health or viability of a society."
- Rowan D. Williams
(Related: Health, Society, Wealth, Income, Poverty)

"I was deeply concerned then, and have become more concerned since, that unless we can deal with the questions of development and the questions of poverty, there's no way that we're going to have a peaceful world for our children."
- James Wolfensohn
(Related: Development, Children, Poverty, Questions, World)

"So the first thing you need to do about conflict is to prevent it, and the best way of preventing it is by dealing with the question of poverty."
- James Wolfensohn
(Related: Conflict, First, Poverty, Question)

"By the breaking in of enraged merciless armies, flourishing countries have been laid waste, great numbers of people have perished in a short time, and many more have been pressed with poverty and grief."
- John Woolman
(Related: Time, People, Countries, Grief, Numbers, Poverty, Waste)

"Elvis was rock'n'roll. He came from the poverty and the pain."
- Link Wray
(Related: Pain, Poverty)

"I grew up in a very modest house. We were poor-we lived on the poverty level. We all got jobs as young kids."
- Chely Wright
(Related: Jobs, Kids, Poor, Poverty)

"We started the AIDS virus. We are only able to maintain our level of living by making sure that Third World people live in grinding poverty."
- Jeremiah Wright
(Related: People, Living, Poverty, World)

"Poverty is not socialism. To be rich is glorious."
- Deng Xiaoping
(Related: Poverty, Socialism)

"Poverty was an ornament on a learned man like a red ribbon on a white horse."
- Anzia Yezierska
(Related: Man, Poverty)

"I have committed my life to helping the poor, and I believe that if more companies followed Wal-Mart's lead in providing opportunity and savings to those who need it most, more Americans battling poverty would realize the American dream."
- Andrew Young
(Related: Life, Dream, Opportunity, American, Americans, Poor, Poverty)

"Poverty is unnecessary."
- Muhammad Yunus
(Related: Poverty)

"People can be so apathetic. They continue to ignore the real people trapped in poverty and homelessness. It's almost maddening."
- Daphne Zuniga
(Related: People, Poverty)