Selected Quotes about Poverty

The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain - until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life. -- Jane Addams

Poverty is the schoolmaster of character. -- Antiphanes

Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime. -- Aristotle

Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime. -- Aristotle

For families living in extreme poverty, who struggle each day and whose children are placed in care for economic and social reasons, this could be considered a joke. We could certainly have a better quality of life by, for example, spending a night at the opera. -- Jose Manuel Barroso

As a politician, however, I am ashamed to speak of poverty eradication in such terms. I see clearly that the motivation has weakened with regard to the initial objective of eradicating poverty. -- Jose Manuel Barroso

Berlusconi's advice to Italians trying to escape poverty: "Do it my way and earn more money". -- Silvio Berlusconi

Every Night and every Morn Some to Misery are born. Every Morn and every Night Some are born to Sweet Delight, Some are born to Endless Night. -- William Blake

Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is in an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob, and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe. -- Frederick Douglass

Education remains one of the black community's most enduring values. It is sustained by the belief that freedom and education go hand in hand, that learning and training are essential to economic quality and independence. -- Marian Wright Edleman

PEOPLE are experience rich and theory poor. People who are busy doing things as opposed to people who are busy sitting around, like me, reading and having coffee in coffee shops don't have opportunities to kind of collect and organize their experiences and make sense of them. -- Malcolm Gladwell

It is not the rich man you should properly call happy, but him who knows how to use with wisdom the blessings of the gods, to endure hard poverty, and who fears dishonor worse than death, and is not afraid to die for cherished friends or fatherland. -- Horace

It is pretty hard to tell what does bring happiness; poverty and wealth have both failed. -- Kin Hubbard

Slumism is the pent-up anger of people living on the outside of affluence. Slumism is decay of structure and deterioration of the human spirit. Slumism is a virus which spreads through the body politic. As other "isms," it breeds disorder and demagoguery and hate. -- Hubert Humphrey

It is not easy for men to rise whose qualities are thwarted by poverty. -- Juvenal

If there are amazing graces on this earth, I believe that they are these good children sent to us by God and not yet soiled by the knowledge that their nation does not love them. -- Jonathan Kozol

It's easy to have principles when you're rich. The important thing is to have principles when you're poor. -- Ray Kroc

Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that. -- Norman Vincent Peale

Wealth is the parent of luxury and indolence, and poverty of meanness and viciousness, and both of discontent. -- Plato

You are going to let the fear of poverty govern your life and your reward will be that you will eat, but you will not live. -- George Bernard Shaw

Despite my achievements, I can still remember poverty. -- Li Ka Shing

The rich ... divide with the poor the produce of all their improvements. They are led by an invisible hand to make nearly the same distribution of the necessaries of life which would have been made, had the earth been divided into equal proportions among all its inhabitants. -- Adam Smith

Civil government, so far as it is instituted for the security of property, is in reality instituted for the defense of the rich against the poor, or of those who have some property against those who have none at all. -- Adam Smith

Mankind is divided into rich and poor, into property owners and exploited and to abstract oneself from this fundamental division and from the antagonism between poor and rich means abstracting oneself from fundamental facts. -- Joseph Stalin

It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish. -- Mother Teresa

Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. -- Margaret Thatcher

However mean your life is, meet it and live it: do not shun it and call it hard names. Cultivate poverty like a garden herb, like sage. Do not trouble yourself much to get new things, whether clothes or friends. Things do not change, we change. Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts. -- Henry David Thoreau

I don't think of myself as a poor deprived ghetto girl who made good. I think of myself as somebody who from an early age knew I was responsible for myself, and I had to make good. -- Oprah Winfrey

Give a beggar a dime and he'll bless you. Give him a dollar and he'll curse you for withholding the rest of your fortune. Poverty is a bag with a hole at the bottom. -- Anzia Yezierska

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