Poverty Quotes

Most popular poverty quotes

Those born poor who become rich are eager to tell us what good fortune it was to be forced to struggle with adversity. One wonders why they take the utmost pains to deprive their children of the same opportunity.
Money, it turned out, was exactly like sex, you thought of nothing else if you didn't have it and thought of other things if you did.


Poverty is no sin!
Work is the medicine for poverty.
— African proverb

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Remember the poor, it costs nothing.
Poverty without debt is real wealth.
— African proverb

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For ye have the poor always with you.
— Matthew 26:11


Borrowing is the first-born of poverty.
— African proverb

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Poverty makes a free man become a slave.
— African proverb

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The rich get richer and the poor get poorer.
Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker.

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Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.
When hunger gets inside you, nothing else can.
— West African saying

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One must be poor to know the luxury of giving.


I've been rich and I've been poor. Rich is better.
You can't get rid of poverty by giving people money.
Poverty has many roots, but the tap root is ignorance.


There is something about poverty that smells like death.
Laziness travels so slowly that poverty soon overtakes him.


America has the best-dressed poverty the world has ever known.
The trouble with being poor is that it takes up all your time.
Poverty is "Who knows you?" Prosperity is "I am your relative."
— African proverb

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There's none so poor as he who knows not the joy of what he has.
A decent provision for the poor is the true test of civilisation.
There is no scandal like rags, nor any crime so shameful as poverty.
Poverty is a hellish state to be in, It is no virtue. It is a crime.
Poverty of goods is easily cured; poverty of the mind is irreparable.
Poverty is no disgrace to a man, but it is confoundedly inconvenient.
For every talent that poverty has stimulated, it has blighted a hundred.


The poverty of goods is easily cured; the poverty of the soul is irreparable.
People who are homeless are not social inadequates. They are people without homes.
Wars of nations are fought to change maps. But wars of poverty are fought to map change.


If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.
We must talk about poverty, because people insulated by their own comfort lose sight of it.
To be a poor man is hard, but to be a poor race in a land of dollars is the very bottom of hardships.

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Poverty is the open mouthed relentless hell which yawns beneath civilized society. And it is hell enough.
If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.
Poverty is a veil that obscures the face of greatness. An appeal is a mask covering the face of tribulation.
Is there anything more humiliating than being condemned [to an existence in which] you can't earn your daily bread?
Those who have some means think that the most important thing in the world is love.  The poor know that it is money.


We were poor when I was young, but the difference then was the government didn't come around telling you you were poor.
Thousands upon thousands are yearly brought into a state of real poverty by their great anxiety not to be thought poor.
How many times have we picked up in the streets human beings who had been living like animals and were longing to die like angels!
There is hunger for ordinary bread, and there is hunger for love, for kindness, for thoughtfulness; and this is the great 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.


It is a kind of blindness—poverty.  We can only grope through life when we are poor, hitting and maiming ourselves against every angle.
To view poverty simply as an economic condition, to be measured by statistics, is simplistic, misleading and false; poverty is a state of mind, a matter of horizons.
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.
We think of poverty as a condition simply meaning a lack of funds, no money, but when one sees fifth, sixth, and seventh generation poor, it is clear that poverty is as complicated as high finance.
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.


It is good enough to talk of God while we are sitting here after a nice breakfast and looking forward to a nicer luncheon, but how am I to talk of God to the millions who have to go without two meals a day? To them God can only appear as bread and butter.

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I used to think I was poor. Then they told me I wasn't poor, I was needy. Then they told me it was self-defeating to think of myself as needy. I was deprived. (Oh not deprived but rather underprivileged) Then they told me that underprivileged was overused. I was disadvantaged. I still don't have a dime. But I have a great vocabulary.